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.
Back in high school, my brother and I would style really cool, conceptual photo shoots and outfits. Keep in mind, this was back in the day before Instagram was a thing and *no one* was out there doing random photoshoots on the weekend. We would always shoot in film and would bookmark the pages of Italian Vogue for inspiration. Little did I know, this would become my whole life just a few years later! Read more>>
My story started years ago when I was an awkward teen who was too ashamed of my skin to wear the clothing I wanted to wear. For years, I was too self-conscious to wear tank tops, bathing suits, dresses, essentially anything that would show my skin, due to my crippling insecurity about acne. Read more>>
My interest in floral design began in 4-H during junior high. Photography became a passion in high school. By junior college, I had changed my major several times until I was accepted to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I had to decline due to financial reasons but received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography at the University of Arizona. Read more>>
I find inspiration in all things; from Japanese culture especially Manga and Kawaii to the far west ancient cultures and mythologies. I feel that my art form is always evolving because I am always evolving and obtaining new inspirations from all areas of nature and cultures. Read more>>
Being born into the beauty industry I felt, early on, that this was my calling. With my mother owning her own salon, I found my passion for nails and cosmetics at the age of 14. I worked on everyone from my mom, aunts, friends and knew without a question this was what I was meant to do. Read more>>
My first yoga class was on the wii fit. After that, I took a class at Mesa and was hooked! I wasn’t flexible or strong, but that didn’t matter. It was about the way it made me feel- free and energetic. It was hard to find affordable yoga but I managed. I practiced for years before I became a teacher. Read more>>
I have always had a passion for hair, starting with back in the day when I was 17 and bleaching all of my friend’s hair in the bathroom sinks, mind you, this was BEFORE Cosmo school and before I had any idea what I was really doing. Let’s just say I’m MUCH better at hair now! 😉 Read more>>