Meet Raquel Riley Thomas
Raquel Riley Thomas is an Entrepreneur, Pageant Queen, and Military-Veteran.
She is the Owner of An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC, a production company headquartered in Washington, DC. Within the company, she personally oversees the subsidiary Raquel Riley Thomas Image Consulting. By mixing her military background with her current civilian style, she has created 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 own 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, “Let’s Talk Live”, “Good Morning Washington and Fox5 DC “Good Day DC.” Because of her passion for assisting people with their beauty and fashion, she has been featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines such as Fitness, Washingtonian, G.I. Jobs, WashingtonLife, and Military Times, 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.” 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.”
Raquel is dedicated to helping other Veterans. 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. 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 a board member on Mrs. America Ethics Committee and she is on the advisory board of the non-profit, Operation Renewed Hope.
Raquel is married to West Point grad Ron Thomas, Esq. with four children, a cat and six robots in their blended family.
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