Miss Universe Japan 2015 Ariana Miyamoto
Ariana being interviewed by CNN
This early, Ariana Miyamoto is making waves and juicy publicity by being the first Miss Universe Japan of color. And the controversy actually surrounds her being not Japanese enough to represent the Land of the Rising Sun in Miss Universe 2015.
But the beautiful Ariana – born to a black American father and a Japanese mother – remains unfazed. She knows deep in her heart that she is just as qualified as the more Japanese-looking women to carry the torch for the country in the biggest beauty pageant in the world.
Here is the article, written by E! Online’s Mike Vulpo.
Instead of celebrating her crown, Ariana Miyamoto is already finding the need to defend it.
Japan’s newest Miss Universe contestant broke barriers when she was recent chosen to represent her country. But because the 20-year-old is the daughter of a Japanese woman and a black man from America, some are questioning whether she really is Japanese enough to hold the title.
According to Japanese websites, comments on Twitter ranged from, “Is it okay to select a hafu to represent Japan?” to “Because this is Miss Universe Japan, don’t you think hafu are a no-no.” Hafu is a Japanese term used to refer to someone who is biracial.
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 can speak the language fluently.
While some critics have been vocal about their hopes of having another contestant take her spot, others have shown their support for the newly crowned beauty queen.
On GirlsChannel, a popular site that allows readers to vote on comments, some posts suggest residents were satisfied with the choice simply because she was a citizen who loves her country. “Even if you are hafu, if you have Japanese citizenship, then you’re Japanese,” one commenter shared.
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.”
I’m pretty sure Donald Trump is very happy with the free publicity being generated by Ariana. And if she continues to be in the news, I don’t see why she would not be given more attention during the next Miss Universe edition. A shoo-in for the semifinals, perhaps?
But really, how do you feel about the whole issue? If you ask me, I am on the side of Miss Universe Japan 2015 on this one. She is very much deserving of the title. Watch her catwalk video below during the Miss Nagasaki competition prior to the nationals.
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