But what’s a Kuro Gyaru?
Kuro (黒) means black and Kuro Gyaru means “black-skinned girls”. It is a sub-style of the Gyaru fashion of the 80s and 90s and we can notice them thanks to their very pronounced tan. In the golden age of Gyaru in Japan, the style was also called Ganguro. Over the years, this style has become more and more rare in Japan.
Launched in 1995, the magazine is a legendary gal magazine that produced a number of gal cultures, mainly in Shibuya, and sold up to 500,000 copies at its peak. Stopped in 2014, the magazine resumed its web activities in March 2018 and spread a new gal culture mainly on social networks. In May 2019, at the beginning of the Reiwa “2019” era, the magazine was reissued in print.
At the beginning, Egg magazine presented mostly Kuro Gyaru. At the beginning of its reissue (and following the evolution of Gyaru in Japan), EGG had only one Kuro Gyaru in its model team: Kireii, that we already had the chance to interview exclusively.
Are we witnessing a renaissance of the Kuro Gyaru style with EGG?
The results of the “6th EGG Exclusive Models Audition” have been announced! “Erpi” (Nakamura Erika) and “Noapecya” (Nozomi Inoue) are the grand prize winners.
Erpi, at only 16 years old, is one of the lucky winners of the Gunma Prefecture Grand Prix. His style recalls the Kuro Gyaru with her tan and big impressive eyes! She is quite present on social networks with a TikTok account of 40,000 subscribers and many fans. She should play an active role in “Egg” in the future! She opened in December 2020 a Youtube channel with other Gyaru called Galmera (ギャルメラ).
Full name: Erika Nakamura
Born: June 24th, 2004
Pass-time: Parapara, listen to music, cook.
“I’m 16 years old with very make-up eyes! From my first year in college, I appeared in an EGG magazine. I always tried to improve my style and then I participated in the exclusive model auditions!”
Inside the new spring issue EGG released on March 2, 2021, a page featuring Erpi is now present!
The Model Press Award also won by a 16-year-old girl!
Also aged 16, and also Kuro Gyaru, the pretty Noapecya got the Model Press Award and second place at 6th EGG Exclusive Models Audition! Dancer at the Jewel Dance Studio and EGG GIRL, here is one of those first appearances in EGG before her wonderful evolution into Kuro Gyaru.
She is part of the Youtube channel マイナビティーンズ (Mainabitīnzu = mynaviteens) bringing together videos on the current trend of Japanese teenagers, their favorite shops…
Full name: Nozomi Inoue
Born: April 11, 2004
Pastime: Dance, Shopping
“The 6th exclusive EGG model audition is over
Thank you so much for your support!
Next time, I want to be an exclusive model!
In the meantime, we will do our best to polish ourselves further.
Thank you so much for your support!”