Uh, there is heavy speculation that Ganguro/Manba/Yamanba originated from Japanese girls trying to imitate black people they saw in pop culture, specifically African-Americans. It literally means “blackface”
lern u some fashion history fuckers
No. Fuck you.
Ganguro fashion praises dark skin as well as flash bright colors and neons. None of the girls (and some boys) tan to promote some sort of blackface. When someone is doing blackface, it normally is done to humiliate people like me (you know, a black person). What this.. person.. did right here was smear makeup all over their face and then after their little meet up, wash the junk right off. Ganguros tan (and some spray tan, of course) because they think that it’s beautiful— not a COSTUME or a MINSTREL. BEAUTIFUL.
You need to do some research before spewing false information as though you know what you are talking about, okay~?
Also the fact that you are almost condoning this is pretty unsurprising.
Firstly, I said there was speculation of its origins. It came about during a time where Black American culture was spreading rapidly throughout the world. It’s no secret that eastern Asia (specifically Japan and South Korea) have subcultures (and now even mainstream culture) that emulates black US culture and sometimes blackness. Just because that is not what Ganguro represents now does not mean that wasn’t in some way part of its inception. These countries are also places where darkness is seen as ugly, and it makes one wonder if it did not begin with caricature. Time and time again we also see examples of anti-black racism throughout these places—especially in the realm of pop/hip-hop music, which is has been greatly shaped by Black American culture. I have a problem with non-black people trying to perform “blackness” while still demonizing the very things that give us identity (I am also black). Performing blackness can look like many things these days, not just historical blackface. The line is fuzzy.
And anyway, that post was directed towards white people who darken their skin to cosplay. When skin color means so much in this world, it is insulting that someone would just paint it on so they can be “more authentic” because they can wash it off. They don’t live the consequence, and that is white privilege gone terribly terribly wrong.