Chelsea Tayui: The Inspiring Story Behind Her Dazzling Miss Universe National Costume

Chelsea Tayui. Photo credit: Menaye Donkor

Chelsea Tayui, the beauty with brains young lady who is representing Ghana at the Miss Universe competition, is doing an amazing job raising the profile of the country.

Chelsea was handpicked to represent Ghana after the Miss Universe Ghana organization run by Menaye Donkor was not able to hold its usual contest last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chelsea Tayui

Chelsea has joined other Miss Universe contestants in the United States as they prepare for the showdown on May 16.

The 69th edition of the Miss Universe competition will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States.

As part of the competition, the contestants showcase their national costume and Chelsea’s was full of symbolism.

She wore a gold metal piece, finished with over a thousand golden embellishments and stones.

“This design represents Ghana’s illustrious mineral resources. The costume also bears a re-creation of the iconic Golden Stool of the Ashanti Kingdom (at the bust area), a golden sleeve armour and crown. These mark symbols of fearlessness, royalty, and power,” Menaye said.

“At the back reveals an enormous rising star, which sets forth the triumph of brave Yaa Asantewaa- a famous Ghanaian Queen Mother of the early 19th century who led the war of the Golden Stool against foreign invasion,” she added.

Menaye said Yaa Asantewaa’s life was set in a time where women couldn’t dominate leadership roles in our society.

Off the enormous rising star that came with the costume, Menaye said it “also features an illustration of the national flag of Ghana with a fully studded black star etched right in the middle.”

“The costume conceptualizes Miss Universe Ghana as a modern-day woman leader as portrayed in the life of Yaa Asantewaa,” she added.

“As the star and pride of Africa, how else can the queen be represented than emerging in an enormous bedazzled star?” she asked

Chelsea’ costume was designed by Selorm Lakopué Aforla’s fashion brand, Lakopué. Kelvin Vincent is credited as the Creative Director.

Zozibini Tunzi said the most important thing that girls need to learn was leadership (credit: Getty Images)

Chelsea is hoping to take over from South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi who is coming to an end of her tenure as Miss Universe.


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