An American beauty pageant contestant in Paris who has become the face of an exotic attraction at the French capital’s Belle Époque has died, her mother said on Friday.
Cheryl Lee, 32, who is a member of the Miss Beauty Pageant and International Beauty Tour, died on Saturday after a short illness, her father, John Lee, told the Associated Press.
She is survived by her mother, Susan Lee, a beauty and fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and brother, David.
Lee was born in New York and moved to Paris at age 7, her family told the AP.
Her father, who runs a small boutique in the French Quarter, said she was an outgoing person who loved the outdoors and had recently become interested in traveling.
She loved playing the piano and her husband, a musician, loved to sing.
Her favorite animals were elephants and lions, she said.
Lee is one of six Miss Beauty Tour contestants who have won a $500,000 prize, which includes an appearance on a live stage.
They have been competing in a variety of competitions since 2005.