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|Beauty pageant titleholder|
March 27, 1982
Naha, Okinawa, Japan
|Alma mater||Sophia University|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Hair color||Black (natural)
|Title(s)||Miss Universe Japan 2006, Miss Universe 2006 (1st Runner-up)|
Kurara Chibana (知花 くらら Chibana Kurara?, born March 27, 1982) is a Japanese actress, model and is a native of Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. She competed in the Miss Universe 2006 contest and finished as the 1st Runner-up.
Miss Universe 2006
Chibana is known for her participation in Miss Universe 2006 where she represented Japan. She won the best national costume award for her samurai-themed outfit designed by the artist Yuichi Miyagawa and the designer Yoshiyuki Ogata, and later became the first runner-up for Miss Universe 2006. During the final, Chibana wore a black evening gown exhibiting intricate laticework designed by Olivier Theyskens for Rochas, and at the preliminaries, Chibana sported a unique red and pink-hued gown with silver corseting designed by Novespazio.
During the pageant, held in Los Angeles, Chibana was the crowd favorite and her flirty winks drew an unusually enthusiastic response from the audience. Chibana's playful moves in the upbeat swimsuit number displayed her toned curvy body, tanned skin and silky straight hair which instantly became a hit. Her sexiness melted into sensuality as she performed in her evening gown by deciding to walk slowly. The coordination of her facial expressions was amazing and she made it to the top 5 over heavy favorites, Miss Mexico and Miss Colombia despite wearing an ordinary gown.
During the interview portion, she displayed her linguistic abilities by answering a question about her polyglot background by answering in French. Paula Shugar, President of Miss Universe Organization said in an interview that the scores between Zuleyka and Kurara were very close. Japan had not come that close to winning the crown since 1959, when Akiko Kojima won the first Miss Universe crown for Japan. Kurara Chibana's successor, Miss Universe Japan 2007, Riyo Mori won the Miss Universe 2007 title in Mexico City. She also managed to outdo the two Japanese women who managed to enter the semi-finals in most recent years: Miyako Miyazaki, fourth runner-up in 2003, and Mizuho Sakaguchi, 3rd runner-up in 1988.
When Japan finally won Miss Universe in 2007 after a 48-year interval, Miss Universe Riyo Mori went on to become one of the most successful Miss Universes of all time.
She was an educational-philosophy student at Sophia University. She got her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006. She turned down a job offer from a publishing company in order to compete in the Miss Universe Japan pageant, which was held on April 25, 2006 in Tokyo. Kurara now works as a feature reporter, flying around the world to interview unique people for a leading fashion magazine in Japan. She writes and takes photos of their lifestyles. She speaks four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Japanese.
Since October 2006, she has appeared regularly on the NTV show "NEWS ZERO", reporting from both domestic and international locations, and launched her endorsement career as a spokesperson for more than four world-famous brands in 2007. She is the new spokeswoman for Maybelline New York's Angelfit Make-Up. In late December, Global Beauties named Kurara as the Sexiest Woman Alive 2006 - a title formally held also by, her co-patriot/beauty diva, Miyako Miyazaki.
- Official website
- Miss Universe Japan
- Maybelline New York - Foundation
- Maybelline New York Interview about Make-up
|Awards and achievements|
|Miss Universe 1st Runner-Up
|Miss Universe Japan