Yesha Callahan

Miyamoto Eriana Is Japan’s First Afro-Asian Chosen as the Representative for the Miss Universe Pageant

Japanese-woman-of-American-descent-crowned-Miss-Universe-Japan

Miyamoto Eriana was born to a Black father and Japanese mother and she never thought she’d actually win the spot to represent Japan in this year’s Miss Universe Pageant. Eriana, who was born and raised in Nagasaki, beat out 44 other contestants.

“I thought ‘I wonder if a hafu like me would be okay’ and had insecurities,” Miyamoto said. “I think the world pageant will be a bit more vigorous, but I want to be myself and try my best.”

Eriana was educated in the U.S. but moved back after graduating college. Outside of modeling, Eriana has interesting hobbies such as working with heavy tools and motorcycles.

Check out more photos of Miyamoto Eriana in our gallery!

Image Credits: Miss Universe Japan/Facebook

  1. March 14, 2015 - Reply

    …interesting. Congrats to her.

  2. March 14, 2015 - Reply

    Certainly, the black African Diaspora is global and we should study about our people who live internationally.

    • March 14, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Let’s not also forget that black culture is HUGE in Japan.

      • March 14, 2015 - Reply

        @KissOfDanger

        You’re right. Black culture is found in the nation of Japan too. Afro-Japanese people are living their lives.

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @KissOfDanger

        It’s time for me to move!

      • March 20, 2015 - Reply

        @KissOfDanger

        Well, if by huge you mean heavily appropriated and fetishized in many cases, then yes its huge.

    • March 16, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Speaking of which did you hear about Emily Victoria Oke? This half-black girl from the Philippines was stripped of her crown.

      • March 16, 2015 - Reply

        @KissOfDanger

        I haven’t heard about Emily Victoria Oke, but I will soon research it as well. Thank you for the information.

  3. March 14, 2015 - Reply

    That’s shocking if any half Japanese person would win it’d be a half white one. If those white half Japanese have a hard time integrating you can bet the half black ones have it worse. Congrats to her.

  4. March 14, 2015 - Reply

    Good luck to her

  5. March 15, 2015 - Reply

    Hey, she’s a cutie. That’s why she is representing her country. There ain’t nothing like a heapin’ helpin’ of black beauty!

    • March 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      She’s half Japanese. *eye-roll*

      • March 16, 2015 - Reply

        @KissOfDanger

        Of course she is, but she looks like a whole lot of people who are defined as black in the USA. She is definitely cute by my standards compared to the typical Japanese woman. I was saying that a helping of black genes made her attractive in my opinion, and that the Japanese apparently agreed.

        You need to look in the mirror and roll your eyes at yourself if your self esteem is so weak that you cannot bear to read where someone who is partially black is complimented. My wife is a black woman, and when I was single, I never dated anyone outside of my race.
        I am comfortable in saying that I love black women as much as any man I know.

        • March 16, 2015 - Reply

          @Anthony

          I see what you mean somewhat in your first paragraph but you totally went off the deep end in the second one. YES we should be careful about calling half-black people BLACK. They’re not just black and their blackness does not trump their other half. We’ve allowed the lines of blackness to be heavily blurred. Go to Africa and see the non-mixed black African women there. You won’t find one that looks like her. Real G shit. We cape harder for mixed race people than we do for our own. That is called NOT having SELF-ESTEEM! Now with that being said. I could care less who you dated or married that was not the discussion here.

          • March 16, 2015 - Reply

            @KissOfDanger

            I mentioned my wife and dating preferences because it has been my experience that the assumption is that a black man is running after a non-black or barely black woman. I am not, and I was never in that category.

            I am not caping for Ms Japan, I simply said that I thought she looked cute by standards (I stress my standards since beauty is utterly subjective,) because she has visible black ancestry. I think the eye roll comment was a needless slight. If I were that worried about checking out Afro-Asian women, I would find other cites to regularly read. I have seen you around, and I know I post enough that it should be clear that I am not someone smitten with biraciality (if that is an actual word.)

          • March 16, 2015 - Reply

            @KissOfDanger

            For what it is worth, I have spent my share of time in Africa. Depending of where you go, a fair amount of people have fairer skin and straighter hair. I was not claiming Miyamoto as black, I am sure that she sees herself as Japanese since was born and raised there. As we all say, race is a social construct. I simply said that she looked like more than a few women in the USA.

            Once again, I simply said that a woman who won a beauty pageant is cute, as if that should be any sort of surprise.

  6. March 16, 2015 - Reply

    Congrats to her!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: