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Linda Rowe Thomas: Overcoming Adversity Through Fashion and Philanthropy

After suffering traumatic burns from a house fire at age two, Linda Rowe Thomas spent her childhood undergoing multiple surgeries on her path to recovery. Her mother cleverly incorporated physical therapy into their daily routine by teaching Linda to sew. Little did they know, this skill would become a transformative passion for Linda.


As a teenager, she began sewing her own clothes, allowing her to take control of the attention she received.

Today, Linda Rowe Thomas is an award-winning fashion designer, author, philanthropist, and motivational speaker who uses her journey to inspire others. She founded her couture fashion brand, Romás by Linda Rowe Thomas, and later established Designing Hope, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to benefiting burn survivors.


Linda has showcased her designs at some of the top runways around the country and is the first and only burn survivor to present on the prestigious Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week platform. Her celebrity clientele includes actress Erica Ash from the hit STARZ series "Survivor's Remorse," as well as other notable actresses, singers, and professional athletes.

To learn more about the Romás by Linda Rowe Thomas brand, click here.



Linda has delivered impactful speeches at prestigious conferences such as the World Woman Summit, World Burn Conference, and the Women's Federation for World Peace. She has shared the stage with esteemed speakers like Lisa Pino, Linda Clemons, Anna Maria Chávez, Cara Brookins, as well as other notable figures from NBC News, UN Women, and Youth Development.

  • Panel speaker

  • Corporations or businesses

  • College & university students

  • High school & middle school students

  • Youth groups

  • Summer camps

  • Athletic teams

  • Churches

  • And many other groups looking to motivate and instill positive behaviors

Linda Rowe Thomas


Partial List

  • Women's Foundation of Arkansas

  • Women's Federation for World Peace

  • The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc.

  • North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce

  • Woman's World Summit

  • World Burn Conference

  • Mount St. Mary Academy

  • Arkansas Fashion School 

  • Junior League of Little Rock

  • Delta Regional Authority

  • Genuine Trading LLC

  • SOAR

  • Camp Sunshine

  • NWA Fashion Week

  • St. Paul A.M.E Church

  • Women's Conference Houston

  • Benjamin E. Mays High School

  • Fourth Street Elementary

  • Full Counsel Women's Retreat

  • Delta Sigma Theta

  • University Arkansas Pine Bluff

  • At Promise

  • Atlanta Junior High School

  • Texas High High School

  • Lisa Academy North



                                  Have you heard Linda speak and want to share the impact her story had on you and your life?                  

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"Mount St. Mary Academy had the privilege of having renowned fashion designer and motivational speaker, Linda Rowe Thomas, serve as guest speaker for its biennial Mercy & Me fundraiser. The school welcomed over 700 guests in the Spring of 2017 to celebrate and support its mission of Mercy education for young women.


Linda's story is about the power of the human spirit and the gift of love. Her message of courage and fortitude is one that instills hope and self-confidence. Her gentle delivery and gracious presence touched adults and students alike. She is truly a joy to listen to and you will find yourself following her fashions, business and philanthropic interests. When so many young women are tempted to over value their physical appearance, Linda’s message highlights the importance of inner beauty.


                                                                           ~ Mount St. Mary Foundation

                                                                                      Little Rock, AR

"On November 3rd Linda Rowe Thomas was the featured speaker at our North Little Rock Chamber Luncheon.

She unpacked her personal story of courage, determination and faith that only she can tell with such grace, sincerity and humor. The crowd, cried then laughed and everyone left feeling inspired and thankful. 


Life is hard and when we get to feeling down we all need someone to help us keep things in perspective. Linda Rowe Thomas is just that kind of person. She is an inspiration to me! Best speaker we have had since I have been CEO of the Chamber!"


                                                                                     ~  John Owens

                                                                 North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce

                                                                                       President, CEO

"I was watching the evening news and caught the last minutes of an extraordinary story about this extraordinary woman. I knew our Women's Day program at church was coming up and at the time I was pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Morrilton, AR. 

We were in awe as Mrs. Rowe Thomas shared her story of survival. The Mistress of Ceremony that day was also a burn survivor and said that Mrs. Thomas was her hero and she had wanted to meet her for some time.  An inspiration, role model, survivor, blessing and the list goes on and on."


                                                                                 ~  Reverend Beverly R. White



"I had the pleasure and honor of hearing Mrs. Linda Rowe Thomas, speak and she gave a positive and a very moving, motivational speech. I was where I needed to be and to hear what I needed to hear. All of the obstacles she had to face in life her mom instilled in her, "can't is not option; you need to figure it out."

                                                                                                 ~ Carol

                                                                                         Little Rock, AR



                        "What a living testimony!!! Thank you for sharing! Please continue to allow God to use you!!"

                                                                                                  ~ Schnina

"The first time I heard Linda's story of surviving a tragic house fire at age 2, I was incredibly touched and impressed with both her candor and the challenges she has overcome -- challenges which would defeat many others. Linda Rowe Thomas is an inspiration to anyone who has survived a terrible accident or lived through a traumatic experience. Her story shows that despite setbacks or seemingly overwhelming odds, we can still achieve our goals through faith and perseverance. 

                                                                          ~ Joshua Price, Arkansas State Representative




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