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A Black woman named Pamela Uba has just been named Miss Ireland. This is the first time this has happened in the show’s 70-year history.

26-year old medical scientist and part-time model Pamela Uba, from Galway, came to Ireland as an asylum seeker from Johannesburg, in South Africa, when she was just seven years old.

She was crowned the winner of the beauty pageant – which has been running since 1947 – in an outdoor ceremony in Cavan on Sunday night, reported The Irish Times.

In a statement about winning, she said, “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.” Pamela also worked on the frontline during the pandemic.

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