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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.

Holly Hickman

I decided to set myself on a mission. My mission is to empower women all over the world to step foot in the gym with confidence and grace. To help women feel bad-ass whether they’ve been an athlete all their life or are just beginning their fitness journey. Through mix and match collections that allow women to feel sassy and confident in every workout, HollyLolly will change the face of the fitness industry, one bad-ass woman at a time. Read more>>

Jazmine Duke

I always knew I was deeply feminist, a committed advocate for women and women’s rights. As I dug deeper into my feminist roots, I uncovered how passionate I am about women’s health, specifically as it relates to our sexuality and sex organs – why in the world don’t we have more products that are good for our vaginas? It is as if the world doesn’t even acknowledge we have vaginas unless it is in regards to sexual intercourse. Read more>>

Jenna Drury

After a lot of soul searching, I mustered up the courage to blog again. It’s something that I truly love. In 2018, I launched The Blonde Blogger, a fashion and lifestyle blog. My goal is to connect with women and build relationships while encouraging each and every one of you to work hard to achieve whatever goals you may have for yourself. Read more>>

Erica James-Strayhorn

It was no surprise that I quickly became interested in psychology in high school and never looked back. I majored in Psychology at North Carolina State University, and when I graduated, in 2006, I was not exactly sure what my plan was and I was I still drawn to helping others. That same year, I excitedly moved to Atlanta, GA where I worked with numerous children and families impacted by autism at The Marcus Autism Center. Read more>>

Rhonda Geraci

My life didn’t follow a predictable path. I studied at universities in Washington, D.C., Texas, New York, and Georgia; trained as a ballet dancer for 23 years, and studied yoga for over 19 years and counting. I worked in the marketing research department at Ms. when Gloria Steinem was at the helm. I worked as a copywriter for David Ogilvy’s ad agency in New York. Read more>>

Marley Wilkins

They expected everyone to go off and be lawyers or doctors. Many people, even my school career counselors, told me that I would never make a career out of doing hair. That I would never make enough money to survive in life. My grandparents wanted me to go into the medical field as well, so it was a struggle to pursue my dreams with everyone against one. Read more>>

Lauren Myers

After a few years of freelancing, I shifted my business model from service based to product based and began selling wedding invitations, greeting cards, and various paper products under the name Color Hug. It was then that I started using the email marketing platform, MailChimp, to keep my customers updated on new products that were being released. This was the turning point in my business journey where I discovered automation. Read more>>

Boss Britt and DJ eXeL

For the most part, it actually has been a pretty smooth road. We don’t tend to come across many struggles besides things that come with parties and having to make sure everything is on point to our best ability. The advice we would give is to have a clear plan of goals you want to achieve and remember consistency is key! You also have to make sacrifices and take risks; step outside your comfort zone. Read more>>

Lia Kim

I graduated from high school, I decided to explore the exciting diverse world outside of Korea. Since my family has always supported me to reach my goal, I was able to go to the United States to start my artistic studies at SCAD. My curiosity in the varied world of art and design led me first to Atlanta, and then Hong Kong where I’m currently a study abroad student for two quarters. Read more>>

Miss Monét

I was quite devastated when my parents decided to move to Atlanta in the middle of my high school career. My first few years in Atlanta started off a little rough but my love for music, writing, and art kept me grounded and focused. In 2013, I was accepted into Georgia State University as a Journalism major with a concentration in Telecommunications. Read more>>

Evelyn Henson

I first discovered my love for painting when I attempted a floral still life as a Mother’s Day gift in 2012 after two friends kindly gave me an old box of paints they didn’t want. I honestly haven’t been able to put down the paintbrush since—there’s something about art that brings out my happiest, brightest self. I started selling my work in May 2013 following my college graduation. Read more>>

Kelilah Daniels

Oohlala is a goal-driven, business savvy music enthusiast. She attended Clark Atlanta University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media Arts and Masters in Business: supply chain. While attending CAU Oohlala also worked full-time as a bartender in Atlanta’s most elite nightclubs as a means to afford to stay in college. Read more>>

Faith Hudson

I fell in love with photography watching my grandfather, who I called Pabo, take photos of nature and exploring all of the time! I loved how no image ever looked the same or how the light would effect the colors in the photos. As I grew up, my Pabo was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and sadly passed away in 2012, the year I started pursuing my passion for capturing special moments. Read more>>

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