aside from blonde & weight loss , gals tend to ask me about how the scene has changed , probably because i'm an old granny , but mostly since i've been involved in the western [ particularly american ] gal community since about 2006 when i joined & co-led the 2nd ever ( online ) western circle ★ CALULU LOVELIES ★ . from then until now , i am an active observer . let me tell you , you think gyaru-secrets & everyday-gal are harsh ; back then it was CUT-THROAT .
nowadays tons of new girls flood into the communities everyday with a touch of white make-up & XXI dresses & get by . back then , everyone tumbled into the GANGURO communities in leis from Halloween stores , white paint , & "every man for themselves" attitudes . the community was TINY . everyone knew everyone who posted & dominated the communities , there was a healthy helping of bashing from elitists that the gal community hardly tolerates now , new people weren't really that welcome & were mocked as "cosplayers", & this because there was no mention of JELLY or AGEHA , but everyone knew KAA-TAN & found their way to GAL through ganguro & yamanba . see how many people can answer when you ask them who KAA-TAN was now .
GAL has really grown up from its ganguro & yamanba days , as much in America as in Japan . there is something remarkably more sophisticated about not just the clothes , but make-up techniques for particular contour & shape of your face ( for Japanese girls to look "western" , & for western girls to look GAL ) , & hair-treating techniques . open your old EGG magazines from only 2-3 years ago , & blonde hair was orange & yellow at best , make-up in bolder colours but still less dramatic of a lash & eye effect . the best of gyaru fashion was pretty much clubwear . the perfection of today was a dream back then , when hair that was bleached , coloured & teased to death was the norm for acceptance , as well as the faux-tan look to contrast the white & black raccoon look that painted your face . summarily , there is a refinement in taste , hair styling & make-up ; the girls in the ameri-gal community want to be beautiful GAL dolls instead of the wild "rebels" of before .
to overly-generalize , gal in japan is now massively produced everywhere ; finding coordinates in america is also much easier since the ameri-gal scene moved away from yamanba & started following the more "chic & fashionable" model of gal style today . but PUTTING coordinates together is an altogether different story from being able to find the pieces . as already mentioned , your basic mall shop like XXI carries tons & tons of easily gal pieces ; but when posted in everyday-gal , these outfits don't necessarily come alive . they are too safe , too average , lacking perhaps a true eye for accessories & coordinating or the total package of hair , make & nails that really define GAL apart from average western fashion & can make even the most "casual" outfits still scream GAL . many forget that their "casual" outfits are not "casual GAL" outfits , that even on a lazy day , there is something about the whole presentation that must fall into the space of what is GAL for it to be considered such .
i am merely pointing out what i believe to be "safe" fashion , the fashion that has drawn in hundreds+ of girls who believe "gal" & "kawaii" fashion is just merely looking cute ( & some not even knowing why people keep talking about japan in these communities ) believing that their XXI outfit & unstyled hair & "natural" make automatically renders them applause & acceptance into the GAL community , only to be disappointed by less than fanfare . but there are also gals who have seen what gal straight from shibuya looks like ( outside of the sweet Liz Lisa , Tralala , Cecil McBee variety ) : big perfectly curled wigs , long dazzling agejo hostess dresses , huge "tranny" thigh-high boots , layers & layers & layers & layers ..... & then even more layers of make-up , head-to-toe BRAND , garters & thigh-highs , booty shorts & microskirts . but for the girls who attempt to pull off those looks here , or who admire the looks of brands like MA*RS , or who choose to wear more make-up than the average , they're faced with the issue of being called hookers & drag queens : "TRASHY", is the word . think of how many ridiculous secrets have called ASHLEY a hooker or prostitute for getting GAL style down to a science . even my own circle has been called "trashy" for make-up & fishnets while out partying , as opposed to what we actually do & the kind of girls we are . instead of seeing more than popteen frills or the too-casual "mode" that flies under the radar , critics forget it's also these sexual & stunning girls that stand out the most , scream GAL , draw the attention & admiration for their supreme confidence , & reflect best the difference between being a western girl & being a western GAL .....
i've no resolution to this thought , really . it only occurred to me as i was preparing to post on the brand CHEER that I began to consider what an obvious GAL brand it was , though perhaps for american gals , too "trashy" .