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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.

Domonique Downing

I got started back in 2010 after beginning my hair journey. I use to joke around and point out that women like to make drastic hair changes after stressful situations (normally involving a partner) and then, it happened to me! During this recovery time, I began playing with my new growth one day and decided that I loved that texture and I was going to go natural… or at least semi-natural. Read more>>

Breyana Bennett

At a very young age, I found happiness in fashion. As a sickly overweight child, fashion/shopping was the outlet that I enjoyed the most. I suffered from low self-esteem because of the many illnesses I had and used fashion as a way to transform. At the age of sixteen, I got my first job as a sales associate for a women’s clothing store. This was my first opportunity to advise other women on how to dress and it allowed me to be creative visually. Read more>>

Binkey Lew

I started out as an architect. I was working for a smaller firm called Harris Kupfer Architects while attending college at Morgan State University. I slowly started understanding my niche and what part of the design industry I thoroughly enjoyed doing. I moved to Georgia to pursue my acting career just three years after graduating from college and when I moved. Read more>>

Brandi Young

In my teenage years, I realized I had a talent when I tried to copy my dads drawing techniques. It turned out I was pretty good at and started sketching frequently up until my senior year of high school. In 2013, I graduated from East Coweta High School and realized that I wanted to do more with my art work. Read more>>

Krystal Mayo

As a college student at Prairie View A&M University, my artistic journey began to unfold when I was asked by a greek store to design some paddles after I showed the owner a wooden piece I painted on previously for myself. A couple of my fraternity brothers taught me how to cut and sand wood into a paddle. Read more>>


As a child, I’ve always been into music. At one point I was writing, producing in middle school, and now, I DJ in high school. In my freshman year of high school, I always went to the pep rallies. I saw how the DJ, DJ Epic, would control the crowd and I knew that one day I wanted to do the same. Read more>>

Anastasia Willis

I partnered up with my best friend who is a scientist and she helped me bring my vision to life. Using all organic products, we tried out many different formulas before finding what worked. I began by giving out samples to get positive and negative feedback and I let that be the foundation to the beginning of Glossy. Read more>>

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