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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Miss Universe 2007 – Riyo Mori -Japan

Miss Universe 2007 – Riyo Mori -Japan
Personal Details:

Full Name: Riyo Mori

Date of Birth: December 24, 1986 (age 23)

Place of Birth: Shizuoka, Japan

Height: 173cm / 5’8”

Preceded by: Zuleyka Rivera

Succeeded by: Dayana Mendoza

Riyo Mori Biography:

The Japanese dance instructor Riyo Mori won the Miss Universe crown of 2007 in Mexico City. The second time for Japan to capture the title since Akiko Kojima won it the first time 48 years before in 1959. She got the highest score in the swimsuit competition and placed 4th in the evening gown. The most impressive part was when she answered the question from Nina Garcia about the lessons she has learned as a child that still affects her life. Riyo told the crowd that ever since she’s a child she’s been dancing and was constantly surrounded by students and teachers. As a result, she learned to always become joyful, patient, and positive in her outlook in life. She also hoped that one day; she’ll be able to impart these principles to the next generation of children.

Riyo is the 11th Asian woman to win Miss Universe since Lara Dutta of India was crowned in 2000. She is passionate for humanitarian causes proclaiming “I think I have a samurai soul, I’m very patient, and I can serve others.” As of December 2007, Riyo has traveled the different parts of the world as a goodwill ambassador. She has also expressed her desire to one day open a multicultural dance school in Japan.

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