· 2007-06-01 17:18
Japan’s Riyo Mori has said she will be true to herself in her yearlong reign fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS as Miss Universe.
In an interview with The Associated Press hours after she was crowned, the 20-year-old dancer said she would not change in her new role.
“I don’t want to be acting,” said Mori, wearing a shimmering silver dress. “I just want to be myself, always be natural.”
The new Miss Universe criticised crash dieting. “I had a friend with an eating disorder, but she always looked unhappy. She was never confident with her body, even though she was so thin” she said. “For me, it’s so easy and so simple. Just eat right.”
The only other time Japan had won the pageant was in 1959, when Akiko Kojima became the first Miss Universe from Asia.
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