Japanese Female Models

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Throughout history, there have been many Japanese women models who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Japanese female models such as Kiko Mizuhara, Maria Ozawa, Ayumi Hamasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Yuma Asami.
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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
 3 
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.

 4 
Tao Okamoto
(Actress)
Tao Okamoto
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Birthdate: May 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chiba, Japan
 5 
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 
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.

 7 
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.

 8 
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.

 9 
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.

 10 
Yui Hatano
(Actress)
Yui Hatano
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Birthdate: May 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan
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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
 12 
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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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
 17 
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.

 19 
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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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
 21 
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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Jessica Michibata
(Fashion model)
Jessica Michibata
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Birthdate: October 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukui, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hikari Mitsushima
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Birthdate: November 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan
 38 
Haruka Shimazaki
(Singer, Actor, Model)
Haruka Shimazaki
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Birthdate: March 30, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saitama Prefecture
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Beni Arashiro
(Singer best known for her 2004 single "Here Alone")
Beni Arashiro
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Birthdate: March 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Okinawa, Japan

Beni Arashiro is a Japanese R&B singer who achieved popularity in 2004 after the release of her third single Here Alone. Her popularity soared in 2008 when she started performing under the Universal Music Japan label. Many of her albums and singles have been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) and appear on charts like Oricon.

 40 
Aki Maeda
(Actor, Singer, Model, Child actor)
Aki Maeda
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Birthdate: July 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo City
 41 
Lalla Hirayama
(Television host, Actress, Model)
Lalla Hirayama
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Birthdate: February 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hiratsuka, Kanagawa-Ken, Japan
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Tina Tamashiro
(Actress, Model)
Tina Tamashiro
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Birthdate: October 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan
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Miwako Kakei
(Actress, Model and variety tarento)
Miwako Kakei
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Birthdate: March 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
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Misaki Ito
(Actor, Model)
Misaki Ito
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Birthdate: May 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Iwaki
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Rei Yasuda
(Singer, Model)
Rei Yasuda
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Birthdate: April 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
 46 
Yuu Kashii
(Actress, Model)
Yuu Kashii
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Birthdate: February 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ayase, Kanagawa, Japan
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Alissa Yagi
(Actress and Model associated with Amuse, Inc)
Alissa Yagi
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Birthdate: July 31, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan
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Kaela Kimura
(Pop rock singer, Model)
Kaela Kimura
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Birthdate: October 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Adachi City, Tokyo, Japan
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Nicole Fujita
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Birthdate: February 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milford, Auckland, New Zealand
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Emi Suzuki
(Model, Actress)
Emi Suzuki
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Birthdate: September 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shanghai, China