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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.

Stephanie Hutton

With no formal qualifications, I always felt I had to work harder than everyone else in the room because I had a point to prove. But that’s where I found Honey Birdette, and my ability has been nurtured not based off a qualifying piece of paper but a willingness and drive. Read more>>

Caylie Rae Kalmbach

Coaching began since I’m of the spirit that all of this, even the messy bits, are part of the same beautiful thing! If I had to pick the most magical moment, the true beginning, it was in the fall of 2017 when I left my beloved Los Angeles to cozy back up in Colorado for real, gritty heart exploration. Read more>>

Elisa and Eve Yen

It was then we discovered a whole community of “Kayla’s Army” on Instagram. At first, we would only jump on the program a few months before Coachella because we wanted to look our best for the music festival every year. Then, we quickly realized how much we loved to workout, challenging our bodies to transform into a better and healthier version of itself. Read more>>

Gillian Cooper

Performing has always been a huge part of my life. I was born and raised in San Francisco where, in addition to being your typical kid, I trained as an aerial contortionist and mime in a pre-professional circus troupe until I was 14. I was also involved in theater and dance in middle and high school and after I graduated, I moved to New York to study acting at the Tisch School of the Arts through the Atlantic Acting School. Read more>>

Nora Harris

I started to think about how I could manage my depressed and anxious feelings on a daily basis. I started moving my body again by taking Brett Larkin’s free YouTube classes in my dorm room. A few nights a week, I would do just 30 minutes on the stained carpeting while my roommate studied a few feet away. Read more>>

Trishna Patel

It certainly hasn’t been an easy road. But I don’t think any story you can learn from is. As a storyteller, I’ve had to fight for assignments, deal with my fair share of politics, among other things. But I’d like to share a story and some advice I wish I received when I was trying to figure things out. Read more>>

Tanya Bures

One classmate auspiciously suggested I work at a makeup counter during the summer break where I could make decent money and think about what I wanted to do when I went back to school. By the time summer was coming to a close, I knew I was doing what I needed to do to be happy… and that was makeup. Read more>>

Isabella Dropsy

My advice to other young women would be that there are so many things that you might be interested or you think you don’t even know what you want to do with your life, but that’s okay. Experimentation is the best thing you could do for yourself to see what you like, hate, or want to pursue, but you never know until you try it. Read more>>

Barbara Stamis

My intuition has deepened and I am often guided to include many other modalities such as bodywork, sound healing, essential oils, breath, and meditation. I am becoming more of an alchemist, honoring my gifts and eccentricities. This encourages a deeper sense of alignment for each client and is ultimately transforming and expanding my business. Read more>>

Kirschen Katz

I was both physically & verbally abused by ‘the father’, Nazi-loving madmen until the day I stood up to him at fourteen years old & seized my power. The only gift he gave me was the introduction to running which was the very thing that got me away from him. I was a heavily recruited athlete in track and field and received a full scholarship to many universities & became one of the top collegiate runners in my event. Read more>>

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