Monday, February 11, 2008

Further Adventures in Escalated Aesthetic Distortions: Ganguro & Yamanba

This is in part a follow up to my post On Aesthetics: Spray Tans and Blow Outs. The Sherman Foundation gives mad props to Kathleen for turning me on to this trend.

From Wikipedia:
In ganguro fashion, a deep tan is combined with hair dyed in shades of orange to blonde, or a silver gray known as "high bleached". Black ink is used as eyeliner and white concealer is used as lipstick and eyeshadow. False eyelashes, plastic facial gems, and pearl powder are often added to this. Platform shoes and brightly-colored outfits complete the ganguro look. Also typical of ganguro fashion are tie-dyed sarongs, miniskirts, and lots of bracelets, rings, and necklaces.

The deep ganguro tan is in direct conflict with traditional Japanese ideas of feminine beauty. Due to this, as well as their use of slang, unconventional fashion sense, and perceived lack of hygiene, ganguro gals are almost always portrayed negatively by the Japanese media.

Yamanba (ヤマンバ, Yamanba?), is a newer term often used to describe extreme practitioners of ganguro fashion. Yamanba feature darker tans and add white lipstick, pastel eye makeup, tiny metallic or glittery adhesives below the eyes, brightly-colored contact lenses, plastic dayglo-colored clothing, and incongruous accessories to the ganguro look. Some yamanba wear stuffed animals as decorations. The male equivalent is called a "center guy" (センター街, Sentaagai?, Center Street), a pun on the name of a pedestrian shopping street near Shibuya Station in Tokyo where yamanba and center guys are often seen. Yamanba is often referred to as the outdated version of Mamba.

Guangura began as a emulation of what Japanese girls interpreted to be a Southern California look. As with other instances of aesthetic distortion that I've blogged about, the stylistic attributes have been pushed to the point of deformation.

Ganguro, apparently means “face-black” and yamanba roughly translates as “mountain hag” or “mountain witch”.

The pictures above were taken from:
Hello Damage and 3 Yen.


kobe56 said...

they look like little fried chickens, all burnt, brown and oily like that...

kamagra said...

This is something I had never seen before, actually I think that's creative I'd like to be there to see those beautiful woman with that perfect tanned skin.m10m