Meet Black Miss Japan: Ariana And Her Struggles

Meet Ariana Miyamo, a beautiful girl who has been making waves in the Asian country, Japan.

Why? you might ask, well the simple reason is because she is black, actually mixed race.

Her father being a Black man from America named Bryant Stantfield and Mother a native Japanesse lady.


Ariana herself decided to put herself under public scrutiny when she went for the Miss Japan beauty paegent.


She went for the competition after a mixed-race friend of hers committed suicide.

Fortunately for her, she won the show, but since then she has been abused and insulted by locals.

However instead of going against the rascists, she has used her fame to fight prejudice existant in the Japanesse culture.


She told reporters that she was quite stubborn and ready for the racial abuse, she said that the criticism gave her extra motivation.

Ariana revealed that when she was younger in school, she was bullied, growing up in the port town of Sasebo, near Nagasaki.

Ariana aims to repeat what Naomi Campbell did and use her platform as first black Miss Universe Japan and preach on racial equality.


Ariana has however faced huge criticism since her victory in March, with some critics saying that the title should have gone to what they called a “pure” Japanese, rather than a “haafu” (the Japanese pronunciation of “half”, a word used to describe mixed race.

However Miyamoto, said that she has actually been used to such claims since she was a kid, She said: “I used to get bullied as a kid but I’ve got mentally stronger, to protect myself”.

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“When I was small I stood out and always felt I had to fit in with everyone. I’d try not to bring attention to myself, but now I say what I feel. I do things my own way.

“I want to start a revolution , I can’t change things overnight but in 100-200 years there will be very few pure Japanese left, so we have to start changing the way we think.”

Meanwhile Miyamoto is getting ready for the Miss Universe finals later this year, where she would spend a year staying at the New York Trump Towers.

When asked about her future plans after these shows, she said: “I’d like to use my position to become a leader,” she smiled. “I’m like a sponge — always absorbing new things. But I haven’t thought too deeply about politics yet. It’s still a bit early to think about becoming Prime Minister!”