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Trailblazers: South Boston

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 South Boston that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Brianna Lalmond

Fitness had always been a very important part of daily routine and lifestyle but a specific event caused me to really immerse myself in it, and in some ways I feel it “saved” me. On New Year’s Eve of that year, I was just finishing my move into a brand new apartment. Read more>>

Bryce McGillivray

I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Fashion degree in 2010. After graduation, I followed my dreams and moved to New York City in hopes to one day be a fashion editor for Hearst. I started my career in Public Relations as an intern at Bismark Philips Communications and Media. I was an unpaid intern for about 6 months before I found myself interviewing with PR Mogul, Kelly Cutrone. I was hired and began the next phase of my career as her Executive Assistant and Showroom Manager. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that presented themselves in the big city. Read more>>

Shayna Mahoney

From a young child, I was very anxious, sensitive and shy. I struggled in social situations and had constant fears and worries. I was super emotional and easily affected by others. When I was 12, my family made a big move and my anxiety and depression took a turn for the worst. I was prescribed Prozac, an antidepressant and I took it off and on throughout high school. It took the edge off, but didn’t help me to feel better for long. I honestly never thought I would have a career based in wellbeing, mindset and transformation until my father became disabled from taking the statin drug, Crestor, which was meant to lower his cholesterol. Read more>>

Nicole Rawnsley

I grew up in Sacramento, California. After high school, I moved to Ames, Iowa where I completed my Bachelors of Science degree. I was overweight in my teens and was bullied in school. I remember trying multiple diets and idolizing the ‘thin’ bodies portrayed on magazine covers. In undergrad, my self-esteem and body image was very poor. I remember feeling ‘lost’ and angry with my body. This began a three year battle with an eating disorder. Read more>>

Fabiana Rendon

Writing this “story” has actually made me think about where my love for the arts rooted. From a young age I was always cutting up magazines and putting mood boards together just for fun or to decorate my room. I attended a tech school – focusing in System Technologies. Read more>>

Maya Mutalik

I have always had a certain affinity for management, creativity, and business experimentation. I entered the world of business when I was in elementary school. I was the 8-year-old who made money by selling string bracelets. Read more>>

Laura Petrovich-Cheney

We all suffer loss regardless of our color, language or economic status. Our hearts break equally and painfully. Sharing my story with others and learning about theirs, I believe, makes us vulnerable, fully human, connected and whole. Read more>>

Catherine Armistead

My experience as a user interface designer considering user behavior for website designs contributes to how I approach the viewer through my artwork. I work with multiple mediums, including metalworking, etching, papermaking, drawing, and fiber arts, and commonly incorporate a variety of media into my work. Read more>>

Nadia Asencio

I was a writer before I could write; I would orate tales and fables to my mother before I was old enough to go to school and, being the great mom that she was (and is), she’d take careful dictation of them all. My mother’s undying support validated my artistic inclinations. Read more>>

Gia Catauro

At a very young age I started drawing and have been ever since. Which lead me to study illustration at Pratt Institute focusing on children’s books. I love how they tell a story or teach lessons through sequence of imagery. Read more>>

Tabitha May-Tolub

We believe there are two things that we all need in order to become amazing human beings: Roots (identity and confidence in knowing who we are and where we come from) and Wings (the skills necessary to navigate and create positive change in this global world). Read more>>

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