Meet Raquel Riley Thomas
Raquel Riley Thomas is an award-winning Entrepreneur, Pageant Queen, Military Veteran and Beauty/Fashion Expert.
Raquel is the Owner of An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC, a Veteran-owned pageant production company headquartered in Washington, DC. She is also Mrs. America 2011 (1st Runner-Up) and Mrs. Maryland America 2010. You can see her as a re-occurring beauty and fashion expert on ABC television. Her goal on the shows is to give quick and simple solutions to everyday beauty and fashion challenges.
Raquel is a decorated military veteran, having served nine years in the U.S. Army (5-years Enlisted photojournalist; 4-years Ordnance Officer). She is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Psychology. In September 2011, Raquel started her Veteran-owned production company, An Officer and Gentlewoman LLC, (AOAGWLLC). The company specializes in producing beauty pageants and casting television.
While running her business, Raquel noticed that she was giving out beauty and fashion tips to people on a daily basis. She recognized there was a need for people to understand the basics of styling and beautifying themselves. She is now a reoccurring segment guest on ABC, “Lets Talk Live” morning show and “Good Morning Washington.” Because of passion for beauty and fashion, she has been featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as Fitness, Washingtonian, Essence, G.I. Jobs, Military Officers, WashingtonLife, Military Times, and WE magazine, to list a few.
Raquel’s accomplishments have been noted in both her military and civilian career. In the Army, she was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (2x) and the Army Achievement Medal (3x). Recently, Marquis Who's Who of America awarded Raquel the “Lifetime Achievement Award.” For her commitment to fighting for military Veteran's rights, Raquel was selected as the “Veteran of the Year" 2011, by Women Veteran’s Rock. Raquel was also titled a “Leader of the Future,” by Ebony Magazine, Marquis “Who’s Who of America,” (5-consecutive years), and Washington Business Journal “People on the Move.” She was recently inducted into the Library of Congress under the "Veterans History Project" where her military history is now stored in video and pictures.
Raquel is married to West Point grad Ron Thomas, Esq. with four children, a cat and six robots in their blended family.