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A Teen Mom Turned Designer Makes Bikinis To Hide Pregnancy Scars

A.Lekay wants every woman to feel confident at the beach.

Meet Altrichia Cook, a 28-year-old mom and swimsuit designer in Lakeland, Florida.

She couldn't find a swimsuit with a waist high enough to cover the scars, so she worked with a tailor to create her own design.

And from there, Allusions by A.Lekay was born.

"The idea transformed into a business," Lekay tells BuzzFeed Life. "Allusions by A.Lekay came to me."

Two years later, Cosmopolitan's July cover girl Nicki Minaj is working her curves in a patriotic A.Lekay number from the brand's Rockstar collection.

She recalls being a young mom and feeling "left out" when she couldn't find any swimwear that accommodated her post-baby body and still made her feel sexy.

The designer tells BuzzFeed Life that the swimwear designs are also popular among women who aren't trying to mask their scars.

A.Lekay says it's important to her that all women feel beautiful and sexy on the beach.

Allusions by A.Lekay orders can be placed via email at info@allusionsbyalekay.com.