Altrichia “ A. Lekay “ Cook, a 27 year old, who was once a teenage mother; has risen above all statistics, and is now a trailblazing business woman, entrepreneur, and community leader who is definitely on a mission. From showcasing her brand on top runways and fashion shows,to community projects. Ms. Cook has shown that nothing can stop you from being what and who you want to be, and what you think is a set back, is nothing but preparation for a comeback.
The CEO and spearhead of Allusions by A. Lekay Swimwear; a brand of lifestyle and luxury swimwear, which specializes in high waist and women empowerment. The birth of Allusions came about after the preparing for a vacation in 2013, and unsuccessfully finding a swimsuit that masked her “abdominal imperfections”, due to childbirth. That’s when A. Lekay decided to create a swimsuit that made her feel sexy and confident while hitting the beach.
A proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc., holding a Master’s Degree in Social Work, in concentration in Policy Administration from FAMU; A. Lekay never envisioned her contribution to the world would come to her in the sense of fashion. A parole officer and mother by day and businesswoman by night; Ms. Cook has held her ground by having tenacity, hard work and determination. In the 18 months of business, Allusion by A. Lekay has been featured in an array of fashion shows,media outlets, such as magazines, daytime TV, radio stations and more. Most notably, Allusions by A. Lekay was invited to showcase in some of the most prestigioust fashion weeks; 2013 FashionWeek in New York, and this years’ fashion week in Miami. Ms. Cook has been honored and nominated with several awards such as: You Make A Difference Everyday, presented by Polk County Teen Pregnant Program, and nominated for “Black Girls Rock Tampa. Through her status of entrepreneur and community leader, A. Lekay has had the opportunity to speak with hundreds in workshops, seminars, and conferences; recently teaming up with Polk County Teen Pregnant Program to co- host “The Sweet Heart Seminar: I Love Me”, along with many other charitable events.
With her true passion for helping others, and changing the world; A. Lekay plans to do that through one highwaistkini at a time. A woman of determination, and passion for helping others, Altrichia “A. Lekay” Cook is a force to be reckon with. Stay on the look out for the launch of her upcoming line, that debuts at this year’s Miami Fashion Week.
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