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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.

Ashley Edwards

About a year ago, the idea came to me and I sat on it for a few months. I have always known that I wanted to start a business but was hesitant to step out of what I considered my comfort zone. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for lingerie, I decided to quit my job and go all in. Thus, Velvet Quarters was born. Read more>>

Casey Burgamy

About four or five years ago, I was going through what can only be described as a pretty hardcore quarter-life crisis. I felt really lost and purposeless. I had spent a decade of my life in a passionless career as a hairstylist, and I knew there was something else out there for me. I prayed every day for God to show me my true path. Read more>>

Yana Reynolds and Terrian Jones

We have always been very close (more like sisters), and our conversations would always vary on different topics. Oddly enough, both of us started feeling the push to start podcasting; we just hadn’t said it out loud to each other. So, about a year ago, Yana called me up and shared her interest in starting up a podcast. The timing was of the essence as I shared the same sentiment. Read more>>

Jayla Azariah Bullock

I became interested in filming around 11 after witnessing my father shoot several different videos from music videos to commercials. I showed my interest and he asked me would I like to assist him during a wedding. The first wedding I didn’t do any filming, I only assisted in grabbing batteries, putting devices on chargers and small things like that. Read more>>

Maria Facey and Kadedra Huckaby

Kaiotic Hair Kollection was started by two friends living a KAIOTIC life, and looking for a way to continuously feel beautiful while doing so. They quickly realized they weren’t the only ones in this situation and Kaiotic Hair Kollection was born. A venture set out to help the modern-day woman feel beautiful and sexy one bundle, wig, and pair of lashes at a time. Read more>>

Monica Virgil

Monica Virgil, an Atlanta native, was on track to becoming a college math professor until just a few years ago when she decided that after 12 years of perfecting her skills as a public school math and science teacher, she wanted to use her teaching expertise in the private sector. Armed with a bold vision and a tremendous passion for math education, she followed her dream to combine education and leadership. Read more>>

India L. Wilson

My creative journey started at a very young age as I began to master everything from drawing in charcoal and graphite, and painting in acrylics, oils and watercolors to printmaking and sculpture. My artwork placed in various competitions growing up, and I learned the art of storytelling which ultimately led to the completion of my favorite collection. Read more>>

Laura Lyn Coody

I’ve always had passions for hospitality, art, creativity, and entertaining. During my formative years, my parents were always the gracious hosts for family gatherings of all kinds. The rooms were filled with guests for birthdays, holidays, game watching parties, and even funeral gatherings. I was very aware of how my parents served in their “hosting”. Read more>>

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