Showing posts with label glamour models. Show all posts
Showing posts with label glamour models. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Yumi Kobayashi - 小林優美


Yumi Kobayashi (小林優美, born November 26, 1988) is a female fashion model from Tokyo, Japan. She belongs to the show-business production Burning Production, K.K. (株式会社バーニングプロダクション) and used to be belong to Platica Inc. Her show-business name from July 2007 to March 2008 was Yumi Uno (宇野優美).


In 2002, Kobayashi debuted as an exclusive model of loveberry, which is a fashion magazine for Japanese low-teen girls and published by Tokuma Shoten. She modeled for the magazine until 2005.


In 2003, Kobayashi transferred to Face Network Co., Ltd. (株式会社フェイスネットワーク) and also debuted as a gravure idol.


In 2007, she took part in a model audition for the Kobe Collection, or simply, Kou-Kore. Kobayashi became a finalist but without any prize. Also in the same year, Kobayashi joined Miss Magazine (ミスマガジン) and became a semi-finalist, from which she solely won the GyaO Prize. Soon afterwards, on July 31, she renamed her family name from Kobayashi to Uno, which derives from the president and CEO of USEN Corporation, Yasuhide Uno (宇野康秀).


In April 1, 2008, Platica Inc. was independent from Face Network Co., Ltd., subsequently Kobayashi got to belong to Platica Inc. and she renamed her family name again back to Kobayashi. In 2008, Kobayashi participated in a model audition of the Kobe Collection and became a finalist again; however, she did not obtain any prize. Also in Princess PINKY Audition (プリンセスPINKYオーディション) of a fashion magazine PINKY, she became a finalist but received no prize. In late 2008, Kobayashi was elected as the 23rd Asahi Beer Image Girl, on which she served until December 2009. Thereafter, in April 1, 2010, Kobayashi transferred to Burning Production, K.K.

She has attended the Tokyo Girls Collection twice as a model; i.e. 11th Tokyo Girls Collection of 2010 Autumn/Winter and 13th Tokyo Girls Collection of 2011 A/W.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Ayumi Hamasaki - 浜崎 あゆみ


Ayumi Hamasaki (浜崎 あゆみ, born October 2, 1978) is aJapanese singer-songwriter, record producer, model, lyricist, and actress. Alsocalled "Ayu" by her fans, Hamasaki has been dubbed the "Empressof Pop" because of her popularity and widespread influence in Japan andthroughout Asia. Born and raised in Fukuoka, she moved to Tokyo at fourteen topursue a career in entertainment. In 1998, under the tutelage of Avex CEO MaxMatsuura, she released a string of modestly selling singles that concluded withher 1999 debut album A Song for ××. The album debuted atop the Oricon chartsand stayed there for four weeks, establishing her popularity in Japan.


Hamasaki's constantly changing image and tight control overher artistry has helped her popularity extend across Asia; music and fashiontrends she has started have spread to countries such as China, Singapore,Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. She has appeared in or lent her songs to manyadvertisements and television commercials. Though she originally supported theexploitation of her popularity for commercial purposes, she later reconsideredand eventually opposed her status as an Avex "product".

Since her 1998 debut with the single "Poker Face",Hamasaki has sold over 50 million records in Japan, making her the best sellingsolo singer in Japanese history and ranking her among the best-selling singersin the country. As a female singer, Hamasaki holds several domestic records forher singles, such as the most number-one hits overall by a female artist, themost consecutive number-one hits by a solo artist, the highest sales, and themost million-sellers. Since 1999, Hamasaki has had at least one single each yeartopping the charts (except 2011, which she released a mini-album, Five, withoutany singles).  Hamasaki is the firstfemale singer to have eight studio albums since her debut to top the Oricon andthe first artist to have a number-one album for 13 consecutive years since herdebut.


Hamasaki's influence goes beyond music; she is oftenconsidered a fashion icon and trend-setter, a status attributed to her tightcontrol over her image. Besides her frequent appearances in fashion magazines,such as Vivi, Popteen, and Cawaii!, Hamasaki has often been lauded for hertrendy choices in apparels and accessories; Oricon has repeatedly named her the"Most Fashionable Female Artist". Many aspects of Japan'sfashions—including clothing, hair, nails, and accessories—have in some way beeninfluenced by her. As with her music, trends Hamasaki started have spread toAsian countries as Taiwan, China, and Singapore. Among the trends Hamasaki hasstarted are hime-kei (a look inspired by the fashions of 18th century French aristocracy)and chapatsu; she has also heavily influenced the kogal subculture. Hamasaki'sconstantly changing image is apparent not only in her fashion photo shoots andcommercial endorsements but also in her record covers, an element she considersessential in conveying her message. She has portrayed herself as a vine-clad"peace muse" or "Greek goddess" (on her album I Am...), asa "twenty-first-century Joan of Arc" (for her single "Free &Easy"), and as a "funky Lolita". Though Hamasaki has portrayedherself in earlier releases as a "girl next door", she has adopted amore sexualized image since the release of Loveppears. The covers for recordsincluding Loveppears, I Am..., and Rainbow feature Hamasaki in states ofpartial nudity, for which she has generated controversy. Hamasaki also garneredcriticism after she modeled bra for lingerie manufacturer Wacoal, though mostof the criticism alleged that Hamasaki was only trying to "playcatch-up" with Kumi Koda, who gained popularity for her overtly sexual image.


