More than just a pretty face: Model Emiri puts talents to good use

More than just a pretty face: Model Emiri puts talents to good use

JAPAN - Emiri is a woman of many talents. Not only is she a sought-after fashion model, she was selected as Miss Universe Japan for 2009, made her debut as an actress in a TV drama the following year and even spent a year in the United States to brush up her English.

Born in Tokyo in 1984, Emiri did not set out to work as a model and actress. While studying at Seijo University, she spent one year in Palm Springs, Calf., because she wanted to "do something with English, such as trade-related work."

After returning to Japan, she worked part-time as a model at fashion events.

"Doing my best as a member of a team, I felt united with the other members," she said. Unable to forget that sense of unity, she decided to become a professional model and after graduating from university.

But Emiri has a fundamentally serious mind, and she felt some kind of "qualification" would be necessary for her to be taken seriously as a model. She decided to seek the Miss Universe Japan title.

Before the contest, Emiri, who is 1.71 meters tall, intentionally gained weight and worked to maintain a voluptuous body line. Ultimately she was selected as Miss Universe Japan in 2009, but she was even more gratified that she had improved herself through rigorous effort.

After that, Emiri established three personal mottos:

* Don't be satisfied with the current situation; try to improve myself.

* What I put in my mouth is the source of a healthy body and mind, so meals should be managed properly every day.

* How I present myself to others is very important, so be careful in this area.

This was the moment Emiri went from a part-time model to a professional. Also in 2010, Emiri debuted as an actress in the TV drama "Hammer Session!" on the TBS network.

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