Chief magistrate has model background

At last Thursday’s Jazz, Pasta and Fashion event fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Cayman, guests were treated to a fashion show featuring some of Cayman’s model citizens.

Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale

Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale shows her modelling experience on the catwalk at last Thursdays fashion show fundraiser. Photo: Alan Markoff

Stacy Parke, an attorney-at-law with Brooks and Brooks, is the deputy chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands and came up with the idea of using members of Cayman’s legal society as models for the fashion show, says Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale, who made an appearance herself on the runway.

However, this was not the first modelling job Ms Ramsay-Hale had done – far from it, in fact.

Although one of the event’s emcees, Markus Mueri, exaggerated slightly when he announced to the crowd that Ms Ramsay-Hale paid her way through school by modelling, she certainly is no stranger to the camera.

‘I absolutely did not pay my way through school with modelling,’ she said. ‘That was Markus stretching the truth a little in order to entertain and amuse the crowd. I did model a bit when I was younger, and continued to do so until I entered the Norman Manley Law School.’

In fact, Cayman’s chief magistrate even appeared in a television commercial for a drink called Clayton’s Cola Tonic, which aired in Trinidad, Barbados and other eastern Caribbean islands.

‘I did runway, print and television in Jamaica,’ said Ms Ramsay-Hale. ‘I suppose I enjoyed the runway the most. I was very lucky to work on some truly fabulous shows choreographed by Bert Rose, the founding member of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica whose productions were always spectacular.’

Although Ms Ramsay-Hale’s made a return to modelling at last Thursday’s event, this is not something that Cayman residents are likely to see more of.

‘I do not intend to resume modelling of any sort at any time,’ she said. ‘Consider this a one-off performance for the benefit of our children.’

This is because Ms Ramsay-Hale is the chairwoman of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands, a role she is passionate about.

‘I have always been involved in non-governmental organisations dealing with issues affecting children, and have sought insofar as I could, to be an advocate for children,’ she said. ‘I was delighted to accept the invitation by the Lions Club of Cayman to chair Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands.

‘It is a well-established programme, which was developed just over 100 years ago with proven success in making a difference in the lives of children by matching them with caring adults.’

Ms Ramsay-Hale took part in the show upon the insistence of the fundraising committee, and was in full agreement.

‘It was all in good fun and for a good cause,’ she said. ‘It was an honour to be invited to serve the children of these islands as chairman of the organisation and it remains an honour that I have been permitted to continue in that role to this day.’

‘I suppose I enjoyed the runway the most. I was very lucky to work on some truly fabulous shows choreographed by Bert Rose’ – Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale