What is a Harajuku Barbie? Answered!

If you use Twitter or MySpace, and you’re a fan of Japanese fashion, you’ve likely stumbled across some of the girls who use the term “Harajuku Barbie” in their usernames and updates. Last week, “Harajuku Barbie” was even a trending topic on Twitter, causing some confusion.

Why the confusion? Maybe because the girls who actually frequent Harajuku are Japanese, and most of the Harajuku Barbies online seem not to be. Or maybe it’s because the girls using “Harajuku Barbie” don’t seem to post much about Japan other than that one phrase. Whatever the reason, a lot of people were left wondering, “What is a Harajuku Barbie and where did they come from?”

It all started with a New York rapper named Nicki Minaj…

Harajuku Barbie Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is a female rapper from New York who has worked with Lil Wayne. She was discovered after posting songs on her MySpace, and was signed to the hip hop label Dirty Money. What does any of that have to do with Harajuku? Not much, but somewhere along the way Minaj came up with the phrase “Harajuku Barbie” based on her admiration for – or at least her admiration for her perception of – the girls in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.

Check out this video of Nicki Minaj herself explaining the origin and definition of “Harajuku Barbie”:

After Minaj started using “Harajuku Barbie” in her songs, interviews, web pages, etc., her fans picked it up and it seems to have become viral over the last year or so.

As far as the Harajuku Barbie video interview – the image used in the video to illustrate “Harajuku” has nothing whatsoever to do with Japan. It appears to be something related to American singer Gwen Stefani, who is definitely not Japanese. Stefani herself is often criticized by bloggers for her exploitation of the real Harajuku and for her fake (and always silent) “Harajuku girls” dancers.

So, now we have an American singer promoting Harajuku Barbies, and another promoting Harajuku Girls. Where’s the love for the beautiful and fashionable men of Harajuku?

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143 Comments

  1. 1.

    Jeff (August 10, 2009)

    Jesus, what a dope. “Harajuku is a culture” – wtf?

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    tokyo (August 11, 2009)

    She says in the video something like “Harajuku girls just want to have fun”. haha

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    Chip (August 24, 2009)

    Has she actually been to Tokyo not to mention Harajuku? It takes more than one or two visits and you definitely should at least try to learn the language. Ok, when Gwen Stefani exploited the style usually promoted by the youth, shops and vendors that right in your face as soon as you hop off @ JR Harajuku, I was a bit amused. This however is ridiculous, it almost seems as if an idea or trend is being manufactured from a copy of a copy, each layer subject to a variation likely to take it farther and farther from the truth.

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    NINAKO (August 29, 2009)

    she really doesn’t know WHAT Harajuke means. its a place in Tokyo, like Soho in NY. Duh!

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    Lizz (August 30, 2009)

    Hahahaaa….. really?

    Minaj:
    Harajuku = culture
    Girls “in” Harajuku = girls that wear pink blush and clothes
    White girl in photo promoting Stefani = Harajuku girl
    Harajuku style = a culture of`girls that wear “cute” fashion like Gwen Stefani’s
    sad “copy” of harajuku trends.

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    Tokyo (September 1, 2009)

    well before she came up with the slang it was around… but she is the truth. lol

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    Tokyo (September 1, 2009)

    oh yeah and even at that… Mii name is Tokyo Barbie… Just like Harajuku is a place… so is Tokyo… Well at least i KNO WHAT IT MEANS. AND I USE IT A LOT… CUZ I LOVE THAT PLACE

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    Nell (September 2, 2009)

    I like Nicki Manij as an artist. & I think its cool that she even pay attention to another culture (or what ever it is). But I’m an African American and I would not want to label myself , something that I was not rightfully given or do not fully know about. ON the strength: this is how people react.

    She spoke what it stood for to herself.

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    T (September 14, 2009)

    Who ever said you need to know the Language or even GO to Japan is funny haha
    You have the INTERNET just take 20 min and look at the google results for “Harajuku” and you should get a decent perception of the PLACE and it’s fashions…Gwen Stefani and this rapper is just using it as cheap bait for something “cool” and “edgy” and get it all wrong.

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    lala (September 19, 2009)

    bottom line:
    Harajuku: is the common name for the area around Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo, Japan.

