Makeup Changes Men

30 Jul

Makeup changes men
29/JAN/2011 on air

Who is this kawaii cosplaying DJ at a night club “MOGRA” in Akiba? Can you believe this is a man? Yes, it’s he! Torideta-san is a 28-year-old full-time company employee but he transforms himself into a kawaii girl to work as a DJ at the night club about twice a month. He is good at using wigs with some hair accessories, in which way his hair looks more natural.

Then how does he do that?

His girl friend Asami helps his transformation. She brings her own clothing to his house, gives him some makeup, and state her opinion from a woman’s point of view. This time, he becomes a Mori girl in 2 hours. Having a cup close to his mouth, he can hide his manly look. He makes that upward look just like girls like to do.

Tomoyuki Onish is a hair makeup airtist who has worked with many famous Japanese singers and fashion models. Rana-chan, a university student wants to be like Kumi Koda. 1 hour later, you see how she changed!

Takeru, a vocalist from a visual-kei band SuG is modeling for a street fashion magazine and he even produced his own fashion brand in 2010. He’s popular in some Asian countries such as Thailand as well. He makes over a 24-year-old girl Yuka-chan who hates her round and baby face. He modifies a bra with studs and gives makeup to her.

Ueda-san is a 20-year-old man who longs for a stage-actress. He liked wearing woman’s clothes and wearing makeup since he was a high school boy. It was when he was 15 that he won the grand prize of youth department at a fashion design contest, which gave him confidence and a trigger to pursue what he likes. His house interior also looks like the one of woman’s.

He calls himself the one with no gender: neither a man nor a woman, but different from the one in-between. The concept is the one with no gender. That’s what he is trying to be. Although he is as young as 20, he doesn’t like to wear young lady’s taste of clothing. His ideal image is like Miki Maya. He bought a dress for 8000yen and spent a week to modify it. Then he rented a space to have himself shot. The picture shows how he is today and the one in the mirror shows himself in the future. Look at the facial expressions of the one in the mirror and himself. You can see somehow the eyes are widely open in the mirror nevertheless he has downcast eyes. When he applies for job openings such as secretary, he doesn’t fake himself. He put a picture of his womanly photo and circle “man” on the CV, because he believes there should be a company that accepts him as he is.

Who was the most miraculous makeover? Who’s the one that has the biggest gap between before and after? It was Yuka-chan changed by Takeru. Ueda-san is beautiful as he is.

Kirin’s opinion:
Interesting men! But I wonder how it’s like to have such a man as a boyfriend. Torideta-san’s girl friend showed embarrassment and confusion to see that her boyfriend is trying to look like an ideal girl. She thinks he is trying to manifest what she cannot provide him with.
But I would choose him as a biggest makeover, not the girl as Tokyo Kawaii TV selected. (I’d rather want to see how the woman changes like a manly man in this episode.)

FYI, at almost the last scene, you see Ueda-san is gluing his picture on the CV. This is common in Japan. We must paste a self picture and write down birthday, age and gender. So it’s possible one can be selected or denied only because of age, sex and physical appearances. 😦

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9 Responses to “Makeup Changes Men”

  1. Sabina July 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    It's amazing how just make up can change the appearance of a person that much. It was very interesting to watch^^

  2. lluvia July 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Yay for that men! 😀 (and for the girls, who were also beauty)
    I don't know how it is in Japan. I think in west lands women actually can be, act and dress in a masculine way very naturally and easily, but for men is much harder to show his femininity, which is paradoxical and a little sad, and make this world a bit gray and less warm. Boys in this report are brave, beautiful and stylish. I wish Ueda san could get the job he/she are looking for.
    Thanks for translating it for us, Kirin 🙂

    • kirin July 31, 2011 at 11:43 am #

      I hear there are some young men who like to dress like girls over here. Sometimes slim and small guys prefer female clothing because it's more fashionable and many colors are available. ^ ^

  3. Angel August 3, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    I've always been fascinated with cross dressing or drag queen culture. I think it's a very brave thing to do because there are a lot of people that oppose it. I guess being an open minded individual, I don't mind it. I wouldn't have expected it on Tokyo Kawaii Tv though. I'm glad they made the segment. 🙂 I think there are a lot of very pretty asian boys that can pass as girls so it makes it easier to transform. But I believe that if it makes the person happy, they should do whatever they like!
    I would ever be able to date someone like that though, but I would certainly want to be their friend. 🙂 Dating would be too much for me, I want to be the girl in the relationship! xD

    • kirin August 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

      Same here. I'd want to be their friend! 🙂
      In Japan, drag male talents are well received because they are easy to talk to and they share the same problems or concerns with women such as cosmetics, diet, fashion, and etc.

  4. Bed and Breakfast August 3, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    wow fantastic video i like it …….

  5. promotion insurance August 17, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    It's crazy what make up can do… Look at the hardcore cosplayers at any convention, you'll see.

  6. whitesnow January 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    is there a video for this. cuz i cant seem to see it.

    • kirin January 3, 2012 at 8:31 am #

      Sorry, the video is no longer available.

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