Hi to all gyarus and
Today I wanna talk about a issue that has been debated about before in the gal community. Today I wanted to share my opinions about this matter. I even skipped jogging to finish this post, so you better read to the very end lol.
The issue is:
Are you not gyaru if you don´t wear circle lenses?
I assume the majority here know what circle lenses are and if not, here is a short and precise description:
´´Lenses that increase the size of your iris, founded in Korea.´´
Those lenses has been quite popular for gyarus to wear up the years and most gyarus (models) today wear them as you can see in the pictures below:
However lately the focus on the lenses has become so big that people who don´t wear circle lenses (or can´t wear lenses) have been slaughtered with criticism for ´´not being gyaru enough´´. This especially happen in the gaijin gyaru community.
I had a really long debate with myself and really gave gyaru a second thought, for what is it that makes a girl gyaru?
Let´s face it.
There´s been made no such rule as ´´you have to wear circle lenses in order to be gyaru´´ ever.
Gyaru in fact started with ganguro, gonguro, yamamba which many of the gyarus didn´t wear lenses at all.
One page issue from old Egg with Buriteri. The girl who started it all.
Is she wearing lenses? Does she not look gal enough to you?
There are also models/gyarus today who don´t wear lenses. Still they look undeniably gyaru.
Sena. Model for Soul Sister magazine.
Momoko Ogihara. Producer for Murua
Ena Matsumoto. Producer for Emoda.
There are also gaijin gyarus that has proves this parochial statement wrong.
If you´re a part of the gaijin gyaru community you might know just as well as I who this piece of hotness is. If not: His name is Pin, a finnish gyaru who is one of the few gaijins today that still practices manba. I´ve never seen Pin wear circle lenses, yet one of the gaijins that looks the most gyaru in my opinion and I´m sure I´m not alone about it.
For those who are into shiro-gyaru (gyaru with no tan), here is a another gaijin gyaru who don´t wear circle lenses and yet pulls it off amazingly well:
She´s called Puni (also a finnish gyaru) and is most known for wearing glasses, but lately she´s been without. Does this not look gal to you?
So what makes them gyaru? If you´ve not noticed it already I´ll tell you. It´s not about the lenses.
Screw the lenses, they gives the effect of bigger eyes and so be it, but it´s the contour and highlight.
Contour highlight contour highlight LE CON-TOUR.
None of the girls in those pics has skipped over the contouring-part and with a reason. Contour is so important for a gyaru and it´s the little extra that really makes shows difference between a gal and a girl.
An another point is the hair. Hair is so important for a gyaru, you can see in all the pics above the girls made effort to style their hair.
The same opinions was shared with Valentine in this video made my LadyLi a few years ago:
You´ve got the full package here.
(Ps. also recommend this video to watch if you´re new at the gyaru style and looking for some good tips).
Did anyone of them say that you HAVE to wear lenses in order to be considered gyaru?
The lenses wasn´t even invented in Japan. So how people started to focus so much on them is beyond me. Just find your style, have fun with it, practice on make-up , be creative and find out in what way it will make you looks the most gyaru. If you like to wear circle lenses, then by all means, do it! I´m not going against them here, but just because you do and can wear them , doesn´t mean everyone wants to or have the chance so don´t bury people with childish comments.
Variety is what makes every gyaru unique and it should always be that way.