A 10-year-old primary school girl has won a major beauty contest whose past winners include Yasuko Sawaguchi, Masami Nagasawa and Maki Mizuno, all of whom later became well-known actresses.

Moka Kamishiraishi from Kagoshima City was awarded the grand prix at this year's Toho Cinderella Audition. She was one among 44,120 entrants, organizer Toho Entertainment Co. said as it revealed the winner in Tokyo on Sunday.

"It is so like a dream that I cannot believe it," a tearful Moka said.

The 10-year-old is the youngest-ever winner of the award, the talent agency said. Judges also gave four special prizes this year, including one to Kamishiraishi’s elder sister Mone, 12.


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