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Ariana Miyamoto

Ariana Miyamoto
宮本 エリアナ
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born (1994-05-12) 12 May 1994 (age 21)
Sasebo, Japan
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Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Japan 2015
Major
competition(s)
Miss Japan 2015
(Winner)
Miss Universe 2015
(TBA)

Ariana Miyamoto (宮本 エリアナ 磨美子 Miyamoto Eriana Mamiko?, born 12 May 1994 in Sasebo, Nagasaki) is a Japanese beauty pageant titleholder crowned Miss Japan 2015. She will represent her country at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant,[1] but her victory faced criticism from critics who verbally abused her for being Afro-Asian; she is the first mixed-race woman to be Miss Japan.[2][3]

Early life and education

Miyamoto was born to a Japanese mother and an African American father, Bryant Stanfield, who was stationed at a United States Navy base in Sasebo.[4] She attended elementary school in Japan and, at age 13, emigrated to the United States to live with her father in Jacksonville, Arkansas, where she attended Jacksonville High School for two years and also worked as a bartender.[5][6][7][8][9]

In 2015, Miyamoto won the title of Miss Nagasaki and represented her prefecture at the Miss Universe Japan contest.[10][11][12][13]

Miss Universe Japan 2015

On 12 March 2015, Miyamoto was crowned as Miss Universe Japan 2015 (Miss Japan 2015) at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo in Bunkyō-ku, while Miss Oita and Miss Chiba were the runners-up. The winners of Miss and Mister Japan 2015 (Junpei Watanabe of Akita) will compete at the Miss Universe and Mister International competitions.[14][15][16][17]

Miss Universe 2015

As Miss Japan 2015, Miyamoto will compete at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.[18]

References

  1. ^ "The First Multiracial Miss Universe Japan Has Been Crowned". NBC News. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Miss Japan's Ariana Miyamoto abused for 'not being Japanese enough' - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Multiracial Miss Japan hopes to change homeland's thinking on identity". Reuters. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Kirk Spitzer (May 30, 2015). "Beauty queen fights racial bias in Japan". USA Today. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  5. ^ Peter Holley (March 20, 2015). "Why some critics think Japan’s Miss Universe contestant isn’t Japanese enough". Washington Post. Retrieved March 24, 2015. Miyamoto, who grew up in Japan but moved to the United States for high school, has cited Mariah Carey as a major inspiration because of the singer’s multiracial background... 
  6. ^ Audrey Akcasu (March 15, 2015). "Half-Japanese beauty chosen to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015". RocketNews24. Retrieved March 24, 2015. After junior high graduation in Sasebo, she spent her high school years studying in the US. Upon returning to Japan as a young adult she set her sights on becoming a model. 
  7. ^ "Miss Japan Ariana Miyamoto hits out at racial abuse - Daily Mail Online". Mail Online. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  8. ^ Martin Fackler (May 29, 2015). "Biracial Beauty Queen Challenges Japan’s Self-Image". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2015. She said everything changed at age 13 when she decided to reach out to her father, who invited her to his home in Jacksonville, Ark. 
  9. ^ http://issuu.com/arkansastimesvisitorsguide/docs/arkansas_times_april_16_2015/13
  10. ^ "Miss Japan 2015: Ariana Miyamoto Reviews". www.angelopepdia.com. Angelopedia. 12 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Blog: Multiculturalism triumphs, even in Japan". americanthinker.com. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Ariana Miyamoto, first biracial Miss Japan, brings light to racial issues in her country". cbsnews.com. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Multiracial Miss Universe Japan Symbolizes The Country's Transformation". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "Miss Japan 2015: Ariana Miyamoto Coronation". missosology.info. missosology.info. 12 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "From a minstrel no-show to a black beauty queen, in a week". The Japan Times. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Miss Universe Japan Ariana Miyamoto Criticized for Not Being Japanese Enough : People.com". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Miss Universe Japan Facing Backlash at Home From Those Who Object to Biracial Beauty Queen Taking the Crown: Get the Details". E! Online. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Miss Japan 2015: (Japanese News) Ariana Miyomoto". headlines.yahoo.co.jp. headlines.yahoo.co.jp. 12 March 2015. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Keiko Tsuji
Miss Universe Japan
2015
Succeeded by
TBA

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