Meet Ariana Miyamoto, Japan's First "Multiracial" Miss Universe


Get familiar with Miss Nagasaki, Ariana Miyamoto - the first woman of both African-American and Japanese heritage to be crowned Miss Universe Japan on March 12, 2015. The 21-year-old beauty queen will represent Japan in the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. Her win positively contributes to normalising the images of black people and the diverse nationalities from which we come. For the Japanese, "the selection of Ariana Miyamoto as this year's Miss Universe Japan is a huge step forward in expanding the definition of what it means to be Japanese," states Megumi Nishikura, a filmmaker and co-director of the film "Hafu"

*Hafu is the Japanese word used to refer to multiracial or multi-ethnic half-Japanese people.

Source: NBC News - The First Multiracial Miss Universe Japan Has Been Crowned