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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.

Joanna Camargo

I started doing hair 8 years ago. I specialized in hair color and styling, Later on, I picked up makeup and added bridal services. I decided to attend makeup school earlier last year to further my education. There, I grew so much in a course of 4 months. I landed my first magazine publication, worked for local TV stations, got into San Diego Fashion Week and won a competition at Bellus Academy (former school) for creative makeup. Read more>>

Jessica Samaniego

My love for makeup started at the young age of 4 years old. My childhood best friend and I would dig into her mother’s makeup bag to see what amazing treasures we could find. I loved the feel of her makeup brushes on my face and seeing the bright colors on my lips and cheeks. And from there the love just grew. Read more>>

Reyna Sandoval

I have been doing nails for 3 years as a professional now. When I was 14 years old, my mom decided I needed a hobby, so she signed me up for a course in the Tijuana, MX. I would go every Saturday for 4 hours and learn how to apply acrylic nails and different nail art methods. Read more>>

Kenesha Lewis

My obsession with fashion started in middle school, when fashion shows were shown on TLC and Stacy and Clinton were changing lives one closet at a time. Boy do I miss those days! To tap into how obsessed I was, I would write down my outfits in my notepad weekly for school from shoes to accessories. Read more>>

Shawna Schenk

Crazy anxious, out of my mind, I started taking anti-depressants to control the fear. Frazzled knowing there had to be something more, I googled, “yoga” on the internet to find an 85-year old yogi from India offering classes two blocks from my home. Read more>>

Deyna Mares

I have been wanting to start a blog since 2 or 3 years but I never started because I thought that I did not look the part, most of the blogger I know look like models and are young. I am the complete opposite, I am in my 30’s and I do not look like a model. Read more>>

 Ericka Gonzalez

I have always had a deep desire to be a fashion model. For many years, I spent lots of time thinking about making that dream a reality. In 2017, I finally decided to make modeling a permanent part of my daily life. I had a close friend who was already modeling, so I was able to gain valuable insight into what it would take to realize my dream. Read more>>

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