Keiko Kitagawa interview article in “Maquia” May 2015 issue (English translation)

If you want to be beautiful, you have to be self-confident.

In 2013 and 2014, Keiko Kitagawa won our “Best Women’s Face” award, ranking in the number one spot.

“I just love Yasuko Matsuyuki, she always does everyone’s hair and makeup really well. Whenever I get to work with her, it makes me feel really happy. But honestly, I was surprised, ‘She wants to work with me?’ whenever we get to pair up. She really totes the line of a makeup artist who deeply cares for her clients. So thank you, for always making me look so beautiful! I tell her, I hate my big nose. And I need to make my mouth look thinner or to elongate my frame because I’m too short. She deals with all my complexes. But after I filmed ‘The After Dinner Mysteries’, I stopped giving myself such a hard time. And her too. Now that I’m approaching my 30s, I’m more interested in working with the public and also for myself. I make sure I’m taking care of myself. It’s been a lot of trial and error to find a system that works for me – keeping up my skincare regimen, and to make sure I’m doing things properly and to the best of my ability to keep up my confidence. Ultimately, I like my face as it is and I just want to keep it looking the same. But of course, if it changes then that’s ok too. (laughs)”

“Keiko Kitagawa’s eyebrow switch”

“Because I have such thin eyebrows, I have to draw mine ‘on’ – I call it the Keiko Kitagawa eyebrow switch. My eyebrow color is the same as my hair color. I draw them to make the lines extend to the corners of my mouth and eye area. This is a rule among models. So I’m not going to change how I deal with my eyebrows now! (laughs)”

“Skincare and Me, Over the Last 10 Years”

“I’ve tried a bunch of different regimens, tons of lotions, milk baths – but honestly, a simple care routine is best for my skin. After I get home from the studio at night, and every morning, I wash my face with just water. Good nutrition is also an important part of my routine. With that in mind, your skin will do well.”

“How I Came to Like My Body”

“I started going to the gym regularly when I was 24 years old. Initially I went there with a trainer, and did my best to go to the gym 2-3 times a week. I began using the time there to memorize scripts, to catch up with friends on Facebook – all while running on the treadmill for an hour or so. Aerobic exercise is most important for me. Since I’ve seen the results of my training, my self-confidence has improved and it’s impacted my work for the better.”

I love getting results. To me, Self-Confidence = Beauty.

Even the most beautiful women aren’t often feeling in a beautiful mood, even though it’s so important.

“Since I’m from the Kansai region, I absolutely love laughing and funny things. I think a lot of people think to themselves, ‘she’s scary’ when I get goofy. So the people I hang out with the most are the ones who are comfortable with that. But my point is, I think that in order to be a real beauty, you also have to be a genuine person. I want to know the direction and intentions of the staff I’m working with, and I want to get to know them – the good and the bad. A lot of people don’t do this and then wonder why they don’t end up with great results. In the end, it’s OK to cry. It’s okay to be honest, because that’s how you create the best work. Sometimes I go around, acting like a cute kid handing out cookies. Other times people say I’m like a samurai because I get so serious. But it’s OK to be both those things. And as I’ve become more self-confident, I’ve come to this realization that those who stick around your genuine self are the ones most worth having in your life.”

It’s OK to be clumsy. It’s better to be a genuine beauty.

(Images from Itsumo: Keiko Kitagawa, translated by Fandom Services. Paid for by this blog to the benefit of all English-speaking and English-learning Keiko fans).

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