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.
I have introduced to the idea of xJ almost six years ago via a vision from God. At the time, I was working as a probation officer but I was unhappy with the justice system, and I was persistently praying for my purpose to be revealed and for deliverance. God showed me a vision that highlighted apparel that would glorify His name, that would lead to a movement, and that would eventually lead to a ministry. Read more>>
I believe the reason why you’d be interviewing me is because of my activism. That story started over 20 years ago when I first transitioned from a biological male to a woman. Quickly thereafter, I moved into a life of anonymity as I have what’s called passing privilege. Many of the experiences I had during this period of my life including rape, assault, almost being killed for disclosing my true self, all of which led me to feeling that I was safer not disclosing my trans-ness. Read more>>
I am a 20-year-old Licensed Esthetician Instructor & by the end of 2019, I will be a Licensed Esthetician Instructor & Continuing Education Provider. In 2016, I took entrepreneurship in high school and the assignment was to write a business plan so my business plan was on owning a Spa without even having any idea on what an Esthetician was. Read more>>
I started singing when I was very young and always thought I’d pursue a career in the opera. As I got older, I was bitten by the musical theatre bug and immediately after college, I moved to New York where I lived for four years. I moved back to Atlanta with the hopes of finding more stability and creative fulfillment by doing professional theatre in the area. Read more>>
Kiana Woodson and Vanessa Westbrook
We were roommates at the time and I just started my MFA program at Savannah College of Art and Design. Through our conversations about Philando Castile, the state of being Black in America, and the Willie Lynch Letter, I knew it was something I wanted to tackle for my thesis film. The was the start of our filmmaking journey together. Read more>>
My journey started with a strong love for fashion— throughout high school, I expressed myself mainly through my clothes. I eventually started a fashion club for my school. I was involved in a few art programs at school as well.
In my last year of high school, I had work-study and got my first Boutique job in Virginia Highlands. Read more>>
I got started in photography in early 2017. I bought the camera to do my own photoshoots for a clothing line I started. For a while, the camera was unused after I did one photoshoot. I was talking some pretty cool pictures with my phone, so I picked up the camera again in early 2018, and haven’t put it down. I love it! Read more>>