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Leah Dizon really gets no respect. Sure, we’ve all loved a song or two of hers now and then, but no one has real respect for her as an artist – some even downright despise her. I’ve been pretty ambivalent towards her the whole time: she can’t sing and her kouhaku failure was hilarious, but she does get great producers sometimes – either way, I don’t care for her too much. A thought actually hit me like randomly a few days ago: love her or (more commonly seen) hate her, I think you do have to admit that Leah Dizon is actually kind of a cool girl.
1. She’s really damn motivated.
Yeah, she’s not a classy runway model, she can’t sing or dance well, and she acts like a ten year while at the same time flashing her body around, but if you think about it, she’s achieved a lot on her own accord:
Successful modeling career: check.
Successful music career: check.
Successful television career: check.
Being adored byfanboys: check.
Being a major (possibly unforgettable) celebrity: check.
Snagging a hot Japanese man: check.
Having an adorable baby: check.
Yes, she only got her record deal because she’s a beautiful and is shamelessly willing to show her body in almost no clothing, but she did apply for a record deal, move to Japan, and learn the language on her own accord.
2. She’s partly a dorky fan of Asian music, just like us.
If you know or know of Asian girls who do import modeling, you’ll know what kind of stereotype they seem to be like: skimpily dressed, pancake-heavy makeup, hanging over equally tool-ish guys as they booze it up over bad hip-hop blasting from their overly-modded cars.
Leah Dizon is probably no different in the makeup and partying and the taste in guys, except she goes home and listens to Utada Hikaru and Kanjani8 and such. This is not Japanese music related, but honestly, anyone who declares their favorite artist as Jay Chou while also listening to Japanese pop is pretty chill in my book.
3. She’s not really taking it that seriously!
I don’t think any of us though Leah Dizon’s career was going to last long – and I don’t think she did either. A lot of you know you’d like to spend some time in your life living in Japan, meeting all the Japanese celebrities and becoming a celebrity yourself – but can you visualize yourself living in Japan forever, stuck in the vicious and fast-revolving industry trying to remain relevant? Leah went in with a bang, had her fame and fun for a few years, wrote her songs and had her performances, and then seemed to willingly drop out of Japanese entertainment. Maybe one day she’ll feel like doing something else, or she’ll stay out of the spotlight and just tell her daughter Mila that she was once a popular idol who even showed up on all the major Japanese music shows – with ridiculous outfits.
If you think about it, Leah Dizon achieved the ultimate foreigner J-pop dream: a foreigner who was lucky enough to become a real J-pop star.
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