I've been wanting to write and share my thoughts about "Kawaii Girl" but it's only today that I've finally found the opportunity and drive to do so.
Originally, I was just planning to share the photos below from our mini shoot (thanks LucyPop Japan!)..
... but might as well share what I think of "Kawaii Girl".
Some photos below may not be related with the captions but I hope you'd still get what I mean. :D
For me, Kawaii Girl isn't just a pretty face. She isn't just the really really cute girl with a small waist, skinny legs, big eyes, and the like.
She isn't just the model you see in the Japanese fashion magazines. The internet superstars / selfie queens on instagram.
Kawaii Girl can be an average girl as well.
She could be a highschool student, a 12 yr. old manga fan.. a 27 yr. old company employee.
She could be any other girl.
For me, cuteness in terms of appearance does not make anyone automatically "cute" in the overall sense.
I've met countless of "kawaii girls", and I could categorize them between two:
Chotto Kowai and Totemo Kawaii
("Chotto" means "a little bit" while "Kowai" is "scary" in Nihongo, hehehe).
(Is Totoro Kawaii or Kowai? Haha :P)
Kawaii Girl is someone who I also aspire to be.
Someone who understands the difference between child-like and childish.
Someone who is not only a dreamer or a "gambatteru hito" (a person who does her best)..
.. she is someone that can also be considered as a "hero" for she fights for her dreams.
I know my interpretation or my image of Kawaii Girl is really in the deepest level (lol Earth core level)..
.. but I guess I would just like to make a difference in this kawaii world..?
Everyday, we are bombarded with beauty products and clothes that promise us to turn us into "kawaii" girls.
But we girls tend to forget that being beautiful / pretty (きれい) / かわいい is only skin deep.
Kawaii Girl is someone who is confident in her own skin.
Somebody who does not care about expressing herself in fashion, in her art.. and in her lifestyle.
Someone who also shares positivity around.
Kawaii aims to make the world a happier place (hello smiling Sanrio characters and the like)...
And so it is just right that Kawaii Girl does the same too-- by becoming a source of happiness to someone. :D
Kawaii Girl is perfectly imperfect.
She knows & accepts her flaws and highlights & celebrates her strengths instead. : )
She looks at fashion magazines / read kawaii blogs to inspire herself to become better...
.. and not to make herself feel insecure & jealous of others. :")
She is someone who isn't afraid of being her true self.
Who cares if she's 30 and she still loves / adores Hello Kitty?
"Looking Kawaii" is different from "Being Kawaii"..
.. and everyday, I strive to become who I envision Kawaii Girl to be.
Someone who will be a source of inspiration to other girls and "imouto" (little sister) readers. :)
Someone who isn't shy about expressing her love for cuteness.
Someone who is real and wholehearted in everything she does.