Galwegian Pamela Uba was crowned Miss Ireland 2021 on Sunday September 5th, making her the first black woman to win the beauty pageant.
Pamela Uba, a medical scientist of South African descent, was crowned Miss Ireland 2021 on Sunday September 5th at an outdoor show and ceremony at Lakeside Manor, Co Cavan. Uba hopes to use her Miss Ireland title to represent a more diverse island on the world stage, and she excelled throughout the competitive selection process which tested her skills in debating, public speaking, sports, modelling, and social media. Each finalist was also tasked with raising much-needed awareness and funds for their chosen charities.
“Pamela was a joy from the very start and put her heart and soul into her Miss Ireland journey” said Brendan Marc Scully, Director of Miss Ireland. “She won the most amount of Miss Ireland challenges coming first in the debating challenge as well as the sports challenge. She was also outstanding in the talent challenge, and the charity challenge. I am so delighted she will represent Ireland this year and I think she has a very bright future ahead”
Pamela was crowned by three former Miss Ireland’s; Lauren McDonagh, Aoife O Sullivan & Rebecca Maguire. The Medical Scientist was crowned Miss Galway just three days before the country went into lockdown in 2020 and then spent the majority of her reign as Miss Galway working on the front line at Galway University Hospital.
Pamela grew up in direct provision after moving to Ireland with her family from South Africa when she was just eight years old. Now, a very proud Irish Citizen and a graduate of Trinity College with a master’s degree in clinical chemistry, she will receive a lucrative agency contract and a host of prizes including jewellery, gowns, a professional photo shoot, beauty and hair products and then go on to represent Ireland in the 70th ‘Miss World’ festival taking place in the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico in December 2021.