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Jasira Monique born as Monique McDowell, was raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is a poet, author, playwright, songwriter, pageant winner, plus size model and rising entrepreneur that graduated from Howard University with a B.B.A. in International Business. The Social Media Empowerment Strategist has been featured in many national media outlets and is indeed a woman on the move.

Monique believes in using her talents to empower others. While Ms. Florida Plus America 2012, Monique was able to bring suicide prevention and mental health awareness to the forefront by highlighting it through her iLive Campaign. Her most recent book of poetry, Woman on the Move was released with rave reviews along with her eponymous micro-stage play. Monique’s work, Woman on the Move, highlights the success and plight of women at all costs. As a full figured model, Monique has been featured in the highly popular Evolution of Curves tour and in the International Fuller Woman Expo in Toronto, Ontario.

This rising renaissance woman has been featured on local news and radio shows such as WXEL South Florida Artsview, Channel 9 News in Denver; online publications such as Inscribed magazine, Sporty Mommas.com and events throughout the nation.  Her social media ingenuity has allowed her to take advantage of many “once in a million’ lifetime opportunities such as being a participant in Harvard’s edX Copyright Law course, featured in a Dr. Oz segment, her song recorded in the famous Different Fur studios, the debut of her TheraPoetry program was in Nairobi, Kenya and most recently her micro-stage play has been published on London based TreePress with other international playwrights.

As an avid volunteer, Monique’s travels and international volunteerism in Manila, Philippines and Hong Kong and Zhangjiajie, China has forever enhanced her perspective of the human impact of compassion. Upon graduation, she worked as a Distribution Analyst for a year at Payless ShoeSource Inc. corporate headquarters located in Topeka, Kansas. During her tenure at Payless, Monique kept true to her passion in the community and served United Way of Topeka, March of Dimes and Brown vs. Board of Education. Also, she served as a mentor for a resident of the girl’s shelter, Florence Crittenton, for at-risk youth in Topeka. Monique previously resided in Aurora, Colorado and worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in downtown Denver. While in Colorado, she participated in several community service activities such as United Way Bridging the Gap, Junior Achievement, Art from Ashes, Especially Me and serving as a Junior Achievement teacher for a day. While residing in her hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida, Monique served as an mentor with Children’s Home Society- Project 18 mentoring program, which services displaced teens in the Palm Beach County foster care system.

Monique developed Woman on the Move, an empowerment network for women to collaborate, engage and share information to promote personal and professional growth. As a person who believes in leading by example, Monique used her advance knowledge of various social media platforms to network with other travel experts to learn strategies to relocate her and her two children abroad for six months in the UK, France and Spain to expose them to life as a global citizen. Jasira is now back in the U.S. and preparing to share her story with the world. Currently she is working with her son, Daniel and has successfully helped him launch his first products as an entrepreneur, the Young Kings a mobile app and signature tee shirt. Jasira works everyday to build her legacy.