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Trailblazers: Brookline, Brighton, Allston

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 Brookline, Brighton & Allston that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Deborah Ayer

Even in personally challenging circumstances, I could see the “good” in people, or rather seeing that their behavior and habits were not all of who they really were. This made me a “place to go” for my friends, acquaintances (and even my mom in later years.) I’ve said that I was born with the capacity to somehow find the silver lining even in the “shittiest” of moments. Read more>>

Laura Ahrens

Yoga became like a lighthouse, guiding me back to the shore of myself. It has become my life. I’ve taken two 200-hour training, one in New York and one with Ana Forest, and have subsequently gone on to study with her and her guardians (senior teachers of the style picked by the creator) extensively over the last few years, including in advanced training and a year-long mentorship. Read more>>

Nina Levine

I’m sure a ton of people say that they LOVE food. But we really LOVE food. So much that we liked documenting each thing we ate and where we ate it. It became a map for our favorite food spots. We decided to start @tastes2totango to share our love for food with the world and hope to spread the word about some of our favorite spots in Boston and beyond. Read more>>

Erica Molitor

Everything started on Etsy — a friend of mine had been using Etsy to sell some crafts she was making as a hobby and I also wanted to try it out. This was about seven years ago right before Etsy and the handmade movement was about to take off, so I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. Read more>>

Natasha Verma

I overcame my vulnerability and was very proud to debut my newfound strength. My new hair is a symbol of struggle, rebirth, and growth. I’m moving forward and have found my purpose in giving hope and inspiration to others battling cancer through the Verma Foundation. Read more>>

Ashley Armour

I completed hair school and got hired pretty fast in my career! I started at Sunny and Shears/United Ink Tattoos. There, I was able to start building a clientele and create hair magic. I had/have many clients who would give me creative freedom which I’m so appreciative of. Now, I’m booked up doing fantasy hair; always trying something new with color; giving people the mermaid hair of their dreams! Read more>>

Divyanka Gupta

Photography and cinematography have always been a hobby of mine which I recently started to officialize and monetize. As much as I enjoy being on stage, performing, or being in front of the camera, sometimes I like taking a step back and working my creativity behind the camera. Read more>>

Jackie Mann

My husband and life partner, Derrick Mann, has been shoulder to shoulder with me on this journey. He has been our rock, our strength, as one of the few black men in a predominantly white suburb, he modeled for our children to not take anything less than they deserve, setting high expectations for all three of our children. Read more>>

Claire Gohst

The melding of my artistic message honed with these musical influences and technological skills gathered over the next few years resulted in the indie-rock project, Paper Citizen in my final year of college. Read more>>

Ksenia Putintseva

I really love the world of fashion blogging because it brought me a lot of new interesting and diverse followers as well of enjoyment of working with brands, meeting new people and going on fashion weeks. It is really amazing to work with all kinds of people and learn a lot from their experience. Read more>>

Roz Raskin

NOVA ONE is a musically project that started a few years back in my hometown of Providence, RI. Most of the music I wrote in the last two years reflects recent transitions and movement in my life. The project explores explores youth, feminity, and gender through a moody 60’s pop lens. Read more>>

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