Self Care Tips from 2017’s Miss Grand Japan Finalists

Self care is a buzzword that has been thrown around on the Internet for quite some time now, and is a concept that is especially relevant to the millennial generation, rightfully so. The care that we give our bodies, is directly linked to how we present ourselves, majorly impacting how we feel on a day to day basis. For the finalists of the 2017 Miss Grand Japan competition, beauty and self-care happen to go hand in hand.

Read on to get perspectives on beauty, self-care, and more from four different Miss Grand Japan finalists.

Tsuji Erika @erikatsuji891107

Tell us a little about yourself — where are you from?

I’m from Kyoto, Japan. I like to go at my own pace. I come from the country side of Japan, where tea leaf plantations are in abundance. I love to sing and I’d say I probably sing around 3 times a week, when possible. I like to do my own thing — sing, discover emotions that have been hiding deep in my soul.

Why did you enter Miss Grand Japan?

I wasn’t satisfied in the everyday life I was living, so I looked to something new to inspire some positive change. I lived deep in my thoughts thoughts and worried about how I could not envision a future life. That’s when I saw Miss Hitomi Sato’s (an official trainer for Miss Grand Japan) social media post regarding Miss Grand Japan. I was intrigued by her beauty and the power of her writing.

What have you learned from the Miss Grand Japan competition?

I learned that I actually didn’t know that much about myself. I learned how to love everything about myself, the good and the bad, by my closely examining all aspects of myself. I also learned how to create an attractive look, how to apply make up, how to walk, and how to remain positive. All these lessons had major positive impacts on my quality of life. And it’s paid off not only for myself and my own outlook, but how others see me. So many people comment on my beauty and energy since joining the pageant.

What kind of self care or beauty tip would you like to share with our readers?

To enjoy bath time. I strongly believe that the bath tub is where you can forget your day and de-stress from everything. To listen to music and face mask, try out new bath salts, and massage yourself. I like to use bath time to reflect on the good things that happened during the day, and to wash away the bad energy. I find my bathtub to be a place of transformation and change.

I also wear high heels as much as possible and pay attention to the way I walk. I threw out all the flat shoes and sneakers in my house and tried to condense my footwear collection in general (lol). I believe women’s beauty comes from how women walk and how we carry ourselves. How a woman carries herself directly shows how she perceives herself and how she is perceived. Walking lessons from Miss Grand Japan helped me learn all of this.

Morie Yui @y_mahalo30

Tell us a little about yourself — where are you from?

I am from Kyoto and work as a nurse for a densist during the day and from time to time, I work as a race queen. One of my favorite activities to do in my spare time is to visit shrines and temples.

Why did you enter Miss Grand Japan?

I joined Miss Grand Japan after coming across Miss Grand Japan on Instagram, I thought it would be interesting to challenge myself by entering a beauty pageant. It’s always been my dream to be a model — I entered this world to get myself one step closer to that dream.

What have you learned from the Miss Grand Japan competition?

I was able to re-evaluate and analyze myself and my outlook, through this competition. I’m grateful to have learned about different training methods that suited my body, which helped me maintain a certain look. Closely examining myself has helped me learn how to improve and grow into a better version of myself.

What kind of self care or beauty tip would you like to share with our readers?

Every night, I take a bath and make sure to stretch and massage my body. To keep my waistline fit, I like to exercise in ways that engage my core.

Arisa Katsumoto @arisa23_life

Where are you from?

I’m from Fukui Prefecture.

What have you learned from the Miss Grand Japan competition?

Prior to the competition, I lacked confidence in myself and I was filled with self-doubt. Miss Grand Japan helped me gain confidence, and helped me improve so many areas of my life. I was terrible at public speaking and had a lot of trouble expressing my thoughts to others. The competition helped me overcome these struggles.

What kind of self care or beauty tip would you like to share with our readers?

I’m currently taking courses to help me learn about human anatomy, which has been a real eye opener. Through this, I’ve learned about different exercises you can practice from your own home, which means that I can always create an environment to keep my body fit, even when I’m busy.

I also play basketball, which is a fun way to maintain my fitness. Diet wise, I allow myself a cheat day once a week and let myself eat the things that I’ve been craving as a reward for being good to myself.

Takahashi Miyu @miu_takahashi_

Tell us a little about yourself — where are you from?

I was born and raised in the Kanagawa Prefecture, and am currently in my third year of high school. In Yokohama, there are lots of tourist spots such as Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and much more. I’ve enjoyed exploring the Yokohama Station and Landmark Tower from a young age.

Why did you enter Miss Grand Japan?

I first learned about Miss Grand Japan during the summer of my second year of high school. The Miss Grand Japan finals were happening at the Yurakucho area in Yokohama. I saw the beautiful ladies who were finalists walking down the red carpet with their perfect shining smiles, and they all looked so confident and attractive. For the first time, it made me want to be seen, instead of watching.

What have you learned from the Miss Grand Japan competition?

The importance of facing yourself. Everybody’s so concerned with their weaknesses, but if you only focus on those, you’ll never reach your own goal. So, rather than thinking that there are things I can’t do, I tell myself that I can do this, which sort of starts a snowball effect. All of a sudden, I can do things I never dreamed of being able to do before. Now, I stand in front of people and want them to see the real me.

What kind of self care or beauty tip would you like to share with our readers?

I never skip my exercise, and I make sure to maintain a well balanced diet. I try to follow a healthy daily routine. My biggest self care tip would be to take lots of selfies, go to karaoke, and enjoy bath time as these are all activities that I thoroughly enjoy. I post selfies on my Instagram. I like to maintain smooth skin on my face and body, and I rely on my trusted dermatologist who advises me on healthy skincare maintenance.

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Photo Credits
Photographer: @benjamin_hung
Chairperson of Miss Grand Japan: @miss_japan
Produced: @georgie_ichi
Hair/Makeup: @sensyusan
Hero image created from photos on Miss Japan’s website

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