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Trailblazers in DTLA

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around DTLA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Breana Kennedy

I have loved fashion ever since I was a toddler ⎯ my mom jokes I started picking out my outfits before I could even dress myself. I grew up saying I wanted to be a Fashion Designer, I was always creative and loved the allure of the glamour that came along with the fashion industry. In high school, I won The Scholastic Art & Writing Award for making organic and inorganic items into clothing. Read more>>

Andrea Regla

I became a licensed real estate agent in 2007 in midst of the infamous mortgage crisis. At the time,I was a young single mother of two boys, just trying to learn. I had my license, but had no previous experience whatsoever. I started as an assistant to an individual broker who mentored me through the many roles of real estate. Read more>>

Izzie Clark, Danny Lomeli, Cole Bailey and Julian Paz

ALL: TYCA began in late 2018–Izzie went to a show in the Castro District of San Francisco, the city where she’d moved to a few months prior. After a night of dancing and sweating, she walked outside for a smoke. Danny Lomeli, our chef of riffs and solos, happened to be there at the right moment. Read more>>

Harley Huke

Life is hard, and clinging to your dreams when you’re the only one who believes in them I’d say is even harder, I’ve never had anyone believe in me, not my friends, my peers, my family, it’s always just been me. I was bullied ridiculed and harassed for having dreams that differed from the common. I grew up in Northern New Hampshire. Read more>>

Monica Kang

Ever since I was young, I enjoyed visiting art museums and being in awe of different kinds of paintings, illustrations, etc. A random memory of the museum I have is a time when I went to LACMA with my mom around the age of five, and I became so mesmerized by a painting, I slowly reached up to touch the brush strokes and got in trouble by the security guard. Read more>>

Manori Sumanasinghe

I am the Creative Director and CEO or Neumascape Studio, Inc. I founded Neumascape Studio to pursue my passions in architecture + design, technology, and well-being. Our projects range from buildings to products, to experiences. But at all scales our projects are very much about well-being. Read more>>

Madi Manson

I was born and raised in the hills of Ojai, CA where I learned at a very young age to find great joy in my colorful and wild everyday surroundings. When I was 18, I moved to Portland, OR where, after a few years of figuring life out, I ended up attending and graduating from Pacific Northwest College of Art with a degree in textiles and printmaking. Read more>>

Christine Chen

I’m a life coach who also hosts two podcasts (xoxo Christine and Perfectly Imperfect with my co-host Regina Fang). I’ve been through twists and turns throughout my life to end up here, helping others show up as their best selves to live their best lives. I’ve been a wedding planner, producer at Wong Fu Productions, and content creator. Read more>>

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