Monday, September 19, 2016

Miss Asian-American Not Good Enough For Many Chinese

Arianna Quan
Arianna Quan may have been recognized as the first Asian-American and naturalized citizen to be named Miss Michigan – but it doesn't mean everyone has to agree with the judges and consider her up to their standards when it comes to physical beauty, especially her native country.

"A lot of people have reached out to me, both extremely negatively and positively," Quan, 23, tells PEOPLE. "It's been a very polarizing response. It's been really interesting to see the discussions that have been erupting from just me being crowned, and it's been an extremely humbling experience to be a part of those conversations."

Quan's crowning received media attention domestically as well as abroad in her native China.

"All this negativity came out, especially about my appearance and how I'm apparently unfit to represent the Chinese population because I'm 'ugly,'" she says.

She is right. Americans may flaunt her inner beauty, but in China, they don't sleep with you because of your inner beauty.

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