Interviews

Interviews where I sit down with influential people from the gyaru community! From learning how to deal with online hate, comparing Japanese vs Western Gyaru, juggling life as a gyaru mama… and much more!

The Ins and Outs of Running a Gyaru Magazine

The Ins and Outs of Running a Gyaru Magazine

Papillon, a magazine for Western Gyaru, has been a HUGE success. They’ve only just released their second volume but it’s crammed full with useful tutorials, inspirational outfits, not to mention really cute designs! But behind this magazine is a whole team of inspiring gyaru, and today I’m having a chat ...

How to Juggle Life as a Gyaru Mama

How to Juggle Life as a Gyaru Mama

Gyaru, like quite a lot of Japanese fashion styles, is quite high-maintenance. You’ve got the styled hair, the dramatic makeup, the flashy clothes… So how does that come in when you become a parent, when these things aren’t a priority anymore? Today I had a chat with Melissa on how ...

How to Deal with Online Hate When Wearing Gyaru

How to Deal with Online Hate When Wearing Gyaru

… Cry, a lot. Well, that’s what I used to do when I found out that I’ve been featured on Gyaru Secrets with horrible comments scrawled all over my pictures (for those that don’t know Gyaru Secrets – it was a Livejournal site where people submitted ‘secrets’ about people but ...

Top Tips from a Plus Size Gyaru!

Top Tips from a Plus Size Gyaru!

It’s not unusual to search for clothes from Japan only to see that they are “one-size” - as in, “one size fits all”. Now we know that one size doesn’t really fit all, and that people come in all shapes and sizes which is why I wanted to have a ...

The Differences Between Japanese and Gaijin Gyaru Communities

The Differences Between Japanese and Gaijin Gyaru Communities

Gyaru is a street fashion that, despite originating from Japan, has grown massively over the years in the Western world. But are there differences between foreign gyaru, also known as gaijin gyaru, to Japanese gyaru? I had a chat with Shiena who is one of the OG gals, having been ...

What is the True Meaning of Gyaru?

What is the True Meaning of Gyaru?

What exactly makes you 'Gyaru'? Is it the clothes, the hair, the makeup... Or the attitude? This has forever been on our minds and one day I found myself chatting to (Jesus) Chris *tehe* on the true meaning of being Gyaru. The conversation blew my mind so I knew I ...

Singing Contests in Japan + Onee Gyaru Advice

Singing Contests in Japan + Onee Gyaru Advice

What is your biggest dream? Today I talk with the lovely gaijin gyaru Noemie from France as part of my 'interview with a gyaru/gyaruo' series on how she's grown up dreaming of being a singer, which led her to travel across the globe to Japan to sing at the Nodojiman ...

The Life of a Gaijin Gyaruo

The Life of a Gaijin Gyaruo

Okay, I admit it - I will put my hands up and say that I don't talk a lot about gyaruo on this blog, and that's because I don't really know much about them. I've only met a handful of gyaruo/gyaruo (the male equivalent of gyaru) and, sadly, we only have ...