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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.
liime_arix 1st-Apr-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I sent an email to NinaMika's site. I hope she reads it.
zomboid 2nd-Apr-2012 12:05 am (UTC)
It's better to tweet or weibo her. :D She actually reads those herself. I love the woman, but I don't think she knows how inappropriate it is to wear a Native American headdress for ~fashun~ Same goes for Shiina Ringo.

liime_arix 2nd-Apr-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll definitely tweet her (I didn't know she had a weibo).

Not Shiina too ;A; MISIA also did it as well.
zomboid 2nd-Apr-2012 12:20 am (UTC)
Yeah. Tsubasa has a Weibo too. She replied to me once.

In general, Japan is pretty ignorant when it comes to cultural appropriation but not knowing any better doesn't really excuse the fact that it's offensive. I think they just need to learn more about it so they can avoid the same mistakes in the future.
liime_arix 2nd-Apr-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
*nods* I agree completely. I honestly believe that if they knew what they're doing is offensive, many of them would stop ^^
coika 5th-Apr-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
I doubt it; been there, done that and for those that are aware the attitude is more like "you're just being oversensitive" and "it's just harmless fun".
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