Since a half-Japanese, half-African-American woman was named this year’s Japanese Miss Universe contestant* hardly more than a month ago, I think it would be a good time to take a closer look at a woman who was one of the most (if not the most) influential persons surrounding Japan’s Miss Universe culture for an 11 year period beginning back in 1998.
Meet Inès Ligron, the national-director of Miss Universe Japan from 1998-2009. Born Agnès Ligron (1962) in Montpellier, France, she is the daughter of Pierre and Monique Ligron. According to her personal website:
Ines founded her first business – a beauty center & spa at the age of twenty-one. She sold the business 5 years later at its peak to travel the world making her niche in the fashion industry.
In 1995, she became the Asia/ Pacific Director of IMG Models in Hong Kong introducing world-famous supermodels to Asia, such as Tyra Bank, Milla Jovovich Stephanie Seymour, Caroline Murphy, Liv Tyler and Angela Lindevall.
In 1998, she was appointed the Japan National Director of the Miss Universe Organization owned by New York real estate mogul Donald Trump & NBC Universal INC.
Just to give an idea as to the extent of her influence within the fashion world I would like to point out that according to Wikipedia IMG Models is “a division of the global, sports, fashion and media company, IMG Worldwide” and “ is ranked as the world’s number one international model management firm. IMG models has offices in New York, London, Milan, Paris, and Sydney.”
I would also care to mention here the fact that in 2010, Danielle Berrin, writing for the website Jewish Journal, characterized in an article the execute offices of NBC Universal thusly: “A whole bunch of Jews arguing.”
An online 2007 Time article tells us the follwing:
For the last 10 years, Ines Ligron has been ordering young Japanese women to strip, walk tall, free their inner woman and wear lots and lots of makeup in an effort to seriously compete in the Miss Universe beauty pageant.
Ligron, 44, is the national director of Miss Universe Japan, and her job is to create world-class beauty queens out of young Japanese women in a country that favors smallness over voluptuousness, reserve over unrestrained confidence, a demure smile over a sparkling grin. A former promoter at the IMG modeling agency, Ligron was handpicked by Donald Trump (who co-owns the Miss Universe Organization with NBC) to ramp up Japan’s waning interest in the pageant.
In other words, Donald Trump and some jews paid this woman to go to Japan and try to subvert the established order of things as concerns gender relations in an attempt to make money.
But Ligron set out to do more than increase NBC airtime for Japan and make Trump a richer man. As a schoolgirl Ligron saved her lunch money to buy fashion magazines, and she was appalled to find in Japan a country of young women hunched over and wobbling in untrendy shoes, avoiding the sun to keep pale, hiding under too many layers of stockings and Bridget Jones underwear. “The first thing that struck me was — I have to liberate these women!” she says. Ligron improvised a one-woman finishing school for Miss Japan contestants, which involves stripping in front of a triptych of mirrors to learn to be comfortable with their bodies. The women would also live with the beauty producer for months to learn “how to be a woman, a gaijin [foreigner] woman, from me.”
Who is this foreigner, this non-Japanese woman, to enter into Japanese society (with big money behind her) and attempt to impose her subversive values on the natives as though her proscribed views and beliefs are superior to their own?
Success in the global beauty market, however, is not necessarily embraced back home. Last year’s Miss Universe runner-up Kurara Chibana has been a commercial hit back in Japan; and with her east Asian facial features she has snagged more than 100 magazine pages and was chosen to be the spokesperson for a popular shampoo Asience, which celebrates Asian beauty (other endorsers include the Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang). However, Miss Universe Mori fits the more statuesque, chiseled mold of Latin American and southeast Asian beauties. When a Japanese sports daily mistakenly published Miss Thailand’s picture as Mori — and blundered in its apology by claiming the photo was of Miss Korea — local tabloids, instead of faulting the newspaper, criticized Ligron’s crowning achievement for having a homogeneous beauty pageant look.
It seems to me that the majority of Japanese society is very racially and ethnically conscious and along with that has its own beauty standards and ideals. I sympathize with the Japanese people having to deal with such disparaging statements as contained in the following being levied at them by racial outsiders such as Ines Ligron:
Indeed, newspaper writers — reflecting the tastes of Japanese men — wondered if 5’9″ Mori (who speaks English) embodies anything Japanese at all. Ligron, who has been approached to replicate her success in other countries, thinks it may be just as well. “Japanese men want infantile anorexic kawaii [cute] women in their 20s who act like they’re 12. Now girls are beginning to find role models in women with real talent, careers, confidence.” And who needs the Japanese market? Mori is now being considered for a role in the hit NBC series Heroes as the love interest of one of the show’s superhero characters. She may well become Japan’s new Wonder Woman.
Ah, that’s right, who needs societal stability and balance in the realm of collective gender relations when you can have feminism and a global market to exploit? Being that the kimono has come to be well-recognized as traditional Japanese clothing for women, the following incident from 2009 is symbolic of Ligron’s attempts to socially engineer Japanese society in order to meet her own personal interests and see her ideology accepted:
Miss Japan, Emiri Miyasaka, has been accused of dressing like a prostitute after unveiling her Miss Universe costume – a racy outfit featuring a short black leather kimono and hot pink stockings and suspenders.
When the 25-year-old paraded her official costume, created by French designer Ines Ligron and Japan’s Yoshiyuki Ogata, at an event in Tokyo, organisers and designers were inundated by complaints. Some 2,000 people took umbrage, describing the outfit as inappropriate, crass, sleazy and “something a prostitute might wear”.
