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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.

Lisa Gilham

My love for thrifting comes from my mother, we would always be rummaging through clothes and items and honestly, I hated it. I did not like going to this store with stuff everywhere but my Mom loved it and I loved spending time with her. Don’t get my wrong, I also hated department stores and still do just too many options lol. Being the youngest growing up, I always wore hand me downs being. Read more>>

Ryan Slaughte

I initially went to school for cosmetology and quickly found out I didn’t really like doing hair. I was lost, I had just graduated from high school and like many of my peers, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I found an Interest in Makeup. I would watch tutorials and anything that had something to do with makeup. That’s when my interest for makeup turned into love. Read more>>

Kara Conway

I started working on getting my real estate license when my oldest daughter was six months old. We had just spent the last year on and off looking for a new home and we finally found the one and moved. In the process of being a buyer, I fell in love with the whole real estate business. Read more>>

Keshara Rosser

My story began with a rough upbringing where we lacked resources, positive influences, and had minimal income. Although things eventually got better for my family financially, I still lacked proper guidance and mentorship. As a teenager, I began to seek validation in the wrong places, which resulted in me becoming a mother at the age of 15. Read more>>

Markeea Hart, Janita Kilgore and Mia Marshall

We all went to college together at Edinboro University – we knew of each other, but we didn’t get as close as we are until Keea approached us (Mia & Janita) with the idea of the joining her for the podcast. We went out one night to a local event and ended up going outside to the front patio and talking for hours. Read more>>

Arielle Dothard

My creativity has always been encouraged by my family, even when they didn’t quite understand it even when I was awful. I started with fashion drawings… I used to want to be a designer. I’d draw these women with impossibly long legs, sky-high heels and one eye (I could never get both the way I wanted them). Read more>>

Gianna Snell

My father gave me my first camera at five years old. My interest in photography grew over the years. I remember in my teens, visiting the Grand Canyon. I was so intrigued by the way the light and shadows fell and fascinated by the views that I took as many pictures as I could with my little point-and-shoot film camera my dad had given me before the trip. Read more>>

Mallory Brooks

I moved to Atlanta in September of 2016 from Tallahassee, Florida, where I grew up. When I was younger, I had my heart set on becoming an orthopedic surgeon, but once I got to college, I realized that medicine wasn’t the field for me. Read more>>

Thesa Hardy

Before Thesa Stylista, I started my professional career in Los Angeles while working for Magic Johnson Enterprises. While working at MJ Enterprises, I customized Laker Teams T-shirts, belt buckles and headscarves for co-workers and basketball wives. Read more>>

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