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West LA 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 West LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Lynda McCloskey

When I was very young I vowed to myself that if I was working in an office by the age of thirty-five I would have to “jump”. I didn’t know what I would jump into but I think that conviction came from seeing my mom at that age unhappy at her job. Read more>>

Ashlee Wakefield

My two worlds between health and acting finally intersected about one year ago. I studied both visual arts/media and Health Education/Holistic Health in undergrad. While I was integrating myself into the health industry, I was also photographing. Read more>>

Phenicia West

Owner, Ms. Phenicia West formed Massage Essential Time in January of 2016 in the state of Alabama. Ms. West has eleven (11) years of experience in the massage therapy industry, is a former basketball player and has continued to have an active lifestyle since college. Read more>>

Cali Rockowitz

I’ve always been an artist – since the age of three. My parents used to set me down, surround me with art supplies, and watch me go at it. Although I’ve always been an artist, I never considered it possible to make a living out of it. Read more>>

Chnyere Minott

I always had this burning idea to bring the culture of Caribbean Carnival and our festive dance culture, in general, to the workout. Especially after being exposed to the many subtle differences in Caribbean music and dances which I observed living on campus as an undergraduate student at UWI, Mona Campus. Read More>>

Jess Begum

I guess I’m just an artist at heart. My mom is a landscape artist and a florist, and when I was a kid, she owned a small business called the Garden Gallery, which combined the two. I’m not sure if I inherited my creative nature from her, or if I just learned along the way. Read more>>

Erin Marton

I’ve been shooting photos intentionally since my freshman year of college, but even before that, I was always drawn to photography in some way! I loved the way photography would cause me to slow down and see the world around me with clarity and focus. Read more>>

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