Yuumi Kato vibrates the audience at the pre-broadcast event turning from sexy ninja to Sailor Moon magic warrior in seconds.
As 2018 slowly turns to the end, the world is just heated, while competitors are preparing for one of the biggest events in their calendar: the Miss Univers annual contest.
Japan's representation in this year's competition is 22 years old, Yuumi Kato, who was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2018 at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo on March 19th. Representing Mie for the national contest, Kato, born in Nagoya, was chosen to represent Japan in the international competition after proving she was far more than a beautiful face.
The young model, actress and reporter who was raised by his parents in Malaysia aged 5 to 13, fluently speaks Japanese, English, Chinese and Malay, and also studied the art of traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Since the Miss Universe Japan, Kato has traveled abroad to countries like Cambodia as part of his official duties.
After months of preparation for the Miss Univers contest, to be held in Bangkok on December 17, Kato debuted with his national costume at a press event held in Tokyo on November 19th.
▼ What you see is real – Kato will appear at Miss Universe dressed as Sailor Moon.
Not only will she be dressed as a magical anime girl on the stage but she will also complete a transformation sequence. This clip shows how Kato will go out as a kunoichi or female ninja before returning to discover Sailor Moon. At the Tokyo event, he cosplayed down the podium, receiving enthusiastic applause from the audience.
According to the contest organizers, the national costume worn by competitors at the event should "incorporating ideas based on their own culture and traditions". A female ninja and a Sailor Moon suit fit perfectly with this description, and Kato says:I am honored to be able to appear on stage like Sailor Moon, a character who has been loved not only in Japan, but throughout the world for over 25 years."
Kato was quick to credit the team behind his amazing magic transformation, which includes and Miss Japan's National Director, Hiroko Mima, fashion designer Kioi Akiyama (left) and hairstyle Sunao Akiyama (right).
He is responsible for Kato's makeup the famous make-up artist and Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura.
Miss Universe last year came from Japan, Momoko Abe, also appeared at the event, praising Kato and his team for the unusual national costume, saying it was a world away from the usual kimono worn by Japanese competitors.
Abe's national costume last year.
Following the debut of the costume, director Mime answered the questions he had received from the event, saying that the decision to dress as an anime character was part of the desire to present the world "cool Japan" and the local cosplay culture.
▼ Left to the right: Maria Kamiyama (Miss Universe Japan 2011), Hiroko Mima, Yuumi Kato, Momoko Abe, Kodo Nishimura.
Once the decision to cosplay at Miss Univers was taken, the make-up artist and self-confessed Sailor Moon Kodo fan made Mima's suggestion that Miss Universe Japan is turning into Sailor Moon. The team worked together to make the dream come true, creating a costume designer a suit that would surprise people and leave a lasting impression on judges.
▼ Kato's "Woman Warrior Sailor Moon"Represent"the new Japanese culture".
We will have to wait until December 17th to find out how well the judges receive the national costume when Kato comes out as Warrior Sailor Moon at the 67th Miss Univers with competitors from 92 other countries around the world.
Until then, we will deal with the Miss Universe makeup and cat cosplay necklaces in Sailor Moon.
Source: Missosolgy Japan Facebook
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