Famous People From Japanese Fashion Industry

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Maria Ozawa
(Adult Film Star, AV idol, Stripper, Actor, Glamour model, Model)
Maria Ozawa
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Birthdate: January 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hokkaidō

Born to a Japanese mother and a French-Canadian father, Maria Ozawa was raised in Japan and began her career in adult films at age 19. Also known as Miyabi, she has worked on Japanese TV shows and has also worked as a model. She is also known as an AV Idol.

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Samaire Armstrong
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Birthdate: October 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Kiko Mizuhara
(Actress, Model)
Kiko Mizuhara
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Birthdate: October 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Born to a Korean-Japanese mother and an American father, Kiko Mizuhara plunged into modeling after winning a Seventeen Japan contest. After winning hearts in the Japanese modeling circuit, she became a Chanel ambassador. Her designs, made in collaboration with Opening Ceremony, have been worn by artists such as Beyoncé.

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Rei Kawakubo
(Japanese Fashion Designer and Founder of 'Comme des Garçons')
Rei Kawakubo
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Birthdate: October 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese fashion designer and the founder of Dover Street Market and Comme des Garçons. She is known as one of the most influential designers and is widely regarded as a fashion icon all over the world.

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Rina Sawayama
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Birthdate: August 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Niigata, Japan
Rina Sawayama is known for her unusual blends of pop with R&B, club music, nu-metal, and other genres. Born in Japan, the singer/model moved with her family to the UK at age 5. She is also a Cambridge graduate and a queer icon who identifies as pansexual and bisexual. 
 6 
Tao Okamoto
(Actress)
Tao Okamoto
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Birthdate: May 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan
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Koyuki
(Actress, Model)
Koyuki
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Birthdate: December 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Koyuki is a Japanese actress and model best known for her portrayal of Hiromi Ishizaki in the 2005 film Always: Sunset on Third Street, for which she received a nomination for Best Actress at the 29th Japan Academy Film Prize in 2006. Over the course of her career, Koyuki has also won awards, such as the Nikkan Sports Film Award.

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Ayumi Hamasaki
(Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer)
Ayumi Hamasaki
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Birthdate: October 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukuoka

Japanese pop icon Ayumi Hamasaki had started a TV career after moving to Tokyo at 14. She later gained fame with her dance hits and ballads. Also known for her dramatic costumes and videos, The Empress of J-pop has been rendered totally deaf in one ear, owing to a ear infection.

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Rila Fukushima
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Birthdate: January 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tokyo

Tokyo-born Rila Fukushima initially wished to be a model agent but ended up being one of Japan’s most popular models, walking the ramp for Louis Vuitton and gracing magazines such as Vogue Japan. She later appeared in The Wolverine and the series Arrow and Gunshi Kanbei.

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Chiaki Kuriyama
(Actor, Singer, Model, Seiyū, Fashion model)
Chiaki Kuriyama
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Birthdate: October 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tsuchiura

Though Chiaki Kuriyama gained immense fame as a child model, especially for her photos in the bestselling book Shinwa-Shojo, the book was banned for child pornography later. Now an actor-singer, too, she is known for her roles in films such as Battle Royale and Kill Bill: Volume 1.

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Reina Triendl
(Model and Actress)
Reina Triendl
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Birthdate: January 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Born to an Austrian father and a Japanese mother, Reina Triendl traveled to many places as a child due to her father’s work. She was scouted while in high school and thus began to model. She later gained fame with the reality series Terrace House and the film Tag.
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Issey Miyake
(Japanese Fashion Designer)
Issey Miyake
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Birthdate: April 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan

Issey Miyake was a Japanese fashion designer best remembered for his technology-driven clothing designs, fragrances, and exhibitions. His perfume brand L'eau d'Issey is widely regarded as his best-known product. Over the course of his illustrious career, Issey Miyake was honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Kyoto Prize and the Praemium Imperiale.

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Shiori Kutsuna
(Actress, Model best known for her role as Ran Mori in Shinichi Kudo's Written Challenge)
Shiori Kutsuna
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Birthdate: December 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
(Japanese Tarento, Singer, and Model)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
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Birthdate: January 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Japanese cultural icon and J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu soared to fame with singles such as PonPonPon and Candy Candy. She now promotes everything from soft drinks to fashion and make-up. Also dubbed as the Harajuku Girl, she is also known for her love for blonde wigs.

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Haruka Ayase
(Actress)
Haruka Ayase
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Birthdate: March 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima

Haruka Ayase is a Japanese actress, singer, and model. After starting out as a gravure idol, Ayase went on to become a much sought-after model, appearing in commercials for brands like KFC, Coca-Cola, and SK-II. She then went on to become a prominent actress, winning several prestigious awards for her work in film as well as Japanese TV.

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Keiko Kitagawa
(Actor, Model, Fashion model, Film actor)
Keiko Kitagawa
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Birthdate: August 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kōbe
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Riyo Mori
(Actress)
Riyo Mori
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Birthdate: December 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shizuoka
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Yuma Asami
(Actor, Adult Film Star, Model, Singer, AV idol, Musician, Tarento)
Yuma Asami
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Birthdate: March 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Takasaki

One of Japan’s most well-known adult stars, Yuma Asami had begun her career at age 18. She mostly worked with studios that specialized in soft porn. The Grand Prix award-winning actor was later diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Post-recovery, she ditched the adult industry and began working as a singer.

