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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.

Bita Minaravesh

I have been a student for almost 85% of my life, and I’ve never been good at letting my mind rest for long. While I was studying neurobiology at Berkeley, I balanced it with a minor in art history and worked in a psych lab. While getting my master’s in public health at USC. Read more>>

Diana Ragland

Diana Ragland was born in Rhode Island and raised in Connecticut and Virginia. She studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has worked in the photography industry for more than 20 years. Diana spent many years working as a retouch artist for some of the world’s most notable photographers. Read more>>

Jessica Lynn

I grew up playing in nature with my brother. Being outside for hours, as kids do, with their friends. Taking for granted the lush verdant greenery that surrounded me. My grandmother had a beautiful garden I used to play in and fruit trees that we could pick peaches from and bring inside. Read more>>

Mara Reltien

I grew up a competitive swimmer. It took me spending a year abroad in Montreal pursuing my sport to realize that the world was my oyster, and there were so many things I hadn’t even touched because of the time commitment and sacrifices it takes to be an athlete. My year abroad shook me up real hard. Read more>>

Anna Ellison

My story is a complicated one because my passions and my work lie in who I am as a person. I’m a half white, half Pakistani woman that was adopted into one of the few democratic families in Texas. In that family, I have a mom, a dad, 8 siblings, and 8 nieces & nephews. Read more>>

Gosia Walak

I started my career after graduating from the acclaimed Lodz Film School in Poland, where I was taught by some of the greatest artists in European & international cinema who helped to develop and expand my creative taste. It led me into a career in acquisitions and programming for Film and TV in London where I worked for over 10 years. Read more>>

Abigail Makepeace

As a child of Jamaican immigrants, I am a first-generation American. I spent my childhood split between Jamaica and the states, and when I was very young I began to understand the role that racism and poverty play in the United States. Read more>>

Jayla Asare

Where do I even begin! I feel like my journey has been a little all over the place, but I’m grateful for it. I was born and raised in Sacramento, CA and attended Chapman University where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Read more>>

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