Shondrea Turnbull is the new Mrs British Virgin Islands.
The 36-year-old wife of Dr Michael Turnbull was crowned at the Moorings Mariner Inn last night.
“I was surprised, I was just told to show up and look nice, and that’s what I did,” she told BVI News moments after being crowned.
The United States native said when she was approached by the pageant committee she turned down the
“Initially I said no because I was under the guise that I had to be born in the BVI, [to enter]” she said.
However, she later accepted when she was sure that she could, in fact, represent the territory.
Who is Shondrea Turnbull?
The mother of three is originally from Chicago, USA and is currently the Human Resources Manager for ATU General Trust BVI Ltd.
The new Mrs BVI said she has been back and forth of the territory over the past 14 years and relocated a few years ago.
Turnbull resides with her family at Myers Estate and enjoys
Her struggles through the 2017 disasters and its aftermath
She said she wrote the book to assist readers in finding their power when they are faced with powerless situations.
She explained that while she has no background in pageantry, she always wanted to become an ambassador.
“But, it didn’t work,” Mrs Turnbull said. “Dreams kind of dwindle at times just because of different trials and tribulations I went through.”
She said when she moved to the BVI, she pledged to find her own voice and, in that vein, intends to focus on Holistic Wellness as her platform as Mrs BVI.
“My belief is a whole woman, a well woman can impact the world and is not only a benefit to herself but to our families, to our community,” she pointed out.
In the meantime, her predecessor Zoe Walcott-McMillian thanked the territory for the opportunity to represent them.
Before taking her final walk as the 2017/2018 Mrs BVI, Walcott-McMillian encouraged the newly-crowned queen, Turnbull, to make the territory proud.
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