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    Mel (September 24, 2009)

    It is so freaking annoying when people try to exploit Harajuku and when people talk as though they know all about Harajuku. There are so many misconceptions of “Harajuku” being dished out by many famous American celebrites and American media. It’s so irritating. The most common misconceptions are:

    1. all “Harajuku girls” wear rainbow-colored outfits with lots of hair pins and cute kiddy accessories (like the ones you see in FRUITS magazine).
    * First of all, that type of trend (which was huge in the 90s) is not so much popular now. (Not everyone shops on Takeshita street!!) Most “real” Harajuku girls dress like the rest of us.

    2. if you want to check out hot Harajuku fashion, check out the cosplayers on the bridge off of the JR Harajuku station next to the Meiji shrine.
    * Hello…these cosplayers only come out to play on Sundays, and they’re not always being looked at in a positive light in mainstream Japanese culture (until recent years). And they’ve only become popular cos damn tourists can’t keep their cameras and/or roaming eyes away.

    3. Gwen Stefani brings Harajuku fashion stateside via her fashion line Harajuku Lovers.
    * Harajuku Lovers does not even remotely represent “real” Harajuku fashion at all. In Gwen Stefani’s song “Harajuku Girls” she surprisingly mentions: Yohji Yamamoto, Comme Des Garcon, Hysteric Glamour & A Bathing Ape. Gwen, sweetie…those styles are from AOYAMA not Harajuku. That just goes to show how much she really knows about Harajuku. And by the way Gwen, if you want to see “super kawaii” or cute girls prancing around in school uniforms, you go to SHIBUYA, also not Harajuku.

    Just a little word of advice: If you are ever going to talk about Harajuku, Harajuku fashion or being “Harajuku-like”, please visit Japan at least once to get a taste of what it’s really like. And if you can’t go to Japan, then at least do some factual research. Google anyone?

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    Shibuya_Kitty (September 24, 2009)

    Omg how dumb can people be. I swear! Just her talkin just shows how freaking dumb she is to the Harajuku fashion culture. Go look it up bimbo and find another name while your at it.

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    jpgkorea (September 25, 2009)

    All you people are Haters. Minaj is Mixed japanese. It’s not a must that she have been to Tokyo or Japan. American’s Asians have scare knowledge of their home countries. She is being hated on because she is mixed.

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    jpgkorea (September 25, 2009)

    And for the people using the “place” argument. What about Malibu Barbie..Malibu is a city in California….a place…so should Matel Recall all those Malibu Barbies….so dumb you people.

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    Electronic M.A.C BARBIE (September 27, 2009)

    I will just first say that Nicki is awesome…..I feel that there is nothing wrong with her using Harajuku barbie, for the simple fact because she was saying I wanted to do research….it made me think and actually look up what it is. Thats cool on her part bc thats what rappers and artist are supposed to do, make you think and research. I agree with Jpgkorea, because its a thousand Barbie titles out there….she happen to choose that bc she likes the style and thats cool bc even though we arent in the 60s and 70s we still wear bell bottoms or “flare jeans” GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN, DONT MAKE A BIG DEAL OVER IT……….*Electronic M.A.C BARBIE*

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    w (September 28, 2009)

    There’s nothing wrong or stupid bout the Harajuku Barbie concept/idea.
    What may seem ridiculous can suddenly turn big. Look at the pet rocks , cabbage patch dolls, furbies, virtual pet and so on. They all seem silly but look at how they suddenly sold big. Everything is derived from something. We would of never gotten so far with all the nifty stuff we have today if it weren’t for something before. People throughout history has thought some things that we use today were crazy or absurd. Enstein brains take a break on the serious stuff. Having fun is more healthy for all.

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    SHAY MINAJ; (October 1, 2009)

    WELL..ANYTHING NICKI MINAJ DO OR SAY&&COME UP WIT IS RAW.

    SHES MA IDOL..

    LOVE YOU NICKI:

    -SHAY MINAJ;

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    MAMAS DA PRINCESS (October 11, 2009)

    OK SO I LIKE HER AND GWEN AS ARTIST’S AND WHO EVER SAID THEY WERE TRYNA TO SET TRENDS THEY ARE BUT IT ALSO MEANS THAT YOU SHOULD SHOW ORIGIN OF WHERE THEY GOT THE CONCEPT FROM AND EVEN THO NICKI DID NOT GIVE THE FULL 411 SHE GAVE U ENUFF INFO TO LOOK INTO IT ON UR OWN AND IT’S A CUTE NAME BTW AND IM FROM BOSTON AND I KNOW MII TOWN/CITY PRETTY WELL AND I CALL MII SELF THE BOSTON BARBIE BUT I REPRESENT MORE OF THE TRENDS THAT MII CITY GOES AND OR IS GOIN THRU….DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE TO YA’LL JUSS A THOUGHT AND ANALYSIS PROCESS…BOSTON_BARBIE SIGNING OFF….

