”People don’t believe I am Japanese” she says. Miss Ariana Miyamoto is the first mixed race woman in Japanese history to ever win the coveted Miss Japan title.

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Born to an African-American father and Japanese mother, Miyamoto reveals she faced criticism while growing up. Even a close friend of hers who was a Hafu (the Japanese term for bi-racial) committed suicide due to the constant bullying.

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Inspired by this incident, Miyamoto aims to educate her community on the need to accept diversity. Unfortunately not everyone was excited about  her win. Most people felt a mixed race woman should not represent the Japanese community.

What do you think about her story?

 

 

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