It Has Been Confirmed…. Morning Musume IS Performing During the 2014 Olympic Games!

*Gomen for my slow response. I should have sent this out yesterday, but I was a little too slow in my translation of the Japanese news.(I get my information directly from the source)

It was confirmed just yesterday, on October 30th, that Morning Musume will be preforming during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Morning Musume will be singing the official support song for the Japanese national team when they begin competing. 
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The girls are also the ambassadors of the “Nippon! Call Project”, which was created to cheer for the Japanese national team. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this project, it is basically a huge group of encouraging messages written for the Japanese national team. You can submit these through an app, and the Nippon! group will gather them all together and make an amazing flame marking. I don’t know exactly what it will look like- it could be “炎” literally, or it could be a visual flame effect. Either way, I suspect we are in for an amazing performance!
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As always, Morning Musume was humble whilst receiving this great honor. Group leader Michishige had excited remarked that, “I was surprised at this important task and felt a little worried, but it is amazing to be able to sing the support song. I feel that we need to do our best.” 
Rest assured, Morning Musume’s Olympic appearance will go off without a hitch.

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My Top 5 Gorgeous Cosplay Wigs Sellers!

*Unsponsored. My Opinions~

5) Pasteldemons.storenvy.com/ They have some ridiculously gorgeous wigs as well as some super kawaii clothing at fab prices, which makes them all the more amazing. The only downside to them in general is the fact that they have a very small wig selection (9 natural and 11 unnatural), though the selection itself is gorgeous. Here are a couple of my favorite wigs from Pastel Demons:

 

(This one is the Skyler wig)

(This is the Kara wig)

Pastel Demons has a lovely selection of both natural and unnatural wigs. They have colors ranging from pink to brown, and everything in between. The store itself is super adorable, and even Gasaii loves it, so I’d recommend checking them out!

4) Assistcosplay.com is a great resource for beginning cosplayers. They have wigs and some basic cosplay accessories, and I think that they have a good rep over all. They are even liked by the legendary Kaika of the Cosplay Chronicles. As for wigs themselves, they appear to have great variety. They have colors from blue to gray, and beyond that, so anyone with an appreciation for the rainbow spectrum will surely enjoy their products. They are a Japanese company, so I am not sure if those everywhere can receive their products.

(This one can be found here.)

They have both cosplay and fashion wigs, as you can see here:

(This one can be found here)

3) Abhair.com is not a cosplay wig retailer, specifically, but they retail wigs, weaves, and other hair products. Their wigs are great quality, and some are appropriate for cosplay or costume. And some of them would just be fun to wear! 😉

(Found here)

(Via here.)

Abhair provides a lovely selection with a pocket-friendly price (25-40USD typically) and ship worldwide.

2) Manycosplay.com has a ton of wigs. They have so many that they’ve been organized into four categories based on hair length. One of the things I love about ManyCosplay is that they sell the cosplay that goes with the wig. So if you’ve found a wig you love, and you want the cosplay, (or vice versa) they will have it. They have an insane amount of variety that I have not seen anywhere else (and I haven’t even seen all the wigs!).

(This one can be found here.)

(This one can be found here.)

Manycosplay has some of the best prices (20USD and maybe a bit above). Plus, the shipping is mad fast! I would definitely recommend checking them out, seeing as they rock.

1) Gothiclolitawigs.com is my favorite place to buy wigs.  They have a lot of variety, though they are a bit expensive (30-70USD per wig).  The quality is superb, and the shipping is fab for those in the US. They have a lot of gorgeous wigs, and I have seen maybe one bad review for them, ever.  They ship from within the US, which is a plus for many who couldn’t purchase/didn’t want to take the chance on foreign companies. [Pastel Demons also ship from within the US]

(This one can be found here.)

I am in love with their Rhapsody collection (shown above), though I don’t own one yet. They have tons of different dolly wigs, some looking natural and some of them look anything but. GLW is a medley of rainbow colors, and I love browsing their collection. I wish I could buy them all!

(This one can be found here.)

*I have heard that Lockshop sells great wigs, but I don’t own any, and have never bought from them. That’s why they aren’t on this list.

