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Trailblazers: Downtown & Little Italy

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 Downtown & Little Italy that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Bekah Marx

I began my personal fitness journey at a young age. However, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I turned 18 and that limited my ability to participate in many of the high-impact exercises I had once enjoyed. A few years later, a friend introduced me to Lagree Fitness. Read more>>

Bonnie Curtis

For as long as I can remember, I loved to do my nails. I remember going to the store as a kid and buying the little press on nail kits, stickers and all the polishes my allowance would buy. After a few years of college and no real idea of what I wanted to study, I decided to go to beauty school. I initially did it because I thought it would be a good job to have until I decided what I wanted to do when I grew up. Read more>>

Jesse Zmuda and Jennifer Bleakley

We both were born and raised in different areas of Pennsylvania but met here in San Diego in 2015. When I (Jesse) was 15, I landed my first job at a little floral shop in Pittsburgh. I loved the work and dreamt of having my own shop one day. In 2004, I moved to San Diego and began working with a florist in Hillcrest. There I rediscovered that working with flowers makes me really happy. Read more>>

Margaret Rigney

I was in law school at California Western (in San Diego) and in my last year, I got engaged in December of 2015. While finishing my last year and taking the bar, I was planning my own wedding because my fiance was also taking the bar before me. Read more>>

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