Eri Suzuki, a 20-year-old student at Nihon University, beat out 2,940 other contestants to be crowned Miss Japan 2008.
Talking to reporters after her win, Ms Suzuki said that she didn't even expect to make it into the top 10 finalists, who were chosen that morning. In fact, she had told her parents and grandmother, who were in the audience, that they would all go out for yakiniku after her loss, and so when she not only made it into the top 10 but was then announced as the winner that evening, the look of utter surprise on her face was completely genuine.
[Source: Mainichi Shinbun]
Eri Suzuki, Miss Japan 2008.