She’s Pretty and Black Owned: Meet Quinnetta Thomas

Quinnetta Thomas is President & CEO of Diamonds In The Rough International, which is geared towards holistic mental wholeness, and suicide prevention. She was also ordained as an Apostle of Jesus Christ in 2017.

Quinnetta does individual and group counseling. Quinnetta has also struggled with and overcome suicide attempts, and mental illness, and has a life mission to pay forward all that she’s obtained to overcome her battles. Quinnetta also has an umbrella company called Diamond Graphix, where she provides creative, affordable, attractive graphics designs.

What inspired the start of ” Diamonds In The Rough International “?
What inspired me to start Diamonds In The Rough International was a young lady that I took under my wing that was having some troubles. I noticed that once I took to her, she transformed drastically. She started doing better in school, socially, and her self-esteem improved. So I thought if I could help her, I could help others like her. A Diamond In The Rough.

What has been the biggest challenge of running a brand like “Diamonds In The Rough International “?
The biggest challenge of running “Diamonds In The Rough International is being prepared for trauma! Sometimes the issues are deeper than what appears on the surface. Some of the individuals I service are suicidal. As a matter of fact, God has graced me to talk a few individuals down from suicide attempts, but it is quite a traumatic experience.

How does “Diamonds In The Rough International” impact the community?
Diamonds In The Rough International impacts the community by providing holistic mental wellness solutions and aids in suicide prevention for all ages and genders.

You recently joined the Ministry as an Apostle, how do you balance your faith and business?
My faith and my business pretty much balance themselves. God has taught me how to practically use spiritual principles in my life; which was the catalyst to my own transformation. So I pay it forward.

Where do you hope to see your brand in the next 3-5 years?
In the next 3-5 years I hope to be speaking across the world, I also hope to purchase a property to start my Diamonds In The Rough Academy!

What advice do you have for the next generation of entrepreneurs and faith-based leaders?
The advice I have for the next generation of entrepreneurs and faith-based leaders is: Embrace your authenticity! Discover what you were purposed for, follow the blueprint God gives you, no matter if no one approves it, and don’t let anyone trick you of your square!

What does being “Pretty and Black Owned” mean to you?
Being “Pretty and Black Owned” means letting your inner light shine. What does that look like? Begin working on yourself, removing those undesirable character traits that hinder your progress. It is a process, but as long as you stay committed to that process, you’ll see a transformation. Meaning for every 7 times you fall, get up 8! Your light will begin to shine, your business will begin to flourish, and the quality of your life will enhance like you wouldn’t believe.

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CEO/Founder of Pretty Women Hustle Magazine

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