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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.

Laura Johnson

I discovered the world of craft spirits right after highschool when i traveled to Cuba after graduation and visited the original Havana Club Distillery. That’s really where my interest in spirits started. Read more>>

Toya Denise Godette

My love for the beauty industry started straight out of the womb! But I always thought If I made a career out of it- I would lose my passion for it. I was afraid to stop loving what I have been so passionate about if I was doing it as a JOB. Read more>>

Precious Mizell

Precious Mizell is the founder and creative director at Mizell Dezigns, an emerging lifestyle brand located in San Diego, California. The Company provides, branding, public relations and design services for businesses and private clients. Read more>>

Loren Cobbs

This past May we celebrated our one year anniversary with San Diego Melanin. At our first event we hosted 50 guests and I thought “whew that was a lot”. Read more>>

Lynneth Vizcarra

I used to share all my outfits on Instagram and I remember one day I found Negin Mirsalehi on Instagram and I fell in love with her feed and I decided to open a blog to share all my fashion tips and outfits. Read more>>

Gina Worful

I realized that if you want to be an entrepreneur and go after your dreams, failures are a must to experience. If you don’t have them, you’re not pushing out of your comfort zone. Read more>>

Bianca Janel Padilla

At the end of the day, this is about me having fun and providing content. I have a million and one interests and what better way to explore all of this through filming and documenting! Read more>>

Jessica Akau

Art made me happy. I couldn’t do much with my art growing up though, because my family was drug addicts and we were homeless most of the time until I ended up in foster care where I experienced drugs myself. Read more>>

LorAnna Pollock

During high school, I worked as a receptionist at a salon by the beach where my passion for hair began, so I decided to go to beauty school. It was the best year of my life! I met so many great people and everyday was so much fun making memories. Read more>>

Shelby McElroy

I was a senior in high school not knowing what direction I wanted to go in after I graduated. I’ve been a girly girly my entire life, so I knew I wanted to do something with beauty or fashion. Read more>>

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