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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.

Victoria Renee

I became fascinated by the various factors that influence human behavior. Initially, I satisfied this curiosity by studying clinical and forensic psychology, earning my M.A. from Columbia University and my B.S. from Barry University. I learned that biological, social, and psychological factors influence behavior and one’s behavior tell one’s story. I realized stories are powerful. Read more>>

Camyljah Giddens

I realized how important painting and creating was to me. Having that space to put myself on paper and see my growth in technique, as well as the stories I began to tell, became crucial to my peace. I graduated from Albany State University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and became a teacher. As much as I love teaching, I’ve learned that I’m an artist first and becoming complacent doesn’t suit me. Read more>>

JAS

I’m still not sure if it’s luck, fate, miracles, energy work… I search for the answer daily. Some days, I feel like the answer is around the corner. Other days, I feel like I’ll never find it. One thing is for sure though – I would not be here if it were not for music. I grew up on the Southside of Atlanta. My mother did a great job of sheltering my brother and me from the things that went on around us. At times, she worked multiple jobs. Read more>>

Laura Jackson

I started my company Adorn Me a little over two years ago. I retired from the Marshalls division of the TJX Corporation after 32 years of service. At my family retirement party, my dear friend Lauwana Gaye said, “Laura you are not retiring. This is now your time to recreate, restore, revive and renew what you are passionate about!” I have loved fashion all my life. Read more>>

Shanicia Hill

The advice that I have for young women starting their own business or blog is to keep pushing and never get discouraged. I am still pushing myself. You have to know your worth and your craft. For me, I am big on self-love because I have been one to deal with self – esteem issues myself. I believe that once you have confidence and self-love for yourself then you can do anything. Read more>>

Angela Mullen-Batson

Growing up, I was always my Dad’s extra set of eyes, validating which shoes or hat he should wear. Even when out with my mom and watching her select her diamonds and furs. I just truly enjoyed clothing and how happy it could make a person feel to dress up. Which contributed to me wanting to work in retail, where I started my work career at the age of 16 at Marshalls in my hometown of Baltimore, MD. Read more>>

Borley Quaye

I feel more blessed than ever. I spend my days with family and friends, doing the things that make me happy and enjoying my neighborhood. I thoroughly enjoy living in Atlanta. There are tons of secret gems to explore and amazing people to spend time with. Read more>>

Anissa B

I started shooting when I was in high school. I had a friend who would always use her compact point and shoot to capture literally every moment at school, after school, etc. I thought that was really cool and when I was 15, I asked for a camera to capture my own moments. For my 16th birthday my parents bought me a Nikon Coolpix and that was my first camera ever. I was taking pictures of everything with that little camera. After I started researching cool photography tips and trying new things, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it. Read more>>

Jasmine Gibbs

I began at the age of 12 volunteering at a local shelter, cleaning up after the animals. I attended Shiloh High School where I was dual-enrolled in a veterinary program at Grayson High school gaining experience in basic animal anatomy, farming etc. I then went on to volunteer at my first small animal clinic, Centerville Animal Hospital in Snellville, Ga where they eventually extended a job offer to me. I remained in this position until I went to college at the University of West Georgia. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology and graduated in 2014. Read more>>

Chrissy Brimmage

My first interest was writing. Then I wanted to try making music, decorating cakes, making clothes, graphic design, food photography… whatever I could get my hands on. So I think it was just a natural progression that I would eventually try drawing, sculpting, and everything else that I’m doing now. Read more>>

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