Forbes 30 under 30 AAPI Female Fashion Tech CEOs On How Being AAPI Has Informed Their Success

Trisha Bantigue and Kathy Zhou are the AAPI founders of the popular fashion app Queenly, the #1 marketplace and search engine for the formalwear industry. During the entire month of May, Queenly will be highlighting AAPI sellers on their homepage to bring awareness to the month. Trisha, Queenly’s Filipina CEO, was just chosen for the cover of the coveted 2022 Forbes 30 under 30 Arts & Style list for Queenly’s contribution to sustainable fashion. These incredible fashion tech CEOs express below what being AAPI means to them and how it has informed their success.


 Trisha Bantigue: “Having a month dedicated to raising more awareness for the AAPI community is extremely important and personal to me as a Filipino-American. I used to be ashamed of being an immigrant and I always wanted to say that I am just “American”. Now, as I see more representation of AAPIs in media, entertainment, tech, etc., I feel more empowered to own my heritage and my identity in ways I never could before. Being able to celebrate who I truly am and what made me who I am today is so liberating and such a joyous thing to be able to do with my community. In the formalwear industry, there’s not that many of us and I always feel like I am the only Asian face in the room. I am determined now to make this more of the norm and to prove to everyone in my industry how extremely diverse and capable Asian Americans are, and that we can succeed in any industry we set our minds too.”

Kathy Zhou: “For decades, Asians in America like myself have been sometimes made to feel like perpetual foreigners, and celebrations like AAPI Heritage Month have been beautiful ways for us to reclaim our past and shape our identities in ways we were not empowered to do before. There are few Asian women that are afforded the opportunity to make risky career moves and find success in growing a fast-paced technology company and engineering team from the ground up. Thanks to the mentors I’ve had, from the startup founders and engineering managers that have helped build up my technical skill set and confidence, as well as the support structure that have given unwavering support to myself and Trisha, as two young female Asian entrepreneurs, we’ve been able to kickoff this success story that will hopefully inspire other young Asian girls in the years to come.”

More about Queenly:

Whether it’s for a wedding, cocktail party, bridal, bridesmaids dresses, mother of the bride or a holiday party, has over 90,000 “pre-loved” formal dresses to choose from for women of all ages and sizes, from over 40 different designers. The search for the perfect dress just became significantly less expensive and time consuming with Queenly! Instead of having to go to many retail stores or sites online, Queenly brings together thousands of gently used dresses in one place, saving time and money. Queenly is a community of women empowering each other, one dress at a time. The best part is, after your special night you can even sell the dress back on the app to recoup your investment and declutter your closet!

Queenly is a truly incredible company.  AAPI founders, Trisha Bantigue and Kathy Zhou have dedicated there lives to succeeding and creating a phenomenal business!



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