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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.

Autumn-Dawn Lewis

I started my podcast January 2020 and have seen over 1,000 listens and international listeners. I sat on this podcast idea for two years and finally, with a positive mindset and some consistency, it’s taken off. My pageant title came years after leaving the pageant scene. I thought moms couldn’t be pageant queens. I finally found an organization that creates a platforms for ALL WOMEN and supports the concerns I find important. Read more>>

Jennings Bowden

I used to joke that if you flipped through the albums quick enough, they would play like a stop motion movie. My parents always encouraged me to create and explore. At my core, I’m a portrait artist, but when high school began, I started falling in love with short films. I made movies about everything and nothing, and I loved every second of it. Read more>>

Shannon Lewis

This is where I truly developed my niche and perfected my craft. This was a high volume salon, so you got plenty of practice! They were also big on continuing education. I worked at this popular Atlanta Salon for five years! I built a solid loyal clientele that followed me to my latest endeavor, and on July 18, 2018, I opened my doors to SL Hair Studio! I am in a single chair salon suite, and I love it! Read more>>

Sara Grassi

The first time I step inside a dance studio, I was five years old and I still didn’t quite understand what was going on. I found myself there by chance. Nobody would have ever imagined that my heart would belong to that place, that mirror; that it would have allowed itself to be lulled by that gentle music, immersed in the truest and deepest magic that exists forever. Read more>>

Imani Barnes

I have loved all things skin and makeup since I was young, but it was my visit to an esthetician in my first year of undergrad that really changed things for me. Everything about her studio, technique and equipment excited me. From that appointment on, I knew that I was going to adjust my higher education track and bring what was once a small dream to life. Read more>>

Allisah Kalen

I have always loved fashion and strive to surround myself by every aspect of it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. My mom tells me that when I was little, I used to tell her that when I grew up, I wanted to “design shoes and work at McDonald’s” – I guess McDonald’s was the place to be back then in my four-year-old mind. Read more>>

Sara Pizzi

The faith chooses for me. Really randomly, I attended a dance workshop with the choreographer Davis Robertson and he gave me the opportunity to study in a professional dance program in one of the best academy in New York City. Here I am and I’m feeling so blessed to be here. Read more>>

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