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The model Carolina Shiino, a naturalized Japanese of Ukrainian parents who was elected Miss Japan last January amid controversy over his foreign roots, has renounced this title after the publication of news about his private life by the tabloid press.
Shiino, 26, was crowned Miss Japan on January 22 by a panel of 30 judges who voted on the “Japanese beauty” of the 12 aspiring finalists, taking into consideration three aspects: internal, physical and behavioral.
The model He came to Japan when he was 5 years old. and in 2020 he obtained Japanese nationality through naturalization.
The election of Shiino as Miss Japan generated a wide debate on the country’s social networks around the consideration of identity and beauty that are considered ‘genuinely’ Japanese.
The model has now decided to give up the Miss Japan 2024 crown after the weekly Shukan Bunshun published information last Thursday indicating that She was in a relationship with a married Japanese doctor and influencer.
In a statement published today, the Miss Japan Association, organizer of the pageant, announced that it has accepted the winner’s request to renounce her title, and noted that “will reflect deeply on his responsibility“related to the “series of inconveniences” generated by this case.
Pageant in scandal
The Miss Japan Pageant allows any single woman between 17 and 26 years old to participate who has Japanese nationality.
The victory of model Ariana Miyamoto in the 2015 edition of Miss Universe Japan generated a similar debate on identity in the Asian country. Born to a Japanese mother and an African-American father, Miyamoto caused a sensation and controversy due to her mixed race, and was subject to harassment by certain groups in the country, one of the most racially homogeneous in the world.