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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.

Vanessa Harvey

I am born and raised in LA. I attended LACES for Highschool, Spelman College for Undergrad, and I received my MBA from Pepperdine University. I’ve worked In entertainment for the past five years before following my passion and working as a makeup artist. Read more>>

Michelle Pan

I was around the age of 9 when I started consciously listening to the feedback from teachers, students, and my parents about how I was too sensitive, too emotional, too talkative, too outgoing, too loud, too fat, think too much. Read more>>

Karen Isabella Set

I always believed that you discover your passion at a young age, but I have come to realize that your passion can spring up on you unexpectedly and you don’t even know it. Read more>>

Kati Vaarasuo

I’m highly educated woman from Finland. I’ve been doing music whole my life, played violin since I was 4yr and also sang and played the piano. I created whole different career in Finland as a teacher, principal, leader, security and safety manager and wellness at work specialist in education. Read more>>

Carnelian Cosplay

When I was little, Halloween was (and still is, honestly) my favorite holiday, and I was one of those kids who insisted on making my own costumes. I was and am an avid bookworm, so more often than not, the costumes I made were my own interpretations of characters in the books I was reading. Read more>>

Areva Martin

My journey as an advocate began with my son Marty’s diagnosis at the age of two. Like so many mothers, I was absolutely devastated with the diagnosis. I was frustrated and confused. There was no centralized source of consistent information and even my pediatrician had more questions than answers. Read more>>

Danayia Stedham

I’ve always loved and was good at, however something in it was missing for me. My dad would always tell me “Danayia, I know you enjoy working behind the scenes, but you belong in front of the camera.” Thanks, dad. Read more>>

Zarreen Amin

I am fairly new to LA and came out year about a year ago to pursue a master’s in public health with a focus on industrial hygiene (IH). Coming into IH was a stroke of luck because after graduating college I had hopes of earning my PhD. However. Read more>>

Sheereen AK

I started my fashion Instagram account back in 2012 while I was attending FIDM. Initially the account was a hobby, to share my favorite trends and daily looks. My dream was to start my own clothing line after finishing school, but back then I never imagined it would turn into a full-time job. Read more>>

Kelsey Foster

I was born and raised in LA and despite LA being a very glitz and glam town, it’s where my love and appreciation for nature started. I grew up playing at the beaches in Santa Monica and hiking in the surrounding mountain ranges. Read more>>

Melanie Riccardi

I didn’t always know I wanted to be a photographer and it really didn’t have much impact on my life until I decided I wanted to pursue it as a career. I went to school for performing arts and as a young adult I was living in LA pursing an acting career. Read more>>

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