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 East San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I believe it was 2003 when I had decided that art school for a graphic design degree wasn’t for me. I had wanted to do something artistic and thought that was a great option. So, after a year, I left school to figure out where I was supposed to be in my life. Read more>>
My business started because I fell in love with the fit comfort and style of my supplier’s brand. I’m a stay at home wife and mom with five kids with one more on the way. I needed a flexible schedule and have always loved simple go-to styles that anyone could pull off. Read more>>
I lead a lifestyle where balancing health, beauty, and well-being contributes to my positive outlook on life. I’ve built an incredible business as a hairstylist in San Diego with devoted clients that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for more than 30 years. Read more>>
From the time I was little, I’ve always been extremely into arts and crafts. In third grade, I dressed up as an artist for career day! Throughout school, I consistently participated in art classes and fell in love with painting, photography, filmmaking, acting, singing and dancing. Read more>>
Ann Gelli Aranas
I was inspired to get into the beauty industry by estheticians who treated my severe acne after I had my child. They’ve shown how successful they are in their field while having flexible schedules and making a difference in those people like me who suffered from acne. Working full time as a registered nurse during the day. Read more>>
I’ve been cooking and baking since I was about nine years old. It was natural for me to decide to go to culinary school after graduating from high school. I attended Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena majoring in culinary. During that time, I had one term of baking and instantly fell in love. Read more>>
As a young girl, when I started the change in life at age nine, I started to become ill. By age 11, I had to take pain medication and birth control due to female issues and severe cramping. By age 17, I had my 1st surgery for an ovarian cyst the size of a tennis ball and appendicitis. Read more>>
I became interested in birth work in the fall of 2014. A close friend was pregnant, taking all the birth classes, watching all the documentaries and reading all the books. I naturally became her listening ear and sounding board and ended up at the hospital for the birth of her son. Read more>>
I attended Marinello’s Beauty School in Hillcrest. I enjoyed my time there but I knew that the knowledge learned was only scratching the surface. While in beauty school, I was fortunate to be able to get additional classes only available to licensed hairdressers. Read more>>
I joined the US Navy at age 17 in 2012. I served as an AT (Aviation Electronic Technician) and was stationed in Norfolk, VA and in Coronado, CA. I worked on MH-60 Romeo and Sierra Helicopters. During my 7-year enlistment, I learned a lot about myself and what it means to truly sacrifice. I did a 6-month deployment in the 5th area of operation. Read more>>