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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.

Parthena Stokes

Thank you, God, for ordering my steps!!!!!! In 2011, I was pregnant, broke, busted, and didn’t know how to trust myself. I was overweight (265) and my skin color was disappearing (vitiligo), I decided since I had no control over my skin condition, I would drop my weight and make show off my beauty (fuck it two tears in a bucket). With my second baby on the way. Read more>>

Sheriah Grant

When I was 11 years old, my mother bought me a sewing machine for Christmas. She had a friend that gave me some fabrics so I could practice on my patterns. I just knew I was going to be a fashion designer. Shortly after, my mother decided to relocate our family to Atlanta, GA from Newburgh, NY. By this time, I had purchased a mannequin and drawn up different sketches. Read more>>

Kristen Anderson

I started off my career back in 2005 after graduating from Clark Atlanta University with a degree in Business Administration – Marketing. I have been in the mortgage business for over 14 years, first in sales, then operations and now back as a Mortgage Loan Originator. Working primarily as a 100% commission, I got to where I am today by my work ethic. Read more>>

Carlecia Hunter

With encouragement and guidance from a family who has great talent in culinary, I used my learning skills to make something of my own as a young entrepreneur in Atlanta. Cravings by Car is a home-based bakery business specialized in serving chocolate covered fruits, pastries, cakes and cupcakes customized with a variety of toppings: candy bars, dessert syrups, and cookies. Read more>>

Haley Henderson

Losing weight and achieving the perfect body is the ONLY thing we heard growing up. I am here to change the narrative. To bring body liberation to the forefront. To enjoy eating again and normalize it. For women to know they can be healthy no matter what size or the weight they are. I became a Confidence Coach because CONFIDENCE is the result of this healing process. Read more>>

Shanice Sidney

Shanice Slimming Detox began as a personal journey. After the birth of my second daughter, I struggled with trying to get the weight off. I know this may sound cliche but it is true. When I became serious about my weight loss I wanted something that was natural and sustaining. Read more>>

Sadricka Thomas

My story begins in the south. In a small town called Bainbridge, Ga. Growing up, I was the oldest of three kids. My parents had us at a very young age. As the oldest, I had a little bit more responsibility of taking care of not only myself but my siblings as well. Read more>>

Aubrei-Symoné Savage

I began doing makeup on myself at age 17 as I was entering into college. I had my heart set on being a nurse, but the closer I got to God, the more I realized He was pulling me in a different direction. He showed that fear was attached to my not wanting to pursue makeup artistry as a career. Read more>>

Bianca Williams

My hair journey started when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old. My mom, Barbara Cliett was the first to show me the light!! Lol! She taught me my very 1st braid using one of my dolls, a Cabbage Patch Kid. I will forever be grateful for her! Just for starting my passion, I am forever indebted to her. Read more>>

Astin Rocks

What I’m known for, depends on you you talk to, haha. Some still know me as the poet, some are still waiting on a new electro-soul album. Most, though, know me from filmmaking, and my involvement in the film community. I have created films for both my poetry and my music; “Letters from a Transient,” and “Love Soliloquy,” respectively. And for both, I put on my own screening events; inviting live performers and local artists to participate. Read more>>

Mahogany Fisher

My career as an Educator began in 2009! Believe it or not, my first major in college was Biology, but I changed it to Early Childhood Education before my sophomore year. I had a great professor who helped me realize that there were multiple ways to make a difference in children’s lives other than being a doctor! Read more>>

TraCheri Jackson

I began the Picture Me Living (PML) blog as a means to share my travel experiences through writing/pictures and ease anxiety from family issues/stress from work. I began ShopTraCheri (now a part of Picture Me Living) in an over-saturated online boutique world because I feel that personal customer service is lost, and the bigger stores never showcase girls my size. Read more>>

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