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 Norcross that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
Ever since I was about 12 years old I knew I wanted to be a hairstylist and was always drawn in particular to bridal and special events. Because I had done so well academically, many people were disappointed by my decision to forego the college route. Read more>>
Mari Ann Stefanelli
When I was young and devouring books as fast as I could, it didn’t occur to me I might want to write one myself. Authors were super-human. Or so I thought. It wasn’t until college I discovered I had an aptitude for writing. Read more>>
Our family has a mission statement that guides us: “that our story would make other stories better and point back to the Author of them all.” My hope is that by sharing my story, that other feel encouraged to hope and trust that there is more for their life. Read more>>
My greatest hope is to always be there to help better the lives of my students and help them to see that they too are lifelong learners and can accomplish anything they put their minds to. Read more>>
My journey to health and wellness started over 15 years ago after giving birth to my second child. I was out of shape and needed serious help in losing the extra “baby weight”. Read more>>
With a love for reading, the joy of writing soon prevailed. Starting out writing short stories, I decided to write my first novel in 2011. In 2015, I published, Someone To Call My Own under Jessica Watkins Presents Publishing. Read more>>
Libra is very dedicated to everything that she becomes a part of. Her love and passion for the special needs community is indescribable. She works very hard for not only her son but, the entire special needs community. Read more>>
Ariel Julia Hairston
It started out as just an idea in my head. I sat on the idea for well over a year, fearing I didn’t have the right tools or connections to make it happen. Read more>>
I tasted my first French macaron cookie during a 2008 trip to San Francisco, and I’ve been hooked ever since! I stopped at nothing to learn how to create them, and there was definitely a lot of trial and error along the way! Read more>>
Yolanda “Poetic Flow” Jackson
I’ve been writing since the 1980’s. In or about 2013, I officially launched my poetry website where I showcase my poetry, guest poets and my Positive Vibes by Poetic Flow t-shirt line. Read more>>
My first experience with makeup began with an obsession over perfect skin. I never had the greatest skin and eventually gave up on correcting it and focused more on how to hide my imperfections. Read more>>