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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.

Sapphire Nova

I’ve been cosplaying pretty much all of my life. I have always had a passion for theatre and costuming, so cosplay was a natural fit. Initially, I started going to midnight movie premiers in costume, and years later, convinced my husband to join me. He was the one with the inspiration to start our business, Superheroes Unlimited. Read more>>

Laura Stewart

Growing up in the border city of El Paso, Texas, I developed a passion for culture, travel, and fashion. Once in college, I found a way to escape my dormitory and indulge my wild heart. Studying international business and politics in Florence and Madrid was a dream come true.  Read more>>

Michele Zousmer

I am a humanitarian and fine art photographer. I give voice to marginalized communities and witness the human experience. My work celebrates each individual’s strength and beauty, as well as their vulnerability and spirit, going beyond how one presents oneself to the world. A photograph can create a lasting impression of emotion, curiosity, love, and ultimately, hope of mankind. Read more>>

Amrit-Sadhana Boyd

Amrit-Sadhana’s path to wellness started from a young age. She was raised in a yogic home where early mornings, meditation and cold showers were a part of her everyday life. She went on to live her life, received her BA in Voice Performance from the University of Oregon and moved to Los Angeles. It was there that she worked for a holistic chiropractor and her passion for health and wellness was relit. Read more>>

Dr. Deena C. Brown

Many women walk around wearing someone else’s vision of who they should be because of fear, doubt, and limited-beliefs. It is as if we were programmed to expect less and feel guilty for wanting more. That was my story for nearly 45 years. I realized that my dreams required a complete evolution and transformation of thought. Read more>>

Carla Sofía Ordoñez

I was always interested in photography, however, I never really looked too much into it. In high school, I was asked to drop out of my French class in order to go into the Arts department. It was a bummer because I really enjoyed French, but something very good came out of it. I became part of the yearbook team and it was an introduction into graphic arts. Read more>>

Bari Ziperstein

As my work grew more ambitious, I sought an alternative to the myth that the only viable career path for an artist is through teaching. BZIPPY. Was conceived as a way to circumvent prescribed notions of success for working artists and is built on my innate creativity mixed with ideas borrowed and enacted from conceptual art and feminist principles. I founded BZIPPY in 2008. Read more>>

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