Mixed Race Japanese Miss Universe, Faced Criticism For “Not Being Japanese Enough”.
Biracial Japanese miss universe at six-feet tall in heels, the 20-year-old grew up in Nagasaki, Japan have received the criticism of many by saying “ she is not Japanese enough”
Ariana Miyamoto is half African-American and half Japanese. Her father is African-American and her mother is Japanese although she was born and raised in japan and only traveled to United States to complete some level of education, she attended high school in United States. Her first language is Japanese and she mostly has been living in japan.
In Japan, biracial people are defined as “Hafu”, and she being as the miss universe of japan had many controversies, especially on social media.
She is the first mixed-race charm who will represent the island nation as she is facing many challenges along the way, even though she is in countries which the racial controversy is at its fewest and also the first half-African-American and half-Japanese woman to compete in Miss Universe.
She had been forced to protect and defend herself for being biracial for not being Japanese enough mostly on social media, that she had faced the critics, believing that she is not traditionally Japanese. The interview that she had for first time in TV; she explained there are many things Japanese about her even though if her appearance is different from Japanese. And she insisted that she is “Japanese on the inside.” Also on the interview she had with CNN she said that she had been bullied for being different from the rest of the kids, she also said “in school, people used to throw rubbish at me,” and “They also used racial slurs.”
GirlsChannel which is a Japanese website also commented that they wanted a more Japanese contestant to represent Japan”. But also on the other hand, she had her supporters on social media, supporting and defending her selection. There are some examples down below from twitter, people from all around the world supporting her.
And also this is not the first time that this kind of criticism happens. In 2014 Miss America, Nina Davuluri, is an Indian-American, and she had faced the same struggle regarding her being biracial, that she wasn’t American enough!
They are both the true winners by their success and impressive accomplishments and of course nothing else matters and being different from others only make them unique and special.