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Japanese model crowned Miss International 2012

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The 52nd Miss International Beauty Contest was held Sunday in Naha City, Okinawa, with Japan taking the top prize for the first time since the contest began in 1960.

The contest, which is said to be judged on “friendship, beauty and intelligence”, sees women from around the globe aged 19-29 compete against each-other to “promote worldwide peace, goodwill and understanding.”

Each of the contestants is interviewed for five minutes by a panel of judges, wherein they have to speak about themselves and prove their international awareness, before moving on to an evening dress round where they are judged on “poise, grace and elegance”. Finally, the girls are allowed to dress as they like in a “free wear” round, provided that the outfit has been approved by the panel beforehand. So, no string bikinis, then?

Japan’s representative, 25-year-old Ikumi Yoshimatsu from Saga Prefecture, was thrilled to be crowned Miss International, and described the experience as “a dream come true!”

“When I heard the word ‘Japan,’ I wasn’t sure whether it was all real or not.”

As well as receiving a fetching crown, Yoshimatsu received a generous cash prize of 2 million yen.

Source: Kyosoku

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Never heard of this contest,

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Congrats! She's a lovely winner.

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JT could put a sexier photo of Miss International 2012. This one is an insult to her beauty.

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"Finally, the girls are allowed to dress as they like in a “free wear” round, provided that the outfit has been approved by the panel beforehand. So, no string bikinis, then?"

That comment about string bikinis was written by the author on this story?

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It always seems to be the beautiful women who are so interested in world peace ...

I've hated beauty contests ever since Miss South Carolina didn't win.

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Congrats!

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Omedetto gozaimasu!

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The sleuths at JT amaze me... Yes, the contest must be rigged. Proof: Japan has won twice in 52 years - don't you see the coincidence?

@Wakarimasen

Fair call. They're probably never heard of you either.

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Miss World 2012 - bought and won by China Miss International 2012 - Ms. Japan MIss Universe 2012- (Don't tell me it's gonna be Korea???)

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I just google imaged her and I have to say she is MUCH better looking than this photo would indicate. A knockout in swim suit and absolutely gorgeous in a dress.

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I agree with techall.

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