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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.

Day Inouye

I have been taking photos for as long as I can remember. In high school, I was always the one telling the group where we should take a picture and what the best poses would be. Fast forward to when I joined the infamous Book of Faces (Facebook). Read more>>

Alison Manning

God gave me the vision to create and manifest one business out of a hobby and the other out of necessity…With a background as a Food Scientist, I applied much of what I learned to research and formulate products, which seemed to be the easy part. Read more>>

Karina Es Mia

From early on I’ve found music as a gateway to expression and connection to culture. My first performances were in church singing for the congregation and recitals at a local music school where I studied music theory and classical music. Read more>>

Lady Mekaella DeMure

As Cliche as it sounds, I was a rebellious little feminist in the making despite a VERY Conservative British upbringing. A childhood love of old films like “Lady Of Burlesque,” “Gyspy” “Zeigfeld Girl” & “Funny Girl” led to me becoming a theatre student (and later four year theatre major) but was constantly met with “You’re a talented and fantastic actress but you need to lose weight and get a nose job” far too many times than I could count. Read More>>

Stephanie Buggs

I started off doing makeup about 7 years ago. My first makeup job was at Greenbriar mall. I continued to push for better opportunities then landed myself a coveted position working at Mac cosmetics. I stayed there for about 3 years but it still wasn’t enough. Read more>>

Tyesh Barnor

My story begins with me realizing that I no longer had the desire of wanting the corner office within a popular tech corporation. I had accomplished the goals of others which helped me become promoted but that was not enough for me. Read more>>

LouNique Bell

Whenever I tell my style story (as I like to call it) I never know if I should start with producing, modeling, and styling one-woman fashion shows for family at the tender age of 6 or if I should start from watching repeat episodes of TLC’s What Not to Wear as a preteen every Friday night. Read more>>

Samantha Samuels

I am native of Guyana, South America. I migrated to America at the age of fourteen and lived in New York throughout my high school years. I later moved to Maryland to live with my aunt and to find my way as a woman. Read more>>

Lauren Riddle

When I graduated high school, I was really lost at what I wanted to do with my life. Art had always been what I was most passionate about but I was convinced that it would never be something I could make a career out of. I began going to college with the idea that I’d do something medical-related thinking that it would be a “safe” choice. Read more>>

Maya Satori

I was born in Washington, DC and raised in NC but when I made my way back to DC as an adult I realized how much work needed to be done in regards to healing and growth for black people of color. Most of the traumas and triggers that we face as a community I can relate to on a very personal level so that makes me relatable. Read more>>

Alycia Hinton

Once finishing my bachelors in only 3.5 years at Fort Valley State University in 2010. I came home to Atlanta and began working as a free intern at a real estate brokerage in 2011. I grew to become the companies assistant. Which inspired me to obtain my real estate agents license while maintaining my position at Two Girls And A Deal. Read more>>

Trinity Smith

Through creative expression. Whether it is with photography, painting, or even writing poetry; through creating I find peace of mind. I started practicing Photography in 2015. Growing up I adored taking self-portraits, and enjoyed documenting my life. What inspired me the most is nature, wildlife, and human life. Read more>>

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