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Trailblazers: South San Diego

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 South San Diego that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Abril Echavarria

I share my experiences traveling across Mexico, to folks that enjoy Mexican culture and want to know more about our traditions and destinations. Sabor a Baja will take you by the hand into an amazing experience of the Mexican Culture, throughout Food and Travel. Read more>>

Joann Guillory

I’ve been DJing and performing my songs on my new album “Ascend” all over San Diego, while simultaneously selling all natural Skin Care products. I know it’s a lot, may not make sense to some, but my heart is 100% in it. If it means serving my community, then I will do it. And that’s the long-winded version of my crazy life! Read more>>

Brenda Lee

When I was twenty years old, I had an opportunity to art direct a small photoshoot. That was the first time I found myself thinking “I really like doing this… and I may actually be good at it!” It was such a simple conviction. Read more>>

Hazel Javinal

I knew I wanted something more than a routine 9-5 career. My brother is actually also a tattoo artist himself, and he was able to open a window of opportunity for me to practice the craft of tattooing since he knew art was something I really loved. I thought to myself, “I really have nothing to lose trying something new. Read more>>

Kimberly Scott

I grew up in for reasons that came to light toward the end. Sadly, the marriage didn’t make it but it gave me incredible empathy for brokenness in families (especially those in some level of leadership) and a desire to find purpose in what I learned through the process. Read more>>

Nita Cintron

I started to realize that I had a special niche for what I was doing. This all led to me researching and educating myself on how to start an event planning business. In addition, to enhance my knowledge, I enrolled in San Diego State College of Extended Studies Meeting and Event Planning Certificate course. Read more>>

Jackie Ibanez

After attending yoga every day for a few months, I realized that it was becoming much more than just an exercise. It was opening up my eyes to a whole new world.  A world of self-love, compassion, inspiration, peace, and true identity. Read more>>

Rich Cervales

I started comparing my blog to other successful ones and that never helped. Then, come to the era of social media, the landscape was changed. After three years, I moved to California and had a long time off. I re-evaluated my life, that helped me re-structure my focus. Read more>>

Dominique Chanelle Cancio

I have always been obsessed with food, travel, & photography; especially being able to share and exchange knowledge of a city’s local food culture. When I would meet visitors and even locals, a lot of the time they had never venture to South San Diego and some had never even heard of Barrio Logan. Read more>>

Vanessa Simmons

Vanessa A. Simmons is the founder of the Normalize Breastfeeding movement. The concept of “normalizing breastfeeding” has been around since the 70’s among breastfeeding support groups like La Leche League. In 2014, Simmons felt compelled to organize the #normalizebreastfeeding movement on Facebook while she was nursing her youngest child. Read more>>

Joanna Quinn

My passion from a young age and constant experimenting, keeping up to date with current trends, styles and products have molded me into the Makeup Artist I am today. I have the ability to create unique looks beyond the standards of my own and my client’s expectations. Read more>>


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