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Kwon Ri-se
(Singer & Model)
Kwon Ri-se
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Birthdate: August 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fukushima, Japan
Died: September 7, 2014
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Saori Hara
(Pornographic actress, Model)
Saori Hara
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Birthdate: January 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan
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Rola
(Actress, Model)
Rola
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Birthdate: March 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Ariana Miyamoto
(Model, Beauty pageant contestant)
Ariana Miyamoto
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Birthdate: May 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nagasaki, Japan
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Yohji Yamamoto
(Fashion designer)
Yohji Yamamoto
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Birthdate: October 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Yū Aoi
(Actor, Fashion model, Model)
Yū Aoi
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Birthdate: August 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kasuga
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Jessica Michibata
(Fashion model)
Jessica Michibata
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Birthdate: October 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukui, Japan
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Nanako Matsushima
(Actress known worldwide for her role in the horror film Ring)
Nanako Matsushima
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Birthdate: October 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
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Hotaru Akane
(Adult Film Star, Model, AV idol, Actor, Tarento, Lyricist, Songwriter)
Hotaru Akane
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Birthdate: October 25, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ōsaka
Died: August 15, 2016
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Meisa Kuroki
(Actress, Model)
Meisa Kuroki
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Birthdate: May 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nago, Okinawa, Japan
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Masako Natsume
(Actor, Model, Poet)
Masako Natsume
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Birthdate: December 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo
Died: September 11, 1985

Masako Natsume was a Japanese actress who achieved worldwide fame after playing Tripitaka in the popular Japanese television series Monkey. Throughout her brief career, Natsume won several awards like the Elan d'or Awards. Masako Natsume remains a household name in Japan; calendars and picture books featuring pictures of Masako Natsume are still popular today.

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Kenzo Takada
(Fashion designer, Founder of Kenzo)
Kenzo Takada
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Birthdate: February 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Himeji, Hyōgo Japan
Died: October 4, 2020
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Yōsuke Kubozuka
(Actor, Singer, Model)
Yōsuke Kubozuka
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Birthdate: May 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Yokosuka

Yōsuke Kubozuka is a Japanese musician and actor who worked as a model for TV commercials and magazines before starting his career as an actor. He then went on to establish himself as a reggae musician. Over the years, Kubozuka has been honored with many prestigious awards like the Japan Academy Film Prize, Television Academy Award, and Kinema Junpo Award.

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Naomi Watanabe
(Comedian, Actress, Fashion designer)
Naomi Watanabe
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Birthdate: October 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Taipei, Taiwan
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Mariko Shinoda
(Actress, Singer)
Mariko Shinoda
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Birthdate: March 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Itoshima, Fukuoka, Japan
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Elaiza Ikeda
(Actress, Model)
Elaiza Ikeda
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Birthdate: April 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan
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Yūka Ōsawa
(AV Actress & Adult Model Who has Appeared in More than 900 Adult Videos)
Yūka Ōsawa
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Birthdate: January 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Rino Sashihara
(Singer, Seiyū, Actor, Tarento, Model)
Rino Sashihara
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Birthdate: November 21, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ōita

Rino Sashihara is a Japanese actress, singer, and producer best known for her association with the popular idol group HKT48 where she was an important member. Sashihara was also part of AKB48's sub-group Not Yet. Over the years, Rino Sashihara has contributed immensely to several Japanese TV dramas and films. 

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Hiroshi Tamaki
(Actor, Seiyū, Singer, Model)
Hiroshi Tamaki
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Birthdate: January 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nagoya

Hiroshi Tamaki is a Japanese actor, model, and singer. He is best known for his portrayal of Sato in the 2001 Japanese comedy film Waterboys. Tamaki is also known for his contribution to video games and TV shows.

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Hikari Mitsushima
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Birthdate: November 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan
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Yui Hatano
(Actress)
Yui Hatano
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Birthdate: May 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
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Eihi Shiina
(Actor, Model, Fashion model)
Eihi Shiina
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Birthdate: February 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fukuoka
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Rie Miyazawa
(Actress and former teen idol)
Rie Miyazawa
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Birthdate: April 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nerima City, Tokyo, Japan
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Hiroki Narimiya
(Actor, Model)
Hiroki Narimiya
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Birthdate: September 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tokyo
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Haruna Kojima
(Japanese idol, Singer, Actor, Model)
Haruna Kojima
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Birthdate: April 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urawa-ku
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Marica Hase
(Adult Film Stars)
Marica Hase
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Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Ryoma Takeuchi
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Birthdate: April 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Gō Ayano
(Actor, Model)
Gō Ayano
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Birthdate: January 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gifu
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Jessica Kizaki
(Former AV idol, actress, singer and gravure model)
Jessica Kizaki
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Birthdate: June 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Nicola Formichetti
(He is widely known as the artistic director of the Italian fashion label Diesel)
Nicola Formichetti
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Birthdate: May 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Maryjun Takahashi
(Actress, Model)
Maryjun Takahashi
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Birthdate: November 8, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ōtsu, Shiga, Japan
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Haruka Shimazaki
(Singer, Actor, Model)
Haruka Shimazaki
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Birthdate: March 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saitama Prefecture