In a ground breaking selection, 20-year-old Ariana Miyamoto (宮本 エリアナ Miyamoto Eriana), a daughter of a African American father and Japanese mother became the first ever biracial winner of Miss Universe Japan.  ariana miyamoto18
She represented Nagasaki and competed along with 43 other accomplished young women representing all of Japan’s prefectures except for three. Ariana is from Sasebo City, home of Japan’s very important naval base in Kyushu Island. ariana miyamoto12As Miss Japan 2015, Ariana will compete at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant which has not announced its location and date yet. Paulina Vega, the current Miss Universe 2014 of Colombia will crown her successor at the end of the event.

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The Miss Universe pageant is the oldest in the world having started in 1952. It attracts more viewers worldwide than any other pageant and is considered the pageant with the most beautiful women worldwide. ariana miyamoto9Japan has won the Miss Universe title twice in its history, the last time being in 2007. Additionally, Japan has had 7 other years where their contestant placed in the top five.

ariana miyamoto8The 5’8″ tall Ariana has become an instant favorite both in Japan and internationally setting the beauty pageant world abuzz with excitement. Beauty pageant observers note that Japan has not been sending strong contestants to Miss Universe in recent years and many applaud Japan’s selection of Ariana with some even mentioning her as having top five finalist potential already.

ariana miyamoto5During the question and answer portion, the very poised and well-composed Miyamoto was asked about the most influential person in her life, and she quickly and cleverly answered the pop diva Mariah Carey.  ariana miyamoto6She said that she was inspired by the life story of the sensational singer, who has hurdled several challenges and obstacles in her life, but still managed to become one of the best singers of modern time.

ariana miyamoto7After completing her graduation from the local Nagasaki junior high school, Ariana went to the US to complete her studies. Ariana enjoys cooking and sports with volleyball being her favorite sport. ariana miyamoto10Before entering the glamorous world of modeling, Ariana worked as a bartender part time. Ariana also is passionate about motorcycles and would like to buy a Harley Davidson motorcycle someday.ariana miyamoto16

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