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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.

London B

I was going to hate it, so I stopped! I styled my first client in 2014 and ever since then, I slowly began to take my career in fashion serious. Since I’ve started, I’ve participated in several events and attended many events to network and brand my business. Next month, I’ll be hosting my second event titled The 222 Event. Read more>>

Vanessa Lynn-Lay

I am the Founder of The Blonde Monroe Collection. I have been in the beauty industry as a Licensed Hairstylist/MUA 19 years and Cosmetology Teacher for eight years in Georgia. Styling hair came somewhat easy for me coming from a large family of eight, my mother couldn’t afford to get our hair done at the salon, so I would watch and record the rap/r&b videos back in the late ’80s and ’90s to do our hair. Read more>>

Brett Beavers

I began to realize the right approach to such a challenge upon my visit to SCAD. After taking a tour of their facilities and meeting a few of the professors and students, it was very clear to me that the only thing that matters when creating art is what it means to you and your world view/experiences. The most compelling art was the art that came from a unique thought process or life experience that the individual artist went through to happen upon such a niche of work. Read more>>

Laura Lucia

My passion lies in social media and is what I plan to do with my career. Although, I have many other passions. I have over eight years of experience in Vocal and Acting techniques. Growing up with musical theatre led me to develop a true inspiration for the arts and music. Therefore, the performing arts is always a lingering want in the back of my mind and there is nothing to say that I wouldn’t go back to it. Read more>>

Chef Devika Patridge

I left my Corporate job as Catering Director at a prestigious College in the Atlanta area and took a leap of faith and started Eat Urban Fresh. I Gained 60lbs. with my second son and wanted to lose weight. I began meal prepping for myself and posting the pictures on Instagram. A couple of people asked me to meal prep for them and I said no for about four months!! Then, finally, I said yes and decided to cook for one person. Read more>>

Alyssa Anderson

I taught myself to braid when I was in 2nd or 3rd grade and since then, I’ve been fascinated with hair. I constantly watched Tutorials and would just practice on myself. When I got to high school, I was the one who did all the prom and homecoming hair, I’d even do girls hair in the middle of class. I use hair as my creative outlet, my art. I’m only nineteen. Read more>>

Ms. Nickee Mack

Starting out as a chubby little girl not loving herself in a world of judgemental people, I was never confident enough to be me, and when the hair, beauty and fashion world was introduced to me, I just truly couldn’t see myself in it until I started tapping into the gifts that GOD gave me. Building confidence was a huge part of me finding me and I had some great mentors that helped me through. Read more>>

Ariel DeAngelo

I looked up to the beautiful stylists that I assisted for. I enrolled in 2007 and I haven’t looked back. Hair styling has given me the option to travel and live in such places as Philadelphia, Austin, and Atlanta. I’ve worked with and met some amazing fellow stylists along the way. Most recently, I have moved back to Atlanta where I work with some amazing people at Commoner Salon. Read more>>

Ashanti Renise

When I made the decision to stop chemically relaxing my hair in 2011, is when I started to wear more braided and sew-in extension styles and I realized my hair grew like crazy! Over the years, I’ve been working to perfect my craft in protecting our natural curls and coils from excessive manipulation and heat styling which causes breakage. Read more>>

Latoya Woods

Going through the phases of grief, I could no longer identify with myself or what I was feeling. But because I could identify with the term struggle, I knew that I had to find a way to grieve without going into a depression. All I ever have known was to work hard and move on. So that is exactly what I did. I found the ART OF LASHING through the eyes of grief. Lashes by Toya was created, and I could see beauty through the eyes of those that I lashed. Read more>>

Dr. Traci Stafford and Dr. Lisa Stafford-Johnson

What motivated us to stay the course was a desire to help others and build a legacy of service. We knew that we wanted to have our own practice and our ultimate goal was to be able to provide affordable chiropractic care to as many people as we could. We envisioned a practice planted in the community that we absolutely love. We are honored to serve the community of South Atlanta. Read more>>

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