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Namie Amuro (安室奈美恵) is a Japanese former singer and model. She was active from 1992 until her retirement in 2018.

Career History[]

Namie Amuro began her career at the age of 14, where she joined the music group Super Monkeys. While they failed to succeed as a group, Amuro started her solo activities and signed to avex trax in 1995. She released her first studio album SWEET 19 BLUES in 1996, where it sold over 3 million copies.

Amuro continued to dominate the Japanese music industry until her retirement in 2018, and is recognised as one of the best-selling female artists in Japan.[1]

In Gyaru Culture[]

Namie Amuro paved the way for the Kogal look and the rise of Gyaru in the mid to late 1990s. A term was coined, Aumuraa (アムラー), describing Amuro's style that became popular with young women; this included brown hair, tanned skin, mini skirts and platform boots.[2] This style peaked around 1996, and helped to popularise trends that were previously seen in the 1970s, accompanied with the surfer style that took off with Gyaru around this time.[3][4]

Throughout her career, Amuro remained a large celebrity as well as a model and trendsetter. She modelled for various magazines, including Vogue, Vivi, Popteen, JELLY, GLAMOROUS, S'Cawaii and Cawaii.