Wealth management executive, cum laude college graduate, national spokesperson, world traveler, thirteen-time pageant holder, Jasmine Turner was born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, the eldest of four children to Emanuel and Pamela Turner. Her performance talents were first exhibited when she won a local junior high school pageant. She was salutatorian in her junior high school class of over 800 students. Four years later she graduated in the top 10% of her high school class and was voted outstanding senior by the American Legion. Her educational success was instrumental in building character, confidence and a desire to excel.
In 1977 Turner entered her first international competition. She won the 1977 Hal Jackson’s Miss Virgin Islands Talented Teen pageant and traveled to Hollywood, California where she was a finalist at the ABC-TV syndicated competition. The following year she won the Virgin Islands’ Knights of Columbus oratorical contest with her speech ‘Society Needs A Mother” and used the cash reward to travel to San Diego, California to attend the prestigious Stage 7 dance school for the summer. During her senior year Turner won Miss World Virgin Islands and traveled to London, England to compete in the internationally broadcasted finals.
At age 17, Turner enrolled at Howard University and three years later graduated cum laude from the school’s five –year undergraduate Theatre Education degree program. While pursuing her degree, she performed with the Washington, DC based La Verne Reed Dancers who were billed with such performers as Bill Cosby and Luther Vandross. As an ensemble member of the Washington Theatre Arts Production, she appeared on college campuses across the country and was a lead dancer in a Louis Johnson choreographed production of “The Wiz.” Additionally, Turner worked with choreographers Bob Banas and Joe Tremaine and was an extra in the film, “The Kennedy Story.”
Turner would return to pageant competition in 1984 and won the International Model of the Year in Las Vegas, Nevada. She would follow that with a Miss United States Virgin Islands crown in 1986 and travel to Panama City, Panama for the Miss Universe pageant. Turner received international attention from a UPI pre-pageant bathing suit wire photo. The following year she would become the first Black woman to capture the Queen of World Tourism title in Madrid, Spain and was invited to major conventions in Europe, Asia and South America. In 1990 Turner captured the coveted title Miss Black USA.
The multi- talented Turner was the 1987 celebrity spokesperson for the Virgin Islands Tourism Board and featured in the Virgin Islands’ 1988 and 1989 CEBA Award nominated $15 million U.S. Virgin Islands print and television advertising campaign. Her television appearances include “The Great Escape/Discover America” (ABC), “The Magic Cruise” (ABC), “Front Runners” (ABC), “This Week in Black Entertainment” (BET), “Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon” (ABC), “Martin” “ROC”, and “Fox Summer Games (all FBC).”
As the 1990 Miss Black US, Turner resided in Manhattan, New York and completed a six-city tour as a guest speaker with Dorothy Height, president of the National Council of Negro Women. Her numerous appearances included singing the National Anthem for the United Negro College Fund’s New York Marathon, performing as guest artist and keynote speaker with the Assault on Illiteracy Program in Washington, DC.
In addition to being the featured cover model for the 1990 December issue of Being Single magazine, she co-hosted their Pinnacle Awards in Palm Springs, CA. Turner was featured as one of the ten most beautiful women in the 1992 Fox Summer Games Swimsuit Special and also featured in Keith Sweat’s number one video, “Keep It Coming,” and After Seven’s video “Baby, I’m For Real.”
Currently, Turner has parlayed her experiences in leading a successful financial advisory practice. Today, she is a Senior Vice President for UBS Wealth Management Americas where she leads a Pension Advisory business focusing on Caribbean Pension Plans. Additionally, she provides comprehensive investment management solutions and wealth planning, as well as a wide range of specific offerings to wealthy individuals and families.
She is the recipient of the “1986 Outstanding Young Woman of America,” “Merit Award (Howard University), and “Outstanding Achievements (USVI Government).”
Jasmine is a graduate of Howard University with a Master’s of Computer Science and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, Theatre Education, cum laude. She holds a Series 7, 63, 65 and California Life Insurance licenses.
She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and San Juan, Puerto Rico where she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family.