Miss Japan, 22, competes in the Miss International contest. She does not wear makeup, cut hair, or wears her hair long. She declines to wear tiaras and always wears the same dress and nothing else.
It is probably the most universal message at Miss International. Asked which is most feared about Miss International, Miss Japan, very candidly, replied, “If you’re not thinking about this whole competition. It’s a competition you want to be in, so you think you’re thinking about everything but actually you’re not. The competition is not about beauty and it’s about the brain.” She is most proud of being the only woman to be chosen Miss International six times and also being the only Miss International who wears no makeup.
Rena Maki, 24, Miss Japan, was born to Japanese parents of American parents, raised in the United States, and is a former Miss Tokyo. “I did my first beauty pageant when I was 16 years old,” she said, reflecting on her pageant journey, “and I got quite sad when I didn’t make it to the top 10, but I ended up in the top five, and I ended up actually winning Miss Tokyo. I was overjoyed.”