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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.

The Valley

Stephanie Gonzales

I moved to LA about six years ago to pursue my acting career. Back then, I was just using Instagram occasionally to keep in touch with friends, etc. Somewhere along the way, I became more passionate about it and started being on the app WAY more. I started collaborating with local photographers to take fun photos, and my account started to grow. Read more>>

Casey Shea

I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts. My mom put me in dance when I was two years old, and it’s been the most consistent thing in my life since. I definitely wasn’t a natural-born dancer but I had the heart. I always loved moving my body and being on stage, it felt like I could be myself but also whoever I wanted to be. Read more>>

Eevi Rola

After graduating from high school, I packed my bags and moved to New York City to study acting. I went through an intense learning experience and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree here in the states. Now, a few years later, I am an actor, filmmaker and art director, living in Los Angeles and building my career. Read more>>

Shea Smith

Although I studied Political Science and have a background in international relations, I have spent the majority of my career crafting episodic television as a Story Producer. I have always loved highlighting people’s personal stories and sharing relevant issues which came to a head in 2014 when I first learned about the lack of regulations in the personal care industry in the United States. Read More>>

Yelyzaveta Bublii

 am a makeup artist who moved from Ukraine to USA one year ago. My professional experience makeup artist is more than six years. It all started with the fact that I had enjoyed doing make-up to my relatives, friends, acquaintances and slowly it has grown into a professional business which had brought me the money. Read more>>

Christina Chi

I studied Animation/Illustration at San Jose State University, where I immersed myself in a supportive community of artists very similar to the artists I admired online. I met my professor and mentored David Chai, who would make an animated film every year. He taught me everything I know about the animation industry, from the entire production pipeline to just being a good person to work with. Read more>>

Rachel Austin

I think my story starts out much like other photographers, I have always been artistic and have always loved creating art. As a kid, I used to really love taking pictures with disposable cameras. I would have my friends dress up and model for me. I remember how excited I would get to go develop them to unveil the results. Read more>>

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