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First black woman crowned Miss Ireland in history-making win

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First black woman crowned Miss Ireland in history-making win

By Samantha Ibrahim via

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.

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…

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