Define yourself | Priyanka Yoshikawa | TEDxKyoto

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Miss World Japan, 2016, Priyanka Yoshikawa shares her journey of being a Hafu in Japan's homogenous society. Rising above prejudices and finding her true balance to celebrate the cultural diversity of the two countries she is proud to represent -Japan & India and sharing her identity as a human.
Priyanka Yoshikawa is the first mixed heritage woman to be crowned Miss World Japan. A role model for youth, Priyanka didn’t let bullying in Japan due to her ethnicity stop her from pursuing her dreams and passion for modeling. Born in Tokyo, raised in California and in India until the age of 9, Priyanka is rooted in the cultural heritage of both India and Japan, is a Visit Kyoto ambassador, and aims to build a deeper bond between the two countries through tourism. As part of her humanitarian work, she is an ambassador for Smile Asia to promote treatment of facial deformities in children, and for the Balipara Foundation working for sustainable community development in the Eastern Himalayas. In 2017, Priyanka initiated her own enterprise ReR Co., Ltd. where she has pioneered content marketing and involves key influencers from across 117 countries across the globe. She hopes to be a successful entrepreneur and a key influencer of change in Japan and the world.

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