Actress Emi Takei, 17, has been appointed an "image girl" for luxury Italian fashion brand Gucci -- the first Japanese celebrity to do so.
As part of her role, Takei will endorse Gucci's clothes and bags in Japan and attend Gucci events in other countries.
The Gucci deal brings Takei's total number of commercial contracts to 15 this year. She was only offered one TV commercial contract in 2010.
On Wednesday, Takei launched her foray into the world of music with the release of her debut single "Koisurukimochi" (The feeling of falling in love). She told media, "It's like a dream. I feel like crying because I am so happy."© Japan Today