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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.

Karen Varela

I came to U.S.A when I was 17 years old always knowing that my goal one day was to be a Hair Dresser.
Having two children, it was hard to work and go to school full time but I did it. Read more>>

Adrianne Tolentino

I was a receptionist at a salon while going to school for horticulture, and was immediately drawn to the artistic and interactive environment. I love working with people, and the idea of helping them create the best versions of themselves was hugely appealing. Read more>>

Rachel Frank

ListenSD started off as a Youtube web series in the hopes to start a San Diego style TRL show. With dreams of being a TV host, Rachel hosted the series for about 7 episodes with camera man Christian who she met interning at KPRI, a San Diego radio station that is no more. Read more>>

Alex – aka: Candi Macias

I dedicated half of my life to a career that helped me gain all the experience I now have to run my business. I worked in the Medical Field as an Administrator/Manager and what started as extra income has now become my full-time job. Read more>>

Caitlin Garrett

At the young age of 13, I was gifted my very first DSLR from my mom, for Christmas. From the second I unwrapped that box, and got that camera into my hands, I felt an immense amount of possibility and opportunity unfolding for me. Read more>>\

Rachel Lowry

I found Salon Bordeaux in 2005 and was one of their very first clients. I actually lived across the street from the salon and when I moved to San Francisco, I would still fly back every few months to get a fresh balayage and cut. Read more>>

Anael Sun

I’ve always wanted to make an impact on this world. One of the ways I want to is through my art: modeling, acting, and music. Lately I’ve been focusing more on modeling, since there arent many well known genderfluid models. Read more>>

Chelsea Cardenas

I am 22 years old and incredibly blessed to have a job doing what I love, pouring into people with a passion for Worship, pouring into this church leading them in worship. Read more>>

Camille Dumbrique

It’s hard to say where exactly I started because this business is something I’ve subconsciously manifested since I was a little girl. Whether it be a school project, gift requests or my major choice in college, I somehow found a way to incorporate food culture into my life. Read more>>

Summer Darling

I started out in makeup as a 12-year-old watching her mother apply liquid eyeliner. I was so mesmerized, I needed to achieve what she was achieving with that liner! That liner gave her confidence! At 13, I was doing my friend’s makeup for parties and grew to do makeup on social media. Read more>>


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