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Trailblazers: East San Diego

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.

Catherine Seelie

While I have been a photographer since 2014 shortly after my son was born, I have only recently incorporated personal mentoring into my business. Growing up, I suffered from multiple forms of abuse, including sexual abuse since the age of three years old. Throughout my teenage years, I suffered tremendously from depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Read  more>>

Heather Hukee

I am a holistic health practitioner and esthetician who has a background in reiki as well! I love helping people feel good mentally and physically. I started amethyst Inks from my love of art! I infuse every piece with reiki so the next owner will feel every ounce of love I poured into it! Amethyst Inks is meant to bring joy and love to anyone that needs it. Just like any other journey, it’s been bumpy! Read more>>

Gretchen Bergman

My background in dance and theater led me to a professional career as a dancer, choreographer, model, fashion and fashion editor. I started my theatrical fashion show production company, Gretchen Productions in 1979. Fashion choreography became my specialty, allowing for a creative blending of my artistic and professional pursuits. Read more>>

Karla Sarabia

I started modeling two years ago, my fascination for fashion and being behind the lens came to me I decided I wanted to put myself out there, so I did.I became filming myself, doing my makeup, showing off my tips and tricks I normally do. I became more curious about where modeling could take me. Read more>>

Asenaca Moana Veimosoi Rakanace

Started dancing at the age of eight years old in Seattle, Washington. Trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and Polynesian at a local dance studio. Later moved to San Diego, California in the year 2000. Got introduced to hip hop at my 7th grade after school program (6to6) by Nicole Zamora, who funny enough at the time was on the adult team I was later in life going to join. (I didn’t find out till years later when I auditioned.) Talk about fate right. Read more>>

Diana Cavagnaro

I started out making costumes at the Old Globe Theater and learned hatmaking there as an assistant milliner. Then, I struck out on my own, specializing in women’s custom hats. I have designed hats for women around the world including Dame Zandra Rhodes for the Melbourne Cup. Read more>>

Briana Ellis

Being a female in this industry can be difficult and not many of us make it to the top of the ladder for a number of reasons. I’m excited not only to be helping increase the number of women-owned firms but to help support other women in the industry, whether as my employee or my colleague. Read more>>

Juliana Lewis

I started J Lewis Bridal LLC because I wanted to continue the craftsmanship of the women in my family who thrive my creativity. I want to share my love and passion for bead, crystal, and rhinestone work and make every bride that buys my pieces extra beautiful. Read more>>

Mariah Johnson

My passion for the beauty industry started in high school, where I was able to do my own makeup, and wear what I wanted to after coming from a Private Catholic School for ten years. This gave me the freedom to create art on my face and express myself through makeup. Read more>>

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