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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.

CHRISTY MARION

The longer version is I always knew I was meant for big things. A big city, a big dream, a big life – not materially, but a life that really fuels my soul. I’ve always loved fashion and I’ve always loved to write. When I was younger, I had a “design book” that housed all my drawings of my potential clothing and shoe designs. Read more>>

CARLA BALLOU

At 16 years old, I found myself pregnant and a victim of domestic violence. I was able to complete my GED and went on to work in various industries. Being very confused and young mother, I wanted something better for my life, however, as the years went on, I found myself in other domestic violence relationships that attacked my self-confidence and kept me in a very dark place for many years. Read more>>

Laura Dunham

Growing up, I was a self-described tomboy, my interests were in dirt bikes, rock music, skateboarding, and I absolutely hated anything that was girly. Looking back, this is incredibly ironic now given the fact that my biggest passion is expressing myself through fashion and my favorite color is pink. Read more>>

Kristina Popova

I started traveling six years ago and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made! Traveled a lot, just experiencing life, networking, learning and trying new things. Then, two years ago, I decided that I want to get back to my artistic side and give it a real try. Read more>>

Serena Laney

When I was in the 4th grade, I saw a 5th grader play “Mary” in our elementary school’s performance of “The Secret Garden,” and I knew that it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life (act, not necessarily play Mary for the rest of my life, although that’s cool, too). Read more>>

Becca Radin

I have always been involved in health and fitness. But two and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s. This diagnosis turned my life upside down. I had to change everything about how I was living and also had to redefine what health meant for me. Read more>>

Michele Renee Sherlock

Los Angeles based contemporary, abstract artist, Michele Sherlock, was born and raised in Ohio. She has lived in three of the largest cities in the U.S., New York City, Chicago, and now, Los Angeles. Her artistic influences began when she married her husband of 30 years, Greg, who is an architect, designer, painter, and furniture builder. Read more>>

Caitlin Rose

I started dancing in St. Louis during elementary school and received my foundation at COCA-Center of Creative Arts. At COCA, I was part of a pre-professional dance company called COCADance and trained 6-7 days a week during classes and residencies with world-renowned choreographers. Read more>>

Morgan Ramey

My Mother was the first one to teach me how to be a trailblazer. A single mom raising four kids on a nurse’s budget dealing with the trauma that occurs over a lifetime is extremely challenging. My father had been heavily  incarcerated since I was a baby. She gave me her courage when I didn’t have any. I’m only where I’m at because of how much love and knowledge she’s gifted me. I’m incredibly lucky. Read more>>

Reagan Whitaker

Well, after graduating, I immediately moved to LA. I honestly didn’t know anyone but knew if I wanted to make it as a Designer, I couldn’t stay in Dallas. So, I moved 1000 miles from everyone I knew and I’ve been hustling for the last six years. I started from the bottom as an assistant designer and worked my way up through several contemporary brands. Read more>>

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