Maria Kaneya was crowned Miss World Japan 2020 in a national pageant held last Thursday, September 24 at the Hulic Hall in Tokyo. Her runners-up were Tamaki Hoshi, Maria Enna, and Kana Yamaguchi.
The 18-year-old beauty edged out 34 other finalists to succeed last year’s titleholder, Malika Sera. She hails from Akita Prefecture and is a member of the popular dance-vocal group GENIC. Makeup artistry and fashion are among her hobbies and interests.
Miss World Japan 2020 was held while adhering to the COVID-19 safety measures. Thirty-five contestants competed in various categories such as top model, talent, sports, multimedia, Beauty with a Purpose, and among others.
The new Miss World Japan says, “I am grateful for the kindness and opportunity I’ve received. I will continue with high aspirations and devote myself to causes.”
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