, 2023-01-10 08:00:00,
This became clear in a recent interview with Allure‘s Senior Editor Jesa Marie Calaor, which began as an opportunity for Stefani to discuss her existing color cosmetics brand GXVE Beauty, but quickly devolved into a confusing string of comments from the star seeming to claim that she’s Japanese.
Calaor, who’s a first-generation Filipina American, brought up Stefani’s past beauty ventures, like her successful five-piece Harajuku Lovers fragrance line that debuted back in 2008. The scents were encased in bottles shaped like dolls to look like Stefani and her four “Harajuku Girls” – a.k.a. the Japanese and Japanese American backup dancers she employed and named Love, Angel, Music and Baby for the promotion of the album.
Stefani’s Harajuku Lovers project has often been called into question for cultural appropriation. When Calaor asked about the new brand’s mission and what she felt she may have learned over the years — backlash and all — Stefani responded somewhat perplexingly with a story of her father’s job at Yamaha.
The musician explained that he traveled back-and-forth from California and Japan for 18 years: “That was my Japanese influence and that was a culture that was so rich with tradition, yet so futuristic [with] so much attention to art and detail…
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