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Trailblazers: Balboa Park & Hillcrest

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 Balboa Park & Hillcrest that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Sloane Wormser

I have worked at salons in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Maryland, choosing a more challenging salon each time, I have been able to grow my career through saying yes to every opportunity and constantly pushing myself to go to the next level. Read more>>

Dee Peri

My mission, goal, focus, is to connect with high-end resorts, spas, hotels, spa owners and provide hard wax training and education to their staff members/estheticians, help them improve their skills and share my “secrets”, knowledge and experience of my 15 years in the industry. Read more>>

Lindsay Ryan

Having always been a writer in some capacity, it took being awarded the opportunity to cover Fashion Week San DIego in 2015 for NBC 7, to really make a commitment to myself to be intentional about this passion. Read more>>

Allison Mason Mellon

I’m a creative at heart. My whole life I’ve dabbled with the arts – drawing and painting mostly – and have loved to be around creative ideas. I’ve shaped my career to work in a creative field – Read more>>

Lynnzee Valerio

I was always good at doing hairstyles on my friends hair in high school, I did everyone hair for all the dances, I use to watch my hairstylist Give me and hilites and I was like, that’s not hard and I they let me try out hilites in my kitchen. Read more>>

Marci Jameson

I began my career right out of high school. I knew college wasn’t for me and it was actually my dad who suggested beauty school. He’d noticed I was always the last one to get ready because I was too busy doing everyone else’s hair. Read more>>

Tori Pelfree

I’ve been passionate about hair color from a young age, coloring friends hair at home, in the bathroom at school between classes, and collecting every hair magazine I could find. Read more>>

Dr. Rachelle Robinson

My interest in the field of Psychology started back in high school. I was close friends with a child psychologist who was this remarkable woman, so caring and engaged with those around her. Read more>>

Faith Morris

As a young person the idea of living an abundant life was one of my core goals. I put a lot of intention into being the most positive, grateful, and empathetic person I can be. Read more>>

Amanda Manion

My journey into the beauty industry started when I enrolled in Esthetician school back in 2009. From there, I went through a Makeup Artistry school, which would lead me to get my cosmetology license in 2012. It’s been a bumpy start… Read more>>

Amanda Thorne

Before I started my company, Thorne Artistry, I was a radio DJ for over 10 years. Styling was something that’s always been a passion of mine and even something that I did in college to help pay for school. Read more>>

Amy Wise

From the time I was a kid, I loved photography. Although, as a kid, I typically chopped off my subjects’ heads. Since then I’ve gotten much better. It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I started getting serious and began doing wedding and family photography. Read more>>

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