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 one in the U.K. (my gal Amber who occasionally does it from time-to-time). So I had a lil’ chat with my friend, Wes, about his life as a gyaruo! I’m going to call this as part of my “Interview with a Gyaru(o) series!” (Catchy, right?) Let’s begin…

Gaijin gyaruo Wes

Hey Wes! Thank you so much for joining me. Let’s start with the basics – what’s your gyaru story? How long have you been gyaruo, and how did you first find it?

Hey Lizzie, what is my gyaru story? Well it started 8 years ago when I came across Japanese music by accident. I started to gain an interest in Japanese music and suddenly I came across a singer that was dressed gyaru. She was playing in the Jdrama “Galcir”. I was so impressed how fashionable, colourful and cool it looked. After some research I learnt what gyaru was and I was wondering if there was a guys variant of gyaru. I searched it up on the internet and I fell in love instantly! I connected with all the gyaru on social media over the world and I got inspired. Everyone was very friendly, helpful with advices and I started to made a lot of friends. After that I got in contact with some gyarusas in my own country and they invited me to my first meeting. Before I knew it I travelled the world for fashion and friends.

I remember a time where there were quite a few gyaruo in the community, but now there doesn’t seem that many at all! Why do you think this is?

I remember that time very well because there were so many gyaruo so I got all the inspiration I needed. At that time there were also much more gyaru as there are now. So many gyaruo stopped but no new gyaruo came back. Now the gyaruo style toned down and it is maybe not so interesting anymore. I do hope at the bottom of my heart that more people become interested and it starts to bloom again.

Gyaruo hairstyle in Japan - Wes Host outfit by Wes

Gosh me too – it would be amazing to see more gyaruo in the community! And has it been difficult for you to find inspiration? Where do you find inspiration?

Inspiration is easy to find – you just have to know where to look. Before I used the men’s and women’s EGG magazines but now since they are gone I use Instagram and the web stores of the brands. But Instagram is by far the best. I follow a lot of models and hosts on there.

I’ve had a look at your Instagram and I saw that you love techno! Do you do parapara? What’s your favourite routine?

Partying is a big part in my life but I prefer techno the most. On every part of the world there is a party and I want to see them all! I do like parapara. I don’t know many routines but learning them is quite hard.

Ah yeah I know that feeling, as parapara can be quite challenging (although you did great at the International Gyaru Meet!). I heard you’re going back to Japan again (super jealous). What was your experience like when you first went?

I came back from my second time in Japan about 2 months ago. This time I went with my brother and I can say with all of my heart that this was the best holiday I ever had in my life. It’s difficult to tell people about my experience but what I liked the most were the people and the ambience. We talked to every person that came in our path and made a lot of friends. It was so much fun that I want to go again and then it will be my 3rd time.

Gyaruo Wes in Tokyo, Japan gaijin gyaruo Wes wearing Diavlo

What’s your favourite Instagram account?

My favourite Instagram account is from Rina Sakurai. She is the perfect gyaru in my eyes.

I love Sakurina too! She’s an absolute babe. And what do you enjoy most about gyaruo? What advice would you give to someone new to it?

Being fashionable and making friends all over the world is the best thing about being gyaruo.

My advice to someone new to gyaru or gyaruo is to start an conversation with anyone from the community. Post some pictures on gyaru pages on Facebook for advice and to show off!

I’m curious – what do you wear outside of gyaruo? Or are you an everyday gyaruo?

Since I work at an office I can’t wear flashy items. But I always try to combine my gyaruo items with my office outfit. For instance jewellery and jeans.

Gaijin gyaruo Wes from The Netherlands

I do that as well, although sometimes I admit that I love just being in my hoodie (tehe). Okay, just one final question – what’s your favourite dessert?

For the last question: my favourite dessert is strawberries with chocolate.

That’s all for now! Do you have any questions for gaijin gyaruo Wes?

Follow him on insta here!

