Ghana’s reigning Miss Universe, Ruth Quarshie, in the early hours of Monday made it into the Last 16 of the global finals in the United States.
Miss Quarshie qualified from the Africa and Asia zone to join 15 others including Miss South Africa. The qualified 16 were voted for by the show’s judges and the general public.
The 23 year-old Quarshie however failed to make the final 10 but that did little to her Last 16 achievement as it was Ghana’s best showing since 1999 when Akuba Cudjoe qualified as a Top 10 finalist. Ghana’s other achievement was in 2006 when Angela Asare was named Miss Congeniality even though she didn’t make the list of finalists.
Ruth Quarshie is a graduate of the University of Ghana Business School. She won the national pageant in Accra in September this year.
The Miss Universe Organization is run by women for women, and built on a foundation of inclusion which continues to be a celebration of diversity. Annually, nearly ten thousand young women participate in the Miss Universe Pagent events.
The contestants and titleholders that have gone through the Miss Universe system cultivate their personal career goals, become advocates for humanitarian issues and have gone on to high-profile careers in government, business, finance, broadcasting, as well as film and television.
The 66th Miss Universe pageant was held at The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. It was hosted by Steve Harvey and Ashely Graham. Contestants from 92 countries and territories participated in this year’s pageant, surpassing the previous record of 89 contestants.
This year’s winner Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, takes over from France’s Iris Mittenaere.