LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 20: The top 10 contestants (L-R) Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan, Miss Dominican Republic 2015, Clarissa Molina, Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, Miss France 2015, Flora Coquerel, Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Curacao 2015, Kanisha Sluis, Miss Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Australia 2015, Monika Radulovic, and Miss Venezuela 2015, Mariana Jimenez, stand onstage during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wurtzbach went on to be named the new Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 20: Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, is named a top 10 finalist during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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After yesterday’s blog entry about Miss Universe 2014, you would expect that a throwback article about Miss Universe 2015 will come next. Well, just to slightly adjust the predictability factor, I am still writing about that edition but focusing instead on one of the Top 10 Finalist who happens to be the first biracial queen who represented Japan in the pageant.
Ariana Mamiko Miyamoto (宮本・エリアナ・磨美子) is a fashion model born and raised in Nagasaki, Japan all her life. She did spend two years in Jacksonville, Arkansas with her African American father Bryant Stanfield. That is where she studied at the Jacksonville High School. Thereafter, she returned home up until she joined the Miss Universe Japan competition and the rest is some kind of history for this beautiful lady who still feels that the aversion of the Japanese to immigration is still intact.
Watch her interview on BBC News below.
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 20: Miss Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto, competes in the evening gown competition during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ariana grew up experiencing discrimination in Japan mainly due to the color of her skin. But instead of locking herself up in the stigma around it, she went on with life and now uses her platform as a national beauty queen to stand against racial prejudice.
In the interview with Al-Jazeera America below, Ariana uses her charm to challenge the long-standing norm surrounding her being a hafú or multiracial. I know that it is a culture thing in Japan. But hopefully, things will start looking up from hereon now.
So you can catch a glimpse of the normal Ariana Miyamoto, check out one of her latest YouTube videos below.