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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.

Julia Lezina

I’ve been always into beauty since I was a kid as my mom raised me to take care of myself as a women. When I was 21 I won a Green Card in lottery and at 22 moved to USA from Kiev, Ukraine with no family and was working at a restaurant. At some point I decided that I need to figure out what I’m gonna do from there on. Read more>>

Rachel Roth

This ten-year long project begun when my friend Leona and I were really getting into superhero movies and at that time we weren’t seeing what we wanted to in the films. Mind you, this was in 2010. The lack of diversity and lack of strong female characters are what inspired Bait and Switch. Read more>>

Veronica Kusmuk

I started working an advertising sales position a little over 8 years ago with a local business journal (Pacific Coast Business Times). Prior to starting this position, I actually thought I might go back to school and become a teacher. I was on the fence about my next move when a really good friend informed me of the sales position. Read more>>

Paige Elson

I’m Paige Elson and I am an actress and writer based out of Los Angeles. My love for creating stories started when I was a kid. My mom and I LOVED television and movies. I was an only child, raised by a single mother, and we found enjoyment watching great stories. Read more>>

Shar Davis

I moved to LA almost 7 years ago and landed a great job in the corporate world. The money was great but I wasn’t passionate about the industry so I naturally started to give my attention to something else. I dived deep into the beauty industry, I found an 8 week makeup course that I could do on the weekends, once I got my certificate. Read more>>

Jamie Boyd

I was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. I have an older brother who was into photography. So before I knew it, I was asking to use his camera frequently. I always shifted between what I wanted to do creatively, but as I got older I realized photography was such a constant in my life. Read more>>

Melissa Coulier

I was born and raised in Livingston, Montana, a rural, creative town tucked away in the Rocky Mountains. I am one of four kids. My Dad was a lumberjack, and my Mom was an Author and stay-at-home-Mom. Due to the nature of my Father’s line of work. Read more>>

Natsuki Miya

This year is the 10th year since I moved and started living in America. Wow, looking at how much my life has changed, and how far I’ve come, grown into who I am today throughout these ten years honestly makes me overwhelmed. Read more>>

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