Ms. Elegance International 2020-21


Paula Nelson is the first U. S. Virgin Islander to compete in the American Elegance National Pageant. After working behind the scenes in pageantry for decades; 2019 was declared as a year of yes to new experiences, and she entered her first pageant as a contestant, and placed as 1st Runner Up. After entering the American Elegance Pageant System in 2020, as the delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands; she successfully captured the title of Ms. Elegance International 2021.

Growing up on the island of St. Croix, she was introduced to the world of pageantry, which is a big part of the island’s culture for the holidays. She is a lover of beauty, glitter, and rhinestones. Her passion for fashion comes from her mother, who sewed new outfits for her weekly. Paula believes that pageantry helps to build self-esteem, and confidence in young women and young men, as well as it gives them a sense of style, poise, and grace.

As a proud mother, mentor, veteran, who is also married to another retired veteran; Paula holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, runs her own company, Ay Ay Boutique Travel Excursions & Tax Services, and is an Independent Representative with ACN, a home and business, essential services firm.

With her platform of Each One Teach One; she also teaches life skills to foster children, young people, and assists disabled Veterans with applying for disability benefits, that they have earned from their service-connected disabilities.

Paula now resides in Houston, Texas with her husband Calvin, but she still holds dear the values she was raised with, and still quotes: “Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better, and your better best.” This quote was taught to her by her educational mentor Dr. Edward Griffin. She wishes everyone happiness, peace, joy, and success.

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