I don’t generally find myself interested in celebrity gossip, but my wife is fascinated by it. One thing here lately that has caught my attention though is a spate of celebrities getting plastic surgery. These aren’t generally minor celebrities either. They are pretty big names, and a lot of the surgery is really blatant.
I’m not talking about breast implants or the like, I mean actually altering their faces, in some cases drastically (although almost always for the better). This has been kind of a big subject on the Japanese “blogosphere” and in the “less official” magazines and stuff. They would never out and out ask these things are Japanese TV or in any of the big time magazines though.
A few examples in the main post. Click the link below to read the rest (unless you’re already here of course), but be forewarned there are a few pictures of (somewhat) scantily clad women (no nudity though). If that offends you, don’t continue.
So here’s a few examples.
This is Yuko Ogura. She’s a cutesy/whiney type “idol”. Which is the Japanese term applied to pinup models, who almost always also end up on tv shows and branching out into singing, etc. Ogura is one of the more popular “idols” here.
This Is Yada Akiko (Japanese fan site), another idol/big time commercial celebrity here.
Itoh Misaki, another celebrity who appears in a ton of commercials and tv shows.
Yonekura Ryoko, another celebrity who appears in a ton of commercials.
And then the two bigger “scandals” of late.
Yumiko Shaku, a former (present?) idol, and co-host of an English study program on NHK (the Japanese equivalent of PBS essentially). She has apparently had plastic surgery in the past, and then this time her surgery was so sudden that to viewers it seemed that she appeared on an episode of the English conversation show she hosts with a different face than she had last episode.
First the old
Then the new
And last but not least, maybe the most drastic change, Oshikiri Moe (Japanese Home Page), who is a top model here. I knew of this girl from a magazine my wife reads. This girl and 2 others from this magazine have made it really big lately, and it’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing one of the three (if you happen to be interested the other two are Yamada Yu and Ebihara Yuri [Japanese homepage again]. After the other two made it big, Oshikiri all the sudden started showing up in tv commercials with a new face. She is kind of known for having done this before though. See the pictures below for the 3 stages of Oshikiri.
One last comparison shot…