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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.

Jennifer Sung Pak

Our story begins in 2013, when founder and designer, Jennifer Pak created a bespoke jewelry collection for her bridesmaids to wear for her nuptials. After noticing the joy, the pieces brought to her bridal party, she embarked on creating a line of fine jewelry for the classic woman in a modern world. Read more>>

Emilia Richeson

What started as a close group of friends, has now expanded to a much larger community of “Ponies” that encourage and support each other in a group fitness environment. A lot of really incredible things have happened that I never even imagined, and yet the ethos of its beginning has remained the same– Read more>>

Letty Burin

As for music, I’ve always admired musicians deeply, especially female rappers and hip-hop artists, but my journey to music is very simple. I was helping a friend write music when one day she asked me if I wanted to rap. I said, “Yeah, I’ll try. I’ve always thought about it.” We formed a short-lived duo. Read more>>

Alejandra Briseño

Plus-size models are a great team struggling not to be just one size, actually I am in love with this, I love being an inspiration for those people who still do not dare to show themselves as I am and I am very happy to know that at least. Read more>>

Nadia Vassell

I am the proud owner of The Nadia Vassell Salon here in New York City. I also launched a professional haircare line called Hair Freaq. I also launched a luxury hair extensions company a few years back. Parted ways with my Business partner and dissolved that company. Read more>>

Akina Sato

Akina also recently started her own clothing brand, known as Chemist. She also is the head of a small international sales agency, connecting Japanese and American brands and stores, and working with brands like READYMADE. Read more>>

Marissa Herrera

I have,  and live up to the reputation, of “always working, always grinding and not letting anything stand in my way” because being a creative, a leader and being the change you want to see is NOT a 9-5. Even with what I have been able to accomplish in my career I really do believe that I am JUST getting started. Read more>>

Grace Lynne

I worked extremely hard in school and sacrificed a lot of my personal life in order to make a strong portfolio. I knew in my practice that I wanted to center my career on progressing culture and identity and making art on taboo topics or social issues. Read more>>

Cynthia and Michael Jamin

My idea was to sew them a beautiful, super-comfortable twirly dress. Something that would make them twirl with joy. I enrolled in some sewing classes and came up with a design for a reversible dress. Fortunately, I live close to the Los Angeles Fashion district, so I was able to find some amazing fabrics. Everything about my creation was costly: the high-quality fabric, the four thread stitching, the way the itchy seams were sandwiched away from their bodies… but so what? This was a special gift, so no expense was spared. Read more>>

Stacy Ines

I am a first generation millennial born and raised in Los Angeles. My comedy derives from my difficult upbringing in a Latino household to struggles with my self esteem including mental health issues. I cherish the opportunities I’ve been granted with Stand-Up. Read more>>

Dawn Lee

My passion for graphic design and art grew very naturally throughout my whole life. I remember that I was in elementary school when I asked my mom to take me to my first Photoshop class. Since I grew up as an only child and my parents were working, I had a lot of time at home to pick up hobbies. Read more>>

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