Pamela Uba’s light Galway melody can be heard faintly over the roar of hair dryers as the reigning Miss Ireland picks up the phone for Magazine+.
The 27-year-old beauty queen is getting ready for the VIP style awards and hadn’t planned how long she’d be sitting in the barber’s chair, but a consummate professional, the model is prepped and ready to chat about all things is about beatings and sugar is about dad.
“I didn’t think I would be here so long, I’m so sorry,” Pamela said in a rush of apologies. “But the pressure is on to be ready, I’m up for an award and I can’t believe it, it’s such a big compliment.
“I like fashion, I like colorful clothes and clothes that show my personality. It’s good to dress up and show your personal style, but the best outfit you can wear is confidence says the model who was nominated for Most Stylish VIP Newcomer.
It’s the same confidence we witnessed when the medical scientist carried out her duties as Miss Ireland, but that’s just one side of Galway’s beauty.
“My friends would say I’m super fun. I’m always the one who does the fun things, but because I come from a pageant background, people see Pamela the most laid back, but I’m the one who hangs out with the girls dancing and taking the pictures. My friends definitely know me as the fun person.
“Having fun with life is honestly the best way to be, life is too short to be too serious all the time.”
That’s exactly why the rising star signed up for RTÉ’s latest chat show, Love bites. An RTÉ Player original, comedian Shane Daniel Byrne has dates with some of Ireland’s best-known personalities. Of course, there’s a twist, the comic explores romance and relationships over a roll of chicken tenderloin. From Davina Devine to Michael Fry, the stars load up their rolls and reveal who they are and how they’re dating. Some may like it spicy; others a little simpler.
“I would never say no to a roll of chicken fillet,” laughs the model. “I was different from the other guys on the show because I’m in a long-term relationship.
“I think sometimes people struggle to find someone who will commit so I think it’s a good thing to show that they still exist.”
Speaking of her childhood boyfriend, Radek, Pamela adds,
“We have been together for ten years. I’m pretty social, he’s pretty quiet and I’m the social butterfly, we really compliment each other.
Being in a relationship hasn’t stopped some potential suitors from slipping into the Galway girl’s DMs.
“There are so many weird messages I’ve gotten lately that say, ‘I’d like to be your sugar daddy.’ People are so weird, I was like, okay I just closed the message and that was it.
Looking to the future, the pageant queen is now preparing to relinquish her coveted title.
“It’s bittersweet, I absolutely loved my time as Miss Ireland and I will be sad to return the crown but I will be so happy for the next girl and watching her travel because it’s a legacy. “
As Ireland’s first black Miss Ireland, Pamela is confident she has delivered lasting change.
“I really wanted to be a Miss Ireland who was really standing up for something and making a difference in my community and I think that’s what I did.
“People will stereotype a Miss Ireland a lot, but I’ve shown you can be smart and you can have beauty, whatever that beauty is; it doesn’t have to be someone’s stereotypical beauty standard. I also proved that Miss Ireland is not just about glamour, but what you have to say. I am proud to have been able to represent this new Irish woman of modern times.
“I have girls who message me saying I inspire them and honestly that’s what really matters. I want to keep inspiring women, that’s my real goal.
- Love Bites is available to watch now on RTÉ Playe