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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.

Jenny Wu

My blog has opened the door to many fabulous opportunities including being the resident blogger for Saks Fifth Avenue, working with dream brands like Marc Jacobs Beauty and Shopbop, and even helped me get on The Amazing Race! Read more>>

Maira Gomez

I’ve had a love for makeup since I was really young. When I was a teenager I loved going to the makeup counters in any mall and try as much makeup as I could. Read more>>

Shannon Lyn Arnold

The moment my eyes landed on this career path, I intuitively knew that this is what I was created to do. I continued my research and hired a life coach myself. Read more>>

Danielle Whittaker

I’m a giddy and grateful educator and consultant with Beautycounter. I’ve been a working actress since I was 21 and hit a financial crossroads on a recent big birthday. Read more>>

Allyson DeFoor

I believe there are many different ways of sticking up for animals, including using social media to give examples of yummy vegan food, health facts, and just show that people are thriving while they’re vegan. Read more>>

Anne Rossell

I always knew I wanted to help people. I started volunteering with children when I was 12 years old as part of a community services club I joined at my school in Philadelphia, PA. Read more>>


My life has been full of travel and the unexpected and from a young age I realized that I could combine the adventure of being an archaeologist, with my obsession for National Geographic and become a Photographer and nothing has gotten in my way since. Read more>>

Teresa Bredenberg

By the end of the year I may start a new adventure in Madrid to try out the European film industry, a more artistic based mindset. Regardless of where I am, I always think: Do something that advances your career and personal growth each day! Read more>>

Candy Washington

At my core, I’m a storyteller. I started my career in fashion as an intern in the PR department of Louis Vuitton in NYC. From there, I went into marketing and public relations while building my blog, brand, and social media presence on the side. Read more>>

Anna Alimani

I’m definitely one of the most fun ambitious but cool and humble down-to-earth people you can meet I pride myself in being a jack-of-all-trades from being a certified nutritionist personal trainer model aspiring actress in realtor I’m a workout fanatic. Read more>>

Luci Petlack

The path to becoming a fashion and travel blogger isn’t a straight one for anyone! My story starts when I was earning my PhD in American History from UC Davis – that’s what you expected, right? I decided at the ripe age of 15 that I wanted to be a history college professor. Read more>>

Deborah Lynn Irmas

My art story began very early. My mother was an artist and she taught me many things. But the one thing I knew for sure was that I loved art as much as she did. Read more>>

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