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Trailblazers: College Park

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 East Atlanta that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Deanna Reynolds

As a child, I would watch America’s next top model, I often dreamed that one day I would be able to go on the show. At the time, I didn’t think that I was pretty or outgoing enough to ever pursue my modeling dreams. I was the total opposite of the girls on TV, shy and self-conscious. Read more>>

Teresa Davis

I am a five Time Self Published Author of Urban Fiction. I wanted my books to meet the canvas so I started renting people to film. I became interested and I started filming my own short movies along with Leonard Coleman. While and during I became an Internet radio host. I’m met all walks of life of people. I interviewed Rappers, Music Produces, Writers and many. Read more>>

Erika Dilworth

I spent summers with my grandmothers and both could throw down in the kitchen. My Big mama had her own cafe in Tiptonville, Tennessee and later moved to Pontiac, Michigan to raise her family, but the recipes and cookin’ never stopped. I remember her teaching me every other summer, eventually letting me cook on my own. Read more>>

Kia Lewis

I started doing hair in 1994 while is high school when cornrows were popular. I would do different designs in people’s hair and each design would be a first. That’s when I discovered I had talent. In 1995, I attended Lincoln University. I would do hair in college to make so extra cash to buy necessities and books. Read more>>

Rachel Newsome

My journey into holistic health and wellness began in 2014 after years of personal struggles with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, Carpal Tunnel, and weight and body image issues. I became determined to find a more holistic approach to restore my health, heal my body so that it could function properly. Read more>>

Carla Hardy

I grew up playing and loving sports. Those sports allowed me to compete and win at an elite level. But I have also known defeat and devastation. My athletic career came to a halt with knee injuries, I lost my mother; which eventually led to depression and weight gain. But after many years of battling back, I was able to lose 90 pounds. Read more>>

Leigh Rivera

Before I had my daughter, I wasn’t as worried about starting a business as I am now. My wife would make comments before we got married that I needed to start a business but I didn’t really think about it except for when she would ask. Read more>>

Elaina Baer

I always have considered myself a creative person, but photography was not on the radar. I even took a photography class in high school, received an average grade, and never looked back. I understand that’s not the conventional path, but it was the one I took. Read more>>

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