Saturday, 12 April 2014

B Stylers: Japanese teens who want to be black

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A group of teenagers in Japan known as B Stylers, have declared to live the life of a black person.

Dutch photographer Desiré van den Berg discovered the teens while traveling around Asia for the past seven months.

From Vice:

     She lives in Hong Kong at the moment, but when she was in Tokyo, back in December 2013, she met Hina, a 23-year-old who works at a trendy Tokyo boutique called Baby Shoop. Hina’s shop has the tagline “Black for Life.” She describes its products as “a tribute to Black culture: the music, the fashion, and style of dance.”

    Hina’s appearance is also loyal to what the Japanese call “B-style”—a contraction of the words “Black” and “Lifestyle” that refers to a subculture of young Japanese people who love American hip-hop culture so much that they do everything in their power to look as African American as possible.

Read more at Vice

B-stylers like Hina visit tanning salons once a week to darken their skin. They also tend to use darker foundation, listen to hip-hop and visit special African hair salons to get braids or curly hair. Hina also wears colored contact lenses to make her eyes seem bigger.


Credit: blackyouthproject.com

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