This infernal week is finally coming to an end. The whole week was packed with exams because all the teachers want us to write the exams before the holidays begin. Even if it’s supposed to be a holiday of seven days I don’t think I get to do something else than studying.. Too bad since the weather is really beautiful and still warm at this moment. I would have loved to visit an other city or something similar but I guess I just have to grit my teeth and fight until next summer.
Recently I’ve peeked into several different J magazines like Popsister, Nuts, Kera, Vivi, Seventeen, Egg etc. I sporadically knew these mags from other blogs but I’ve never gone through a whole J mag! Well there’s a first time for everything! It’s difficult for me to decide which magazine I liked the most since most of them have some outfits and photos I really like but also outfits and pictures I can’t stand at all..
Something that really gets on my nerves while browsing the magazines are the annoying posing and acting of the girls on most of the pictures. I mean I know, most of us have ‘some’ pictures where we make a stupid face with friends or the famous pursed lips (or duckface) expression and some of us are actually even incapable of posing decently..(like me for example) but the girls in these magazines are not you and me, they’re used to photography and should know other poses than the “I just really need to pee” pose or the “the dumber I look the more fans I will have” pose. I like cute pictures but some of the pictures I found in these mags were far beyond the usual cute.. Some of the girls make such dumb expressions that one would think they’re retarded.
I’m sorry for my straightforwardness and if anyone feels offended by it, please let me know! I like Japanese fashion and culture but I think that in gegard to J-magazines and photography they should change a few things. I’m not saying that I want to have the same standard as in a VOGUE or ELLE and probably the dumb faces is what makes the people buy these magazines but…. oh well, just look for yourself.. I however felt utterly annoyed by all the stupid faces while looking at them..
I will start with a collage of the “I have no idea what’s going on” also known as the “Yes, I’m really dumb” pose
Characteristics: open mouth, finger or hand near mouth, pursed lips, legs and feet that are curved inwards and eyes that look somewhere up in the sky or to one side
The “Oh dear, I’m having one of my terrible headaches again” pose
Characteristics: hand on forehead, half-closed eyes, suffering facial expression
The “I just really ned to pee” pose
Characteristics: unnatural leg posture, suffering facial expression, sometimes hands beteen the legs
The “We’re five years old and like to grimace!” pose
Characteristics: cross-eyed, wrinkled up nose and mouth, strange posture
Don’t get me wrong, I like Japanese fashion and women but that’s just some awful posing there! To make this post also slightly positive I also made collages of some good examples.. Japanese women are so pretty and delicate why do these kinds of mags force them to pose and look like they’re really dumb? I just don’t get it…
Do you like the typical posing in J-mags? Do you never think it looks awkward?
Here some examples of more or less natural facial expressions and pictures I like… too bad you can find only a few of these in the J-mags I’ve seen..
To see more good photographies read on!
And now some real posing
Pout face? love it! but please like this…
I hope you enjoyed this little Jmag presentation!
PS: If you want to see something really gross, download a J mag (for example Nuts) and scroll down until you’ve reached the last pages (unless you want to look at all the above listed poses). There you can find advertisings for breast enlargement (with pictures) and before-after pics of girls that lost weight. Their new weight ranges from 35kg to 41 kg… Need more details? Well I think it’s pretty obvious how an adult woman that weights 35kg looks like… pretty anorexic! Again, if someone feels offended, please let me know, I’m curious about other opinions!