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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.

Kirsten Young

I fell for pretty hard were textile art, printmaking, ceramics, woodworking, interior design, and embroidery. I spent a lot of time working on things I thought I couldn’t achieve, which made me realize that actually, I am capable of. I committed to a year of creating one item a week. Read more>>

Amber Fallon

My journey to create my own wedding and lifestyle business – doing what I dreamt of since I was a kid. I love applying the lessons of my journey to provide clients with fine art, modern approach with heartfelt style. In addition to my own company, I am also a lead photographer for one of San Diego’s top studios, True Photography. Read more>>

Susan Salazar

I put all my efforts into being a competitor, everything I did was about competing and winning bodybuilding shows. I quickly realized that there is no money in competing, so I decided to join the United States Navy. Later that year, I shipped out to boot camp. Read more>>

Aubrey Yates

I hadn’t yet truly realized the ethical implications of consuming animal products. As my college education continued, I met many amazing people in the San Diego Vegan community who inspired me to dive deeper. Read more>>

Bianca Corallino

Pink has taken over all aspects of my life. As cheesy as it sounds, fashion is my passion. I always knew that I wanted to be a part of the fashion industry. Growing up, I researched all the different job opportunities in the fashion industry to figure out what would be the best fit for me. Read more>>

Kaitlin Davis

What I didn’t realize at the time, however, was that being diagnosed with a mild concussion only meant that there was no internal bleeding in my brain on the CT scan. It didn’t translate to how I was actually functioning after the accident. Read more>>

Mika Sueyoshi

All my life, I have always tried to get involved because I wanted to make an impact. My outgoing personality has allowed me to make many connections throughout my life so far. I was born and raised in San Diego my whole life which has given me the opportunity to explore this lovely city. Read more>>

Ryleigh Hunter

I work at an AMAZING salon called Raven and Sage Collective and it really feels like home. I’ve worked with so many inspiring and supportive women and many have helped shaped me into the stylist I am today, but it is so rad to look back at where I’ve been and where I am now and know that I made this happen all by myself. Read more>>

Tanasha Chassity Barnett

Growing up in a family of mostly women, I have always been inspired by women in business. Watching successful business women growing up had a profound effect on my desire to be a business. As far back as I can remember, I wanted to own my company. Read more>>

Hannah Abad

Coaching found me… and I love that about my story. I was working as a freelance photojournalist before I became a coach and was deeply fulfilled in my work. While working overseas on a project, I got into a serious car accident and all of a sudden, my current livelihood wasn’t a viable option anymore and I was lost, trying to figure out “what’s next?” Read more>>

Stephanie Thompson

Being so close in age is definitely a challenge but with a great support system, I was able to chase my goals and make a name for myself. I have such a passion for making other people happy and feel beautiful. Waxing has been a huge part in my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Read more>>


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