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Trailblazers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Alli Phillips

I originally worked for a non profit as a coordinator. I had two friends who were photographers and they documented our trips and work and I loved having memories that lasted a lifetime. Read more>>

Lauren Rodriguez

Overall, I’m happy at the rate of growth my page is receiving, one of the most exciting accomplishments this year was being accepted into the RewardStyle family and finally having my followers be able to shop my Instagram. Read more>>

Sylvia Felice

Dressing stylishly has always been one of the ways that I have enjoyed expressing myself artistically. I started waking up with ideas for outfits popping into my head. Read more>>

Antonella Cooper

I firmly believe that living in different countries and learning about their culture makes you grow and see the world with other eyes. It increases your overall openness to new experiences. Read more>>

Kenya Estrada

Through out my life, I began to pursue photography and wanting to make a name for myself. It wasn’t until last year when I truly began to find my passion for photography and discovering exactly what type of photographer I wanted to be. Read more>>

Kathleen Lisson

How could I help these people with lipedema? I began gathering all the research, personal stories and treatment ideas I could get my hands on and organized it all into a Lipedema Treatment Guide to give to my clients. Read more>>

Nay Richards

Back in Thailand 8 years that’s when I discovered that I have a gift with the makeup. The first year of my journey was confusing because I didn’t know if I wanted to this professionally, or just as a hobby. So I decided to take the to the next level and go for it. Read more>>

Julia Bell

Fueled by a love of writing and need for a creative outlet, I began travel blogging to share my experiences. As I poured in more energy, my skills and tools improved – like upgrading camera types and image styles. Read more>>

JJ Barrows

I’ve loved stories, I think most people do… whether reading, listening or making up my own, I’ve always loved the creativity involved in a good story and the power it had to connect people. Read more>>

Caryn Kirchhoff-herrera

I started my own business after the spa I was working at changed ownership. I took the leap to go out on my own and it was the best decision I have ever made. I opened my own skin care studio, and for a very long time it was just me. Read more>>

Jessica Louw

By day I work as a program manager in the cancer diagnostics space. I love what I do and all the people I do it with, but I started to notice early on that we work so hard to try and cure cancer, and then while working, take on some pretty bad habits that may even end up causing cancer.  Read more>>

Nicole Aguiar

My story is a sweet paradox of discovery that has placed me into the most blessed lifestyle an Artist could ask for. I call myself an Artist although my specialty is Makeup, I have dabbled in other forms including abstract body painting, dance, mixed media art and poetry. I am inspired by all that surrounds me. Read more>>

Marisa Ritter

This food Instagram, Spoonful of San Diego is a big part of me. But other than that, I love to workout, I love pit bulls and I just started volunteering at It’s the Pits Rescue here in San Diego. I am very grateful for everything that got me to where I am and I believe giving back is the best way to show appreciation. Read more>>


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