Mame Adjei, the 5’9” Ghanaian-American beauty competed in her very first pageant shortly after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. She was blessed to have been crowned Miss Maryland USA 2015.
Mame is humbled and elated to have this amazing title, and wishes to use her opportunities also as a professional model, to serve as a larger platform to reach many young girls and women to continue with the great works that she has begun!
Coming from two cultures, she was raised to understand and appreciate all cultures and to value her place in this world, as well as her potential to make great contributions to it. And with her parents having been out of the country for many years, she had to assume the role and responsibility of being her own support system, motivator, and navigator in this world.
Going on to study Political Science, African American Studies and Business in college, she developed an immense passion for service and social justice. She hopes to someday work with different organizations such as the United Nations, in hopes of integrating her other passion – travel, with a mission to serve and affect change on a global scale.
Always looking for ways to be proactive in her journey to humanitarianism, she took the initiative to begin a student organization called Rising Above Expectations @ VCU while in school, that focused on the empowerment of young girls through mentorship, using the word of God. Her goal was simply to influence young girls to become great! To stand firm and strong in the face of adversity, to find the strength to shine rather than shrink in the company of others, and to never accept their sometimes bleak circumstances without a fight. She has since, taken the initiative to do her part to make a difference in her community further, by co-founding her own non-profit organization called Empress Foundation. Where she continues to uphold the same aforementioned ideals and envisions her role as an agent for change in the lives of young girls around the world, helping them to ultimately be granted adequate access to justice and access to education. Her strong belief in the potential of women and youth to emancipate themselves from all societal barriers, embark on new ventures that will challenge their personal and professional growth, and have the courage to empower others, has been a driving force for all of Mame’s activities.