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 Marietta that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I am a great mixed of Eryah Badu and Keri Hilson. A little artsy, a little tough-girl fashionable and a lot of inspirational. As a child-loss survivor, I once felt guilty about living a glamorous life. However, it was that that made me feel liberated and free. After my son died, I was asked by a random photographer to participate in a photoshoot. Read more>>
I am a country girl from the small town of Bainbridge, Ga. In high school, my time was always limited because I cheered for all three squads Bainbridge High had to offer and cheered at Murkerson’s Dance Academy. While doing so, I also was on the Gymnastic team for the high school and I trained in the next city over-under Gymnastic coach Terry Cooper. I like to think this is what help mold me to become the hard worker that I am. Read more>>
Since I was little, I always found an escape in reading or writing. I remember winning this Language Arts award in second grade, and my teacher told me I would grow up to be a writer. My bills wish I had grown up to be a doctor, but writing means everything to me. I’ve interned at TUC Magazine, Her Campus, Seacrest Studios, and Q99.7, so I’ve gotten a taste of multiple aspects of journalism. Read more>>
I was born in Larnaca, Cyprus which is a small Greek island in the Mediterranean. I come from a Cypriot and American background. I cannot remember a time when I wasn’t singing. I also began to play the piano at a young age but focused more on singing as time went on. There are several singers and musicians in my family, so music was definitely a large part of my life. Read more>>
I started my YouTube Channel in middle school. I was then just an influential young teenager who only knew how to be herself. I was the only public “out” teenager amongst my peers at the time. Social media started to become bigger and bigger… as social media grew, not only did my popularity grew offline but online as well. People started asking me for advice so I started recording the advice uploading it on YouTube. Read more>>
Rachel K. Whilby
I was born and raised in New Jersey to immigrant parents from Jamaica. I’m the 5th of six children and have a very large, but close, extended family. As a result, there was always a lot of choice and variety when it came to clothing and accessories – and even when there wasn’t, you learned how to make something old new for you. Read more>>
Wake up, go to work, come home, cook, clean, and make it to the bed in enough time to get a decent nights sleep so that I can do it all again tomorrow. That was my daily regimen… and I resented it. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a wife and a mom, but somewhere along the line, I lost my identity. Read more>>
If you would have told me a few years ago that people would refer to me as an artist, I would have laughed in your face! I have always been very math and science-oriented. Growing up, I only drew ghosts – you know, the hump with the squiggles at the bottom – and mailboxes. I’m not sure why I drew mailboxes. Read more>>