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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.

Davina Roshansky Victor

Whether we took weekend trips to nearby quaint New England towns or long-haul road trips from the Grand Canyon up to San Francisco — my parents loved sharing their passion for travel with us. With a large family in tow, they encouraged us to experience both well-known locales and off-the-beaten-path places. Read more>>

Inspiring Meghan Rosenfeld

There were plenty of personal trainers offering their services, but none that I felt sat down with me and addressed my needs and challenges during pregnancy, and who could build a program to target my objectives; safely and mindfully. Read more>>


My older brother and I grew up doing musical theater, acting and were introduced to the entertainment industry very early on. I always had this feeling in the back of my mind that one day I would try and make it out in the city. Fast forward a couple of years, as the internet was getting more and more popular, I remember making a Myspace and Tumblr account online. Read more>>

Joy Joyce

My first desire was to become a landscape designer. I studied Ornamental Horticulture in high school. I have art in my blood, whether it be singing, drawing, crafting or landscaping. My love of being outdoors and working with my two best tools (my hands) gave me the assurance that landscaping was the right path for me. Read more>>

Jasmine Chang

For the past few years, I have also founded a creative agency with a couple of good friends and done branding, marketing, and crowdfunding campaigns for tech startups in Taiwan in the hopes of assisting them in their success of breaking into the U.S. market and reaching more people outside of Asia. Read more>>

Emily Towner

After my bachelor’s degree, I went on to complete postbaccalaureate studies at Columbia University in psychology, where I worked in several research labs in the department. Finally, after completing my studies at Columbia, I applied to UCLA, where I am now in graduate school completing my master’s degree in social science research. I also work in a lab in the psychology department here studying developmental psychology and neuroscience. Read more>>

Nykki McGee

I started acting when I was a young preschooler so I got an early taste of the stage — and must say — I loved it! While in 6th grade I joined a modeling school in Indianapolis where I learned some beauty skills. From there, I had the opportunity to travel to New York for modeling and acting convention. Read more>>

Lauren Lepire

I have always had a love for vintage clothing, even as a child.  My first job was even at a vintage clothing store, which only made my passion and knowledge for it grow.  A few years later, I was one of the early eBay stores, listing and selling pieces from my college dorm room.  People still remember me as “the girl with the clock”, as I used to model all of the clothes myself with a Mondrian clock hanging in the background.  Read more>>

Eshia Alvarado

I worked as a freelancer and realized that I wanted to focus my time and energy on projects that I was passionate about and create content with meaning behind it. This inspired me to establish my own production company, Moonstruck Films, where I can curate projects that are not only beautiful but have value behind it. Working in the industry for a while, I found there was a lack of females and people of color on set. Read more>>

Chloe Urquhart

I had always wanted to own my own business but taking the leap to actually leave the stability of my salary, health insurance, and PTO was TERRIFYING. But getting laid off forced me to be as strong and brave as I possibly could. So, I took a negative, turned it into a positive, and started my own business. Read more>>

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