A former Florida Teen Mom has released a brand of two piece swimsuits to cover moms’ stretchmarks and C-section scars.
Altrichia Cook says after having her son ten years ago, she struggled finding swimwear to accommodate her post-baby body, Buzzfeed reports.
“I was just looking for a high-waist suit for a vacation with friends to Puerto Rico,” Cook told Yahoo Parenting. “I couldn’t find one, so I took matters into my own hands and designed one.”
Altrichia Cook, center, and models Cendino Teme Photography
When her friends saw the ones she made for herself and began inquiring on how they could get one just like it, Cook realized that she was not alone in her feelings about swimwear and launched her line, Allusions by A.Lekay.
Her designs are a welcome addition to the market.
“As I have grown, I get so many thank-you emails of women thanking me,” says Cook, who has since reunited with her son Anthony’s father. “One instance, a customer told me that she hadn’t worn a two-piece swimsuit in over 20 years.”
Her line got a recent boost when rapper Nicki Minaj was photographed in one of her designs from her Rockstar collection on the cover of the July issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Now that’s what’s up!
Recently, there has been a movement for mothers to embrace their post-baby bodies including all the marks that come with it.
While Cook agrees its important to “love the skin you’re in,” but still, says “realistically, no woman wants to share her stretch marks or C-section scars.”
Kudos to her and that line! We’ll pick up a pair for the Bellyitch moms on staff!