Photography from Nicole Takahashi

Initially Nicole Takahashi was going to write an article regarding blogger culture in Japan and the differences between blogging in the West, however due to time constraints this has not be able to happen, and instead a question and answer interview has been included in the magazine instead. The article discusses beauty products and regimes contrasting East and Western culture, and takes a different perspective to that originally planned, however feel this has worked out to the advantage of the magazine adding a different context not previously discussed.

In support of this, Nicole has sent over a selection of images for me to use in the magazine. These can be shown below, and contribute to the collaborative nature of the magazine.

This is working towards objective:

1. To understand the ways in which Social Media and Magazines can affect self-perceptions and issues:

A) With body image (Females, 18-24)

B) With body image on a cross-cultural scale (Females, 18-24; Tokyo, Japan).

3. To work with and interview those both actively working in the Fashion and Beauty Industries, and those on a consumer/follower/user basis, to compare behaviours and perspectives in relation to body image and self-perceptions.

4. To prototype a range of design work targeted at 18-24 year old women, highlighting impacts of cross-cultural beauty/fashion trends on self-perceptions and body image.

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