Aisha Harumi Torchigi bested 29 other contestants to be crowned Miss Universe Japan 2020 on Thursday, October 29 at the Yamano Hall in Tokyo.
The 24-year-old Ghanian-Japanese beauty from Chiba is the second mixed-race winner after Ariana Miyamoto in 2015. She already joined last year’s competition and placed in the Top 5.
Raimu Kaminashi was named first runner-up, while Yuki Sonoda clinched the second runner-up placement. Rounding out the Top 5 were Kilala Watanabe and Marina Little.
The new Miss Universe Japan grew up in Japan and spent seven years in Ghana from the age of 10. She has been involved in various activities in both countries including support for women’s rights, orphanage volunteering, malaria eradication campaigns, among others.
Aisha succeeds last year’s winner from Kobe in Hyogo prefecture, Ako Kamo, and will now prepare to represent her country at the 69th Miss Universe pageant.
“Last year I couldn’t take the crown. But I still have my dreams that I want it to be real and this year is the year for me,” she said in a post on social media prior to winning her title.
Japan has won the Miss Universe title twice with Akiko Kojima in 1959 and Rio Mori in 2007.
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