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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.

Hyun Yu

I am a designer and a maker living in Los Angeles. Before making jewelry, I was a full-time graphic designer for another company. At that time, I was desperate to create something of my own but didn’t know how. One day for a distraction. Read more>>

Aliza J. Sokolow

I began shooting years into it when Instagram became the key focus. I was inspired by showing people what happens in the back of the house in restaurants or the kitchen for not restaurant folks. It’s an honor to be in the kitchens with such great talents. I have a great amount of gratitude every day. Read more>>

Anna, Dawn and Jules Tidball, Palomino and Hebert

We are three women from all different backgrounds who met working together in the beauty industry. After a few years of working in a spa, we learned that we all had a similar vision for opening up our own little boutique spa, so we put our heads together and decided to just go for it! Read more>>

Mia Esterak

I was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. Ever since I was a young girl, I have been fascinated with art, make-up, colors and fashion. Having grown up poor, I always had a strong admiration for cool styles, trendy clothes and unique hair styles. Read more>>

Cynthia Hervatic

Being a veterinarian is actually my second career. I worked in TV News (MSNBC) for 10 years before I was inspired to pursue my passion. It only took 2 weeks of volunteer work at a nearby animal clinic to realize I had to apply to veterinary school. To do so, I had to repeat much of my undergraduate work. Read more>>

Lucy Michel

I’ve always been an artist in some capacity. I had taken photos my entire life, I even had a dark room in my house growing up, so I went to Parsons school for Design and got my BA in photography. Howevr, when photography became so digital, I lost my love for it. Read more>>

Trish Healy

WonderTent Parties was inspired by the recent adoption of my 15-year-old daughter, Celia. When Celia joined our family at age 12 she asked if she could have her very first sleepover as one of her Christmas wishes, and of course I wanted to make it truly memorable. Read more>>

Janiece Russell

After college I then opened my retail store in Culver City, Ca., January 2013 and have been here establishing myself as an industry leader. Magic Hair Company has evolved from a college apartment into a one of a kind retail hair extension boutique that specializes in custom wigs, custom color, and installations. Read more>>

Lisa Hirsch-Solomon

As my realizations were evolving, I continued my lifelong passion of working out and explored a new variety of workouts at various studios. I became most impressed when I started to learn about The Lagree Method and the premise behind what it could really do to improve ones body. Read more>>

Myracle Stevenson

I can say all of my persistence and hard work paid off. I am in the process of opening my own Photography Studio in Riverside, CA. My contractors are building out my space and it should be complete in the next 3-4 weeks. I’m very excited to take this next step in my business. Read more>>

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