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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.

Robin Randolph

Believe it or not, I am a native Angeleno. I was born at Cedar’s Sinai in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Sherman Oaks. I’m a true ‘valley girl,’ as some might say. To top things off, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in 2011 and bleed blue and gold – Read more>>

Tamara Perry

I’ve always been drawn to hair design. When I was 11, my family moved from Los Angeles to Copenhagen, DK. I was energized by all the Danish punks and hairdo’s. It was a pivotal time for me, I chopped my hair off, bleached it and discovered rock and roll. Read more>>

Jesse Douglas and Riley Leonard

Combining my mom’s design and marketing chops with my own development and logistics experience, we knew we had a winning team to build a brand of really beautiful, really high-quality bags that would appeal to a range of different ages, styles, and needs. Read more>>

Laura Pavlakovich

It didn’t take long for me to find You’re Just My Type – a non-profit designed to connect people all sharing the same highs, lows, victories, and struggles – no matter what side of the world they may live on. Read more>>

Jasmin Barnes

Bored with my super thick, frizzy hair and worried about damaging my hair from everyday styling, I have given a wig a try! It gave me freedom from everyday straightening, blow-drying and a little extra boost of confidence. Read more>>

Monica Rae

Meditation brought me to the realization that “What was? was.” and “What will be? Will be.” By meditating each day, I allowed the weights of life to be lifted. Even it was only for 20 minutes, twice a day. That relief allowed me to go about my day lighter, brighter, and more intentional. Read more>>

Anabel Marquez

I’m a former news reporter. I left my last newsroom job 2009 for a more stable career. A year later, I landed a federal government job in Downtown Los Angeles. My job as a public servant has been a wonderful opportunity (I still have my full-time job). Read more>>

Sophia Hay

I’ve always been a creative person but found that I wasn’t creative in means of art or fashion, but moreso in baking & beauty. It wasn’t until I became very ill that I had time to reflect and pursue my passion for baking. In 2009 I was diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease which slowly took over my life. Read more>>

Brittany Montgomery

Since then I have been able to create logos, designs and engage in other branding experiences for different artists, including myself. I can never really lock it down to one medium that inspires me and I think I would like to keep it that way. Read more>>

Ima Djie

When I started shooting it was more of a hobby than anything else, but now it almost defines me. Very soon after picking up my first film camera, a Canon AE-1 that was handed down to me, I started thinking about how I could incorporate my wishes of contributing to a better society in my photography. Read more>>

Constance Henderson

To say the least fashion has always been a huge part of my life. But growing up, a career in fashion didn’t seem be realistic. So, I decided no matter where I worked I would just be the flyest. Landing my first job as an office aide at 14 years old, I received an intro business 101. Read more>>

Devin Davis

I’ve been writing music on and off for about twelve years now, but only four years ago got the courage to move to Los Angeles (from Orange County *eye roll*) and start a band. Ramonda Hammer is my first real musical project and I’ve put everything I have into it. Read more>>

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