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Miss Japan’s Ukraine-born winner gives up crown over affair

Karolina Shiino, whose win caused controversy over her heritage, apologized after her relationship with a married man was revealed

Karolina Shiino, a Ukrainian-born model with Japanese citizenship who won the 2024 Miss Japan beauty pageant in January, has had to relinquish her title after her relationship with a married man was made public. The Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine reported on Thursday that the 26-year-old was dating a married doctor who is also a social media influencer.


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In a statement on its website on Monday, the Miss Japan Association said it had accepted Shiino’s request to relinquish her title and offered its “deep apologies” to the parties concerned, including sponsors and judges, adding that the competition’s top honor will remain vacant for the rest of the year.

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The contest organizers had initially supported Shiino following the report, after she told her modelling agency that she had immediately broken up with the man when his marital status became known to her. But a new statement from the agency on Monday said she was still seeing him after she found out he had a wife.

In an apology on Instagram, Shiino said she had been unable to tell the truth due to her confusion and fear after the report was published. “I am truly sorry for causing so much trouble and for betraying those who supported me,” she wrote.

Karolina Shiino was named the 2024 Miss Japan Grand Prix winner in January. She is the first person of European origin to win the top prize. The organizers said the contest winner was supposed to represent the “foremost beauty of all Japanese women.”

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Born to Ukrainian parents, Shiino grew up in Nagoya, central Japan, after moving to the country at age five. Her Miss Japan victory had already caused controversy over her foreign heritage, leading to a debate on social media over whether her non-Japanese background made her an appropriate winner.

In an emotional acceptance speech upon winning, Shiino said her identity was that of a Japanese person, and that she “had not been accepted as Japanese many times”, but was “filled with gratitude to have been recognized as Japanese.”

In an apology on Instagram, Shiino said she had been unable to tell the truth due to her confusion and fear after the report was published. I am truly sorry for causing so much trouble and for betraying those who supported me,” she wrote.

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Karolina Shiino was named the 2024 Miss Japan Grand Prix winner in January. She is the first person of European origin to win the top prize. The organizers said the contest winner was supposed to represent the foremost beauty of all Japanese women.” 

Born to Ukrainian parents, Shiino grew up in Nagoya, central Japan, after moving to the country at age five.

Her Miss Japan victory had already caused controversy over her foreign heritage, leading to a debate on social media over whether her non-Japanese background made her an appropriate winner.

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In an emotional acceptance speech upon winning, Shiino said her identity was that of a Japanese person, and that she had not been accepted as Japanese many times”, but was filled with gratitude to have been recognized as Japanese.”

February 06, 2024 at 12:46PM
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