Actress Emi Takei, 16, has become the youngest ever winner of the Best Dresser Award after scooping the top prize in the 39th annual Best Dresser Award ceremony at the Grand Prince Hotel in Akasaka this week. Before Takei, the youngest ever winner of the award was Namie Amuro, now 33, who was awarded the honor at 19 years of age in 1996.
Takei said, "I'm a little surprised myself but I'm pleased to have received such a stylish award." She said that she had been interested in fashion since she was in fourth grade. Describing herself she joked, "Precocious? Yeah, that sounds about right." When asked if there were any areas in which she has grown up since stepping into the public eye, she replied wryly, "I suppose I'm getting better at answering journalists' questions."
Other winners were actor Ikki Sawamura, 43, actress Aya Sugimoto, 42, and J-league soccer star Yuji Nakazawa, 32.© Japan Today