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Valley Trailblazers

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 the Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Vicky Iskandar

So I am now fully devoted to helping others create or find an ideal space to manifest a better lifestyle. A home blessed with excellent Feng Shui brings effortless growth, happiness, and support to its occupants, and this is what I’m experiencing with my own home. Read more>>

Vanessa Pangilinan

I started beauty blogging in 2005, after growing increasingly frustrated not being able to find swatches or makeup looks of products on Asian skintones similar to mine. Read more>>

Elka Moses

I have always been fascinated by makeup and transformations. I remember watching the makeover scene in “Princess Diaries” as a kid and being completely blown away. Read more>>

Pamela Robins

Pamela Robins draws on pivotal personal experiences and training in a wide mix of healing modalities to deliver transformational wellness offerings, including group and private sound bath sessions. Read more>>

Dani Van Buren

Through ups and downs, and five more years, I finally attended Toni & Guy Hairdressing Acedemy. It changed my life. I discovered a passion for the beauty industry like I’d never realized before. Read more>>

Jessica McDonald

I have been a vegetarian for many years, who also happens to love Disney! When I first started going to Disneyland regularly 13 years ago, it was incredibly difficult to find tasty vegetarian or vegan options at the park. Read more>>

Sally Colón-Petree

“I started the Women Like Us documentary in February 2014, inspired by the passing of my mom, who left us a month before I started this film. This was my way of grieving. Read more>>

Tara Sandler, Jennifer Davidson, Nicole Henrich, Samantha Leonard, Kerry Carlock and Dana Besnoy

“It’s the ultimate example of teamwork,” explains Henrich. “I head up Development. My team’s job is to create and develop new series to pitch and sell to networks. Once a show is sold, it goes to Samantha, who is the SVP of Production, to oversee crewing and production in the field. Read more>>

Sai Hernandez

This whole business journey came unexpectedly to me. Originally, I wanted to go to cosmetology school to do updos and freelance wedding. Read more>>

Karen Lieberman

I was born in Staten Island, NY to parents that both came to the US from Europe when they were kids. All four of my grandparents survived the Holocaust, before my parents were born, so I come from some pretty strong and amazing genes and all of their stories have informed a great deal of the person I am today. Read more>>

Denise Gordon

My 92 year old mother had her eyebrows tattooed several years ago, When she made the appointment the woman was booked 3 months in advance and was charging $500. My mother waited her three months and when she showed me her brows they were beautiful. Read more>>

Wendoline Vargas

I wanted to show them what being a VAGA out in the streets actually looked like and what that meant. Unknowingly at the time, I was helping change the narrative for other women and what it meant to leave your comfort zone in pursuit of your dreams. Read more>>

Samantha Skelton

I’ve come to realize how rare that is with the industry that I’m in. Aside from running this blog, I’m also an actor and screenwriter. Read more>>

bri orozco

I’ve been doing hair for a little over 11 years but if i’m being honest, i didn’t start taking it seriously until about 5 years ago.The first few years i was pretty much jumping around from salon to salon trying to fit in and find out where i would flourish. Read more>>

Faheema Chaudhury

Art has always been apart of my life. My earliest epiphany of being able to draw was probably in the 4th grade when I drew some Peanuts characters for a class assignment and thought “Wow, that’s actually good.” Read more>>

Jacqueline Murillo

My interest in makeup started at a young age, I remember renting my first horror movie called “Hellraiser”. Now the main character called “Pinhead” his character had prosthetic nails all over his head, and that fascinated me! Who? How?  Read more>>

Danny Sanchez

I was at a point in my life where change was in order. I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in a field that really captured my imagination. As I cast about, trying to take that next step, it hit me– ever since I was a child I loved gems. Read more>>

Megan Roy

As a kid who was afraid of the spotlight, I was always drawn to solitary creative activities, but growing up I didn’t know that building my own job around those things was an option. Read more>>

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