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A local Tampa swimwear designer will get to visit the White House on Tuesday and hobnob with a number of high-powered women from all walks of life, including the First Lady, Oprah, and tennis great Billie Jean King.

Altrichia “A.Lekay” Cook, CEO of Allusions by A.Lekay Swimwear, was invited to Washington, D.C. for the inaugural “United State of Women Summit,” hosted by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

“You had to be nominated” to get invited to the event, Cook said. “I was totally blown away.”

Even though she won’t be speaking on a panel, Cook anticipates meeting other women who she describes as those “who don’t take no for an answer.” In fact, she calls them “bad ass women” who are change agents in helping women break through barriers.

Cook, 29, showcases, sells and distributes globally to countries in Europe. Her luxury swimsuits have walked the runway at New York Fashion Week and graced the cover of magazines like Cosmopolitan. In fact, pop idol Nicki Minaj wore a Cook swimsuit on that cover.

Her line of luxury, high-waisted swimwear was created to mask abdominal imperfections from child bearing.

Yet, Cook’s entrepreneurial success is just one aspect of what she wants to achieve. Cook also speaks at events ranging from empowerment luncheons to high school commencements.

“Through my efforts and activism in the community and through mentorship, I believe that I am fulfilling my life’s purpose as well as making strides to ensure that I am imprinting the lives of others (especially girls and women) and making powerful difference in our collective future,” she said.

The summit will focus on topics ranging from economic empowerment to violence against women to educational opportunities in the science, technology, engineering and math or STEM fields. Among the speakers at the two-day event will be feminist icon Gloria Steinem and actresses Patricia Arquette, Connie Britton, Mariska Hargitay, Debra Messing, Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington.

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