They may not have brought the title home, but this year’s Miss Universe Pageant held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood featured not one, not two, but three Ghanaian beauties.
No they did not provide three spots for Ghana. But in addition to the official contestant who flew the black star banner, two more beauties with Ghanaian blood represented two other countries.
The first is Jeannette Akua Yeboah Mensah, Miss Universe Great Britain.
Jeanette was chosen by a panel of judges after a virtual selection process on International Women’s Day.
Jeanette is passionate about music and education and has a master’s degree in International Economic Policy and Analysis. She works as a business development manager at a leading economic consultancy and often speaks at global conferences addressing CEOs and world leaders. She is also a former X Factor UK top 10 finalist and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist and has written and released her own music which has been streamed over a million times.
Jeanette, aged 28, lives in London and is the founder of the “Be Audacious” campaign, a movement run by women for women. The campaign aims to empower women to have the audacity to pursue their dreams and to have the nerve to walk through doors they are told are not meant for them.
Jeannette is a daughter of a Ghanaian father and a South African mother.
Next is Miss Universe Japan Aisha Harumi Tochigi with Ghanaian father and Japanese mother who was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2020 this past November in Tokyo edging out 29 other contestants.
“I grew up in Accra Madina,” Aisha proudly answered to the question about where she grew up. “It was really fun living in Ghana. Because my friends were really nice to me, I was able to make many of them and they taught me English.”
Aisha was introduced to Bayside Acting and Modelling Agency located in Saitama, Japan and run by a Ghanaian Samual Aning known in the industry as Nana Yaw Pop two years ago by her father Kareem who needed Aisha groomed for the run at the beauty pageant.
Then there is Chelsea Tayui, the official M.iss Ghana Universe.
She is a communications executive currently works part time as the Communications Director for The KJM Foundation – a non-profit organization (NGO) seeking to create a world where every individual has access to basic human needs.
She initially started as a volunteer with KJM working on several developmental projects including clean water projects for impoverished villages in Ghana.