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Trailblazers: Midtown

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 Midtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Emerald Arguelles

I always saw the dancers in the Mardi Gras parades and that’s what I always wanted to be. So, I started off as a dancer, the poet, painter and finally settling in photography. When I started pursuing photography, I was doing concert photography. I was already a heavy concert goer, so this seemed to be the next natural step. Read more>>

Alyse Smith and Alexandria Johnson

Over the next two years, we talked every day and began to recognize the same needs within special education and more specifically of special education teachers. We decided in the summer of 2018 that we would create a solution for the needs of special education teachers, especially inexperienced. Read more>>


I am a performer. I create art that comes from my soul and my experience. I like to have fun. I have a very different voice and I love it and own it. I have a vibe, you just have to tap into me.I have a unique sound that I think people will appreciate. My voice is very low and gives 90’s R&B vibes. Read more>>

Bridgette Leath

As of today, I’ve done theatre, film, tv, web series, and a scripted podcast. I am truly thankful for my growth and every opportunity I’ve had. Im not saying its been easy because it most definitely HAS NOT but my faith in God never waivers. I’ve been covered since I left North Carolina. When I do doubt myself Galations 6:9 reminds me to keep going. Read more>>

Koya Grant

I was a dietetics major at Life University in Marietta, GA. I had a culinary class in which our professor assigned us a “cupcake wars” project. The goal was to create flavors for her wedding do-over cake. We were to make 100 of each flavor and feed them to other students and professors to have them decide the winner. Needless to say, my teammates and I were the winners. At that point, I knew I had something. Read more>>

Candice Emerson

I truly believe printing photographs lets you relive your memories, helps create a legacy and preserves history. I find it so liberating when a bride and groom flip through their heirloom wedding album and see their faces light up as they turn each page and relive their favorite day all over again. Read more>>

Sydney Seekford

I won a sidewalk-chalk arts competition and was commissioned to design a mural for a French cafe in Kennedytown (I’m not sure it ever got painted, but hey!)… but I also came to realize what it was that I had found so special and wonderful about Shanghai: the characters. Characters were plastered onto every surface-mugs, advertisements, handbags, t-shirts, cars, billboards… everything. Read more>>

Alexandra Tippins

I decided to go to SCAD to get my BFA. As a seventh generation seamstress, designing and sewing clothing have been my passion. As an individual, I am extremely detail oriented. I specialize in not only in fashion design but technical design as well. Because I have also been a model and a wholesale buyer etc., I’ve seen all the different sides of the fashion industry. Read more>>

Angie Zhang

I’ve always gravitated towards right-brained activities. When I was younger, this culminated in pursuit of singing and dancing: I was in a dance company, I breathed musical theatre, and I was ready to jump headfirst into a BFA in performance halfway across the country. Instead, I ended up barely 20 miles from home at Georgia Tech studying industrial engineering. Read more>>

Maylynn “Seoul” Oswald

There is an intrinsic desire to pursue a specific path. During my childhood, I was surrounded more by agriculture and the FFA than the beauty industry. Despite my upbringing, however, I still wanted to pursue a career as a hairstylist. That calling would come back after every significant milestone. Read more>>

Jen Yee

I grew up sharing a big round table with lots of extended families, so my love of food, and eating in general, has been with me from the start. Looking back, I think I always knew pastry would be my destiny. I made my own birthday cakes as a kid. Instead of reading teen mags in high school, I was baking my way through Martha Stewart recipes. Read more>>

Avery McMahon

A couple of years later, I was introducing myself as the President of Delta Zeta Sorority, a sorority of 315 young women. Looking back at those days, they were some of my favorite memories of college but some of the most difficult. I was President, a full-time student, had a part-time job, and an internship. Read more>>

Des Gray

I am a Visionary above all things. I am also a Director, Producer, Creative Director, CEO of Foreign Made Films, entrepreneur, and a leader to all my peers who I see potential and a hunger for growth in like to call myself a Global Creator. That being said, I specialize in applying my vision to any given subject and bringing ideas to elevate them to fruition..Read more>>

Sascha Rich

I started doing nails when I was ten years old in my basement.I am a cosmetologist. I do makeup, nails hair and lashes. Right now, I am specializing in hair makeup and lashes. I am most proud of how much confidence if grown. What sets me apart from everyone else is that I go to my own beat and I don’t want to be down with every else. Read more>>

Natasha Bernard

My time spent in New York was pivotal and gave me a perspective of grit, grind, and perseverance. It’s where my entrepreneurial spirit and love for fashion was born. I later went on to graduate college with a bachelor of science and spent many years working in the health care IT corporate world. Read more>>

Kecia J

Today, I am focused more on being in line spiritually and being the best business mogul and mommy I can be to my healthy 6-month-old baby girl, Journei! The world only hears one side that the media puts out when it comes to the epidemic HIV/AIDS, but they never cover the part about someone living a healthy, normal, prosperous and fabulous life despite diagnosis! Read more>>

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