Swiss fashion brand Akris held its Graceful Woman Awards at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo this week. The awards were split into various categories and based on the results of a survey Akris conducted which asked people who they thought were elegant and refined women.
Actress Ryoko Yonekura, 33, won in the category for women in their 30s; actress-singer Hitomi Kuroki, 48, won for women in their 40s; actress Keiko Matsuzaka won for women in their 50s; and Christel Takigawa, 31, won in the newsreader category.
Yonekura said she was surprised by her selection, and said: “If the prize was for masculinity I would understand…I wonder if I’m the right choice. But I’ll use this as a chance to become an elegant woman.”
Yonekura also said she looked up to Kuroki and Matsuzaka and said she would like to get married someday. Matsuzaka, who married when she was 37, told Yonekura the time will come when she wants to get married, and advised her to keep working hard until then. Takigawa chipped in with: “I’m a bit busy now, but I suppose I’ll keep working until I’m about 37 too.”
Sayuri Yoshinaga, 63, won in the category for women in their 60s, and Shizuka Arakawa, 28, won in the athletes category, but both were absent due to work commitments.© Japan Today