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Trailblazers: North Park, South Park & Kensington

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 North Park, South Park & Kensington that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jessa Michelle

When you look at my face today, you wouldn’t believe the struggle I’ve been through. It all started I grade school when I developed severe acne. I was bullied every day for the way my face looked. Read more>>

Ashley Lemaster

The beauty industry has always been a passion of mine. Since I was a little girl I can remember dipping my Barbie’s hair in Kool-Aid and cutting their hair with my school scissors. Read more>>

Sarah Kurliand

On my blog and my social media platforms, I like to encourage families to get outside together and explore where they live. Adventures don’t have to be big to be meaningful. Read more>>

Lauren Wallis

YOUME Clothing is a nonprofit with a mission to empower communities in need, by taking something old and making it new. We use a unique repurposing model to create apparel and accessories that help provide access to education and create jobs with our partners in Africa and in San Diego! Read more>>

Sandra Topete

I first joined beauty school 10 years ago. I wanted to learn everything about beauty, so I can do it for myself and as a hobby. Read more>>

Jen Lagedrost Cavender

Nectar + Bloom officially started while I was in the middle of a semester teaching Literature + Composition at the University of San Diego—a poet-professor building a career in academia. Read more>>

Candy Waltrip

I love traveling and living in new places but I began to miss the creative side of my past job, so I decided to combine the two things that I enjoy and started a travel blog, “Travel Pockets” with my sister. Read more>>

Noemi Pulido

I’ve always had such a passion for being in front of a camera. I would do so many things like dance, sing, and just talk and talk and talk I could go on for hours. So, while I was getting older, I found out that filming was my thing. I learned how to edit videos and pictures by myself. Read more>>

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