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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.

Ruthie Butler

My journey with flowers started long before I actually picked up a pair of shears. My mother arranges flowers on the side, and so the seed was planted early on. It wasn’t until 2013 when I was lucky enough to intern with an amazing designer here in Atlanta, and I’ve been afforded the opportunity to learn under many of my heroes since. It all started with side-gigs, until recently when I transitioned into full-time. Read more>>

Amanda Ray

After joining a Meet-up group back in 2011 to connect with other sf fans in my hometown of NYC, I later relocated back to Atlanta, to start my own, the Multicultural Sci-fi Organization Meet-up group in 2014. I wanted to bring together sci-fi fans of all ethnicities, genders, and sexualities. But the more sci-fi I watched, it was getting harder to ignore the glaring representation problem. I began to notice the lack of culture and language in these worlds. Read more>>

Tea

Creatively, I’ve been designing + curating for as long as my human mind can remember. Literally, I was the kid more obsessed with the “house” than the dolls. As a young girl, I spent hours tearing pages from design magazines, meticulously cataloguing every visual piece of imagery that aroused a sense of delight in my mind. Clothes, colors, textiles + interiors. Furniture, landscapes, architecture + intellect. My appetite for the creation + curation was insatiable.  Read more>>

Bee Jackson

Being a product of the south, the westside of Atlanta to be exact, I grew up in a broad environment with many aspirations influenced by the things around me. As a young undergrad student, I struggled to figure out what my ultimate goals would be. What did I want to do in life? I began with biology and then moved to health and fitness management. Read more>>

JaCera François

When I was younger, I never really understood why I stood out or felt that I was so different from everyone else. I was always open-minded, even at a young age, I just didn’t know how to express it. Also being from Louisiana, I was inspired and intrigued by my culture that I developed the urge to want to be creative. All of these reasons are what I believe brought me to discovering my gift in art. Read more>>

Jasmine Stamper

Jasmine fell in love with makeup at the young age of eight. She used to play in her mother’s collection of makeup. Nonetheless, it wasn’t until later that she would learn that her passion was in the makeup industry. Jasmine attended Albany State University, where she struggled with finding her purpose in life. Read more>>

Simone Cheek

It all started the moment I was graduating from high school. For all of us, this is where we begin to wonder what we are going to do with the rest of our lives. I knew that I wanted to go to college out of state and start fresh. Many people do not know that I went to college with a major in Criminal Justice and then received my Masters in Public Administration. Read more>>

Kymberli Darling

Growing up, I was always interested in the visual arts. I used to draw and paint a lot until I was introduced to photography in high school. It immediately clicked. Photography for me was an outlet. I was naturally shy, but being behind the camera gave me the opportunity to connect with people and in a way allowed me to overcome that shyness. Read more>>

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