Raquel Riley Thomas
Raquel Riley Thomas is a Producer, Reality-Show Star, Pageant Queen, and Activist.
A decorated U.S. Army Officer, Raquel was honorably discharged from the military in 2002 and within months she was signed to Elite Models (Atlanta) and Ford Models (New York). The 5’9” commercial model soon graced lifestyle ads for companies such as Coca-Cola, Stern and Foster, and has been a product spokesmodel on channels such as HGTV and BET. Her hair is featured on two major hair product boxes throughout the country. Raquel also competed against more than 15,000 women to win a coveted top 10 finalist spot on the hit model reality-show, “She’s Got the Look, Season 2.”
Raquel added yet another success to her resume: Pageant Queen. She won the title of Mrs. Maryland America 2010-11, then battled 50 state delegates, winning 1st runner-up at Mrs. America 2010-11.
In September 2011, Raquel's company, An Officer and Gentlewoman LLC, took over Mrs. DC America, an official preliminary pageant to Mrs. America. As the executive producer/director, she is responsible for overseeing the yearly show that publicly recognizes women throughout the DC metro area who have obtained personal, professional and community achievements.
Raquel’s accomplishments have been noted in both her military and civilian career. Raquel was titled a “Leader of the Future,” by Ebony Magazine and is featured in “Who’s Who of America,” for 3 consecutive years.
For her commitment to fighting for Veteran's employment rights, Raquel is the “Veteran of the Year" 2011, selected by the organization Women Veteran’s Rock.
Raquel is committed to her community through service/philanthrophy. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Military Officers Association of America, Washington School of Ballet Jete Society, Women In Media, and supports national charities.
Raquel is married to Ron Thomas, a former West Point football star, turned attorney. They have two children together, along with a robot named R2.
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A few of Raquel's media articles and video:
Fitness Magazine Spotlight
Ladies DC-Woman of the Week
Washington Business Journal Feature
The Little Black Blog Feature
Women Veteran's Rock
GI Jobs magazine
International Business Times
Cooking with Emeril
Enchanting Woman feature article
"She's Got the Look"-Season 2 finalist