World Class Beauty Queens Magazine is excited to interview Mrs. Japan Universe 2016 Hisae Minami.
Name: Hisae Minami
Pageant title: Mrs. Japan Universe 2016 / Mrs. Kindness of Woman Mrs. Universe 2016 Award.
Pageant: Mrs. Universe
Country/city: Japan / Nagoya
Height: 65 in
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Dark Brown
Zodiac sign: Aries
Titles won: International Bridal Collection 1997 Grand Prix, Mrs. Japan Globe 2015 / The Spice of Life Award of Mrs. Globe 2015, Mrs. Japan Top of the World 2016 / Mrs. Elegance Award of Mrs. Top of the World 2016, Mrs. Japan Earth 2017
Age you started to compete: 22
Years competed: 2 years as Mrs.
Language: Japanese, English, French, Chinese
Platform: Chairman of JCI Japan Art Association, JCI Senator, JCI Patron, UNWFP, UNDB.
Occupation: Beauty Expert, Traditional Chinese Medicine Dietician, Professor of the Omotesenke way of tea, Modeling
Degree/License: Bachelor of Liberal Arts, National License of Museum Curator, National License of Beautician Administration, National License of Japanese Linguistics Teacher, National License of Cook, International License of Traditional Chinese Medicine Dietician
Talent: Artistic and creative things
Hobbies: Travel, Ikebana
Favorite place to visit: Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
Likes: My life and my husband
Favorite designer: Christian Dior
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite food: Healthy food and Organic vegetables
Motto: “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” - Coco CHANEL
World Class Beauty Queens: Hello Hisae, thank you for taking the time to Interview with us. Tell us about yourself.
Hisae: Hello! I am Hisae and am from Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. I grew up with my wonderful parents and older brother. My ancestors on my father's side were SAMURAÏ. After they were swordsmanship mentors of the SHOGUN during the EDO period that lasted 265 years, in 1868, my great-great-grandfather began to produce and export of Japanese lacquer furniture and lacquerware to Europe. My mother's ancestors have been doctors for 12 generations. My parents loves Japanese Traditional Cultures, so I learned Japanese Traditional Tea Ceremony and IKEBANA as a child. I love Japan, and am proud of the fact that I was born there. After majoring in Japanese Literature at the University in Nagoya, I began working for the Toyota Motor Corporation’s head office. During this period, I became excited about the future and decided to focus on my favorite goals. I went to Paris to study art, design and professional make-up. I also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing. After working at LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) Japan, I established my company, Beaux Gestes Planning, in Tokyo. Now I work to make people beautiful and healthy both internally and externally through my expertise in beauty, Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet and healthy food. I love to travel with my husband. I’ve had the chance to visit over 40 countries while enriching my experiences and learning about various foreign cultures. I have made various contributions to society, international relations, and international activities through international institution. I plan to continue my mission of making a difference in the world for the future.
World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do pageants?
Hisae: I won a prize of Miss Nagoya Contest when I was 22 years old. Afterwards, I went to Paris to study, established my company, volunteered, and gained experience. Now I’m a married woman. This inspires me to continue competing so I decided to apply for this International Mrs. Contest.
World Class Beauty Queens: What do pageants mean to you?
Hisae: Pageants are a place of comprehensive learning as a woman. Fashion, beauty, international communication, presentation and etc.
World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you a winner?
Hisae: Through philanthropy, I’ve come to believe that a true queen is measured by how she gives back to this world. Helping others, without expecting anything in return, is my definition of winning.
World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about your platform and all your achievements.
Hisae: I became a “Volunteer” in California, USA. When I was 19 years old, I went to study English at UC Davis from my University’s summer program. I stayed in an American family’s home. The mothers of host families were working for the community as volunteers. I learned the American way of volunteering and I was hooked. When I came back to Japan, I continued my volunteer work there. I helped JCI (Junior Chamber International) hold World Congress in Nagoya. I became a member of JCI-Tokyo when I established my company in Tokyo. After that, I joined the International Affairs committee, Environmental measures committee and Nonprofit Organization Partnership committee. I also assumed the position of chairman of JCI Japan Art Association, JCI Senator and JCI Patron. I help invigorate local communities through Japanese art. I value that I am able to share an appreciation of beauty with people. I continue international communication through Japanese traditional art and culture. I make various contributions to society, international relations, and international activities through international institutions. Amongst them, I help fundraise for UNWFP (United Nations World Food Programme) Japan, and I support the campaign for UNDB (United Nations Decade on Biodiversity) Japan.
World Class Beauty Queens: Why volunteering is important?
Hisae: It benefits the community. It helps to motivate people and grows consciousness of cooperating together to make society prosper.
World Class Beauty Queens: To those readers that are unfamiliar with your system tell us what are you being judged on?
Hisae: It’s an international event and the activities we participate in happen throughout the year. It is for mature women, who have already achieved a lot in their life, who have built their own families, due to their own efforts. We are women who can use our beauty for a worthy cause.
World Class Beauty Queens: What were you judged on during the competition.
Hisae: I was judged on presentation, National costume, Daily dress, Chinese dress and Evening gown.
World Class Beauty Queens: Which part of the competition was your favorite?
Hisae: My favorite part was daily dress because I walked down the runway with Chinese children for part of the show. It was very fun with adorable children models. The Grand final was held in China.
World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your dress to compete in?
Hisae: I wore a purple dress which is considered a noble color in Japan. Nobody wore it. I chose the delicate color that other people did not wear. I love purple.
World Class Beauty Queens: What is your secret technique to connect with judges?
Hisae: Always give them a big smile and kind heart. I got Mrs. Kindness of Woman Mrs. Universe 2016 Award.
World Class Beauty Queens: What does the crown symbolizes to you?
Hisae: It’s a gift of achievement. It could be achievement, honor, hope to inspire people around the world.
World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans as Mrs. Japan Universe?
Hisae: I will keep sharing an appreciation of beauty with people.
World Class Beauty Queens: What legacy would you like to leave behind?
Hisae: I want to convey to Japanese people and the rest of the world the true appeal of Japan. I’ll continue international communications and showcase Japanese aesthetic sentiment through Japanese traditional art and culture as a queen. The Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020. I want to spread the aesthetics of Japan all over the world.
World Class Beauty Queens: And the last question. How did competing in pageants helped your life?
Hisae: It motivated me to collectively use my knowledge, expertise, and love to make the world a more beautiful and joyful place.
World Class Beauty Queens would like to say thank you to Mrs. Japan Universe 2016 Hisae Minami for this amazing interview..
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