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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.

Applez Stovall

I’ve been a visual artist since childhood. As I got older, and took more interest into sports I put art on the back burner. A few years ago, I wanted to get back into doing things that brought me joy. Read more>>

Angelica Robles

Growing up, I was a shy, introverted, highly sensitive young girl. It wasn’t until my late twenties, that I realized I’ve been an empath all along tuning in to other people’s emotions and energy my whole life. Read more>>

Aurora Bacon

Previously, I lived in Jacksonville, FL. After high school, I found myself working typical 9-5 jobs that had no relation for my passion in the fashion industry. One day after lots of research, I stumbled upon a prominent local fashion stylist. Read more>>

Missy Bunch

I have been fascinated with human movement and it’s complexity for as long as I can remember. I was 3 years old the first time I hit the stage as a dancer and have been movin’ and groovin’ ever since! During my professional dance career with the Golden State Warriors. Read more>>

Ashley Wells

As soon as I was recovered, I would put my mat away. It wasn’t until my struggle with depression and anxiety started to make its way to the forefront of my mind that my yoga mat became one of my prized possessions. I knew that I could practice yoga and my brain would be silent, even for a moment. Read more>>

Melissa Farlow

I am a 1st-grade teacher in Bonita, Chula Vista Elementary School District. My boyfriend started the food Instagram in 2012 but recently entered a job where having a food Instagram would be a conflict of interest. I took it over in December of 2018. Read more>>

Toni Anderson

I’ve always felt connected to plants and all things nature. They have served as a therapeutic outlet for me throughout my life. My Grandma was the plant buyer for the local nursery she used to work at; so as a little girl, I got to go with her on plant buying excursions. Read more>>

Brianna Wilkerson

I’m a San Diego native who is blessed to have lived, studied and mixed drinks all over the Pacific. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a great love and appreciation for plants and nature, which is why I pursued degrees in Environmental Science and Ecology. Read more>>

Julia Russ

I have always known that I loved to sew and wanted to work in the fashion industry. There was never really this “aha!” moment–It’s just never been a question that my career would land somewhere in the realm of fashion & design. But where I would land exactly–That has been the struggle. Read more>>

Kiara Davis

I read my first poem at five years old and immediately thought, “I want to write”. I wrote my first poem that day and never stopped. What initially began as a fondness of words transitioned into a form of therapy for a variety of areas I needed healing in. Read more>>

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