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How Ah-Niyah Gold went from Broadway actress to CEO


With her signature red hair color and fashionable flair, Ah-Niyah Gold was always meant to be front and center. She began an acting career on Broadway at a young age, after being cast as The Lion King, and thanks his mother for showing him the tricks of the trade. “I was always very business oriented,” Gold recalls. “Every time my mom was doing my paperwork, I was like, ‘What is this? What is this?'”

Gold also envisioned a life in public relations, further promoting her growth and interests, and she planned to dominate in fashion and beauty. Lo and behold, the PR expert whose name is now on the tip of everyone’s tongue has made her dreams come true with her company A Gold Consulting, “a boutique agency creating space for the next generation that shapes the future of fashion, beauty and beyond.”

A powerhouse in the making, this black-owned agency is home to several black women in esteemed roles overseeing a variety of talented and newsworthy businesses, including Theophilo, Topicals, Brandon Blackwood, Homage Year, Black Fashion Fair and more. others. The multi-hyphenated gold has many goals, but her desire to create a lasting legacy that inspires other black women tops the list.

When you imagine a public relations expert in the pop culture sense, the usual suspects that often come to mind are Kelly Cutrone, Lizzie Grumman, or even Samantha Jones from the HBO hit. Sex and the city. Looking through a lens focused on white women, Gold recalls what it was like to see no one who looked like her and to think, “I can make progress to make sure more of us will be there. the future, so that someone else who wants to do what I’m doing, they can look and see that, yes, it actually exists.

While carving out a path for herself, Gold knew what she wanted to look like and what she needed to be for her business to succeed. But she was on the verge of leaving the fashion industry for good a few years ago, she says, when Antoine Gregory, a prominent fashion editor and creative consultant who leads the dynamic black fashion fair, becomes his first client. “I had tweeted – [and the tweet is still there] – that I quit fashion because I was so fed up. I really haven’t tried. I didn’t really trust that space anymore,” Gold recalled. “I was like, ‘You know what? Maybe it’s time for me to change my mind and find something else. And a few weeks later, he reached out to me and he was like, ‘Hey, girl! So, yes, I’m going to need you to come out of my retirement.

Since beginning this life-changing creative partnership, Gold has had several career highlights to put under his company’s belt. She represents black businesses that never fail to generate praise and attention and remembers seeing Edvin Thompson of Theophilio on an episode of the Gossip Girl to restart. Gold raves about the achievement: “They didn’t tell us it was going to happen, so it was a surprise to all of us,” she says. “On the night of the episode premiere, they told us that Jordan Alexander wore the look, but they didn’t say that Theophilio was actually written in the episode and that his name would be dropped. been released, I was screaming.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.