A 24 year old Sales Clerk from Osaka was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2011 during the finals held at the Tokyo Dome Hall Friday night. Maria Kamiyama, who stands 1.68m, will now represent her country in the Miss Universe 2011 Pageant in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The national competition, which has been delayed for months after the deadly earthquake which struck the northeast part of Japan, finally pushed through and allowed last year’s winner, Maiko Itai, to formally relinquish her crown.
Her runners-up include Hibiki Nozu from Okinawa and Michiko Tanaka from Shizuoka.
Good luck in Sao Paolo, Maria!
Miss Universe Japan 2010, Maiko Itai, will crown her successor on June 17 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall
After all that has happened in Japan these past seven weeks, life moves on. And pageant-wise, Miss Universe Japan 2011 will finally be selected come June 17 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. Ines Ligron, Japan’s Pageant Director, must be mighty proud of these ladies.
Here are this year’s 15 finalists (photos courtesy of the Miss Universe Japan 2011 website):
The 15 Finalists for Miss Universe Japan 2011
Miss Universe-Aichi 2
Miss Universe-Miyagi 2
Miss Universe-Okinawa 2
Miss Universe-Shizuoka 2
Who are you liking so far, guys? 😉