Being senior class president, homecoming queen and captain of the varsity cheer squad are obvious signs that one possesses leadership qualities. Altrichia “A.Lekay” Cook has always been destined for greatness.
This now, successful, millennial business owner, is also a servant, a friend, creative genius and a mother. The 28 old year old, college graduate is extraordinary in that her tenacity and ambition propelled her to transform a mere idea, into a successful business! Though she was faced the challenges of becoming a teen mother, Altrichia was determined to not allow statistics to define who she would become. She learned that she was pregnant just one month before graduating high school and was already accepted into Florida State University. Driven and courageous, Cook attended college while raising her son, Anthony Jr., and worked full time. After graduating from FSU in 2009, she furthered her education and obtained her Master’s from Florida A&M University in 2011.
In March 2013, after aimlessly looking for a high waist swimsuit that masked her abdominal imperfections from child bearing, she took matters into her own hands and designed her very own swimsuit. Working closely with a tailor, her design was brought to life and by huge surprise, her very own business, Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear, was born. Designing luxury, fashionable and high end swimwear, within just 2 years, Altrichia has featured in fashion’s most anticipated event: New York Fashion Week, Miami International Fashion Week, been featured in plethora of media outlets including, Vogue Mexico, Essence Magazine, Daily Mail, Daytime TV, Sunrise Australia, MTV Style, Entertainment Tonight online, People Magazine, Yahoo.com, Marie Claire, Redbook Magazine. Recently Cook collaborated with Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Queen of Rap, Nicki Minaj, graced the cover of the July 2015 Issue. Even as a swimwear designer and business owner, Altrichia still finds time to serve others; as a pillar in the community.
With a passion for girls and women, Altrichia is called upon to serve as panelist for empowerment events and has spoken to schools, community centers, summer camps, and empowerment luncheons. Cook has served as keynote speaker for leadership trainings and for the 2015 Career Source Polk, high school graduation. She has also been a panelist with Verizon Wireless and their City Session Initiative and showcased at the Verizon Wireless’ Fashion Moment at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans. Within 2 years, it is evident that her drive, determination and tenacity have allowed her to soar!
Altrichia has received the 2013 You Make a Difference Everyday Award, presented by the Polk County Schools Teen Parent Program, recognized as fox 13 Tampa Bay What’s Right with Tampa Bay, Awarded Best Swimwear Style at the 2014 Best of the Bay Awards, presented by Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, honored in the class of 2014 40 Under 40 Up & Comers Award presented by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Recently, Altrichia was honored with the 2015 Black G.I.R.L.S. Rock Tampa Bay Award presented by Black G.I.R.L.S Rock Tampa Bay, and honored as 1 of 3 recipients of the 2015 She Knows Where She’s Going Award, presented by Girls, Inc. Cook is a finalist for the 2015 Business Woman of the Year Award, presented by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
A “Girl Boss,” indeed, however Ms. Altrichia “A.Lekay” Cook doesn’t allow the title to define who she is and continues to inspire and impact those around her.
Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear is much more than a luxury brand, it is a lifestyle; empowering women to live life fierce and fearlessly. See more about this fearless millennial her in her recent interview with Fox 13.