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Trailblazers: Southern Atlanta

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 Southern Atlanta that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Lisa Watts Thurston

While I was going through the inventory, I became interested in finding certain albums that evoked memories for me. I reached out to fellow vinyl enthusiast Eljay Williams, who invited me out to his then monthly event Wax Addiction, and seed was sown. Read more>>

Jamie Johnson

My lifestyle change started in 2009, when I came back home college at FAMU. I put on about 70 pounds during my time in Florida and knew it was time to make some changes. I worked with a few trainers for the first five years of my journey. I couldn’t afford training anymore so I started to do my own research on exercises and foods I needed to put in my body. Read more>>


I’d been in chorus and band before when I was younger so I figured that wouldn’t be much different I guess? I ended up really making so many great friends and had a lot of great experiences. I believe theatre shaped a lot of my personality today and that it made me well-rounded and versatile also. Read more>>

Blanche Rodgers

I started my business with the idea of being a blogger just about self-love and self-exploration in young talented people then it kind of grew into creating clothing that could make people feel beautiful without things being tight or to sexualized. Read more>>

Shari Jones

I started my personal journey to medicinal and alternative healing from wanting something different and a different reaction in the way my body responded. I had cut out all processed foods and products that I felt were harmful and started using more organic items. Read more>>

Cydney Rhines

It is interesting when someone asks me to tell my story because it was not until three years ago that I realized how important it was. I am from the SWATS (South West Atlanta), and like many little girls, I looked up to my mom. Read more>>

Jessica Jones

After photographing everything under the sun, I found my love of boudoir photography. My passion is to make women feel something when they see beautiful images of themselves. I want them to realize that they are capable of more than they realize. Read more>>

Piera Moore

I was born a creator. I am an art director, visual artist, and model born and raised in Atlanta. This city influences my work heavily, from the basslines of a Young Thug song rattling in cars passing by, to the fast country lingo used amongst my friends and myself. My work is also informed by philosophical concepts and cinematographic imagery, allowing me to craft my own world within my art. Read more>>

Shanai Dominique

A serial entrepreneur, inspired by her unbridled passion for cosmetology and beauty, she launched (Single) MOMMYPRENEUR, LLC. The platform provides strategy, accountability, and productive mentorship through online mastermind groups, educational material, 1-on-1 mentoring, and quarterly mind-blowing events. Read more>>

Alison Page

I am constantly growing my brands and businesses so I started my personal Instagram to grow those businesses. After a while, people were asking to send ME things to try out. I was starting my 3rd business as a social media influencer. Read more>>

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