From left: Yuto Nakajima, Nanao, Yoko Oginome, Issei Takahashi, Jun Hasegawa and Factotum fashion designer Koji Udo. Photo: Japan Jeans Association

Actress Nanao wins Best Jeanist award for third year running


The Best Jeanist Awards for 2018 were announced this week. The annual awards are given to Japanese celebrities who look good in jeans. The public are also able to have their say by voting online.

Actress Nanao, 29, was the female winner of the public-chosen award. With this being her third consecutive victory, Nanao joins previous winners Ayumi Hamasaki, Kumi Koda and Rola in entering the Best Jeanist hall of fame, a special title for those who have won the award for three years in a row.

The total number of votes this year was a record high, with 22,6192 total votes being received. Nanao received 59,958 votes which was almost three times more than the 20,633 votes Yuko Araki, in second place, received.

Wearing a black hat and belly button revealing shirt, as well as a pair of long jeans which emphasized her long legs, Nanao accepted the golden plaque which signified her entry into the hall of fame.

The male winner of the regular class award was Yuto Nakajima (25) of Hey! Say! JUMP. This was his second consecutive victory and he said he hopes to continue to go on to win a third time. There have been five other male entrants into the hall of fame, all belonging to the same agency as Nakajima, Johnny & Associates.

Winners picked by members of the Japan Jeans Association were singer Yoko Oginome (49), actor Issei Takahashi (37), model Jun Hasegawa (32) and Factotum fashion designer Koji Udo (47).

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don't know who Nanao is but the girl second from the right gets my vote!

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Really the hallmark of a very stupid industry. Go Johnny's!

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Will Japan ever grow up and stop using ridiculous made up English words? It’s not funny or cool. It’s just absurdness to the extreme!

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Japanese branded jeans are quite expensive, eg. Samurai Jeans.

Not popular in Europe, even in Asia. Just Japan and US whereas US jeans brands are very very popular.

Is Japan not good at adverising or they don't want their superior premium products out of Japan or only ship to US?

Anyway, best Japanese jean girl is the female guitarist of Japanese All girl rock band 'Drop's' in one of their live session.

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@expat / @Do the hustle : Just wear a SuperDry T-shirt in Japan if you want revenge. They also look and sound stupid in Japan :)

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Well, every year I win the One Man My Neighborhood© marathon.

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I’ve seen better

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That girl wearing the white jeans I saw tonight at IKEA gets my vote. Oh yeah, my wife too lol

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Those people with the exception of one give jeans a bad name.

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Nanao looks like she could do with a couple of meat pies.

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Whoa! Bare midriff! It's a miracle!

@Do the hustle - Well, do you have another word that would mean someone who looks good in jeans that would be better than "jeanist"? If two words are allowed, for females, howz "Jeans Queen"? lol

@DaDude By all means, please give us a link to a photo of your wife in jeans so we can vote! lol

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