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  • n. A Japanese fashion trend involving dyeing the hair and tanning the skin.


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From Japanese slang ガングロ (ganguro), from ガン (gan, "to great extents") +  (kuro, "black")


  • They called themselves "ganguro", which literally means black face because they got really tanned or put dark foundation on their face.

    Japundit - Published news

  • 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.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • 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.

    Otherwise Engaged

  • The ganguro girls caught pop cultural fire then and spawned pop stars, magazines, and manga that picked up on their look and lifestyles.

    Shock of Gray

  • One riff on ganguro fashion is the more darkly tanned Yamanba or “Mountain Hag.”

    Shock of Gray

  • In a fast-food shop in Shibuya, for instance, two ganguro women offer a picture of their middle age.

    Shock of Gray

  • One is that of the ganguro which connotes “black face” in Japanese, but also sounds close to the English “gang girl”.

    Shock of Gray

  • 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.

    Shock of Gray

  • The ensembles of the ganguro clans and their successors flaunt the mien of eroticized Day-Glo Shirley Temple psychopaths.

    Shock of Gray

  • 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.

    Néojaponisme » Blog Archive » Kyabajo Japan


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