B-Style, a trend that celebrates African American pop/hip-hop culture, has young Japanese gals rejecting conventional practices of preserving the pallor of their skin for weekly trips to the tanning salons, braids and other accoutrements of hip-hoppery.

Metropolis Web TV states that folks who dig B-Style – short for Black Lifestyle – “want dark skin like American hip hoppers,” and put the spotlight on a young lady named Hina who’s the embodiment of the popular trend. “Black people look so great and stylish,” she said while watching a scantily clad vixen in a hip-hop music video. “When we wear it, it looks vulgar, but not with Black people.”

Hina works at a trendy Tokyo boutique called Baby Shoop. Their tagline is “Black for life.” The hip-hop admirer considers the shop to be a “tribute to Black culture and also to their music, fashion and dance.” Hina admits, “Part of B-style is that you do not look Japanese.” While rejecting aspects of mainstream beauty standards, namely the glorification of pale skin, these young women make it a point to darken their skin not just appear sun kissed, but to emulate the deep brown hues of Black women. “All of Baby Shoop’s shop girls do deep tanning,” the narrator claims, including Hina. The B-Style maven said her affinity towards Black American culture began when her hair started to get frizzy in high school, while flipping through Source Magazine she said, “Then I looked at Black artists, and I found them very cool.”

It’s interesting to note DimeWars’ take on Tokyo’s B-Style craze: “A pale skin resembles beauty in Japan, but that no longer doesn’t count for everyone. Hina lives her life according to the ‘B-style’, or the ‘black lifestyle’. This includes going to the tanning salon regularly to become as dark as American hip hop artists.” What’s ironic about this though is that eventually Japanese women will end up looking like themselves trying to emulate black women who probably is wearing some form of Asian hair on her head.” A little crude perhaps, but a valid point regardless: the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence. Dig the interview with Hina below:

Black women as the object of beauty… We wanna know what comes to your mind upon seeing Tokyo youth embracing “Black Lifestyle?”

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  • Miko

    Black style like that black lady in the mc Donald’s that told me move or else she be start throwing elbowses if the line ain’t moving…

    snoop doggy dog isn’t a role model…


  • Jessica

    So how is this any different than suburban white boys dressed up in hip-hop attire?

  • I love it. I am Black and see nothing wrong with this. They are not making all black people look bad. The only person who can make you look bad is YOU! This is hardly a stereotype. No, not ALL black people are like this(I am not like this) but there still are black people who are; LOTS of them, and there is nothing wrong with that. :/ They didn’t make up that “Black people act like this are are bad people” stereotype, we Americans came up with that. They are saying that is a good thing. They have bad things too, they have it about ALL races, and we have bad things about them, That’s just the world revolving. It’s normal. This is not a bad thing. Leave Japanese people alone. If they aren’t hurting anybody directly, then they are not doing evil. They are simply having fun. Just like when I do cosplay. Leave them alone.

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  • Mel

    i personally think Hina is GORGEOUS! she can pass for being half of a sister. i dont find this offensive. it’s already enough ppl in the world who think we are a disgrace and dont like us at all. it’s refreshing to see us being admired and not degraded or put down like our women are whores and our men are criminals. i dont find anything wrong with what she’s doing. how long have black women been getting perms and wearing make up not intended for them? what about the new generation of black youth that are turning into skater boys and rock chicks, dressing ‘white’ as some of my classmates call it. people are losing their close mindedness and are learning to respect, and even adapt to other ppl’s cultures. there is a new world, and ppl should be able to live, dress, and be whatever they wish, just as long as it causes no harm. Hina is a sexy thick lil mama. i swear she may have some black in her, as she does not look like a typical japanese girl. how does straight asian hair get frizzy all of a sudden without doing anything to it? japanese are little framed women – how’d she get that shape? i hope she keeps doing her thing.