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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.

Frankie Day Graham

My story is like most young girls; I wanted to play with hair and makeup all day. When I turned 24 I decided to make that my career because I wasn’t being fulfilled as a bartender. Read more>>

Amber Casciano

My success goes beyond hair, my life is the fullest it’s ever been. I get to make a difference in people’s lives everyday and therefore it makes my life great! Read more>>

Molly Bailey

I thought I had found what I was meant to do! I had plans to go to SCAD for just that. However, something inside me was telling me otherwise. I felt like as an artist I would starve going into sculpting. Read more>>

Yvetta Young

I started Regenerations Body Company in 2000 in my apartment in Downtown Los Angeles. I have always been a beauty product junkie but I noticed that not everything worked on my skin or hair. Read more>>

Arista Church

From a young age I knew the beauty industry would be the road I took. A young girl fascinated with drawing, artsy scenes, tear sheets featuring the art work of Sam Fine and other great Editorial and beauty artist. Read more>>

Dr. Crystal Jones

My biggest leap in business has been The Sanctuary Experience. The Sanctuary is a spiritual healing center that focuses on bringing people into the awareness of their power and ability to heal. Read more>>

Elizabeth Lang

Today, I am a painter and a businesswoman. I can say that confidently for the first time. I’m humbled when someone else asks me for advice. I’m blown away when I get to do things I only ever dreamed of before! Read more>>

zakiyrah ficklin

Learning that everyone’s purpose in life isn’t revealed to them at the same time in life and that it was not that I wasn’t good at anything, it was just that my talents weren’t common talents, they were characteristics; Read more>>

Nadeen White

I believe you can and should pursue all your passions in life. I work hard but I enjoy being a blogger, an influencer, a businesswoman and a physician. Read more>>

Renelyn Thomas

To satisfy my creative side, I started a beauty blog. I was always into makeup but never took it too seriously. Unfortunately, I had been to more than one makeup counter and found that options were limited for women of color. Read more>>

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