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Historic: Nigeria’s Ibo model, MARISTELLA OKPALA showcases Africa’s rich culture to the world, win Best National Costume at Miss Universe 2021 pageant…inspired by ‘Mmanwa’ a traditional female masquerade in southeastern Nigeria *Costume mask made by Filipino designer Kennedy Jhon Gasper using African beads, stone & craft featuring a colourful ancient back cape *‘My design was to protect children and women against any form of abuse. This costume pays attention to the strong will of women in attaining whatever height they want to attain, no matter the challenges faced while reaching their desired goals’-MARISTELLA *BY CLARA ANABOR/FASHION & Style Editor, Europe

Historic: Nigeria’s Ibo model, MARISTELLA OKPALA showcases Africa’s rich culture to the world, win Best National Costume at Miss Universe 2021 pageant…inspired by ‘Mmanwa’ a traditional female masquerade in southeastern Nigeria *Costume...

South African born Nigerian Naturalized Irish Renowned Scientist; PAMELA UBA makes history as First Black woman to win Miss Ireland Queen 2021 after 74 years of pageant’s contest…represents Ireland for Miss World beauty title, grew in neighborhood of Ballyhaunis-County Mayo *Had undergraduate degree in Medical Science at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Master’s degree in Clinical Chemistry from Trinity College, Dublin, worked as a Medical Scientist at University Hospital Galway *Raised money for educational support for children, played Gaelic football as a center back being an active Gaelic Athletic Association fan *BY ROILA EKUNDAYO/Foreign Fashion Editor, Dublin

South African born Nigerian Naturalized Irish Renowned Scientist; PAMELA UBA makes history as First Black woman to win Miss Ireland Queen 2021 after 74 years of pageant’s contest…represents Ireland for Miss World beauty title, grew in neighborhood...