The final 11 Miss Universe Japan contestants have kicked off a two-week beauty camp at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, where the ladies will stay together and refine their techniques before the winner is announced on March 9.
Three of the sexy ladies, Chie Ishii, 22, Moeko Fukuda, 22, and Maiko Itai, 25, attended a press conference with Ines Ligron, who has been national director of Miss Universe Japan since being appointed to the position by Donald Trump in 1998.
Ligron said: "What I want most from the girls during the next two weeks is for them to have a good think about who they are and how they are going to convey that to the world."
She added: "This year we're looking for a girl who can express herself clearly and embodies Japan. Until now, we've put forward a strong and even shocking image to counter the one the world has of Japanese girls being shy and weak. We're going to change our approach this year, putting forward a more traditional image and one of a smart, pure and sophisticated young woman. I want her to show off her Japaneseness as much as possible, so I'd like to see her in a kimono at some point."
Ishii said on the upcoming training: "I'm really looking forward to it. I hope to feel myself growing every day, and take on board Ligron's important advice."
Fukuda added: "It's the first time for finalists to live together, and whether I'll be able to adjust to it is a key point for me. I hope to be myself during the next two weeks and build on the experience each day."© Japan Today