Ariana Miyamoto

Biracial Beauty Queen Challenges Japan’s Self-Image – NYTimes.com

Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Universe Japan 2015

TOKYO — WHEN Ariana Miyamoto was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2015, participants said she stole the show with a saucy strut, an infectious smile and a calm self-confidence that belied her 21 years. But it was not just her beauty and poise that catapulted her to national attention.

Ms. Miyamoto is one of only a tiny handful of “hafu,” or Japanese of mixed race, to win a major beauty pageant in proudly homogeneous Japan. And she is the first half-black woman ever to do so.

via Biracial Beauty Queen Challenges Japan’s Self-Image – NYTimes.com.