Wow, so I actually never thought I’d make a post about this after a good 5+ year hiatus… but here I am. I’ve actually thought about it off and on through the years, but never actually envisioned coming back publicly. I wanted to create this intro post with better timing but between trying to figure out what the perfect time is and how to go about it, I figure I may as well just say fvck it and jump right in, so here goes:
I’m Dany: 30 years old, Mexican, and self-proclaimed Jill of All Trades. I’ve been involved in Gyaru since back in Ricochet days (2008? 2010?) but never actually applied the style and subculture to my life until around 2012. I loathe the spotlight, but my love for Gyaru helped create Gal VIP, a gyaru magazine for gaijin gyaru.
My life outside of gyaru involves a lot of moving, photography, and entrepreneurial ventures: I’m currently living in Phoenix, AZ and I moonlight as a concert photographer – primarily for rock and metal music under my handle as Flor de Piel. I’m also working on my own business, out of a few other ideas I’ve got in mind.
Music is the heart and soul of practically anything I do or surround myself in which is why this blog even started. Unfortunately, I’m not the best planner in the universe, so my life schedule usually makes it hard to keep up with entries.
I’m incredibly old-school.
My favorite brand will always be D.I.A, and I have never been able to do lighter makeup styles to save my own life, so my makeup style usually gravitates towards kuronba. My fashion choices usually always stay within Ora Ora and Kurogyaru styles, but my wardrobe is more a mixed bag of things than one specific style. My favorite magazine will always be EGG, though once Soul Sister came out, I held that over a pedestal more than the former. I love brand, but I appreciate casual and staying in or going to a gig over dressing to the nines (not that dressing up is bad, obviously).
I love to learn.
Somehow, my being into gyaru led me to learning practically everything I could on the subject: defunct fashion styles that didn’t ever really make it overseas, useless trivia such as one of the earliest Campus Summit events from back in the 90’s (yes, that was a thing and yes there’s actually photographic evidence), and an appreciation over the beauty of being behind the scenes such as the photographer that discovered Gyaru.
The gears are always spinning.
Those that have known me since my early stages in Gyaru know that I’m always planning and/or creating something. I live for it. If I’m not out shooting a gig or working on business, I’m busy creating something new… though not for the reasons most people would think. I enjoy providing some sort of resource that will prove to be helpful rather than to capitalize off of something for fame and glory.
Anyway, I’ve got an Instagram account that’s strictly for Gyaru (@churikko) so that I can step out of my comfort zone, and I’m hoping that this Gyaru category will be a happy medium that ties everything together. I’ll talk more about my personality there. Looking forward to getting involved again~