Ligron responsed to the outrage with French disdain. “The conservative and fashion dinosaurs are criticising her [Miyasaka’s] costume, meanwhile the fashionistas love it,” she said. “I care only about the movers and shakers in the fashion industry.”
In other words, the Japanese peoples’ opinions don’t matter, they are just “conservative and fashion dinosaurs”, all that matters is that “the fashionistas love it”. After all, Ines “care(s) only about the movers and shakers in the fashion industry.”
Searching the blog portion of Ines Ligron’s personal website I came across some interesting personal information and I would like to share it with you all here. In this June 6, 2009 post she says:
It is already late in Tokyo, I will comment tomorrow morning with my breakfast in front of my computer after my boys went to their Sunday Jewish class. Goodnight everyone!
In this December 2, 2010 post she states:
My children at home following their Father’s religion and culture.
Special thanks to Yonas Seme (our Ethiopian friend) for supervising my boys last night while Daddy was at work (Mommy, me, still clueless regarding the rituals of Judaism).
Chag Chanukah Sameach!
That’s Hebrew for Happy Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.
This festive, week-long celebration of freedom over tyranny begins this evening when we light the first candle in our special menorah (technically, it’s a chanukiah, or Chanukah candelabra).
It is a happy period with gifts and family reunion for our family as we do not celebrate Christmas at home.
May your Chanukah be filled with the warmth and love of family, and the joy of good health.
Opening the HANUKKAH gifts in Kona last week…
The big BERGER family celebrates Hanukkah under the warm Hawaiian of Kona in Hawaii each year, since the past 13 years (in 1996).
On December 8, 2010 in a post entitled “Bad” Ines took the time to present some commentary on a situation in Japan where a company took one of its products off of the market after receiving a complaint from the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
On July 29, 2013 in a post announcing one of her son’s bar mitzvah’s Ines asks the question “DID YOU KNOW THAT THE FUTURE KING OF ENGLAND WILL BE A JEW?”:
Interesting notes in the family tree of Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William: Kate’s mother is Carol Middleton, daughter of Ronald Goldsmith and Dorothy Harrison (both Jews).
The parents of Dorothy Harrison are Robert Harrison and Elizabeth Temple (both Jews), the latter a descendant of the Myers family, English Jews in the 19th century.
Bottom line: Princess Kate is a Jew on her matriarchal side. As a consequence, the future king of England will be a Jew according to Jewish Law and tradition. Alleluia!
The caption to the digital invitation image for her son’s bar mitzvah reads:
Photo: My son #2 Noa Bleu Berger, invitation to his Bar Mitzvah. (We celebrate all kind of Gods in my family and we all live in peace…)
On March 28, 2014, in a post called “About Discrimination”, Ines relays a story about Bruno Mars in response to someone having “made a discriminating comment” which made her “really mad”.
“Never judge someone by the color of his/her skin, her/his religion or where he/she comes from, you are an ignorant and and idiot!” ~~~ I wanted to scream!
Concerning Bruno Mars Ines relays the following:
Bruno is Puerto Rican, Jewish and Filipino. In the cover story of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, he says that when he and his songwriting partners came up with a song called “Nothin’ on You,” Bruno figured it was his ticket to the big time. But when he brought it to a music industry decision-maker — a guy he won’t name — the reaction shocked him.
“He goes, ‘Oh man, oh man, what a song,’” recalls Bruno. But then, he says the guy told him, “You know what kind of white artist we could break with this? Blond hair, blue eyes, we could make this kid the next thing!”
“It was just kinda sad,” Bruno tells EW. “It was like, ‘Man, what about the kid that played you the song and wrote it and produced it…what about that guy?’”
That experience, Bruno said, made him feel like a “mutant,” and he says that was his lowest point. “Even with that song in my back pocket to seal the deal, things like that are coming out of people’s mouths. It made me feel like I wasn’t even in the room.”
The last post I’m going to quote from is the most revealing. From January 31, 2014 we get this, “More you mix bloods, more beautiful you can get!”:
Adriana Lima is all over Harper’s Bazaar Spain- February 2014
Esta mujer is un escandalo de belleza!! Her unique beauty derives from her Native-Brazilian, African-Brazilian, Portuguese, French, and Caribbean heritage. See… more you mix bloods, more beautiful you can get!
My children have European Jewish-Polish & French bloods mixed with Japanese blood. And I am sure they have some Arab blood as well, because my dear Father looks exactly like Saddam Hussein!
Result: My youngest sons just shot the worldwide campaign for one of the top leaders camera brand, yeah! It’s good to be “mixed”.
After reading that I must wonder to myself, is this year’s Japanese Miss Universe half-African-American contestant the result of Ines having been the Miss Universe Japan national-director for the 11 year period of 1998-2009, and therefore having influenced the general culture in Japan surrounding the contest, or would it be more informative to say that Ines Ligron having been made Japan’s national-director is indicative of the current global economic system (where French-born non-Japanese women working for Wall Street businessmen and jewish media executives can have such an impact locally on a racially-foreign ((to all involved)) people and its culture), its increasingly cosmopolitan culture and the pervasive jewish presence surrounding all things corrosive?*Beauty Queen Wants Japan to Open Minds and Borders
“I want to start a revolution,” Miyamoto added with a laugh. “I can’t change things overnight but in 100-200 years there will be very few pure Japanese left, so we have to start changing the way we think.”
Originally posted at: Renegade Tribune