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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.

Lorelai Robideaux

Today I study photography at The New School: Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, NY where I just finished a ten-day vow of silence that required me to take a photo every 15 minutes while awake. It was an incredible experience and I hope to continue performance art in the future. Read more>>

Ayuanna Jazzel

I realized that there is a lot of talent that goes unacknowledged due to the lack of resources and/or connections. As a result, I developed a platform called AWashTV, to showcase established and rising talents. Soon this opened the door for me to work with highly recognized industry influencers. Read more>>

Charla Ruschelle Mitchell

I received my BA degree from Clark Atlanta University, in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising, class of 2000! During my college years, I established my brand, CR Clothing Co./Charla Ruschelle, a women’s ready to wear clothing line. I made my decision then, that I wanted to become my own boss and have my own fashion business. Read more>>

Jemanii Taylor

I have always done make up on the side. My signature look is a natural “glowy” look. It’s all about the glow, glow of the skin, illuminating base and of course the highlight, to the clients liking. There is nothing like a flawless foundation base. I am most proud of my growth in the short amount of time I have been doing makeup as a business. Read more>>

C. Alexandra

As the producer-intern, I would book talent and map out the show each week for the host and makeup artist, Deezy Exclusive. Eventually, my internship ended, but I continued to be a freelance writer for Rolling Out Magazine and serve as a media correspondent at different events in Atlanta for them. Read more>>

Waneka Johnson

I started working for a nonprofit organization providing career services to nonviolent ex-offenders and started with teaching them basic computer skills and creating resumes and cover letters for them. I found much joy in knowing that a population such as the underserved and underprivileged received employment-based off of the training that they received and that their resume or cover letter was a part of it. Read more>>

Tanzy Ward

I am excited to begin training for an Antique Appraiser Certification and continuously researching historical facts about the treasures I’ve found. I believe my business promotes sustainability, preserving history, and quality. I adore everything that I sell. So, I’m doing what I love and it is a personal hobby that is quite funny to me. Read more>>

Tammy Teneil

I moved to Atlanta in 2003 to pursue a career in fashion. I attended Bauder College and I studied Fashion Merchandising. While in school, I found myself being more interested in the behind the scenes action of the fashion world more so than the fashion business itself. Makeup, Production, Planning and promoting sparked my interest more. Read more>>

Latisha Patterson Holmes

I’m a girl from East Orange, New Jersey who moved to Atlanta with two carry on bags and a dream. I was officially diagnosed with chronic anxiety and depression in 2016 but I knew something was wrong for years. Instead of hiding what I was going through I decided to get vocal about it through my YouTube channel “Unapologetically Tisha.” Read more>>

B Garrett

Founded in 2015, Dear Fat Girl™ goal is to create safe spaces for women and young girls to feel comfortable in their own being. It is our belief that each one of us was created for a purpose beyond our own self. Dear Fat Girl is not about being FAT, because fat is not always physical, it is also a mindset. Read more>>

Tiara Purnell

When I attended Howard University, I teamed up with Devin White, who had an organization in Washington, DC that allowed local artists to showcase their talents at universities for homecoming. During our last event, we invited Rel Carter, from there Devin White came up with the idea for the Rel Carter Culture Tour. Read more>>

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