Dakota Rose Ostrenga: An Empire Built Upon Lies

*Requested by Cherri (I probably wouldn’t have written this otherwise)

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Dakota Rose Ostrenga/Kotakoti, KiKi Kannibal Corporations, or Bravo Models (ha I wish). I do not own any of the photographs of persons listed. Also: Please note that I do not hate Dakota, or harbor any ill feelings towards her. Thank you.

Being the person I am, it would be hard to not know about Dakota (Kotakoti). She’s everywhere- YouTube, Twitter, Nico Douga, even spamming the front of my Tumblr. She’s known for being cute, doll-like, and impossibly unrealistic.

I followed Dakota and her sister during their scene days, back when I used to think Blood on the Dance Floor was the shit, and MySpace was the biggest social media website around. (What, like four years ago?) Back then, Dakota had frizzy, damaged hair, multiple piercings, and a penchant for raccoon eyes.

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Dakota was, and still is, an avid photoshopper. This picture here is heavily Photoshopped, but all of her scene-phase shots are. How do I know? I used to watch Dakota and Kiki’s Stickam streams (back when that was still a website), and I know for a fact that she was a little heavier then than she appears in this photo.

I used to sit in front of my computer watching their streams and thinking “Wow. They’re so cool.” That’s before Dakota and her sister started using homophobic and racial slurs openly during their Stickam streams. I have always been (and always will be) a heavy believer in equal rights, and suddenly, Dakota and Kiki weren’t so cool anymore. When they started mocking Asians, I drew the line. I couldn’t sit there and be a fan of someone who would openly say such hateful things, so I deleted her from my connections on MySpace and decided to pretend she didn’t exist.

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As you can see from this shot, Dakota was very much the scene queen back then. I remember how she used to claim to have invented/brought back the “leopard-print hair”, in the same way that Kiki is credited with bringing back “the stripes”. As far as I know, neither of them can be credited with that, but it is just a hairstyle, and not something to throw a fit over.

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Dakota Rose has never been ugly, in my opinion. But she has said many ugly things, and that makes her ugly in my eyes, no matter how beautiful she looks. I am aware that she has come back and apologized, but as someone who watched this first hand, it can be hard to forget. I am willing to give her a second chance, but I haven’t seen anything redeeming from her yet.

When I chose to ignore Dakota and Kiki was around the time that there was the whole scandal with Kiki’s way-too-old-for-her rapist boyfriend (now deceased). Shortly after that Kiki and Dakota seemed to fall off the face of the Earth, and I outgrew my “scene” phase. I still appreciate both the music and clothing style (yes, the music is death metal/Skrillex/Emotional, not just scene), but I no longer own nine pairs of “artfully” ripped jeans or apply my eye makeup with such a heavy hand. When I outgrew this phase, I assumed that Kiki and Dakota would continue to insult and degrade people through the Internet, and paid them no mind. I gradually began watching anime and reading manga. I then began listening to Morning Musume and AKB48. The rest followed.

Dakota must have been going through her own metamorphosis a bit after I was, because I never saw hide-nor-tail of her when I took to the J Culture scene as strong Gorilla Glue sticks to your fingers. She was probably practicing her Photoshop skills at an undisclosed location, contemplating how to make her comeback- this time without her sister there to overshadow her.

As to be expected, she exploded in Japan like a firecracker.

dakorarose04She had the look- big eyes, a small nose, and doll-like lips. When I first stumbled upon her via Nico Douga, I did not see Dakota Rose Ostrenga, the “scene” chick from MySpace that I had stopped following because of her horrible attitude. I saw a pretty, too-good-to-be-true doll. Right away, I knew something was up. I have seen “living dolls” like Venus Angelic is person before, and none of them looked this… Barbie. 

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Here’s a few snaps of some of Dakota’s Photoshop mishaps (happens to the best of us, I will say). She obviously liquified her… everything… and wound up leaving those lovely whirlpools behind.

I have a hawk-eye when it comes to Photoshop, despite knowing almost nothing about retouching itself.  I could see that Dakota (or Kotakoti, as I knew her at the time) had edited herself thinner, and done quite a number of things to her eyes (digital false eyelashes, brightening, adding shine, and enlarging). When I checked out some of her social media, I was a little less than amused when I realized she was lying about Photoshopping. To be clear, I DO NOT have a problem with Photoshopping- if you can do it well, why not?? It just perturbs me to see someone who obviously Photoshops deny it so heavily. Plus, she had hundreds of unassuming fans praising her for her natural beauty, and begging for makeup/skin care advice. I draw the line there, giving a bunch of twelve year old who don’t know any better false information. (But I don’t hate Dakota, I swear) If someone asks me what I do to keep my skin clear, I won’t say “oh, just soap and water“. I’d give any honest answer, because your fans deserve it. Face it, Koti, you’d be just another high school girl without them.

