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Trailblazers: Downtown

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

Jhoany Barcos

It all started when I was graduating my senior year of high school. I was always shy and not really confident with my myself. I went to get my gradation photos taken at Cady Studios where all my classmates got theirs taken also. While I was there they said I would be a good candidate. Read more>>

Dominique Franceschi

It’s been a long but good journey. I was born in Colombia, youngest of five siblings. I’m thankful for them every single day. Their support is the reason I am here. I literally call them my superheroes because they inspire me to be the best version of myself every single day. Read more>>

Kenya Rae

I actually started Kenya Feel Me my junior year in college. It started out as a blog where I kept track of my fashion over the years, and transitioned into a creative space for aspiring rappers, singers, and fashionistas. The transition came about right after I graduated from college. Read more>>

Kay Bee

I started playing instruments when I was in elementary school. My first was the French Horn. When I was in 6th grade I got a keyboard. From there I went to Lavilla for 8th grade with creative writing as my main arts area and piano as my secondary arts area. Read more>>

Danielle Akinwande

I first started getting into my creative side when I was younger. As a child, I always loved to sing for people and found singing very therapeutic for me. Growing up, I had always spend so much time in my mother’s closet and found myself developing a passion for fashion. Read more>>

Jane Gray Pritchard

Stray Dog Designs started on a whim….Billy and I fell head over heels in love, married within a few weeks, ran off to Mexico on an extended, “get to know you” honeymoon with zero dollars and, soon enough, fell into the laps of a family who owned a handful of artisanal workshops that promoted traditional Mexican handcrafts. Read more>>

Khrys H.

[We Are Little Giants] started right in the heart of Downtown Atl! I was pregnant with our little one, and we decided to make a few pieces for him. Our friends and fam wanted the same items…and our little business was born shortly after he was. It has been a wild ride, but we’re super grateful for the love and respect our “squad”. Read more>>

Tenille Johnson

Writing has always been one of my passions. I started as a songwriter, writing music for other artists. I had the pleasure of meeting and working alongside so many amazing people. As my career was just really taking off, my mother was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that rendered her unable to digest food or care for herself. Read more>>

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