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    Marianna (October 11, 2009)

    all ya’ll who hatin on minaj need 2 get ova yaself because she make mo money than yo mother make in a year so if she wanna call herself HARAJUKU BARBIE LET HER AND SHE’S A BAD BITCH like she said so go **** yourself bastards

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    Caitlin (October 11, 2009)

    Ninako, now you don’t know what your talking about.
    Yes Harajuku is a place like Soho, but it is a Culture so get it bitch, Tumble Dry. haha;

    Harajuku is a way of life for some girls.

    I’m coming from experience cause I am and I am part asian so yeahhh.
    you maybe or whatever, but Nicki Minaj the Harajuku Barbie knows what she is talkin bout =]

    that goes for everyone who is hatin on her.

  22. 22.

    RieMixx (October 11, 2009)

    O.M.F.G, yes she maybe should have looked up wut it is, but the way she’s using it is also fine. Geez, i’m tired of ppl trying 2 make things bigger than wut they have 2 b. Who cares if it’s a friggin’ place n tokyo…ok, mayb sum care, but all this history is not needed. If sum1 really wanted 2 go and get the history on it, they’d do it themselves (this is n fact the internet). They don’t need ppl posting stuff about wut THEY themselves know, wen they can just get the info from a well-known source. Take myself 4 example, i love learning about different cultures from around the world and wutnot, but wut she takes it 2 believe and wut she’s putting it as is fine. It’s her opinion on it, it’s not hurting ne body. I just started listening 2 her and already i’m running n2 ppl who just wanna say sumthn just bcuz. Post like those b4 this rn’t needed, so srry 2 tell ya =P, lmfao

    I like Nicki Minaj’s use of it. It’s fun , creative, and cute ^_^

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    RieMixx (October 11, 2009)

    Agrees 100% with Caitlin^^ ;-)

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    heather (October 15, 2009)

    get over it ppl!!! She’s mixed with asian and she’s not technically referring to the race harajuku its just a cute girly term and who gives a freak…i love nicki minaj so quit hatin n find a new hobby! u guys r the only dumb ones for looking so much in2 dis sh*t!

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    LolaLewinski (October 15, 2009)

    Nicki Minaj is Chinese not Japanese. I love the phrase “Harajuku Barbie” and I love her as an artist. I like how she dresses and her, “swagg” as u will, but being as though my lil sis is an artist that specializes in Japanese animation, I know what a real Harajuku girl is and Nicki Minaj isnt it. Gwen Stefani shouldn’t have even tried to do a song abt Harajuku girls cause she has no idea what shes talking abt. Im doing my research bc I wanna b a “Harajuku Girl” for Halloween. I think the way the dress and their fashion sence is AWSOME. Think I’ll be a Lolita (goth) style Harajuku girl They look really feminine as well as dark…. Pretty cool.

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    Amber Romance (October 16, 2009)

    Nicki is the coolest female rapper in the game right now and i dnt care wat nobady say….. SHE KNOW WAT SHES TALKIN ABOUT WTF

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    Amber Romance (October 16, 2009)

    YALL TOKYO MUTHA****AS NEEDS 2 GONE SHE LIVES IN THE UNITED STATES STAY YALL ASS DOWN THERE IN TOKYO AND JAPAN WTF….. YALL DNT KNO SHIT ABOUT THIS U.S. MONEY….. LOL LOL HAHAHAHAHA AYYEE…. YO…… SHE IMA BAD BITCH IMA IMA BAD BITCH IM BAD BITCH IMA IMA BAD BITCH…. SHE YALL GOTTA LEARN HOW 2 PICK YALL FRUIT OUT…..

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    mrs legacy (October 18, 2009)

    yall need 2 stop trippin n leave nicki minaj alone. there r a lot of people out there who use names like that. eminem is not a candy but people love him. 50 cent got way more than 2 quarters 10 dimes or wtf ever. nicki is real and if she wants to b a barbie then so be it. so stfu wit yall surfboard tumble dried azzes. if yall dnt kno what it means then look it up….

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    chicago barbie lol (October 19, 2009)

    okay so I like nikki, and the harajuku barbie thing is cool. people are making a bigger deal out of this than they should. so what shes never been to Tokyo…. what difference does it make??? let it go, find something else to complain about.