Even though I want to be nice and chalk this up as teenage foolishness, I can’t really do that. “Oh, I was just a kid,” does not justify using homophobic and racial slurs. I am a good bit younger than Dakota, and I know not to use those words/phrases because it hurts people. Anyone would know that- my four year old sister knows that!

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Dakota, doing that is not okay. Did you ever once think there might be Asians watching your stream? Did you ever think that you might actually hurt one of them?

Dakota has also stated that she makes her own clothes in the comments of some of her videos, even though I know that you can find those shorts and that shirt on TaoBao for 3USD. I think this is just… wrong.

This image via ExposeBarbie shows just that.

Kotakoti_fake_clothes-575x204You can’t just say you made something when someone else actually did- and probably worked really hard on it! Why not just give the designer credit?

When I look at Dakota standing up in photos, you can tell that she has tried to make herself look taller by stretching out her small frame. I am 5’10” and around her “weight”, and my proportions are nothing like her’s. Dakota and I have very different body types, but you can get the gist of it from comparing the two of us. Dakota pushed her crotchline upwards to create something similar to the manolo tip look (when a model stands on her tiptoes in water/when her feet are out of the shot to create the effect of longer legs), but ended up looking awkward and forced.

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I don’t understand why she’d try to fake being supermodel height… In Japan, the ultimate standard for attractive is “cute”. Most guys probably wouldn’t think “Oh, she’s cute!” when you’re as tall as they are. That doesn’t mean tall girls are any less beautiful, but when I think of cute, I think of small, sparkly things that I can fit in my pocket… Plus, as soon as she walks out of the house, everyone will know she is not 5’8”.

Dakota, you’re beautiful the way you are. Would it kill you to be a little more honest? You have a very lovely non-Photoshopped face, as you can see here, on this image via Tumblr:

dakotaunshoppedIf you want more compelling evidence of her actual natural beauty, please check out this video of her Candy Doll photoshoot:

In my opinion, Dakota is extremely attractive without the Photoshop. If she admitted to Photoshopping, I’ll bet a lot more Westerners would like her, as well as Japanese (because they appear to be getting wise to her tricks). Dakota, please, just be honest. It will make you a better person, and in turn, more people will like you.

I hope I didn’t upset anyone with this article. I really don’t hate Dakota… –Pei

 

 

THANK YOU!!! (The World of Pei Ton’s One Month Anniversary)

I’m sitting in front of my computer at 1 AM on October 6th for only one reason.

It’s my anniversary.

And no, I’m not married. This is my blog’s one month anniversary!

I have rewritten this entry at least three times because I have no idea how to say what I’m thinking in a way that makes any sort of sense. I’m so overwhelmingly grateful for my amazing blog-readers! You guys are absolutely the best, and your comments make me smile every day. Whenever I log into my computer, the first thing I do is always look at my blog, at my comments and views and the love I get from all of you. It’s so… shocking… to me that my little blog managed to grab the attention of so many people.

I don’t want to make this one of those long posts about how many views I’m getting, or how many likes I have. Those posts aren’t very fun to read, and I can’t imagine writing one. This post is for you. You, the one reading this right now. Not me.

I started this blog with one goal in mind: Get my name out there. Make myself known. Break into the industry.

Now, this blog has given me so much more than just that. It has given me courage.

I look like a confident person on the outside, but I’m really not. I’m 5’10”, gangly, and round-faced. My smile embarrasses me. That’s the reason I’ve always looked so gloomy in photographs. I think I look better without smiling. But this blog (read: my readers) has given me the strength to look in the mirror and go “Hey, I don’t look too bad today,” when I never could before. Being ugly was something I’ve always associated with myself. I felt like the “attractive” gene in the family had skipped over me and graced everyone else. I put on a cool façade and tried to act like it didn’t bother me when it really did.

My blog readers sent me love. You built me up with four little words- you look good today. 

I smiled.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading~!