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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.

Katie Ladd

I found my love for art like many people—through attentive art teachers. I remember the day I discovered who Georgia O’Keefe was in elementary school. That was a formative day. My most useful quality has always been my intense curiosity, which I can easily attribute to the encouragement and unwavering support I received from my parents, teachers, and peers growing up. Read more>>

Ashley Lee

I began my journey in this industry as a fashion designer/stylist then modeled for different brands. These experiences revealed how much creativity actually occurs behind the scene. As I look back over the past years I realize how much art, color theory, and the Beauty Industry were already apart of my life since high school, so making it my career was natural. Read more>>

Monique Abrams

It opened my mind in a realm of beauty I knew was meant for me to learn. In 2017, I moved to Los Angeles to follow my dream professionally. I have since trained at Chic Studios LA (2017) and Michael Vincent Academy (2018) to further my skills in Makeup and Hair. I have incorporated all the material I learned from Theatre, Editorial, Bridal, Avant-Garde, etc create my own aesthetic. Read more>>

Caitlyn Baidas

One of my biggest dreams came true and six years later I’m still at it! I can honestly say as “that weird red-head” from Nowhere, Texas, I am living the life I’ve always wanted. It might be on a small scale but it’s a beginning. I get to choose what I want to do with my life and I get to create every day and make art. I get to learn about myself and through that, learn about the world. Read more>>

Hee Jin Lee

I started Instagram in 2011 & it was just a personal diary of the food that I eat + an occasional photo of my dogs. I used to eat out every meal for years so that was a lot of restaurants. I liked trying different restaurants so I would always try the newest spots. I slowly started to gain a following, so I kept it up while working. Read more>>

Janet Miranda

I always loved playing with hair, dress up on my dolls, and had imaginary makeovers. As a teen, I experimented with color, fashion, hair, and makeup and loved seeing how quickly one transformed. I knew it would be my career path at a very young age; in fact, I never had a plan B! The most important thing to me was to hone my craft and become the best technician I could, both in hair and makeup. Read more>>

Greisy Hernandez

I am the founder and creative director of the organization LCC, short for Las Chicas Chulas. At the end of 2017, I began brainstorming ideas for an organization that I wanted to start. I was not clear about what it was going to be but I did know that the impact would empower people of color and be a resource to find common ground and community in the midst of the hostile political climate. Read more>>

Jennifer Ehrke

The training and apprenticeship with Aveda made me the stylist I am today. Being brought up in the hair industry with a mindset to be environmentally aware taught me to care for the world we live in and practice sustainability. Today, that is so important and I love that everyone is getting on board with this I making small day to say changes. Read more>>

Michelle Lainez

I gave up scholarships for university and went to culinary school. Best decision of my life! I worked hard, had great chefs take me under their wings. I felt like I belonged. Cooking in a kitchen became meditative to me and service was my drug. I loved service, the rush, the saute pans, the calling of orders and putting up perfect dishes at the pass was intoxicating. Read more>>

Rebekkah Cefai

On family road trips, I brought this beat-up camera around with me and took photos of the Grand Canyon, the towering Sequoias, and the wind-swept deserts of California. I had no idea what I was doing, but I fell in love with the trial-and-error process. My photos were absolutely terrible and I definitely messed up a handful of rolls of film along the way, but I was determined to figure it out on my own. Read more>>

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