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9:11 am - 04/01/2012

Oh no: Model Mizuhara Kiko reveals teaser photos from her photobook “Girl”

On March 30th, a couple of sample shots of model Mizuhara Kiko’s upcoming photobook, “Girl“, have been released to the public.

Aside from being a current exclusive model for the fashion magazine ‘MAQUIA‘, Mizuhara also made her debut as an actress in the 2010 movie “Norwegian Wood“. This year will be appearing in the upcoming movie “Helter Skelter” (July 14th), directed by famed photographer Ninagawa Mika, who also took the pictures for this photobook.

In this photobook, Ninagawa aims to portray the cuteness, explosive energy, delicacy and thirst for adventure of Mizuhara, a young girl who’s on the verge of becoming an adult, through various and colorful expressions.

Mizuhara revealed her trust in Ninagawa as she commented, “I love the dreamy and poisonous world Ninagawa creates with her pictures.”

Ninagawa also seemed to share the same liking for the model, stating, “Mizuhara is my muse. Especially, the current Mizuhara possesses such a dreamlike beauty.”

From the semi-nude cover of the photobook to the various bikini pictures at the sea, all of the shots look very natural thanks to Mizuhara’s trust in Ninagawa. Can you resist her charm?

“Girl” will be released on April 20th.

I love you Kiko...but the cultural appropriation. Not to mention that the headdress she's wearing is for men and not women. Disappointed.
exdream1999 Re: Question1st-Apr-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Well, plenty of times varous Native American tribes have stated that they don't want people wearing these headdresses or other traditional native garbs.

As a counter example, non-Japanese people weariing yukata, kimino etc., almost every Japanese person I've talked with love it when non-native people want to wear yukata. Hell, the Uniqlo at Narita airport sells yukata year round so people can buy them as gifts.

Ideally people would first research how that particular group feel about other people wearing their traditional garb before doing it.
suunkiss Re: Question2nd-Apr-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
I see, I had no clue that Native Americans have voiced their desire about others not using their traditional headdresses and garbs. I thought that it would be fine to wear those garbs as long as the portrayal of their culture is correct and not offensive (which obviously didn't happen in this photo). But by your comment I'm guessing that they just don't want their tradicional garbs being used by non-descendants in any situation, that's it? In any case, I agree that's important to respect their wishes.
exdream1999 Re: Question2nd-Apr-2012 12:12 am (UTC)
All I know for sure is that they've spoken out against their tradtional garb being used for fashion. Headdresses are normally used during important cermonies, so who knows, maybe if you're there taking part in a cermoney with permission you might be allowed to wear it, but wearing it as some sort of fashion statement is something that Native American's have said is offensive to them.
say_o_kay Re: Question2nd-Apr-2012 08:27 am (UTC)
That seems like a good way to go about it. Though there will always be one or two people who might still find things offensive. : ( It's hard to please everyone, what can you do? Sigh.
coika Re: Question5th-Apr-2012 06:16 am (UTC)
The thing is, those same yukata produced by Uniqlo and the like are also worn by Japanese people. It's not the same as the cheap bath or hotel-style yukata sold at stands around Harajuku and the like that Japanese scoff at or have a good laugh over foreigners buying them. And even with the Uniqlo style yukata, Japanese people will talk if you're not wearing it right or at that displeasure of how young people no longer understand the significance of old Japanese dress foreigner or Japanese.

I would hope that Native Americans would be understanding if the wearer was trying to pay homage and respect to something beautiful that was lost in their culture by wearing it after careful research, but that is rarely the case when you see it portrayed through the media and therefore would naturally lead to resentment.
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