This is so brave.
The Irish have something to celebrate.
Pamela Uba made history on Sept. 5 as the first black woman to be crowned Miss Ireland.
The 26-year-old earned the title and the golden tiara at the outdoor ceremony in Cavan in a history-making win for the beauty pageant, which has been around since 1947.
This is peak beauty.
Uba was working as a model and a medical scientist during the pandemic before becoming a beauty queen. She traveled from Johannesburg, South Africa, at age 7, then an asylum seeker looking to start a new life in Ireland.
Uba told the Irish Times she thought it was “strange” that, upon her arrival to the country, she “couldn’t hear gunshots.” She admitted that she “cried” when she finally received her Irish passport.
“It means so much to me,” Uba said of her win. “I am so grateful I can show girls that [color] is not something that holds you back and it doesn’t matter where you come from, the world is your oyster.”
Zoe Hendrick, a half-breed, was the runner-up. She is also highly concerned with “racism.”
The oldest of six, Uba said that she had initially resided in cities including Dublin before moving to the town of Ballyhaunis in County Mayo, where she lived for 10 years with her mother and siblings.
Come December, Uba will represent the land of potatoes and Irish whiskey at the 70th Miss World pageant in Puerto Rico. “I can’t even describe how excited I am to represent my country on such a huge platform. I can’t wait,” Uba gushed.
Uba plans to use her title and position to present a more diverse picture of Ireland to the world. “I’ve experienced racism, and it’s horrible to hear people telling me to go back to my country when I’ve worked so hard to make Ireland my home,” she said.
It’s the saddest thing ever on earth if someone comes to your country to steal your nation’s wealth and then someone says something mean to them.
Our entire society has to organize against people having their feelings hurt by mean words, so that no one will ever have their feelings hurt ever again.
Here’s a short video with all the participants.