The Miss Grand United States pageant is an annual official preliminary competition to select the representative who will compete for Miss Grand International, one of the world’s leading beauty pageantries. This year, California native, Abena Akuaba, who was crowned Miss Universe Ghana 2014 and represented Ghana at the Miss Universe 2014 pageant, has gained two titles – the Miss Grand United States 2020 winner and the first African-American to take on the role.
Pageant director for the states of California and Nevada, Egya Mojus wrote, “In 2019, from the state of Nevada, Emily Delgado became the titleholder in Chicago. This year, from the state of California we congratulate Abena Akuaba, our newly crowned winner.”
“Both of these women are the true embodiment of our core values, with their beauty transcending the physical; they are graceful, passionate and working towards a positive social impact.”
Crowned queen, Abena will go on to Venezuela in late October to compete on the global stage. In a statement on Instagram, she wrote, “@missgrandunitedstates thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. It’s such an honor to be your first African/American Miss Grand USA. I hope to make you proud and I’m excited to make history together,” going on to encourage her followers to “never give up because great things take time.”
Previous winners of the competition include Emily Delgado (2019), Paola Cossyleon (2018) and Taylor Kessler (2017).