CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Just as comfortable in a crown as she is in an Army uniform, Marie Lofton has done a little bit of everything over the years.
"I would have never thought I would be doing all the things that I'm doing now, but sometimes it just takes a little push," said Marie Lofton.
Overcoming depression after a tough divorce, Marie Lofton was looking for ways to turn her pain into power.
"I sit here and I smile thinking about it now, like what can I do, you know, to share my story? And that's kind of how Lovely Ladees was born," said Lofton. "I just wanted a platform to speak to women to let them know that no matter what your situation is or where you came from whatever your goals, aspirations or dreams are you can do those things."
Now she's participating in Zoom meetings and YouTube specials as well as one-on-one conversations with people over social media. The goal of Lovely Ladees is to build self-confidence and self-worth in other women.
You'll notice the Lovely Ladees Facebook page is filled with positive affirmations and sayings. She said because people spend so much time on social media, she wants to put motivational messages out there.
"I like to post something positive because you never know that one statement may just be like oh man I needed to see that today," she said.
Whether it be other registered nurses like herself, single moms or beauty pageant queens, Lofton wants to give support to Ladees who need it in 2021.
"If I'm helping one person then that's one person that's helped and I feel good about that because I was that one person," she said.