Entrepreneur Celebrates Loudoun’s Own ‘Hidden Figures’ for Black History Month

After watching the movie “Hidden Figures,” entrepreneur Ayesha Pough decided to apply her talents and training in cosmetology to celebrate black women in Loudoun.

“I was very inspired by how these remarkable women empowered each other,” Pough said. “It was during this moment that I decided to spotlight ‘hidden figures’ in my own community.’”

She gathered three women from Loudoun County for a photo in front of the Space Shuttle Discovery at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly in the 1960s styles contemporary to the events of the movie, which depicts black women struggling to gain recognition and respect for the mathematical work they did on some of the earliest American missions to space.

The photo features three women.

One is Pastor Michelle C. Thomas, a well-known pastor and advocate at Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries International. Before that, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Duke University School of Engineering, worked at IBM, and started her own consulting firm.

Danyel Trammell is the CEO of Hair I Come, a mobile hair care service, and holds a degree in government contracts and acquisitions.

And Nikki McNutt-Thiem, who left her work in big box gyms to start Full Out Fitness and Sterling.

The photo was taken by Myra Downey, owner of Myra Downey Photography and a Loudoun County employee.

Pough herself worked in education before starting her business, AMP’D Hair and Makeup LLC, a mobile styling company.

“Like the movie, we have educated African American women here in Loudoun County whose stories often go unnoticed,” Pough said.

One thought on “Entrepreneur Celebrates Loudoun’s Own ‘Hidden Figures’ for Black History Month

  • 2017-02-22 at 10:13 am

    What a great article and a testament that honors the great legacy of the contributuons these African American women to our space program. I am equally honored to know the three women featured in this article and proud that it features my Pastor Michelle C. Thomas and a fellow parishioner Alleysha Pough. Way to represent in our community ladies!

    Ron Campbell, Leesburg Town Council member

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