I decided to do a new set of posts, featuring past Gal idols etc.
I thought it would be nice to offer some past insight on Gal, and also keep up to date with old favourites. So say ‘hello’ to…
「Where are they now?」
Who: Hiromi Endo (遠藤裕美)
Then: Hiromi began modelling for EGG around 2002. She started off with blonde hair, following a toned down version of the popular Yamanba style – Later on she dyed her hair black. During her time at EGG her popularity rose, and it was almost impossible to open an issue of EGG without a Hiromi feature – she was also the face of Lip Service. She was the ‘Tsubasa’ of the time.
During her final days in EGG she started showing off blonde hair again, and paler skin. From Yamanba, to B-Gal, to Ganjiro – she always carried the looks off well.
Hiromi was also my personal favourite at the time, as she was always showcasing the latest trends, and she always managed to transcend styles. I was sad when she left, especially since there was no real ‘graduation’ like the Gal’s have these days. She just kind of disappeared…
Now: After leaving EGG, Hiromi went on to become a designer for popular Gal brand Lip Service – a brand which she had been the face of only a short time before. She is currently the producer of new 109 store GIMLET. She isn’t modelling for the brand, unlike a lot of ex-model’s-come-producers, instead she is taking more of a backstage approach. She constantly updates her blog about the brand’s progress and genuinely seems happy. The chosen models for the brand are Maria and Maya Mori, two very popular and current models. It seems like Hiromi is making good decisions when it comes to the advertising of the brand, but only time will tell how popular GIMLET will be.
P.s. She is now rocking blonde AND black hair…guess she couldn’t decide which to stick with this time haha.
In her latest blog entries: She mentions that she is heading to Nagoya, for the opening of the new GIMLET store in the Maruei department store. She also mentions that she has her model’s sporting nude make-up…something which she wasn’t seen without in her modelling days.
I hate to admit it, but she’s not the Hiromi she used to be. She was always skinny but now she seems ridiculously tiny, which has led to her looking a lot older than she actually is (27). It also seems that she doesn’t carry the strength that she used to…no one seems to be particularly raving about GIMLET, apart from the models (obligation) and Hiromi herself.
Were you a Hiromi fan?
Which model would you like to see in the next ‘Where are they now?’