Carolina Shiino is a Ukrainian-born model who was crowned Miss Japan 2024 on January 22, 2024.

Who is Miss Japan crowned model Carolina Shiino?

Carolina Shiino is a Ukrainian-born model who was crowned Miss Japan 2024 on January 22, 2024. She was born in Ternopil, western Ukraine to Ukrainian parents and raised in Nagoya, in central Japan since she was five . Her victory has sparked a debate around identity and what it means to be Japanese . She is the first naturalized Japanese citizen to win the pageant .

Who is Carolina Shiino parents?

According to the web search results, Carolina Shiino was born in Ternopil, Ukraine to Ukrainian parents in 1998. She moved to Japan at the age of 5 after her mother remarried a Japanese man. Her parents’ names are not publicly available.

What is the education background of Miss Japan 2024 Carolina?

Miss Japan crowned model Carolina Shiino
Miss Japan crowned model Carolina Shiino sources Instagram

Carolina Shiino graduated from Nagoya University with a degree in international development in 2020. She also studied at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies as an exchange student in 2018. She speaks four languages: Japanese, Ukrainian, English, and Spanish.

Who is Carolina Shiino dating currently? Is there any boyfriend?

According to the web search results, there is no public information about Carolina Shiino’s relationship status. Carolina has not revealed if she is dating anyone or has a partner. She seems to be focused on her career as a model and a beauty queen. She also has a passion for social issues, such as environmental protection and human rights.

Controversy

After being crowned Miss Japan 2024, a Japanese woman who was born to Ukrainian parents has stirred a debate about the topic of Japanese nationality.

The victory of Ms. Shiino, who is the first naturalized Japanese person to win the pageant, has been met with a range of negative and positive responses.

“It’s like a dream,” she said, accepting her trophy as the Miss Japan 2024.

When Ms Shiino announced on Instagram in 2023 that she had been given the Japanese nationality, she said “I may not look Japanese, but as I grew up in Japan – my mind has become a Japanese.”

 Ukrainian-born model  was crowned Miss Japan 2024
Ukrainian-born model was crowned Miss Japan 2024

“I’ve had to face barriers that often prevent me from being accepted as Japanese, so I am filled with gratitude to be recognised at this competition as a Japanese person,” Ms Shiino said in her speech in Japanese from the stage of Miss Japan Gran Prix pageant.

She said was Japanese from both “speech and mind” and she aims to create a society where “people are not judged by their appearance”.

In 2015, Ariana Miyamoto became the first bi-racial woman to be crowned Miss Japan. She was born to a Japanese woman and her father was African American. Even at that time, questions were raised over the crowning of a mixed-race person at the pageant.

“This person who was chosen as Miss Japan is not even a mix with Japanese but 100% pure Ukrainian. Understand she is beautiful, but this is Ms “Japan”. Where is the Japaneseness?” said one post on X, formerly Twitter.

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