Meet the 71-year-old Jamaican who is launching a fashion label in the UK
At 17, Magi Sque dreamed of having her own fashion label, and now at 71, she has succeeded in achieving her goal. Sque, originally from Jamaica, worked in the Ocho Rios clothing store as a teenager and saved her money to move to England to pursue a career as a nurse. Her love for fashion however never left her and after some 50 years of practicing and teaching nursing, she took a start-up business course and launched her Pink Magi fashion line of fun casual clothing to wear in 2019.
Sque traveled to England aged 18 to interview at Guy’s Hospital in London. After qualifying in hospital and marrying and divorcing a husband from Liverpool, she moved to Canada with her daughter. In Toronto, she pursued a master’s degree in nursing while yearning for a change in her life. She met her second husband, an Englishman, in Toronto, and the couple moved to the UK to begin their 40-year marriage.
She completed her nursing degree at the University of Surrey and while pursuing a PhD. subject of thesis, she decided to focus on organ donation, become an expert and create a theory of “dissonant loss”, which refers to the need for organ donor families to reconcile the face of a loved one who is clinically brain dead but still looks normal. She eventually became Emeritus Professor at the University of Wolverhampton and, as an expert in the field, Sque addressed the House of Lords. And continuing her search for new horizons in her life, she obtained a pilot’s license at the age of 64 and applied to become an astronaut. Finally, after her glittering career in nursing and academia, Sque turned to her love of fashion for the next stage of her life.
Sque currently lives in New Milton, Hampshire with the understanding that “I don’t need anything material.” Her goal in creating the Magi Rose label was to create a successful business so that she could become a philanthropist capable of donating to hospitals in Jamaica.
She cites her father – “a very, very good man” – as her inspiration; he provided financial assistance to his neighbors and made donations to hospitals. She also notes the influence that the story of “The Other Wise Man” had on her life. The story involves a fourth mage who traveled to Bethlehem with a gift of jewels, but was delayed because he continually stopped to help others, donating a jewel each time. The story reminded him of his father.
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