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Trailblazers: Old Town – Mission Valley

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 Old Town – Mission Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Ann Bushard

We decided to start our photography business shortly after we got married. I watched our photographer on our wedding day and saw how much fun they were having so I knew this was something I wanted to do. We started off very low in price and we got hooked right away. Read more>>

Michelle Solis

I had discovered that I had hip dysplasia my entire life, a genetic disorder in which the hip joint is the wrong shape and fails to completely support the femoral head. My bones pinched together due to the lack of support my hip bone had due to its disfigurement. Read more>>

Amy Baack

My career as a yoga instructor began seven years ago, in 2012, but my love of fitness has been a lifelong affair. I grew up dancing and playing soccer, and was began regularly practicing yoga in high school. I was working as a television writers’ assistant in Los Angeles. Read more>>

Kaitlyn Harrell

I have been a hairstylist in San Diego for nine years. My interest and passion in the hair industry started at a young age. I actually first started my journey in the hair industry when I was still in high school. I would go to the salon and shadow the stylist that did my hair. Read more>>

Desire’ Farias

I moved from San Antonio, TX to San Diego California in April of 2019 as a spouse of an active-duty navy service member. The move was a big transition for me having to start from scratch basically with my career, friends and finding community. I was a special education teacher for ten years at a Title I school. Read more>>

Deja Alex

I was born in Brazil and moved to San Diego in 2005 after getting married to my back then Canadian fiancee. We’re both immigrants who explored all the opportunities offered in California. I’m a Registered Nurse who worked for Kaiser Permanente Department of Pediatrics. Read more>>

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