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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.

Christina Thomas

Growing up in Virginia, I always wanted to do things my way and venture off on my own path. My first business plan I completed was for a wellness day spa to help others feel good about themselves both physically and mentally. Read more>>

Tatjana Duenas

Tatjana Duenas is a multifaceted fashion and music art director. Photography, fashion styling, set design, and graphic design encompass some of her growing and developing creative outlets. Read more>>

Wandalese Miranda

I’m a Puerto Rican from the Bronx, but no one ever believes me when I say that because I don’t have an accent and the first thing people get from me is “sweet”, quickly followed by, “quiet” and “shy”. I used to hate when people described me with those words because I thought it meant “weak. Read more>>

Tia Hogue

I knew working out and staying active was something I enjoyed senior year of high school, that’s when I took things to the next level. During that time I got serious about my fitness journey and that’s when it became a passion. Read more>>

Karishma Patel

I started this blog three years ago not thinking much of it. I started posting my fitness journey because at that time, I was focused on losing weight and I thought if I started sharing my journey on social media. Read more>>

Anastasia Velicescu

Several years ago I was still studying at USC. I was very passionate about the music scene. I was majoring in communication and minoring in music industry in hopes of getting in festival production. At first I really wanted to be an experience creator. Read more>>

May Lindstrom

My adventures in skincare began as a small girl. Growing up, I would spend full days mashing wild plants into a pulp and covering myself, and everyone who would humor me, in “potions” made from these vibrant green liquids and the clays I would dig from the iron-rich soil in my yard. Read more>>


I only began my acting journey in early 2015, and had actually postponed beginning it for about half a year, afraid that I was just blinded by lights after moving to LA from Upstate NY. I was working as a graphic designer, a field I’ve been a part of since 2005. Read more>>

Olivia VanCampen

I grew up in Boston, MA, and from a young age, I always had a very creative spirit and energy that I brought to every room I entered. I grew up very involved with music, movies, and theatre, and began making little films with my younger sister when I was about 11 or 12. Read more>>

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