Lizzie xx

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  • Honey
    November 21, 2018

    Wes seems so nice! I miss gyaruo a lot and to be honest Gaijin Gyaruo were always the best to me! I love that even with the differences in gender we share the same things in the comm as far as what we love about being gyaru(o).

    • hellolizziebee
      November 21, 2018

      He is such a sweetheart! Yes I agree. I wish there were more gyaruo in the community… Maybe one day more will pop up!

  • Kimchi Cakes
    November 21, 2018

    Hes adorable.

    • hellolizziebee
      November 21, 2018

      He’s such a lovely guy!

  • Jenny in Neverland
    November 21, 2018

    This was so interesting, lovely! I always learn something new on your blog! Wes seems lovely and although I’ve kinda vaguely learnt what a gyaru is from you, I’d never stopped to consider the male equivalent (or if there even was one!) Wes mentioned it started when he started listening to Japanese music? There’s a Japanese composer called Daiki Kasho who done loads of music for the Gran Turismo games and I LOVE him and his songs!

    • hellolizziebee
      November 21, 2018

      Awh I’m so glad that you could take something from this post! Unfortunately there aren’t a lot of gyaruo left in the community, so I wanted to bring Wes into the spotlight as an effort to say, “YES THEY STILL DO EXIST! Please join us!” Oooh I shall mention Daiki Kasho to him. Thanks so much!

  • Sophie Wentworth
    November 21, 2018

    This was really interesting! I don’t know an awful lot about gyaru and I’d never considered if there was a male version. You learn something new every day! Wes seems lovely, good to hear about the community from a male perspective x


    • hellolizziebee
      November 23, 2018

      Awh well I’m glad you were able to learn from my post!

  • Monica from Norway
    November 22, 2018

    Whoa hey Lizzie, long time no talk! I was randomly browsing and I found your blog again! Love that you still do gyaru style.

    And nice reading about Wes, I remember him so well and it’s cool to see he is still into gyaruo!

    • hellolizziebee
      November 23, 2018

      Omg Monica! Hey! I’m so happy to hear from you – how have you been?
      Tehe yes of course, I don’t think I could ever give gyaru up <3 Yes me too, especially because there aren't a lot of gyaruo around anymore!

  • Caroline Agoba
    November 22, 2018

    So interesting to read! This is my first of ever hearing what gyaru is, I never even knew there was a whole community of gyaru lovers.

    Caroline |

    • hellolizziebee
      November 23, 2018

      Thank you so much Caroline! And yep, we’re worldwide! 😀

  • Reina
    November 23, 2018

    Even though there are less than a handful of gyaruo left in our comm, I’m really happy to know that the ones who’ve stuck around are genuinely nice AND stylish!
    I’ve never talked to Wes personally so this interview was a really nice look into what kind of guy he is. I hope you continue your series and showcase the other guys from our community!

    Maybe one day I can get Rob to try gyaruo! haha

    • hellolizziebee
      November 23, 2018

      I totally agree! I would love to interview some more gyaru on here, especially more gyaruo as this was so much fun to do! Oooh that would be awesome!

  • Peg
    November 25, 2018

    I love interviews, and Wes is such a sweetheart! I really enjoyed reading ?

    • hellolizziebee
      November 25, 2018

      Yes he really is! I hope there will be more gyaruo in future!

  • Emily Harrison
    November 26, 2018

    Loved this post! I love interviews and getting to know someone more. He seems so lovely and I love his style xx

  • Gemma Turley
    December 12, 2018

    Great Post hun, I love posts like this where you get to know more about a person and their passions.

  • Kieli
    December 26, 2018

    I do miss seeing Gyaru-o! I wonder why many stopped 🙁 I especially love the ones that looked like Final Fantasy characters~

    • hellolizziebee
      December 27, 2018

      I think it was because there was only a small number to begin with, that there wasn’t much inspiration nor brands for them… But I hope they return one day! Aha me too!