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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.

Megan Welker

I got my first camera in high school and considered myself a hobbyist for several years. I was going to school to get my Bachelor’s in psychology, and I always like to say photography snuck up on me. I went to a photo meet up in San Francisco – Read more>>

Sabrina Geraghty

For as long as I can remember, I was the girl who was always drawing in class and doodling on her jeans. Art in all forms was my escape, like reading a book. But instead of seeing other artwork, I got to create and bring my concepts into real life, that I could share with others. Read more>>

Marcie Olivas

With 32 years of experience, I am licensed in both esthetics and cosmetology, I hold an instructor’s license and a certified wellness coach with specialties in yoga and essential oils. It’s about providing excellent professional services and training others to do the same. Read more>>

Janelle Lynnae

My purpose is to love people, transform lives, and to pull GREATNESS out of individuals who are hungry for change. Because I KNEW what it was like to WANT change so badly, in every area of life. Read more>>

Jessica Bolton

I had always wanted to be a fashion designer. I had considered majoring in Apparel and Textile Design in college but I was discouraged by well-meaning adults in my life, saying that I would never make a decent living if I went that route. Read more>>

Sade Prisila Preciado

Everyday is a new chance to live life to the fullest, if you want to do something, JUST DO IT! When I’m remembered, I want to be known for having the most fun with my makeup. Read more>>

Claire Baxter

I now go into work not only doing what I love but working along side amazing people and also feeling challenged. It’s easy to get stuck in the “same old”. I’m very thankful for my workplace! Read more>>

Kamielea Waldriff-Torres

Being an artist at MAC has hindered my ability to book and really go all in, because as you could imagine, MAC has taken most of my time, as any MAC artist will tell you! I’ve had a lot of great experiences with MAC and I’ve learned a lot! Not just about blending but myself as well. Read more>>

Kelsey Prince

I’ve had quite a few blogs over the years just for fun, but found my beat after spending a summer in London as a digital marketing intern. That summer, I worked during the day, traveled on the weekends, and ate and drank way too much the entire time. Read more>>

Ashley ‘Chicago’ O’Shaughnessy

A twist to my story is that I actually also do a lot of bridal hair as well! (It was my first love in the hair world!) I love traveling to locations and getting to create beautiful braided, boho looks on brides to really be the icing on the cake of their special day! Read more>>


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