Meet the 71-year-old Jamaican who is launching a fashion brand in the UK

At the age of 17, Magi Sque dreamed of having her own fashion brand and now, at the age of 71, she has managed to achieve her goal. Originally from Jamaica, Sque worked in a clothing store in Ocho Rios as a teenager, saving her money to move to England to pursue a career as a nurse. However, her love of fashion never left her and after around 50 years as a nursing practitioner and teacher, she completed a course for startup companies and launched her clothing line Magi Rose in 2019 with fun-to-wear casual clothing.

Sque traveled to England when he was 18 for an interview at Guy’s Hospital in London. After qualifying in hospital and marrying and divorcing a Liverpool husband, she moved to Canada with her daughter. In Toronto, she pursued a master’s degree in nursing while also wishing 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 was finishing her degree in Nursing at Surrey University and was looking for a Ph.D. As a dissertation topic, she decided to focus on organ donation, becoming an expert and developing a “dissonant loss” theory, which refers to the need for organ donor families to reconcile the face of a loved one who is clinically brain dead bring, but continue to appear normal. She eventually became Professor Emeritus at Wolverhampton University, and in her capacity as an expert in the field, Sque addressed the House of Lords. And to continue her search for new horizons in her life, at the age of 64 she got her pilot’s license and applied to become an astronaut. After a successful career in nursing and science, Sque finally turned to her love of fashion for the next phase of her life.

Magi Rose - Summer Collection

Sque currently resides in New Milton in Hampshire with the understanding that “there is nothing I need”. Her goal in founding the Magi Rose label was to create a successful business so that she could become a philanthropist, able to donate 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 impact the story of The Other Wise Man had on her life. The story is about a fourth Magus who traveled to Bethlehem with a gift of jewels, but was stopped because he kept stopping to help others, donating a jewel each time. The story reminded her of her father.

Photo – Magi Rose

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