Hamasaki has accepted offers by numerous brands to endorsetheir products. Throughout her career under Avex, she has promoted productsthat ranged from electronics (Tu-Ka cell phones and Panasonic) to various snackfoods. Among the products she has advertised on television are the Honda Creascooter, Kosé cosmetics, Mister Donut donuts, and Boss coffee. As well asserving as background music for television advertisements, some of Hamasaki'ssongs have been used as themes for video games, television shows and motionpictures, such as Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams, InuYasha, Shinobi: Heart UnderBlade and Tales of Xillia. Although Hamasaki initially supported theexploitation of her popularity for commercial purposes, saying that it was"necessary that she is viewed as a product", she eventually opposedAvex's decision to market her as a "product rather than a person".

Thursday, December 15, 2011

China Fukunaga


Name: China Fukunaga (福永ちな)
Nickname: ちなっぺ
Born: 28 July 1981
Age now: 27 years old
Hometown: Aichi Japan
Blood type O
Eye color brown
Nominal size (2007 point)
Height / Weight: 158 cm / 45 kg
BMI 18 (low weight)
Three sizes: 90 - 56 - 83 cm
Bra size: G
Shoe size: 24.0 cm
Ethnicity: Japanese
Activities
Genre Gravure
Swimsuit Model Content
Other activities of the entertainer


China Fukunaga was born July 28, 1981 in Japan. This 5' 3" G-cup beauty with 35"-22"-33" measurements enjoys swimming and driving fast cars. She had her first kiss in junior high school and loves the color pink.


Large media and tech companies like Sony have noticed her mass appeal and have signed her up for several commercial promotions which have been a hit success. At this rate, she’ll be hitting the big screens in no time.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kyoko Fukada - 深田 恭子


Kyoko Fukada (深田 恭子, born November 2, 1982, in Tokyo, Japan) is an actress and singer. In Japan, her name is sometimes contracted to the nickname Fukakyon. She won the award for Best Actress at the Yokohama Film Festival for Kamikaze Girls.



Fukada Kyoko debuted in 1997 with her first appearance in the television drama Sore ga Kotae da! as Kazune. Fukada appeared in her first movie Ring 2 as Kanae Sawaguchi in 1999 and in later in School Day of the Dead, released in 2000, and Dolls, released in 2002, as Haruna. Fukada is also a J-pop singer and her debut single "The Last Fruit" led to her album Dear, both released in 1999.



Fonchi - フォンチー

Fonchi (フォンチー, born December 16, 1990), also credited as Phongchi, is a Japanese idol of Vietnamese descent. Often dubbed "Idoling No. 8", she is one of original members and has been the most popular member of the Japanese all-girl idol group Idoling. She also does glamour modeling as a gravure idol, having released two photobooks and four DVDs since 2008.


Fonchi was born in 1990 in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa to Vietnamese immigrant parents who came from Saigon, South Vietnam. Fonchi participated in an audition, the SMA Teens Audition, held by Sony Music Artists in 2005, becoming the runner up. She joined Idoling as an original member in 2006.

She began to be known as the "protégé" of Sayuri Kokusho, a seasoned actress known formerly as "Onyanko No. 8", and began appearing on numerous non-Idoling television shows in late 2007. She released her first photobook titled Fon Fonchi in September 2008 and first DVD titled Cam On : Precious Time in October 2008.


Her second DVD A Letter From a Teen was shot in Okinawa and released in September 2009. Her second photobook Ritual Heart was shot in Bali and released in March 2010. Her third DVD F : Angel's Wing was also shot in Bali and released in March 2010, and fourth DVD if : My Little Sister was released in November 2010.

In September 2010 she made her first Vietnam-related appearance at the annual Vietnam Festival event took place at the Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo. She appeared in the event as its main host, along with several guests from Vietnam including famous Vietnamese artists as Ho Quynh Huong and NamCuong. Again, she is scheduled to work as the host for the Vietnam Festival 2011 (September 17–18) where the guests will again include Ho Quynh Huong, a famous female Vietnamese singer.


Fonchi always talks about her weight and weight-loss plan whenever she is interviewed. She has been a member of Idoling's Pocchari Dohmei ("Axis of Chubby"), a team consisting of the three heaviest members in the group, along with Erika Yazawa and Erika Tonooka. She has weighed up to 48 kg (105 lb) at 1.65m (5 ft 5 in), and she has stated that she considers herself overweight and has always been dieting. She said about it, "I can't announce my weight until I have a decent weight". She has stated that she has idolized the actress Risa Goto and especially the famous model Emi Suzuki, whose BMIs have been reported to be less than 14.

She has revealed that she has a strong addiction to Caramel Frappuccino, a Starbucks beverage which often appears on her blog. There are about 247 kcal in one Caramel Frappuccino bottle and she drinks it twice a day. This can be one reason why she struggles so much with her weight, but she has stated that she could not live without it.


Aside from her native Japanese, Fonchi is also fluent in Vietnamese. Her first DVD Cam On featured her conversations with native Vietnamese-speaking children.

She is known as a hardcore gamer, more specifically, a hardcore PS3 player. One time she played Demon's Souls in her room and couldn't stop playing it for about 20 hours straight, resulting in skipping an appearance on the Idoling show. She is also a wrestling fan, specifically a Dragon Gate fan and has several wrestling game titles.


As for fashion, in her personal life, she did not show any preference in the 2000s, but since around 2010 when she hit 20 she has shown a strong preference for the Ageha style which does not fit her vibrant idol image.