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Gyaru (ギャル) is a Japanese transliteration of the English word gal. The name originated from a 1970s brand of jeans called "gals", with the advertising slogan: "I can't live without men", and was applied to fashion- and peer-conscious girls in their teens and early twenties. Its usage peaked in the 1980s and has gradually declined. The term gradually drifted to apply to a younger group, whose seeming lack of interest in work or marriage gained the word a "childish" image. It is now used almost interchangeably with kogyaru and younger generations may consider it clichéd or even archaic.


What Is Gyaru?Edit

Gyaru is a Japanese street fashion. The common name that people know is ganguro. Ganguro is no longer popluar in Japan. It has transformed into something bigger, and more refined. Gyaru is a huge uproar of girly-glam style, breaking all the rules of "what's pretty", and dwelling in a party of man-made beauty (wigs, fake lashes, fake nails etc). Gyaru also is heavily inspired by Western features/fashion. Some popular gyaru icons are Tsubasa Masuwaka, Aina Tanaka, Kumicky, Kaoru Watanabe,and Sakurina.



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Varieties of Gyaru Edit

  • Agejo/Kyabajo: Agejo is a very glamorous, and sexy style. Generally worn by your typical hostess, not limited to hostess. The ideal is to be flawlessly glamorous, and desirable . Emphasizing on enlarging, and enhancing the eyes with circle contact lenses, with several sets of false eyelashes. Hair style is always styled as in updoes, curls, extensions, wigs etc. Very common for agejo's to wear a couple wigs at the same time. This style is very feminine. Two steps away form being Hime-Gyaru. Agejo is a little more skimpy, but classy.
  • Amura: A girl who chooses to follow the look of Namie Amuro.
  • Bibinba (ビビンバ): This look usually includes a lot of gold, and jewellery. Similar to b-gal.
  • Banba (バンバ): Is a lighter form of manba. Banba wear less of the white makeup than manba, also use more glitter, and have a less neon hair colors.Banba's use more extreme-looking types of false eyelashes, and colored contact lenses. Some thing that banba wear a wear more darker colors(healthy amounts of color still just not as dramatic as manba though),and Club wear. The most respected Gal-cir is Angeleek; there are 22 members in their Tokyo group, and they have many other groups throughout the country.
  • Baika / Bozosoku: Biker style is characterized by lots of black/bright colors, leather, chains, and plaid. (Similar to Rokku Gyaru)
  • B-Gal: A gyaru who dresses in the Hip-hop style.
  • Coco-gyaru: A Gyaru who loves Cocolulu, and often drapes herself in cocolulu logo brand from head to toe.
  • Gaijin gyaru: foreign girls who follow gyaru fashion.
  • Ganguro (ガングロギャル): a gal with an artificial deep tan and bleached hair. This style was popular in the late 1990's, and early 2000's.
    Ganguro girl
    A typical Ganguro gal. This style isn't as popular as it used to be.
  • Ganjiro/Shiroi Gyaru: Any gal who chooses not to tan but follows all other gal trends. They even go above and beyond the call of duty to remain bihaku(beautifully white) and apply sunblock. Some ganjiro choose a light bronze skintone but NEVER EVER tan religiously.
  • Gyaru-kei (ギャル系): Is the modern general gyaru style. It has many substyles such as Amekaji(American Casual), Goshikku(Gothic), Saike(Psyche), Bohemian(Hippie), Rokku(Rock/Metal), and Haady(Punk/Cyber), which a creation of Egg magazine that includes bright, wild prints tied in with a raver/punk style fashion.
  • Gyaruo (ギャル男): the gyaru's male counterpart.
  • Himegyaru (姫ギャル): girls who dress as princesses. Hair colours vary from blonde to black and is usually very big and teased. They wear expensive clothing from brands such as Liz Lisa and Jesus Diamante.
    Hime
    Hime Gyaru is very princessy.
  • Himekaji : Casual Hime wear's things like silk camisoles, mini skirts and shorts, blouses, etc. More tone down hime gyaru.
  • Kigurumin: wear kigurumi, a type of pajama-suit that resembles an animal and sometimes cartoon characters.
  • Kyoba bo-i: the male banba. The make-up is similar to Sentaa-gai's, but the eyes can be made up to look bigger. They accessorize excessively and commonly don bangs.
  • Kogyaru: generally a high school student (高校生kōkōsei).
  • Rasuta Gyaru: Gyaru who listen to reggae wears Jamaican flags, red-green-yellow, Bob Marley, and lots of straw handbags or hemp clothing.
  • Romanba: Hime Manba seen in early 2000's.
  • Mago gyaruo(中学校chūgakkō): A middle school gal.
  • Manba (マンバ): deep tan and contrasting white make-up. Their hair is usually pastel-colored or blonde, and very long and back-combed. Their clothes are neon and layered.
  • Miruteri/Yanki: This style is typically military themed clothes.
  • Marin-Marine: Blue/Red/White stripes, anchors etc.
  • Oyajigyaru (オヤジギャル): from oyaji and gyaru. A gyaru who behaves in a masculine way, who drinks beer and uses rough language.
  • Oneegyaru (お姉ギャル): a gyaru who has graduated from high school, and thus become a more mature onee-san (literally "elder sister" but, here, "young lady"). The style is more sophisticated.
  • Onii/Oniikei (お兄、お兄系): is the male equivalent (older brother), can be confused with Visual Kei style. Onii Kei, can also be worn by women also. More sophisticated Visual kei, and Gyaru-o look.
  • Ogyaru (汚ギャル): a dirty or disheveled gyaru who may forsake daily baths or takes little care in her behavior and dress, even by gyaru standards.
  • Tsyuome Gyaru: Like Banba, but lighter than banba. More normal looking dark tan.
  • Tsyuome Manba: Darker than Manba, extreme amount accessories.
  • Yamanba: Like manba, but nose stripe goes past eyebrows.

External Links Edit

Ricoche.net The largest gyaru forum.

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