Kurara Chibana

Kurara Chibana
Kurara Chibana
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born Kurara Chibana
March 27, 1982 (1982-03-27) (age 29)
Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Measurements 90-60-90
Hair color naturally black, dyed brown
Eye color brown
Title(s) Miss Universe Japan 2006, Miss Universe 2006 (1st Runner-up)

Kurara Chibana (知花 くらら Chibana Kurara?), a Japanese model, born on March 27, 1982, is a native of Naha City (the capital of Okinawa Prefecture). She competed in Miss Universe 2006 and ended up 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/ninja-style 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. [1]

Her achievement was remarkable in the light of the fact that Japan has never come this close to winning the crown since 1959, when Akiko Kojima won the first Miss Universe crown for Japan. During the pageant, held in Los Angeles, Chibana was the crowd favorite and her flirty winks drew an unusually enthusiastic response from the audience. Kurara Chibana's successor, Miss Universe Japan 2007, Riyo Mori won as Miss Universe 2007 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).

Personal information

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 Japanese publishing company in order to compete in 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.[1] She speaks four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Japanese.[2]

Since October 2006, she has appeared regularly on the NTV show "NEWS ZERO" reporting from both domestic and international locations, and launch her endorsement career as a spokesperson for more than four world-famous brands in 2007.[3] She is the new spokeswoman for Maybelline New York's Angelfit Make-Up.[4] 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.[5]

Kurara is an avid sportswoman who loves tennis and swimming. She is also a certified kickboxing instructor. When it comes to food, 'goya', which is a type of bittermelon is her favourite. Her favorite song is Le Tourbillon de la vie by Jeanne Moreau and favorite movie is Un homme et une femme by Claude Lelouch. According to her, Un homme et une femme is her favorite movie because her favorite actors are Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée.


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Preceded by
Yukari Kuzuya
Miss Universe Japan
Succeeded by
Riyo Mori

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