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Ashro Woman: Leona A.

Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Leona A. from Fountain, CO

This exemplary Ashro Woman has been a customer for almost 20 years! 

As a psychotherapist and dance therapy teacher, Leona spends most of her time teaching and helping others. She enjoys plants and music, life and culture…and wears Afrocentric clothing daily, even for working out. 

“I am proud of who I am and love to show it.”

Influenced by her own mother’s example of strength, Leona now, in turn, inspires us. Thanks Leona! 


Leona A.
Which city do you live?
Which state do you live?
How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her?
Beautiful/Culture knowledgeable.
How long have you been an Ashro customer?
About 20 years.
What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?
I am a Psychotherapist – I have a dance/exercise studio. I teach dance/therapy.
How do you spend your free time?
Getting prepared for the next day at the studio, I love plants, music, and life.
What small thing makes you happy?
Kind/smart/loving people.
What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?
Veggies and anything, I make it for self, friends, and family.
What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?
My greatest strength has been helping others.
Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?
My mother influenced me the most with her strength, she raised 9 children on welfare.
Do you volunteer or do charity work? Tell us about it!
Yes, I volunteer and am on the board with the African American Genealogical and Historical Museum of Colorado Springs.
Are you in a sorority? Or is anyone in your family in a sorority? If so, which one and what does it mean to you?
No, I am not in a sorority but I am a member of ABpsi (The Association of Black Psychologists).
What do you love about fashion and style?
I really am not into fashion at all, but I am proud of who I am and love to show it.
Has anyone in particular influenced your style?
My Mother (Claudia Mae Blythe) she is deceased.
What occasions/events do you dress up for? (for example-do you often dress up for church, cultural events, charity events, going out, etc.) And how often do you typically get dressed up?
I daily dress in African Culture, even when I workout, When I get dressed for an event (Kwanza) I wear my best in culture.
How has your style evolved over time?
I have less western wear.
Do you wear hats? How often and what type of hat? Do you wear them to church? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a hat with us!
I mainly wear head wraps and occasional hat, mainly during winter.
Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!
Yes, most of the time.
Do you wear wigs? How often and what length or style? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a wig with us!
Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.
Yes I am a woman of faith but not Christianity. I am spiritual as my ancestors.
Do you attend church? What church do you go to and what do you love most about it?
NO, not at all.
How are you passing along your faith traditions onto your children/grandchildren?
Through the life that I live and how I treat others.
Are you a First Lady or a Pastor?
If yes, tell us about it.
I am a Queen Mother and an Elder.
Your best advice?
Be you.
What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?
That the more I teach about my history and culture the better my community.
Are you an Ashro Credit customer? If so, how has our credit helped you?
No, I mainly pay in full.
Do you have a memory to share of when you first heard about Ashro or when you received your first catalog?
Yes, I was so excited to see my culture.

Thanks for inspiring us, Leona!

If you’d like a chance to be a future Ashro Woman of the Week, share your story with us — then watch your weekly Ashro emails to see if you’re featured next! Already filled out our questionnaire? Then you’re all set (you may see yourself featured in next week’s email)! Make sure to tell your friends and family to sign jim up for emails. We can’t wait to see you!


Comments (2)

I love everything I get from Ashro!!!!

I’ve been an ASHRO WOMAN, for over 25yrs I started out paying cash. Now I pay on time credit. I have a 💙 heart condition
that has stop me from ordering from time to time by paying my health care bills. But
when ever I am going to be late or by being ing tha hospital, Ashro has a plan that I have sign up for yrs ago, to put my credit account on hold until I can started back pay for my credit on time again. This is all I wear & everything that I purchase is beautiful & made with the greatest of quality. Every where I go, people compliment me on my way of dressing. I wear Ashro from head to toe. Even though
I sometimes just have to lay around my house, to recover from my illnesses. I still do it in style with Ashro caftan’s. I am truly appreciative to be an Ashro woman & yes I have recommend Ashro to all of my family & friends. & I don’t ever have to worry about being seem with the same outfit as someone else. But if ever that was to happen. I know that’s ok too, because can’t nobody wear Ashro like I wear my Ashro outfit. Cause Ingot it like that YA’LL disability & all 😂 😂 Ashro makes me feel like (ROYALTY YA’LL).
& that an AMENNNNNNNNN fa Me, Myself & I. Thank U ASHRO fa helping me be @ my
best dress ever. Gwendolyn P. McQuirter

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