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Trailblazers: Downtown

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

Kat Odell

My first book, Day Drinking, was published last May and my second book, Unicorn Food, a cookbook dedicated to plant-based cuisine devoid or gluten and refined sugar is coming out in August. I currently freelance for a myriad of publications including Eater, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and many more. Read more>>

Chelsea Bell

When I moved home, I started to notice a rise and interest in the field of lash artistry. Everyone wanted to learn and I just observed people until I was able to get people to let myself practice and before I could practice, I had to get my lashes done, so I could know what it’s like to have them myself. I looked for an artist high and low. Read more>>

Constance Mack Latham

I have been obsessed with the beauty industry since the age of 10. I decided to study fashion merchandising in college. During my first semester, I landed a job a working for Nieman Marcus. On my first day, I decided to visit the cosmetic department and I was hooked! Read more>>

Taryn Knepp

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to write, create and produce. I could usually be found writing and illustrating books or making up a brand new world of ideas. This love of creativity inspired me to study Art Technology in college, and with it came an interest in design and photography. Read more>>

Lauren Goggins

Lauren found yoga in 2002 after a sports-related injury; she doesn’t know if yoga healed her injury, but it was the first time in her life she ever felt a sense of contentment. After college, Lauren was accepted to Teach for America, where she taught 7th grade for two years in Houston, Texas before moving to Chicago. Read more>>

Chelsea Harvey

I decided to start a blog to give people suggestions on things to do in and around Chicago since my friends and family would always contact me for my opinion on where to go and what to do. I figured, if I gave them a central location to locate that information it would be a big help! Read more>>

Angelica G Patten

I grew up interested in the arts initially. My big inspiration can from drawing; that love transferred to faces basically. I’ve been doing makeup in some form since I was 16 on myself and friends but didn’t take it seriously until esthetics school at Pivot Point Academy in 2013. Read more>>

Alex Stewart

I’d say, I got the writing bug pretty early on. My mom was a freelance writer and editor and a lover of books, so reading and writing were a part of our daily narrative. So much so, that I thought I wanted to be a writer when I grew up and when I went to college became enmeshed in our weekly newspaper. Read more>>

Rachel Belloli

I started Hookups and Handshakes in 2017 to document my crazy solo adventures from around the world along with the amazing people I meet on the way. I want to encourage women that solo travel isn’t scary, staying in one place is. Book a flight, pack a bag and go. The rest can be figured out later. Read more>>

Gepy Ricciardi

We seek the potential of success of our brand by spreading awareness of the brand to create a buzz of the products around the world via the website and also via social media. Read more>>

Kirsten DeYoung

Starting a blog is one of the best decisions I have ever made. You simply can’t beat the blogging community and amazing opportunities you get presented with! It has also taught me a lot about myself and has grown my confidence level in all areas of life. Read more>>

Sierra Noelle

I started out just posting a video of little skits I put together during summer break in middle school. That eventually continued to grow to vlogs that I post on my channel now! It’s crazy to think that I still love doing it and that people still want to watch me try to figure out my life! Read more>>

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