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Trailblazers: East Atlanta

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 thelp 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.

Asha Bashir

I spent months at a job that left me drained and unfulfilled, I stayed in a relationship that was toxic and characterized by distrust, lust, pain, and pride, I was starting businesses out of God’s will and, in a nutshell, I was lost. I was confused and I was EXHAUSTED! I was exhausted from living a lie and living a life opposite of and detrimental to my calling. Read more>>

Mo McKenzie

I expressed interests to a friend of mine who was a PR for the Philadelphia Eagles. After expressing my interest to her, she introduced me to an established celebrity stylist out of NYC by the name of Mia Quinn, who then allowed me to intern for her, and immediately after that, I got exposed to the real world of fashion and what it was like to be a wardrobe stylist. Read more>>

Khleo Armstrong

I and my sister started our online store HeyFriday back in 2013. It started as just a hobby but over some time we wanted to create a platform that showed what we were capable of doing creatively. Then, it grew on to the idea of how do we sell clothes but also give a message on how to be confident with yourself? That’s the key ingredient we are working on now. Read more>>

Violette Meier

She would tell me stories of spirits, mermaids, and omens. The supernatural was my natural world. Being a paranormal storyteller was my fate. I began writing at twelve. Poetry was my first love. Then, I graduated to short stories and novels. There was never a time when I didn’t love to read. Writing what I wanted to read became my goal. Read more>>

Jayla Moody

While attending a DeKalb County High School, I discovered my love for storytelling and change making. I served in numerous capacities that opened up a world that allowed me to explore my passion for people, learn more about them, provide them with a platform to share their stories and hopefully, make their lives better. Read more>>

Micki McKinzie

I love fashion, and baking never crossed my mind again until my junior year. I had a partner at the time and used to brag about my amazing chocolate chip cookies and baking skills that she had never witnessed. One day she challenged me, and that is how I fell back in love with baking. The more I baked, the more I began to realize that baking was my passion, and fashion was a hobby. Read more>>

Walden and Amy D. Kilpatrick

During one of our sessions, she casually mentioned that she was working on some all-natural soap recipes to add to her online store. She brought me a sample, and I was hooked, never guessing that this was the beginning of what would become Anne’s Country Cupboard. We settled into a nice arrangement, Anne would create the recipes, and I would create the labels designs and product names. Read more>>

Tamra Fuller

I happily decided to take on respiratory therapy at Georgia State University. Unfortunately, getting into the program was just as difficult as deciding what route I was going to take. I didn’t get into the program on my first attempt & fell into a bit of a rut because I was working a job I hated, just got into a car accident and felt that time was passing me by. Nonetheless, I kept trying. Read more>>

Terra Jackson

I lived on every side of town twice or maybe three times. For a very long time, I found solace in reading books and going to school. It allowed me to escape my reality until it no longer subsided the pain. At the age of 13, I found my own way to deal with the pain. It took me a very long time to accept that I had CHOSEN the same path as my mother. By the time I was 19 years old, I was a full blown alcoholic. I abused marijuana and pills that contained codeine. Read more>>

Heather Madison Novotny

I am truly a native ATLien and have a love and passion for this city that is a part of the foundation of who I am. Atlanta has an unapologetic vibe of creativity and individuality that is impossible to duplicate. With a dash of southern hospitality and hustle that rivals anywhere, Atlanta is the city I call home and am proud to be a part of this diverse mecca. Read more>>

K. Toccara Greene

There have been challenges along this road of becoming a makeup artist and staple in the beauty industry. My advice to anyone who is interested in being in be industry is to remember that you are your brand! The way that you present yourself and your confidence is very important. Always leave a positive lasting impression where ever you go. It will take you far. Read more>>

Madeline Mansell

After thinking about this question for a while, I found that I can tie my career as it is now to memories of going to the salon with my mother when I was very young. I remember how the salon and the stylists there made me feel pretty for the first time. I also have a really vivid memory of one stylist having a mullet, and I thought she was the absolute coolest. Read more>>

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