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Trailblazers: Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

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 Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Tina Tatum

I started modeling when I was 16 years old. I moved to NYC right after graduation. I was with a modeling agency called Cameo Models in midtown. When I got married and had my two girls I decided to start an agency out of my house that quickly blew up and I had a proper office within a year. I hired my mom as my partner and had two employees. Read more>>

Ariel Richardson

I have been passionate about how spaces can shape our experiences and environment since I was a child. With a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design and a Masters of Interior Architecture, my studies helped shaped/hone my technical and theoretical skills. Honing in on my ability to see a distressed space and envision the possibilities. I spent 12 years in the Bay Area working for notable architects and designers before venturing out on my own. Read more>>

Jacquelyn Cohen

I graduated from college a year early and decided to use that year to travel through all 50 states by myself. Having only been off the East Coast two times, I was blown away by all this country had! Somewhere around state 27, I gained the passion to photograph everything I was seeing. I wanted to show people every mountain, lake, city, hot spring, dogs I passed. Read more>>

Kirsten Asher

I was living in Los Angeles working in production and the entertainment industry. I enjoyed what I did but I couldn’t help but notice the lack of integrity and follow-through that riddled all sides of the industry. There were amazing humans that I was lucky enough to work with and there were not-so-amazing humans. Read more>>

Melissa Warner

I got to where I am today in a very roundabout way. I played soccer for as long as I can remember, so being an athlete was always an identity that I clung to. I moved to San Diego from Boca Raton, Florida when I was a sophomore in high school and played for University City High School as a goalkeeper, before going to Occidental College in LA to play. Read more>>

Dr. Kim Bell, DPT

My journey with dizziness and vertigo started when I was a child. I used to have intermittent, debilitating episodes of dizziness and vertigo, so my mother would take me to the emergency room for care. I saw many different doctors and was prescribed many different medications, but no one ever identified the root cause of my problems with dizziness and vertigo. Read more>>

May McGoldrick a.k.a. Nikoo Kafi McGoldrick

I was a seventeen-year-old with big dreams of someday becoming a writer, but I also had a sense of reality. I knew I had to pay my own bills. I’d have to carve my own path. I’d have to fight and scratch to survive. I had no family here to host me. No one to welcome me into their affectionate arms. No soft place to land if I failed. Read more>>

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