a The Transit Lounge: Girls on Film

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Tuesday, August 18

Girls on Film

This is a great (and rare) example of foreigners in Japan who can actually model. In the words of Tyra Banks, this lass looked absolutely fierce.


Yet for every girl who does model in Japan and makes a living from it, there are dozens more who came over on the English Teacher and/or Hostess boat, were asked by a few students or bar customers if they ever modeled back home and quicker than you can say sushi, these ladies are suddenly answering ads in Metropolis or Kansai Scene calling for models of "all shapes and sizes with no experience necessary" whilst trying to arrange some sort of port folio.

Foreigners also tend to assume that if you are blond, you will definitely get work. While Japanese people are certainly fascinated and intrigued by those with fair hair, Japan has had enough exposure now to the rest of the world that this look isn't so novel and unique to them. When you look at the advertising campaigns that feature foreigners within Japan, it is easy to see that blonds are not any more favoured over dark or red heads.

What some ladies fail to understand is that the people who do well out of modeling in Japan were already doing well from it in their home countries and around the world. Or that a lot of the foreigners booked to do big campaigns are brought into Japan specifically for that job. Not too many of them are preparing English lessons in between shoots.

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3 Comments:

Blogger April said...

Is that a koban (police) car Miss Fierce is standing in front of? :)) I missed reading your blog Fizzy!

P.S. my word verification for leaving a comment is === BINGE. hahahaha

10:46 pm

 
Blogger Miss Riz said...

You are hilarious April....I think it was a taxi actually. But a koban car would have been better!!

My word verification is just wonsu....whatsu?? Binge is better.

11:41 am

 
Blogger Miss Riz said...

You are hilarious April....I think it was a taxi actually. But a koban car would have been better!!

My word verification is just wonsu....whatsu?? Binge is better.

11:41 am

 

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