Biracial Beauty Queen Called “Not Japanese Enough”


Tokyo (CNN)A biracial beauty queen in Japan is facing criticism for not being Japanese enough.

Half-Japanese and half African-American, Miss Nagasaki Ariana Miyamoto is the first-ever mixed-race Miss Universe Japan.

Some say she doesn’t represent Japan’s demographic, while others champion the model, proud that she is overcoming racial hurdles and helping to expand the definition of what it means to be Japanese.

But changing perceptions here can be an uphill struggle. In a culture that typically prefers pale — where “pure Japanese” white skin is considered a symbol of beauty — the darker skinned Miyamoto’s crowning last week was a revolution on the runway.


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