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09-08-2016, 08:51 PM

Arianna Quan made history when she became the first Asian-American and naturalized citizen to be named Miss Michigan but not everyone was happy about it.

"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. (MISS AMERICA? 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.