Miss Universe Japan Ariana Miyamoto Faces Controversy for Not Being Japanese Enough
The stunning Miss Nagasaki, Ariana Miyamoto, is the first multi-racial contestant ever to be crowned Miss Universe Japan on March 12 and will represent Japan in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant.
Japan’s newest Miss Universe contestant broke barriers when she was recently chosen to represent her country.
However, because the 20-year-old is the daughter of a Japanese woman and an African-American man from the United States, some are questioning whether she is Japanese enough to hold the title.
According to local media, even she was initially a little wary about entering the pageant because she was “hafu,” the Japanese word used to refer to multiracial or multi-ethnic half-Japanese people.
Described in local media as a “saishoku kenbi”, a woman blessed with both intelligence and beauty, she holds a 5th degree mastery of Japanese calligraphy.
In an interview with press, Miyamoto insisted that while she doesn’t “look Japanese” on the outside, on the inside, there are many Japanese things about her.
In addition to being born and raised Nagasaki, the young adult also is a Japanese citizen who speaks the language fluently.
While some critics have been vocal about their hopes of having another contestant take her spot, most have shown their support for the newly crowned beauty queen.
While waiting for the Miss Universe completion to be held next January, Miyamoto is just trying to keep her eyes on the prize and remain focused on representing her country in the best way possible.
“The world competition is going to be tough,” she told Rocket News 24.
“But I’ll believe in myself and continue doing my best.”