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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.

Caitlyn Chase

I first discovered my love for writing and creating imagery when I was about ten years old. My family traveled extensively all over the world and I would always write about my experiences and time spent traveling in journals. I also loved documenting my trips by taking hundreds of photos. Read more>>

Mascha Davis

As I began my journey of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), I started on a path of discovery of what it means to be truly healthy and to help others. After completing my undergraduate studies in Nutritional Science & Dietetics, I went on to obtain my Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree at UCLA and to complete my accredited dietetic internship at the VA Hospital in Los Angeles. Read more>>

Kristen Terry

Greetings! I got started as a professional dancer in Alvin Ailey repertoire, as well as Afro Caribbean and Latin ballroom as a youth in the midwest and east coast. I then learned to become a guest teacher while a teen and learned music as a singer which eventually led me to music full time for many years as an entertainer. Read more>>

Kelly Privado

I started doing my own makeup when I was 13 years old and suddenly, I was doing my cousins makeup every time they went out. I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do but I finally realized I wanted to be a makeup artist when a lady complimented me on my makeup and asked if I had ever considered being a makeup artist so from there I just looked for schools and decided to get certified as a makeup artist. Read more>>

Angelina Margo

I’m a personal trainer, natural pro bikini athlete and meal coach. I have an advance degree with published research in exercise and I love transforming lives and bodies. My clientele goals range from functional fitness, extreme weight-loss, bikini competition prep and posing, pre and post natal exercise, to rehabilitative exercise and senior fitness. Read more>>

Lorena Taboas

I was born and raised in Miami to a Cuban mom and Spaniard dad. My family was always on the go and exploring was part of our routine. When I became a mom, I knew I wanted to raise my son the same exact way: surrounded by culture and immersed in adventure. Read more>>

Sarah Kathryn Chenault

In January of 2013, Sarah developed her line of jewelry Aull Things. A friend had asked her to sell her furniture refinishing projects at her booth in Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles but Sarah opted to return to a practice she had begun in the Sculpture BFA program at Washington University in St. Louis – combining metal and natural materials to adorn the body. Read more>>

Jules Davis

Over the course of a few short years, I lost my mother, one of my closest friends, several other friends and a man who I considered a second father figure. Then, I found myself involved in a serious car accident where I sustained disabling spinal injuries. In a split second, I went from living in an athletic physical body to one that could hardly move without excruciating pain, weakness and a myriad of other terrible symptoms. Read more>>

Jacquie Aiche

I have always had a strong connection to crystals and precious stones. I started making jewelry out of my garage 11 years ago. At the time, everything in fine jewelry was so traditional and I wanted to make pieces that women have a more spiritual connection to. I was selling my pieces at my clothing store anonymously. Read more>>

Cindy Stirling

I grew up in s small mountain ski town in Arizona. With a passion for the beauty industry, I attended cosmetology school during my junior and senior year of high school. Moving to Scottsdale Arizona shortly after graduating, I started my own Salon studio at 20 years old while working part-time at MAC cosmetics. I worked 7 days a week until I moved to San Diego in 2008. Read more>>

Pamela Sandler

As a native Brit living in LA, I often get asked how I made my way to this sunny paradise? Put simply, it was my love for holistic healing, good food and traveling that brought me here. In my early years, I was a huge sugar junkie, despite growing up in a household where sweet treats were not the norm. Read more>>

Tiffany Craft

I started tifficraft in September 2017 as a creative outlet to cover a variety of topics including fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel and well-being. I aim to infuse into my daily life snapshots beautiful content that reflects my personal style as well as inspiring educational tools that encourage and empower readers to achieve their goals. Read more>>

Nour Jarrar

Social media is my passion. I have been working in social media my entire career. When I reached the position of Head of the Social Media Department in a leading advertising agency in Dubai, it was a no-brainer for me to start my own blog and benefit from my experience personally. Read more>>

Kristen Schellenberg

It all started with a pipe dream – I just wanted MORE. I was working in Ad Sales, searching to find a way out, hoping to stumble across some great passion that, at the time, I didn’t have. When people would ask about my passion, my answer would essentially be nothing. Read more>>

Brielle Galekovic

I formerly lived and worked in NYC doing PR. My friends and I were among the first to learn about the hottest places to brunch and because there was such a huge brunch scene in the city, it was all we looked forward to once the weekend came. It became a lifestyle – we’d go somewhere new and fabulous every single weekend. Read more>>

Anna von Urbans

While on a tour, a concert pianist – Anna von Urbans, has stumbled upon a little paper shop in Berlin. Rummaging around, clumsily she spillt her coffee on one of the paper rolls. Panicked, she was assured that there was no worries as no damage has been done, because the paper is washable and it will dry to its natural shape. Read more>>

Shana Meyerson

I grew up a very intense athlete. I played the Junior USTA tennis circuit in high school, later trained for the Race Across America (bike riding 100 miles a day) and worked out like a fiend (three hours a day) all through my 20’s. Read more>>

Nicole Doherty

Nicole Doherty is a Shamanic Empowerment Coach, Shamanic Reiki Master Healer, Ceremonialist, Sound Healer, Yoga Teacher Trainer and medicine woman living in Los Angeles, CA. She is the founder of the Shamanic Healing Arts Academy, an Evolutionary Online Shamanic Healing Arts Academy for Women to Be Empowered! Read more>>

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