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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.

Kay H

This is what I want to help eliminate for others. Mrs.KayH has been a way for me to share encouragement and inspiration to my “Darlings.” Each of my posts and videos on YouTube is mini-lessons, I wish I would have known about life, school and finances when I was in high school and college. Read more>>

Ivonne Miller

Figuring out what I really wanted to do to feel satisfied took a great deal of effort and self-exploration. The hardest part for me was the constant worry of losing time in the process of starting a new career. Read more>>

Kymmi Cordovez

My advice to anyone in pursuit of a greater goal is to ask themselves: “What am I willing to suffer for?” It sounds intense, but it’s the truth. How many people want to be actors or actresses, entertainers, famous yogis or whatever? That takes work; blood, sweat and tears. Whatever it is that you want. If you don’t have it now, that means you got to work for it and everyone breaks a sweat when working long hours. Read more>>

Parrish Hoag

Chris, knew how passionate I was about art and the joy I felt from creating, and he encouraged me to cultivate the blending of that creative drive with my keen pragmatism and turn that passion into a business. Thanks to Chris’s encouragement (and the support of so many others), I now have the honor of creating artwork for wonderful clients. Read more>>

Stephanie “She” Ifendu

A good friend of mine encouraged me to think of photography as more than a creative outlet. She saw my talent and drive and challenged me to try it as a profession. I began taking on commissioned jobs to do different kinds of portraits; graduation photos, engagement sessions, eventually I was shooting my first wedding. It took a couple of years but soon, I had my own photography business. Read more>>

Liz Snodgrass

A big piece of advice would be to find a person or group of people to share your thoughts, struggles and questions with. Another big piece of advice, which I still struggle with myself, is to be true to yourself. Read more>>

Heidi Geldhauser

Graduated college with a drawing degree and started Our Labor of Love Photography with friends at that time. Together, we primarily covered creative weddings. We were extremely fortunate and have been able to travel the world to document weddings.  Read more>>

Valerie Johnson

I received my BA in art history in 2013 from Georgia College & State University. I learned a lot about design, different cultures, and wanted to do museum work with my degree. I moved to Atlanta and worked with the art museum for a few years and decided that this is not what I was meant to do. Read more>>

Emily Dong

I started my beauty and fashion blog, Emsies, around 4 years ago because I am passionate about makeup as well as sharing fashion trends. Most recently due to how often I’ve been traveling, I decided to change Emsies to be a style and travel blog so that I can showcase travel guides in addition to beauty and fashion posts! Read more>>

Anya Bazzell

For quite some time, I have wanted to be a surgeon. The idea of identifying a problem, traversing the beautiful landscape of the human body, and ultimately providing a solution has always been desireable to me. During my Masters in Public Health program, I also became enamored with the field of Maternal and Child Health. Read more>>

LaTisha Guster

In 2010, I had this bright idea to create a space. Not just any space – a beautiful, digital space where I could express my thoughts, showcase my style, and share everything in between from fashion to motherhood to all things lifestyle. I wanted to create a space where I could connect with like-minded individuals and share authentically on topics that all women could relate to. Read more>>

Jasmine Monroe

Well, I’ll try to make this sweet and simple. I started my Instagram account in 2013, only posting selfies of course. Then eventually saw that not only were my friends liking and supporting me by comments and reposting but eventually brands.  Read more>>

Alina Cornejo

Traveling has always been one of my biggest passions. I love wandering to new and exciting places, meeting new people and discovering cultures. Over the past 6 years, I’ve been to many places, always looking for the next adventure, living for the excitement that always seems to be right around the corner. Read more>>

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