Keio University senior Kanako Date is Japan’s representative to the Miss World 2018 competition to be held on China’s Hainan Island from Nov. 9 to Dec. 8.
The 21-year-old Date, a descendant of feudal lord Date Masamune, topped a field of 30 finalists, selected from 7,210 applicants, in Tokyo on Tuesday.
«I’m just surprised,» Date said. «I believe it (the Miss World contest) will be a world I’ve never seen. I’ll do my best.»
Last year’s Japanese representative was also a Keio University senior — Haruka Yamashita.
Asked if she has something in common with her great ancestor, Date said, «I hate to lose. I’m sure he brought his best to whatever he faced. I also have thick eyebrows like him!»
All — Kyodo News+