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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.

Junemy Pantig

I am very grateful for the acquired skills, knowledge, and experience that have helped me flourish in the foodie world since I’ve gained opportunities to curate content for others than myself. This journey has taught me the value of what social media can do and how I can grow. Read more>>

Anna Zuniga

Anna is the founder and creator of the Bananna Blog, a space devoted to writing about personal experiences in the topics of self-love, business, productivity, and wellness, with which she expects to reach people and resonate with them to open an honest dialog about their lives, experiences, and opinions. Read more>>

Suchada Eickemeyer

I ended up in going in Interior Design almost on a whim. My previous career was in defense. I did ROTC in college and served in the Army for five years. I earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations thinking I would enter the foreign service like my father. Read more>>

Daphne Gaghagen

MommyILoveYouSoBig was created the moment my son, now 4 years old, uttered that sweet little sentence at bedtime. We have said it to each other every night in the two years since. Read more>>

Michelle Soto

It’s very interesting because I never thought I would be a nail artist! My love for nails started at 12 years old, my aunt would use me as her model to practice on not knowing it would become my passion. Read more>>

Elvia Medrano

Since I was a young girl, I pursued my dream of Fashion and Design, along the way I realize that I am a very creative storyteller. After I graduated from fashion and design school, I began to mix these multiple skills. Read more>>

sara ortega

I’ve always loved art. Any kind of art. I used to draw and paint as a teen. But when it came time to make a career out of it, I decided to become a cosmetologist. I went to beauty school, graduated and became licensed. I started with cut and color. Read more>>

Aly Enwright

I decided to make my Instagram public and my following started growing quickly. I was posting styled photos of my girls and received so much positive feedback, I decided to take the plunge and become a blogger. I’ve learned so much over the past year, cultivated great relationships with other bloggers and brands. Read more>>

Beverley Simpson

I believe that we must love the process more than the outcome in everything we do in life because we’re going to spend more time in the process than we are in the outcome. At the time, I felt like I was leaving a narcissistic industry, and I wanted to serve the people in my community who needed help. I did that for many years until I got pregnant. Read more>>

Desiree Godinez

For 25 years, people had tried to create a cheerleading program but no one was able to follow through with the amount of paperwork and deadlines it took to establish one! At least, not until we set foot on that campus and had that drive to create something wonderful and worthwhile! We poured our hearts and souls into establishing a team on the campus. Read more>>

Marli Hirako

Life has a lot of different paths to take and after college I chose to go down a different road that wasn’t photography. It wasn’t until I was getting married and searching for my own wedding photographer that I saw how much wedding photography had evolved and become an art form! Read more>>


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