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© RocketNews24