- From Japanese slang ガングロ (ganguro), from ガン (gan, "to great extents") + 黒 (kuro, "black") (Wiktionary)
“They called themselves "ganguro", which literally means black face because they got really tanned or put dark foundation on their face.”
“Japan's fashion scene has a record of establishing cult trends that sweep the industry, typically for a few years, such as the "ganguro" look that mixed deep fake tans with white lipstick, brightly colored clothes and orange-to-blond hair.”
“Also, "Lubna" looked more to me like a kogal/ganguro/manba type--and if you don't know what those are, do a google image search.”
“The ganguro girls caught pop cultural fire then and spawned pop stars, magazines, and manga that picked up on their look and lifestyles.”
“One riff on ganguro fashion is the more darkly tanned Yamanba or “Mountain Hag.””
“In a fast-food shop in Shibuya, for instance, two ganguro women offer a picture of their middle age.”
“One is that of the ganguro which connotes “black face” in Japanese, but also sounds close to the English “gang girl”.”
“In the moment that this page is being written, the more flashy ganguro styles are yielding to ultrafeminine takes that stress extravagantly expensive clothes and accessories, where the party dress is a symbol against the powers-that-be.”
“The ensembles of the ganguro clans and their successors flaunt the mien of eroticized Day-Glo Shirley Temple psychopaths.”
“Egg is the quintessential “deep gyaru” magazine — for the ganguro yankii wing of the fashion movement rather than the part that touches upon middle-class mass style like Popteen.”
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