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    nicki minaj barbie (October 19, 2009)

    Ok people how the f*ck yall know she’s never been… the girls’s half chinese for gods sake..give the chick a break and stop hatin..Nicki Minaj is the SH*T keep doin ya thing mama.

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    Bahd-Blackk Barbiee (October 21, 2009)

    Uhmmm, Yall Are Haters :)
    Onika Maraj Is The Ish….

    –Harajuku Barbie<–_ [Mariah]
    "Tighter than face lifts, flyer den spaceships"

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    Talia (October 29, 2009)

    Thank you Mel! you are on point 100%!

  33. 33.

    SHAE BOO (October 30, 2009)

    i love the user (jpgkorea),.. because like they stated… its her choice, i think its cute and she is MULTI- RACIAL….SHE CAN CALL HERSELF A “HARAJUKU” barbie…. you do you care!!!

    -I LOVE YOU NICKI

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    brriskee (November 1, 2009)

    in case yall didn’t know she has asian in her also so that’s why she calls her self the harajuka barbie like she said how people call them selves the black barbie she’s da harajuka barbie.

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    MiamiMinaj (November 8, 2009)

    Mel you have too much time on your hands to sit and break all that down lmfao! as well as many others on here i see who are deeply affended by Ms.Minaj using the term”HARAJUKU BARBIE” and yes Nikki is mixed with a little of the overseas…she does say…”tell em that im black-chinese and butter pecan…” so kids…please lol relax. i wasnt gonna comment but i f*cks wit Nikki…so lay off suckers or hate wit heart cause ya basically sound like potential fans lol lmao lmfao lol….gnr!

  36. 36.

    MiamiMinaj (November 8, 2009)

    Oh…Thanks for yall who googled the definition tryin to get ya point cross…LaLa lol and others hahahahahahahahahaha wait wait hahahahahahaha! IM OUT. 1 TIME FA MIAMI(DADE COUNTY) WE DA BEST WHAT DA BUSINESS IZ KHALID??? LIBERTY CITY OVERTOWN CAROL CITY LIL HAITI GOULDS PERRINE FLORIDA CITY RICHMOND HEIGHTS CUTLER RIDGE KENDALL (I GUESS LOL) 22 AVE 32 AVE ROBIN HOOD ETC ETC…… MUCH MORE THAN SOUTH BEACH BYE HATERS

  37. 37.

    mixed barbiw (November 9, 2009)

    All of yu are idiots. Maybe y’all should google nikki minaji. She’s half asian. How do y’all kno she’s never been to harajuku? And y does it matter. She follows the fashions obviously. Lay off. She’s the sh*t!

  38. 38.

    harajuku barbie bissshhhh (November 10, 2009)

    man and if yhu know how 2 spell harajuku barbie den ok but if yhu dont den wats dha use of commentin and hating???? can sum1 answer disz question???????

  39. 39.

    me (November 10, 2009)

    really thank u she really is asian trini and black so how yall feel and wats funny is that she could be the bummest person in the world but guess wat she got money and wat yall got????????????………………uh huh comments so wen yall get as much $ as she got then yall can talk:D

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    Shroom (November 10, 2009)

    she doesn’t know what she’s even talking about lol.
    it’s not a culture rofl.

  41. 41.

    Shayy (November 14, 2009)

    LMA0 @ YAHLL HATERSS
    ♥ YU NiCKi

  42. 42.

    adriana (November 23, 2009)

    Niki Minaj is not “fascinated” with Japan. She’s half Japanese. You can tell by just looking at her. Do a little research first next time buddy.

  43. 43.

    Kina (November 25, 2009)

    She’s Chinese (not Japanese *different culture*) & Trinidadian. And maybe she wanted to branch out and learn something new, such as a Japanese culture. Some of yall need to get a life and let her do her thing.

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    Dymond (November 26, 2009)

    i think shes really cool and it is so nice of her to even bring up that culture because once someone brings it up everyone looks it up and more people know of it and get fascinated and plus i luv her raps

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    Marlo (December 10, 2009)

    For the record, she’s signed to YOUNG money, not DIRTY money. Dirty Money is a terrible group assembled by P. Diddy, YOUNG Money (child of Cash Money Records, joke intended on “old money” reference) is Lil’ Wayne’s group of super rappers. ^_^

  46. 46.

    DrucilA_SHAwDEE (December 13, 2009)

    i HAVE 3 W0RDs FA ALL..YALL
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    GET.
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    AH.
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    LiFE..
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    !

