INSTEAD of celebrating the achievement of their compatriot, Chinese netizens appear to be less than thrilled with the recent crowning of aBeijing-born woman as 2016 Miss Michigan.
News of Arianna Quan, the first Asian to win the pageant, went viral in the mainland recently, but the reaction hasn’t been what she might have hoped for as netizens have criticized her looks.
According to People’s Daily Online, the 23-year-old became an American citizen when she was 14 after arriving stateside when she was just six.
Although the news of her crowning went viral owing to her origins, the Chinese daily pointed out that the majority of discussions focused on her looks.
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Many netizens failed to see the beauty in Quan. Some said she looked 20 years older than her age while others outright called her “ugly”.
Shanghaiist translated some comments on Chinese social media with one user saying “She’s ugly AND she isn’t Chinese,” while another asked: “Is this competition for picking the ugliest person?”
Other insulting comments hurled at Quan read : “She’s ruining the reputation of Chinese people,” and : “This is probably the American standard of beauty. She looks exactly like Mulan in Disney.”
Quan was crowned in the pageant after more than two days of rigourous competition, interviews and pressure, before being found as the most outstanding competitor of the 33 who entered the contest, Mlive reported on June 18.
Quan also bagged US$12,000 in scholarship money and the opportunity to take part in the Miss America pageant in September.
In an interview after the crowning, Quan told Mlive that she has always been shy about her appearance.
She said it was, “something that I’ve always been self-conscious about because I was so different from everyone else.”
“I think it’s innate in every teenager’s upbringing that whatever makes you different is something that you should be ashamed about,” she was quoted as saying. “We all want to fit in, we all want to be embraced and for me, because I am very tall, because I was the only Asian-American in most of my classes, I just felt out of place.”