French woman behind Miss. Universe Japan!?

Sad news has been crossing the nation for the past two days with the politician’s suicide and death of popular Japanese singer, there was a bright light with the news of the winning Miss. Universe. As probably already known, 2007’s Miss. Universe was Japanese woman aged 20, Riyo Mori. Last year was Kurara Chibana coming first runner-up, and this year was the winner!! Not only two of these ladies, but also five years ago, there was a Japanese lady was also chosen in the top 5. What is the success of Japanese women being so popular (!?) in the Miss. Universe?


There might be many factors that have resulted in the success of Japanese women’s winning. I am not a big fan of watching Miss. Universe, but as much as I have known, there have been dramatic changes for whom to be chosen for Top 5 or Top 10. It is not only the physical beauty, but also intelligence, charismatic character, and communication ability has been so crucial. Japanese contestants have been changing into ladies with having all of these qualities as well as having extra point being exotic.

I remember watching Miss. Universe when I was in junior high school and I always felt funny how Japanese contestants wore old fashioned dresses when all other contestants wore sexy, but appearing dress. Not only that, when I saw it then, Japanese contestant couldn’t speak English. However, Riyo Mori and Kurara Chibana both speak some English as well as they are capable of speaking several other languages.


Such success of these recent Japanese contestants has been possible with great sponsors who teach manners, healthy diet, what to read and how to exercises. According to Japanese media, there is a French woman who is behind such Japanese success story for the past ten years. Not much information of this lady is out there, but this French woman has been crucial for Japanese Miss Universe contestants to be set in the right path for the winning many prices for especially for the past five years.

Photos and some info from Miss Universe Official HP.


4 Comments so far

  1. James Hart (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    I’ve never followed Miss Universe, myself, but I was thinking that politics could also be a factor. We see it in the Eurovision Music Contest in Europe. Contestants from politically-controversial countries don’t win because too many other countries dislike them. So the UK, France, etc, never do well.
    As Japan is viewed as pretty neutral outside of Asia , that could be a factor.

  2. nightsea_ageha (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

    Yeah, polical factors may play a great deal in such contest. I mean it is Miss. Universe, so they have to choose the one to represent the year`s most beauty. Although being said Japan being neutral, there were many other contestants who won the prices including China, Phillipins, and South Korea. So… is this only Japan or more Asia being a favor in Miss. Universe lately?

  3. joey (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    I think a few other contestants might be a bit prettier than Riyo Mori in term of look but over all she got the total package that others don’t. There were two things that help her really stand out to take the miss universe title home in my opinion. Her personality interviewed and the swimming suite competition that separated her from her competitors. There is no one come close to her especially the way she walked and posted up her body during the swimming suite competition. Congratulation to Miss Japan and her country!

  4. nightsea_ageha (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    Lucky you have actually seen it already!
    Although Japan won the Miss. Universe and Japan came first-runner-up last year, we have not seen the contest. Since Miss. Universe has not been so popular and paid much attension till last year, there was no LIVE TV show for Japanese.
    I know that FOX is showing the contest on the 6th, but many Japanese people don`t have the cable, so even Japanese women have been very competitive, we have yet really seen how they have been competing for the past years.

    I wish I saw how she walked the run-way!!

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