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Miss Universe Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto: Isn't Japanese enough

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     Ariana Miyamoto was crowned earlier this month is half Japanese and half African-American. She was born and raised in Nagasaki and can speak fluent Japanese.

Miyamoto is the most talk-about beauty queen right now. She has been gaining attention since she was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2015. Critics were saying she's not a Japanese.

“She has too much black blood in her to be Japanese,” one borderline racist critic posted online, according to Japan’s RocketNews24.

“Even though she’s Miss Universe Japan, her face is foreign no matter how you look at it!” another wrote on Twitter, according to a translation by the Washington Post.

But Ariana had to defend herself. In her first interview after winning the top spot in the contest, the biracial beauty explained that while she doesn’t “look Japanese,” she is truly a representative of the country and the culture. She’s a master of Japanese calligraphy, grew up in Nagasaki and returned to the country after living in the U.S. for high school. By birth, she is a citizen of Japan.

With the attention she is having right now from around the globe are we going to expect Japan to have their third Miss Universe?

Japan is the very first Asian Miss Universe. They won their first and second Miss Universe in 1959 and 2007 courtesy of Akiko Kojima and Riyo Mori.


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