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Trailblazers in Aurora

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

Lucely Arjona

My passion for balloon decoration started while decorating cubicles at a Call Center. Every time it was someone’s birthday, I would volunteer to decorate that person’s cubicle, sometimes I would even stay two hours after work just to make that person’s day a little extra special. Read more>>

Tristan Bego

My love for clothes and dressing started with my older sisters sharing and allowing me to shop out of their closets and match my own outfits. My sisters blessed me with luxury hand-me-downs starting from Ed Hardy. Read more>>

Ida Dickson-Kingston

AfriCoast Patterns began with the idea to promote African Arts and Crafts made from different the diversity of African patterns and fabrics from the various African Countries. The name AfriCoast is therefore a shortened form of “African Coasts”. Read more>>

Gina Brascetta

About a year and a half ago, I was in a rut. I’m a stay at home mom of now three, but when my second son was about 18 months old, I hit my low. I wasn’t happy with me. I was tired all the time, irritable, would snap at the kids if our day didn’t go perfectly. Read more>>

Anna Morgan

Last year in November 2018, I was attending the University of California, Irvine. I had spent two years prior to attending a community college striving to get accepted into a University of California school. However, in November, I got extremely sick. I couldn’t leave my apartment because I was constantly throwing up. Read more>>

Leah Jaramillo

I began photographing people when I was about 13 years old. I bought my mama’s old camera gear off of her anytime she upgraded, + just ran with it. what began as a hobby to avoid social interaction became a job as a concert/event photographer. Read more>>


Melinda Jacobs

I’ve always been intuitive and it has become my life mission to help others make sense of their lives, the coping skills they picked up to survive and to move beyond their own dysfunction and live their lives to the fullest – free from old programs of ‘I’m not enough’, ‘I’m unloveable’ or ‘I’m unworthy’. Read more>>

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