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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.

Blanca Bustamante

I started painting at the age of 19, not knowing where it would take me or how it would change my life. It was like a hidden talent for me. I didn’t really know I could paint until one day, I woke up with such an eager desire to paint. I went and bought cheap paint and a small canvas. Read more>>

Melissa D. White

For me, the journey to starting Writing Our Wrongs began with being obedient to what I was called to do, even when I was afraid. The idea was birthed on the day that Michael Brown died. I grieved, and I knew that mentorship and community service was not enough to let marginalized youth know that they matter. Read more>>

V. Taybron

I can’t believe I was almost homeless in 2013. A college graduate, a job, and more month than money. The electricity was turned off and I thought to myself, “you should bake cookies!” A hilarious thought with no electricity. Luckily, since I was on a family cell phone plan I phoned a friend. Read more>>

London Elixir

After realizing that the music scene in my hometown wasn’t growing as much as I’d like, I decided to move to Atlanta. Since moving to Atlanta, I’ve had the opportunity to connect and work with many talented artists, producers, and songwriters. Read more>>

Janae Werts

As survivors, we’re given a second chance at life and I want to help women live their best lives during their diagnoses, through treatments, and even after the hard stuff is done. Doing it for LIFE and not just for the look of it. Read more>>

Torrian Percy

Trying to pursue what ignites my fire. I’ve been working to create images that people find a piece of happiness in. I’m not a master, I’m still an apprentice of my craft. I’m still seeking inspiration, counsel, mentorship, to take me to the next level… Read more>>

Terran Lewis

Trust the process and be patient with yourself, having to cure the soap for 4 weeks taught me to value patience. If you stay in your lane, mind your business (literally), continue to perfect your craft, the results should be very positive. Read more>>

Alecia Jenelle Zackery

Humble Beginnings began as a cross-path journey from post-collegiate life into an emergence of adulthood. An unfamiliar allegiance of not knowing what was next, what to expect and how to navigate through the next chapter of life. Read more>>

Abigail Unger

I’ve always been fascinated by the threads connecting human experience. Our connection to hair is ancient and in my studies I had been aware of how often hair presented itself. In Yoruba (ancient Nigeria) for example, they believe how you wear your hair is a direct representation of your mind. Read more>>

Ariane Turner

My love affair with the beauty industry spans two decades. While pursuing my BA in Psychology from Florida A&M University, makeup artistry was my side hustle. What was initially a means to an end, makeup not only became my creative outlet, but also my conduit for making meaningful connections. Read more>>

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