Note: what follows here is a brief introduction to what a Japanese gravure model is.
What is a Japanese gravure model and what do they do in their job?
A Japanese gravure model is something very special in Japan. What exactly is a Japanese gravure model? They are also known as Japanese gravure idols. Japanese gravure models differ from Japanese idol singers because these women focus exclusively on modeling for magazines. These women will do modeling in different types of clothing ranging from school uniforms to bikinis and even one-piece swimsuits. They take part in photo shoots and release DVDs of their works. They do not do nude acts however. The rest of this post will not be about the history of fashion modeling but it will give people a general idea of what a Japanese gravure model is. Gravure models do their modeling work usually in men magazines and photo books.
One of the most common names of a photo book is the Wanibooks gravure modeling series. Bikini models such as Sayaka Isoyama and Ai Shinozaki have done modeling for that collection. Gravure models do their work with the purpose of showing their attractiveness. The video above is an example of one of the jobs that a gravure model does. Their audience is mostly men. Gravure models engage in actions that are intended to be provocative and suggestive. Also, gravure models will attempt to act in a playful way and they also are seen doing exercise of all kinds. These exercises include jogging, exercising on a bouncing ball or swimming laps in a swimming pool. Many of them are even involved in photo shoots where they take a shower! Ayaka Sayama is an example of a Japanese gravure model that has been seen being photographed while taking a shower. They will also wear clothes that expose most of their body. Japanese gravure models such as Yoko Matsugane, Harumi Nemoto, Hitomi Aizawa, and Ourei Harada are big breasted models. There are other Japanese gravure models such as Anri Sugihara, Aki Hoshino, and Yoko Mitsuya who have smaller breast sizes. And gravure models such as Sayuri Anzu and movie actress Saki Aibu have appeared in the very famous male magazine called Sabra. In fact, even the gorgeous movie star Fumi Nikaido was a Japanese gravure model. This movie star from Okinawa is one of the most gorgeous people I have ever seen! On a related note, Asuka Kishi of Osaka is now one of my favorite Japanese gravure models!
Japanese gravure models often begin working in the industry in their teenage years and will typically be involved with modeling until their early 30s. But exceptions do exist however. Yoko Matsugane of Ibaraki and Harumi Nemoto of Chiba are still involved with modeling. So there is a brief introduction to what a Japanese gravure model is.