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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.

Samara Lovell

I had been involved in the tattoo industry for a long time and somewhat fell back into it upon arriving in San Diego. After learning that I may be pursuing other artistic endeavors, my boss and good friend Briana Robinson (owner of BUJU Tattoo) tossed out the idea of cosmetic tattooing. Read more>>

Lisa Telepman

I had many huge art and fashion shows as well as music events in the salon over the years. In 2010, the economy took a turn and it became difficult to maintain the space. I decided to downsize and worked in a small space for a year in Mission Hills. Read more>>

Krissy Eliot

The next step in my writing pilgrimage is to go into business for myself as a weird blogger and author—which is why I’ve launched Hot Alien, a blog featuring serious journalism on seriously weird shit. As I explain in the blog’s intro post, I’ll be writing about everything from the legendary Bigfoot to aliens to my increasingly weird life—with an aim of being informative, fun, and fantastically freaky. Read more>>

Jeanéva Rose

The artist and entrepreneur that I am, have always been a part of me. As a child, I was always creating art, acting, singing, creating dance routines with my friends and performing every chance I got. I was always looking to create my own path and construct my own magical reality exactly the way I felt it was meant to be. As I began my journey of self-evolution, I realized just how important these parts of me truly were. Read more>>

Gabi Villegas

I grew up in a Hispanic household, venturing between Tijuana and San Diego frequently. I grew up as an artist, drawing on the walls of my Mexican home, doodling silly cartoons of my friends and family all throughout high school. I always knew I wanted to do something with art, one way or another, either for video games or animation, but I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted. Read more>>

Morgan Stuart

I played softball at The University of Washington from 2008-2011 and won a National Championship my sophomore season (2009). I started coaching while I was still in college, but didn’t gain popularity in the area until I helped start a traveling clinic business called The Packaged Deal in 2014. Since then, I have expanded my own brand to include infield lessons and mental training. Read more>>

Jessa Gregory

I’ve realized God gave me acne for a reason. He gave me acne to help me realize the power of Makeup, my passion to make others feel beautiful, and that we should never base our judgments on other people’s SKIN. This started my passion for makeup. At age 14, I had done my first wedding airbrush makeup, by 18 I was a licensed cosmetologist, by 19 I was working at Clinique. Read more>>

Katie Schlein

I always have loved acknowledging the synchronistic aspects of life. Fast forward to graduation from chiropractic school, I had planned to work abroad in Singapore. I love traveling and was enticed to experience life abroad for a period of time. A few weeks before graduation, I was offered a position as an associate in the office I am an independent contractor in & currently have my own practice. Read more>>

Pam Covarrubias

My love for photography began when I was 17. I saved up so I could purchase my own camera, though I’d always use my mom’s and grandparent’s and try to take photos of everything around me. Then, after my parents’ divorce, my mom simply didn’t have time to make memories of us. Read more>>

Christina Romano

I started working in the beauty industry thirteen years ago when I was asked to do makeup for my first wedding. My career started without any formal training so I spent several years doing bridal and prom makeup on the weekends in order to get faster and better at makeup application. Read more>>

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