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.
Labels: Japonista Fashionista, That's Japan Baby, Tokyo