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    Ditr Brampfton (December 15, 2009)

    OK. So.

    #1. Gwen Stefani is indeed exploitative. But, her ‘Harajuku Lovers’ girls stopped being “Authentic” the second they left Tokyo. Harajuku as a fashion community is constantly evolving, and what you see on the streets last month, or even last week, might not match what’s there today.

    #2. Gwen Stefani is annoyingly lame, even though her fashion line is loosely based off of Harajuku fashion from a while ago.

    #3. Harajuku is fairly silly anyways. It’s frequented pretty much by a bunch of overly privileged teenage girls who have no life other than trying to be cool.

    #4. After all is said and done, Nicki Minaj is pretty retarded. Trying to play off of the fame generated by a pop star, based around a bunch of outdated silly teenagers. Even then, what’s depicted doesn’t even really match Miss Stefani, who at least has a bit of a clue.

    #5. “Harajuku is a Culture”? Harajuku, at least in the terms they’re talking about, is a crowded street in Shibuya, Tokyo. It’s only a quarter mile long, basically. Clearly Miss Minaj has never been there and consequently is just trying to invent a buzzword to further her own career.

    Can we just call a spade a spade, and say that Harajuku is now a Brand and not a Place?

  48. 48.

    Monae' (December 16, 2009)

    ..omg people are so stupid when she said “Harajuku Barbie” she was talking about herself, she is Chinese….stupid. If yhu go hate find out ALL yo facts…..STEP YAH PXXXX UP MAMMIES…..

  49. 49.

    Bianca (December 16, 2009)

    Omqq yall didn’t noe what a harajuku barbie was???? well its basically what she said… its a kind of culture and they dress really wild and crazy like and lyk she said, thats how her musikk is and thats how her personality is…. and who evedr is hatin on Nicki, need to chill out. Dnt hate her cuz yuh cant beh her…. i♥ nickii :]

    -no homo-

  50. 50.

    Bella03 (December 18, 2009)

    I don’t really understand the problem people take words from different cultures on a daily and use it to describe themselves. She’s not using it in a bad way its just cute and describing herself. I don’t think she means any harm to anyones culture. Nobody says anything about taking africa american culture or french culture and using it as you want becuase its all about personal style. Just because she doesnt know exactly where everything came fom doesnt mean she’s wrong. Plenty of ppk dont know the true basis o things they talk about its just cute personal style which comes with our rights!

  51. 51.

    nikdog (December 18, 2009)

    Yeh, Harajuku is so cutting edge and trendy, that explains the giant Gap store they’ve just built right outside the station.

  52. 52.

    ELMO (December 30, 2009)

    NICKI SHE GO HARD ANYWAY SHE TURNS

  53. 53.

    We need more smart people on earth (December 31, 2009)

    WOW this is retarded, I hate when ghetto trash tries make itself unique when all it is, is another piece of trash. Stupid hood rats.

    Trash is exactly what it’s called. TRASH.

    Yes i’m from NYC so don’t try to say I don’t know anything cause I probably know more than you, NYC is FILLED with retards like her, This one just happened to get famous is all.

    Just like rapper trash. Nothing special.

  54. 54.

    YOUNG MONEY (January 1, 2010)

    First of all after reading all these bull shit comments I came to a conclusion that most of you that posted that Nicki is dumb, not original are a bunch of one tracked idiots. She made a video that explains what it harajuku barbie means to HER. She did because she knew insipid folks like yourselves would have some negative bull to add. She’s basically saying she likes the culture of Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan, but altered it to tailor her views as a female wanting to express herself. As studies has proven in Japan and other places, Harajuku is used to denote a certain type of youth culture. The district’s name in Tokyo has become synonymous with the unique, flamboyant in everyday life. Nicki broke the stereotypical labels as how a female rapper should look NS she mixed harajuku’s uniqueness with a flamboyant flair in order to fully free her self of the fashion boundaries.

  55. 55.

    i (January 3, 2010)

    OMFG ; i wish people would stop hating on NICKI MINAJ .. damn leave her alone .. like wtf . Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion .. ! Come on its 2010 now grow up ; but you know what NICKI MINAJ is going blow up BIG so dont worry about it [ i LOVE NICKI MINAJ : ) ]
    - if you see a bad bitch gettin shine, you should LOVE it – Nicki ” harajuku barbie”

  56. 56.

    darealist (January 6, 2010)

    LOVE YA NICKI MINAJ……

    UR BIGGEST FAN….

