Japanese Rebellion Is New British Fashion Fad

18-year-olds Eilish (l) and Declan (r) experiment with Manba

British teens Eilish (l) and Declan (r) experiment with Manba

Manba is a form of the Ganguro or Yamanba style that became popular with twenty-something Japanese women in the early 1990’s as a form of rebellion against the more traditional view of beauty in the east of a porcelain skin doll. The most shocking of this statement is the heavily tanned skin, white lips, and neon colored hair followers sport. For them it is a form of expression.

Now that message has been picked up by a growing number of British people fascinated with Japanese culture and how they express individuality. The BBC interviewed two British teenagers, Eilish and Declan, to find out what got them started with this trend.

“Declan and Eilish say they have been accused of racism for darkening their skin in this way, but they say this could not be further from the truth.

Eilish insists that she is ‘not mocking anybody’ and Declan asks, ‘what black person looks like this?’

Another member of the group says that she does not like her white skin and covers up if she is unable to get a spray tan.

‘I just think it looks good – nowadays it’s more popular to be tanned,’ Declan adds.”

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