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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.

T’Keyah K.

For the first 21 years of my life, I was provided a Sponsor – not Nike though, my sponsor was my mom. I was her pride and joy and she loved to show me off. We traveled often, went to award shows, and countless concerts. Read more>>

Johanna Karcher

I come from a very creative and artsy family. I remember painting when I was in kindergarten and knew I wanted to be some type of artist. I wanted to paint or sing or play the piano. When I began college, I began studying music. Read more>>

Mariah Fortune

I was never the girl that knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. I never dreamed of being a vet, or a doctor, or anything else any little girl had in mind. I loved to be outdoors and be surrounded by nature. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college. Read more>>

Sandra Espinoza

I grew up in the small city of El Monte, California. It is a small residential and industrial city made up of predominantly Latino immigrants. My parents moved to El Monte from Mexico in the early 1970’s. Both of my parents fled poverty in their country of origin and came to the US in search a better life. Read more>>

Taylor Hyland

I also always LOVED changing up my hair and expressing myself through my appearance (SORRY MOM!). I started working at 15 in the food industry and kept that up for about 7 years before I realized I REALLY don’t like working for people, it was time to be my own boss. Read more>>

Lori Jimenez

My story started when I was 11 years old. I was always having pain in my knees and we chalked it up to growing pains. Some days were better than others, but I was always self conscious of limping or letting my friends know about my leg pain. Some days were awful and I couldn’t walk. Read more>>

Alison Mattazaro

So cliche but I’ve always known I wanted to do hair. After having my first daughter, I decided to leave the restaurant and management life to try for the third time To go to school for hair. Graduated cosmetology school seven years ago, and in January 2020 I will be a salon owner for
2 years now. Read more>>

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