Meet the Japanese Beauty Queen Who’s Fighting Online Backlash

Ariana Miyamoto was recently crowned as Japan Miss Universe.

Ariana Miyamoto was born in Nagasaki, Japan, on May 12, 1994, from a Japanese mother and an African-American father.

“Is it okay to select a hafu [bi-racial] to represent Japan?" one Twitter user wrote, according to the Japanese cultural news website Kotaku, while others said she didn't look Japanese and that her face was "too gaijin [foreign]."

“If there hadn’t been this kind of criticism, there would be no point in me competing,” she said, adding, “I don’t want to ignore it. I want to change those people's attitudes.”

“Change happens slowly in Japan, but it does happen,” blogger Brian Ashcraft wrote on Kotaku.

Miyamoto will be competing in the 2015 Miss Universe contest.