A Black has been crowned Miss Ireland for the first time in history, reports Black BlackEnterprise.

Pamela Uba, a 26-year-old medical scientist, is the first Black woman crowned Miss Ireland in the country since the pageant began in 1947.

“It means so much to me,” a delighted Uba 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,” she told the Irish Times.

Uba is a part-time model and healthcare worker. She worked on the frontlines during the pandemic, working at the Galway University Hospital monitoring the inflammatory process in patients who contracted Covid-19.

Uba moved to Ireland as an asylum seeker from Johannesburg, in South Africa when she was seven.