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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.

Aya Massoud

Since I was a little girl, I always loved doing my hair. I am a young entrepreneur and owner of Locked & Laid. I would watch youtube videos and try new styles on myself all the time. I started braiding my own hair at 16. At 17, I began braiding my friend’s hair just for fun. Read more>>

Helen Choi

I am an illustrator and designer born and raised in Atlanta. I have a fascination with understanding human nature and the way of living. It is the depth that intrigues me and fuels everything I create. Doing portraits, figures and other natural subject matters. Read more>>

Genesiz

I grew around wonderful music in my household. My father is a preacher who surrounded my brothers and me with the recordings of the Clark Sisters, The Williams Brothers, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, and Shirley Caesar when he wasn’t making his own music. I was first introduced to the stage at the tender age. Read more>>

Michelle Block

I have never been someone to not speak up for what is right and I have always really loved learning. So in 2014, I began my graduate studies in Criminology-the same year Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri. At first, I didn’t have a clear plan for how I wanted to use my degree. Read more>>

Katie Schanck

I started my real estate career in 2001 in Atlanta. I had previously worked in retail management and had a good friend at the time who had got into real estate. He was my inspiration and here I am 18 years later! I have been a consistent top producer with Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Midtown for the last 14 years. Read more>>

Dr. Candice Moore

My journey to where I am today was not an easy or straightforward path. I always knew I wanted to be a Doctor at a very early age. I’m the first Physician in my family, so I had to figure out a lot of things on my own. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA by Ghanaian parents. Read more>>

Widdi Turner

I started out as a professional stage actor, then I got into the film production business while continuing to act (my biggest claim to fame is my appearances on Good Eats with Alton Brown :). But I’ve always had side hustles – I think I’ve pretty much spent my entire life doing short term jobs, freelancing. Read more>>

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