Founder & President, Alesha Bowman
My name is Alesha Bowman and I have always had a love for fashion and coordinating outfits. I was introduced to "thrifting" at the age of 9 when I visited my first thrift store with my grandmother. Even at an early age, I was aware that I had a larger body and found that the cut and structure of my new thrifted finds made me feel more comfortable and confident. As I grew older my relationship with fashion and thrifting grew as well and eventually evolved into a passion that lead me to obtaining a bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. After years of compliments on my style and questions about where I found clothing for my larger frame, I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with other womxn. In March of 2018, I launched unLESHed+ Resale Boutique online . In April of 2019, unLESHed+ opened the physical location.
After completing my undergrad years I obtained my masters in Student Affairs in Higher education where I worked in diversity and inclusion for 5 years. It was during this time that I was able to fully focus on and practice my skills of relationship building and event planning planning for large scale events. KCPW is the culmination of my life's work in fashion and education. This 4 day festival is for me, yes- but also for YOU! For the little girl with thick thighs and has to shop in the womxn's section; For those who questions if their size will keep them from being desirable; For the darkskinned, fat black woman that society tells she is the furthest thing from what is considered beautiful, desirable, attractive; For the bigger folx who dream of being at the pool without a cover up but havn't quite found the courage; For the confidaet, outgoing, and extra flyy big girls/guys who are waiting for the world to catch up; KCPW is for US!!! I cant wait to see yo' BIG FINE self walk through the door! -Alesha
Tajuana Blackmon, Vice PresidentHey Big Girl!
I'm Tajuana Blackmon- a Lifestyle Vlogger and Content Creator born and raised in Kansas City, MO. Being a big girl has always been my aesthetic whether I liked it or not. I would get teased in school because I was always the tallest, the darkest, and the BIGgest. Not only that, but because I was so tall and I had big feet too lol. Back then there weren't any plus size stores, there was Fashion Bug and Lane Bryant but even those weren't suitable for a little 10 year old girl. SO, I was made fun of a lot because I could never find trendy clothes that were in my size. As a kid, I needed a consistent reminder that it's okay to be different from everyone else. I went on to high school and continued to do everything my "negative size" peers were doing like volleyball and cheerleading. In college I participated in multiple step shows, pageants and fashion shows because I wasnt seeing representation for girls that looked like me. I was always taught if you dont see the change, BE THE CHANGE. That motto birthed the Curves and Crowns Pageant I hosted by way of my sorority- The Zealous Zeta Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. The pageant highlighted curvy bodies and served as a visibility project for plus size woman. Once returning to KCMO, I created a YouTube Channel under my nickname TeeRunTheWorld, posting beauty reviews, tutorials and plus size tips and tricks through my "Hey Big Girl" series. In 2019, I expanded "The Hey Big Girl" to establish a community promoting body positivity, liberation and unity among the plus size community. When I started my YouTube Channel I vowed to always be the woman I needed when I was a kid- which is why I'm so excited about KCPW. Now that we are becoming more visible and being plus size is more normalized, we can finally stand confidently and celebrate our size. Thats what KCPW is all about. -Tajuana
Monique Hardy, Creative DirectorHey,
I'm Monique, the creator of MoStyles Personal Styling Services. I have lived in KCMO my whole life. I discovered my passion for fashion and styling in college. In my first years of college I really didnt know what I wanted to major in. Therefore, like some others, I changed my major a few times. One day I got to a point where I needed to have a talk with myself. I knew I didnt want to waste my time with a career that was not pleasing to me. I always wanted to love whatever career I chose. I believe that everyone should be doing what makes them happy. I started off by asking myself 2 questions. What are you good at? What do you like to do? I loved to shop and wear cute outfits. I also enjoyed putting outfits together for friends and family. With this in mind, I started to research a major for this. I came across the Fashion Merchandising program while at the University of Central Missouri. I didn't even know that you could major in Fashion. I was so excited. While taking courses I learned alot and my passion grew stronger and stronger. Now you can catch me researching trends, keeping up with the latest fashion tips, and always (I mean always) checking out what people are wearing around me.I was so happy when Alesha reached out to me to be apart of KCPW. I am a plus size girl, and I am confident in it. I want to ensure that everyone feels confident in themselves from the inside out. With styling, I enjoy making people feel even better by helping them look better. We have all heard the saying "If you look good, you fel good" because its true! I want every plus size woman to know that you dont have to be a smaller size to look good. I gladly walk in the "real women section" (plus size section) looking to see what I can put together to show that this plus size girl is not only confident in her skin, but she looks good too! I have dreamed of being a plus size model for a while because I love walking the runway, but even more, I love showcasing this size. Whenever I'm watching an award show, a performance, or a fashion show, I'm looking for that plus size person to show up and show out. This is exactly what we plan to do with KCPW. We are not only bringing encouragement for plus size people to be confident and comfortable in their body, but we are encouraging you to show up and show out in everything you do! -Mo