Anyone who has seen a beautiful mature woman with a tiara and dark sunglasses around St. John has been in the presence of royalty.
Miss Ina Lee was crowned Miss Virgin Islands Senior on June 19 at the St. John Senior Variety Show. With her sash and tiara in tow, Lee took part in the St. John Festival Celebration parade and is looking forward to welcoming a large crowd at the Coral Bay Labor Day parade in September.
In addition to her local responsibilities, Lee will be heading to New Jersey this October to represent the territory on the national stage. But she needs the community’s help.
In order to travel to Atlantic City for the Ms. Senior America National Pageant October 4 through 8, and pay for several designer outfits by St. Johnian clothier Karen Samuel, Lee needs financial assistance.
“I know times are tough right now, but any little contribution will help,” said Lee.
The national pageant will pit Lee against Miss Seniors from all 50 states where she’ll compete in interview, talent and evening wear segments. Gearing up for the big show, Lee has been strutting her stuff all over St. John, wearing her shiny tiara and bright silky sash. At 76, the retired nurse might not be working full time anymore, but she hasn’t slowed down.
“I do a lot of community service,” Lee said. “I’m really into helping and giving back to the community that did so much for me. I work with Department of Tourism and help out at the senior citizens’ center.”
Lee’s natural outgoing demeanor made her a shoe-in for entering the Miss V.I. Senior pageant, she explained.
“I’ve always been outgoing and I love the Virgin Islands,” Lee said. “I just love people and I love being out there. If you stop, you drop.”
To make sure the St. John senior singing sensation will be able to strut her stuff on stage at Atlantic City, drop donations — checks should be made to Ina Lee — at the St. John Tradewinds office on the third floor of The Marketplace in office suites two.