Women's History Month Spotlight: Ashley Bonds – Founder & Owner of DeVawn Accessories


Name and Occupation?

Ashley Bonds, Founder and Owner of DeVawn Accessories

What do you love most about being a woman?

A known characteristic of being a woman is having the ability to multitask. As a woman, I am able to include many different types of activities in my life in one day. I feel more well-rounded and richer in every experience. Additionally, the ability to move back and forth between projects keeps me inspired and creative in my work.

Furthermore, being a woman provides fashion variety, in whichever category clothing, makeup or fashion accessories. I can wear blue jeans and a blazer one day, I can wear an intricate head chain, a statement necklace and a knuckle ring the next day, followed by a pencil skirt with 5 inch heels on the third day. 

What do you hate about being a woman?

I hate the fact that at times women are underestimated, but it’s nice to surprise people with how strong, smart and good at something we really are?

Who or what influences you?

I’m influenced every time I overcome a business challenged. As an entrepreneur I think and act differently when I respond to continuous, every-changing challenges. Successfully dealing with problems and turning them into opportunities has always motivated me and influenced me to do more.

Tell us something about you that would surprise us:

For 8 years of my life I ran track – from the ages 10 – 18 years old. With in that time frame I won hundreds of metals and trophies for always finishing in the top three spots. Before I entered high school I qualified for the Junior Olympics. In high school, I beat school and conference records and competed in several state competitions.

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Could You Raise A Princess Boy?

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The process of accepting both of her son’s interests and passions, and exploring of her own need for acceptance as both a child and an adult, lead Cheryl Kilodavos to write My Princess Boy. It is the story of a boy who likes pretty things—the color pink, sparkly dresses, and ballet tutus. The book’s strong anti-bullying message went viral, catching the attention of national and international media.

Originally written to explain her younger son’s uniqueness to teachers and fellow students, My Princess Boy became more than just a message for them—it became a movement of acceptance for every child who has ever felt left out or misunderstood just because they’re different.

If your son wanted to wear dresses, would you let him? If your daughter wanted to wear boy clothing, would you be OK with that?

Cheryl has dubbed 2011 as The Year of Acceptance. Can you accept people for who they are?