The message behind Ready to Stare is all about following your passion, loving yourself and inspiring others to do the same. I want someone to feel empowered and confident when they are wearing Ready to Stare. I want my brand to challenge society’s standard of beauty and be a part of changing the way that we talk about bodies and body image.
Name: Altrichia Cook
Occupation: Founder/Creator, Allusions by A. Lekay Swimwear
A mother at 18, I have learned to appreciate my life’s journey so far. I raised my son, worked two jobs and maintained full time student status at Florida State University for my Bachelor’s and Florida A&M University for my Master’s degrees- all because of determination! I had a lot of sleepless nights, even times where I literally cried myself to sleep. Life is not easy, and those who seem to have an easy life are constantly working and creating ways to expand. All in a short amount of time, Altrichia started her swimwear collection and landed an NYFW runway two years in a row.
Failure is merely greatness in its infancy! – Alechia Reese
Name: Alechia Reese
Occupation: CEO/President, The Girl Rethought Project & Executive Director, 360 Gateway Brand Management
Name: Aaja Corinne
Graduation Year: 2011, Columbia College Chicago
College Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Fashion Studies
Current Occupation: Image Consultant & Brand Stylist, Merchandise Coordinator
Government name: William James Stokes
His reality: Hip-hop/jazz crooner, composer, philanthropist, entrepreneur
The name Beat Face Honey has certainly created an industry buzz within the last year. It’s amazing how one year can change things. Around this time last year, Beat Face Honey’s dreams came true.
Beat Face Honey, whose government name is Tatiana Ward, is no different than you and me. A make up artist living in Philadelphia, and working for MAC, she knew the struggles of life very well.
When you have a vision, nothing can hinder your progress. In a matter of two years, husband and wife power team, Brandon & Margaret Williamson, owners of the luxury clothing and luggage label, PRSVR have created a non-stop growing empire. Init
ially launching in Chicago with The Atelier, leather showroom, PRSVR has since expanded its brand with more signature leather pieces, home decor, and they capped off 2014 with the new store Hours.
Jasmine Crowe is the founder/creator of the movement better known as Black Celebrity Giving. As the head of BCG, Jasmine Crowe and her team have spotlighted the charitable efforts of some of our favorite celebrities, including Toya Wright, Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, and many more, as well as launching communities campaigns throughout the U.S. to help those in need.