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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.

Naomi Tirronen

For as long as I can remember, I was always involved in art and design, but it never occurred to me that I could go to school for it. My failure brought on an early quarter life crisis that forced me to search for an answer. Read more>>

Minette Norgaisse

I believe in what I am doing 100%. At times, I feel stuck because I feel my message isn’t going anywhere. I want people to know the truth, about who they are as well to see their true beauty and not just go through life, but grow through life with wisdom. Read more>>

Le Tresse Trahan Grissom

I was every passionate about working with this population of individuals and their families, however, working in this field also can draw up a lot of stress. Which is how my heart turned to the camera. Read more>>

Joya Kazi

I began my journey of intensely studying Indian classical dance and music and felt so grateful that my mother recognized my passion and went above and beyond to make sure I got the arts education I needed. Read more>>

Hetty Diep

Boxing intrigued me because it gave me a rush of endorphins in a healthy way. Without hesitation, I joined the team because everyone on the team seemed like they also had a rough past. Read more>>

Calais Renee

I randomly found out about this fitness coaching thing, and almost immediately had that gut feeling when you know something is meant to be. I become a fitness coach in May of 2016, and I haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Joanna Geummy Lee

While working at a celebrity hospital in Pangyo, Korea, she fell in love with marketing and the power of storytelling. Geummy’s passion for story building carries over in her work in marketing, branding, and content creating. She wants to find your brand’s own unique voice and make it memorable. Read more>>

Dr. Natalia Hildreth

Don’t be scared to fail, in the long run, it doesn’t matter. All your fails will teach you a lot and give your perspective. These will be the biggest step on the way to your goal. Create the life you deserve. Read more>>

Madeline MacDonald Kronenberg

Foundation; an anti-trafficking organization using fashion and creativity to fight back against the injustice of modern-day slavery. We seek to create easy and fun advocacy opportunities for everyday individuals to meaningfully engage in the fight to end modern slavery — Read more>>

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