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.
Shelena Racquel Omokaro
Circa 2009, as I sit in my apartment on Euclid Avenue debating if I would take my sister up on her offer to move to Atlanta, GA, I was overwhelmed with a multitude of emotions. A part of me wanted the move. I was desperately seeking a new beginning. Read more>>
I always knew regular college wasn’t for me, I wanted something more than an office job. I was always intrigued by the beauty industry, looking up videos on how to do different hairstyles or makeup. I was constantly trying different colors with my hair, and to be honest it just sounded like a fun career path. Read more>>
I’m am the founder of The Paisley Agency. My agency specializes in public relations, social media, and marketing. We use strategic tools tailored to each brand to increase brand visibility, publicity, engagement, and exposure. Read more>>
While working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in a Cobb County School, I learned about the issue of sex trafficking. The speaker shared that the average entry age into the sex trade for girls was 12-14 years old. That wasn’t a statistic to me. Read more>>
Being on sets drew me to the hair and makeup aspect of everything and got me interested in studying cosmetology. During my senior year of highschool I did the dual enrollment program and started the cosmetology program and now am enrolled full time. Read more>>
Amber Lea Gray
For me photography is about more than capturing moments, it is about telling stories. Life is hard. Different people experience life differently. There are no two lives that are the same. Life is beautiful and complicated and messy. In this social media driven world, it is easy to look like you have it all together. Read more>>
Our story really begins with my husband’s dream of farming. He shared with me on our second date that he wanted to be a farmer “when he grew up”! As we started talking about how we could make that dream a reality, we realized small farms often need other sources of income. Read more>>
I got started in the hair industry by working as a shampoo assistant at a popular hair salon. It didn’t take long for me to form an interest in hair. Shortly after, I began to form a love for extensions in particular. I loved to put extensions in my hair and play with different lengths and textures. Read more>>
I fell in love with yoga quickly. The feeling of release and relaxation it brings to my mind, body, and spirit spoke for itself. I was only about 4 months in on my yoga journey when i met Miriam, the owner of the studio where I work. Read more>>
It all started back in 2005 while on a short-term mission trip to Guatemala City. My husband, Scott, and I took our two oldest children (13 and 11 at that time) to serve for a week with a missionary there. One of the outreaches we did was in the red-light district of Guatemala City. Read more>>