Half-Indian crowned Miss Japan
A half-Indian woman has been crowned Miss Japan, the second year in a row a biracial person has won the beauty pageant.
The 22 year old, Priyanka Yoshikawa who also has an elephant training licence, said she would use her win to “change perceptions”.
Born to an Indian father and a Japanese mother in Tokyo, her big win came just a year after Ariana Miyamoto, a half-black, half Japanese woman, won the title of Miss Universe Japan 2015. Miyamoto was the first Japanese person of mixed race to win a major beauty pageant in a largely racially homogenous country, and she received a firestorm of negative comments after she was crowned.
After Yoshikawa’s win on Monday, social media commentators have been mostly supportive.