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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.
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kozumifan 1st-Apr-2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
kachuusha 1st-Apr-2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
prismboy 1st-Apr-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
OP, I understand why people would get mad. But don't models around the globe do this with other cultural outfits and items? Personally, I don't see it as a problem.

I don't wanna sound ignorant or anything, but usually when it comes to Native American-inspired shoots, concepts or whatever, people get butthurt. But when they butcher outfits from other cultures no one ever says anything. Or maybe it's just me.
spitfire_bijoux 1st-Apr-2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
agree. Yukatas and hanboks are commonly seen in popculture, and sometimes done wrong too, yet nobody really throws a fit.
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whataboutdasha 1st-Apr-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Someone should educate her on cultural appropriation. Not cute.
grapewhine 1st-Apr-2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
That is a terrible picture.
nansuki 1st-Apr-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I think she looks pretty awesome in it. She's beautiful.

That's a bit mean tagging it as epic fail...I didn't know there were differences in headdresses. I'm sure those in the photo-shoot don't know either. Nor would they really spend time researching "is this appropriate to the entire globe".
calcetinita 1st-Apr-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
They probably didn't. Doesn't mean they shouldn't have .
matchafrapucino 1st-Apr-2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Ah, and here we have another non-native girl half naked in a war bonnet. I keep seeing these. I know a lot of people won't see the problem, but I honestly think people should think twice before making gimmicks out of others' cultures. And if it's not your culture, is it really your place to call out someone who gets offended? I just don't get this kind of shoot.

pixiegerms 1st-Apr-2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this.
a_cheshire_grin 1st-Apr-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
...but the cultural appropriation. Not to mention that the headdress she's wearing is for men and not women. Disappointed.

I came here to say exactly this! -.-''
active3minutes 1st-Apr-2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
i was taken aback when i saw the headdress. i'm side eyeing whoever thought that was a good idea. the other photos from the book so far look great and are nothing like this, she's at the beach having fun. it just makes me sad that native american headdresses are something that are trendy and cool to wear when it's not suppose to be whatsoever.
liime_arix 1st-Apr-2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm really disappointed in the cover and that part of photoboook. She looks flawless in the beach pictures. Should have used this as the cover:
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calcetinita 1st-Apr-2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
Not really but hontou being a weeaboo isn't kawaii at all.
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ohprecioustime 1st-Apr-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
I think it is only with Native clothing tbh, since I barely see this for others
like I don't get what is so wrong with it, but I see why people get offended

anyway...I don't really like her anyway

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liime_arix 1st-Apr-2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Just disappointed in everyone involved NinaMika included.
nice_vibe 1st-Apr-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Besides the obvious headdress fuckery, that isn't a good angle/pose for her body.
ninomiy4r4shi 1st-Apr-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
iawtc. Thank you.
ninomiy4r4shi 1st-Apr-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
This... dude, it's so wrong in so many ways.
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