A while ago, a charismatic visual-kei singer who actually claims to be a Gundam otaku, Gackt crossdressed in the cover of his brand-new CD. What surprised people was that he cosplayed an アゲ嬢[agejou]. I didn’t mean to introduce this word because I didn’t think this could interest anime fans, however, I am sure Gackt has a lot of fujoshi followers so I decided to introduce it. Actually, I like him because Gackt is a nice cosplayer!
There is a monthly magazine by Inforest Inc., 小悪魔ageha[koakuma ageha]. 小悪魔[koakuma] means a gremlin, and ageha[あげは] is a swallowtail butterfly. Most of the readers are young girls who work at a hostess club. A young hostess is called キャバ嬢[hyabajou]. キャバ[kyaba] stands for キャバクラ[kyabakura] or cabaret, and 嬢[jou] is a young lady. Those girls would follow such a high-end label and a current fashion. アゲ嬢[agejou] is a young lady who follows this magazine, or a model who shows on it. Even in this recession, this magazine is doing good, I heard. This means women can’t stop following beauty no matter how terrible the economy is, am I right? Same goes to otaku, we can’t stop following moe, can we? Can you live without moe? Me, nothing without cosplay. Cosplay is my everything, my life! No cosplay, no life. No moe, no life. そうでしょ？
Anyway, I am not an アゲ嬢, so I don’t know how to be. According to the resource, the most important point is hairstyle and make-up. As for hairstyle, they shall either roll or wear in a bun like a peacock’s feather. And they do strong eye make-up. The bigger the better らしい…If necessary, they wear false eyelashes. Color contacts are also necessary. Even black ones are very popular because it makes your black eyes look bigger. I can’t explain well, so I shall upload some images. Please learn from them, sorry.
Until アゲ嬢 got in the mainstream, there was a similar word ギャル[gyaru] which means a young girl who does a loud make-up and shops around in Shibuya[渋谷]. But ギャル may refer to a teenager, a schoolgirl whereas アゲ嬢 implys around 20’s. And to be an アゲ嬢, you have to be rich…You know, to be an otomen, it takes no money. All you need is 乙男心[otomengokoro]: a gentle heart and shoujo stuff.
I don’t think this could be moe, so I can’t think of anyone like an アゲ嬢 from anime. Wait, there is one, Anya Alstrelym in Code Geass R2, no? I mean, her hairstyle is like an アゲ嬢. Come to think of it, I have seen some Anya cosplayers and most of them look like an アゲ嬢.