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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.

Molly Zager

I’ve always enjoyed creating specific cards and paintings for my friends’ birthdays. For a fellow plant loving friend, I watercolored a succulent because that way it can live forever. Another friend saw the painting and wanted one of her own. This inspired me to continue creating and painting small pieces that can forever live in ones home. Read more>>

Carli Storms

My love for music developed when I was young. I grew up in Chandler, AZ and was heavily involved in musical theater. I was very passionate about it, and for a long time, I wanted to make it on Broadway. But all of that changed in middle school when I became interested in making commercial music. Read more>>

Connie Novello

After working a year and a half at the Pacific beach salon, the owner came to me one day and asked if I would like to buy it. I was in shock! I couldn’t pass this opportunity up!. So January 2015 I bought my salon and called it Salon Novello. Read more>>

Britt Thomas

I have a miniature dachshund named Daisy, who I love very much! I am the oldest of three girls and was raised by parents who have always accepted me for who I am. In my free time, I enjoy being active, listening to music, watching movies, or spending time with friends and family. Read more>>

Nicole Weisman

Curves To Contour is something that has been long in the making. I originally began as “The Makeup Mistress,” a name born from my love of makeup and all things beauty. In the past, I tried to keep my focus solely on beauty but soon realized, that like my audience. Read more>>

Alyssa Jones

I unknowingly began to pave my career path in the beauty industry. My first ever job was working at the front desk of my Mom’s best friend’s salon (I had asked her if I could sweep hair for money and she gave me a real part-time position!). I had no idea where that small start would someday take me! Read more>>

Dazzly Rizo

I’d ever thought I’d get myself into seriously. It had started a year ago when a friend had asked me to help him start his photography business. I had no experience and even considered to not do it because I just didn’t think I was the person for it- Read more>>

Katie Nelli

I was lucky enough to be exposed to a ton of international students studying abroad in San Diego, with the most excitement and energy you could ever imagine to be in a new place. I would consider that to be my ultimate inspiration to move abroad. Read more>>

Sophie Bigler

There’s no need to judge one another. We need to be there to support each other and lift each other up! Being a mom is the toughest, most rewarding job on the planet, and some days are hard, but if we all support one another, we’ll get through it one day at a time! Read more>>

Angie Chan

I started LASHES BY ANGIE at one of the beauty schools in San Diego. In 2016, my daily life consisted of working on 1-2 clients, four days a week after my ten-hour accounting job. Yes, it was exhausting, but I found my peace as I was styling lashes for my clients. Read more>>

Courtney Diamond

I’ve been a writer my whole life and ended up getting a B.A. in Screenwriting at Chapman University because I loved the idea of crafting stories that connect to people. Several years after graduating, I stopped writing because I got caught up in all the other distractions that life has to offer. Read more>>


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