    ITS ME

    THE NEXT HARAJUKU BARBIE

  57. 57.

    Pe3zZi Bby! (January 6, 2010)

    Lolx Uu Guys Are Soo…Freaking Halarious Man Real Slow Noe One Really Noes What That Mean There Are Various Defintions Fha This Word Soo…Get A Effing Life And Get Lost BIMB0S!

  58. 58.

    harajuku princ3ss (January 8, 2010)

    Harajuku is mii! I lov3 dah fashion nd energy japan has! Sooo don’t hat3 becuz I’m harajuku all dee way! Lol

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    gigi aka 3m@nu31 (h!(k (January 9, 2010)

    Hey nicki great speech lovn da hair girly ur fabulous keep it up mxs.Black BarBie

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    MiKiViNt!- (January 18, 2010)

    Man i Wish Yal’ Get A Damn Life If You Know What Harajuku Means Or Not Nicki Minaj Is An Inspiration FahReal. Shes The Best And I Don’t Just Say this Like. Before Nicki It Was Like All NonSense Stuff That Only Matter & I Didnt Care What OR How Things Were But Once You Really Look At Life Its Like Man You Don’t Need Any Of That Stuff Life…You Only Can Live It Once. So Make The Best Of You-GodBless!Life Is Life No Matter How You Look At It
    FahReal. And Stop Thinking About The Neggy Stuff And About If She Has Been To Tokyo Or Japan Who Gives A Fkk. Shes Still Going To Be The Harajuku Barbie. Well Anyway.Smoochesss! itsBarbieeBXTCHHHH!

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    MACT (January 19, 2010)

    Man yall need to chill out…it is not that deep…its jus sumthin she likes…if she wants to be a harajuku barbie let her be that. if you like football nobody tries to stop u from watchin it. dam.

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    PrincessJewel95 (January 20, 2010)

    Harajuku is a couple of things, Its a train station in japan and a big fashion district over there.

  63. 63.

    Emani (January 23, 2010)

    yo..nicki minaj iz dha best so all yall hatinq needz t2 stop cuz yu know dan well see iz tryinqq t2 live jux like every one esle so stop hatinqq.

  64. 64.

    payday princess (January 24, 2010)

    lol harajuku is a city in toyko not a mf culture lol…..i’m a chicago barbie lmao n she chinese not japanese japan and china r to way different countries…dont believe me call a japanese person chinese or a rican a mexican…totally offensive to sum people..but i love nicki dats my bitch she jus need to do her research a lil before she speak…still luv her ass tho

  65. 65.

    ellie (January 27, 2010)

    i hate it how all those kids now adays say im the harajulu barbie and wear all the harajuku lovers clothes just coz of nicki minaj. i used to be obsessed with harajuku girls when they came out w/ gwen stefani & all the kids would tell me oh ur such a white girl or they would say u r trying to be just like a chinese person but ur black. but yet now thats all they talk about.

  66. 66.

    Honey bee (January 28, 2010)

    Wooow, i liked that name and now that i know what it means it seems pointless to use it, but tha girl gettin gwap wit it so leave it alone!!! HATAS LOVE TO PRY!!

  67. 67.

    Keisha (February 12, 2010)

    It’s a shame that not only are Nicki’s facts wrong but why does a grown want to be called BARBIE. Of all the figures or icons to name yourself, this chick pics a skin, plastic doll….

  68. 68.

    MikleAngelo (February 24, 2010)

    Hey Nicki Minaj is hot MAN if i……… so i was saying dis girl is hot i can make her bed rock

  69. 69.

    MikleAngelo (February 25, 2010)

    Whats up i think she hot if i had a …….we i just think she hot
    DIS GIRL IS HOT ; ) haha

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    水木さん (February 28, 2010)

    Harajuku is a shoppingu center

    馬鹿..

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    new york (February 28, 2010)

    wow!!!! we have a lot of nicki haters on here!!! Nicki is the badest!!! Stop hating on her swagg. She gets it in better than you and your mama!!!

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    2 REAl ( 2 B PLASTiC) (March 10, 2010)

    WTF. dOES iT MATTER. PPL RECREATE NEW WORdS ALL dhA TiME. iF NiCkii & GWEN WANNA dO dhEY THiNq lET dhEM dO iT. dhEY MAkiN MONEY & i hOPE YAll hATiN ASS PPL iS tOO. bHUT YEA dOE i AiNT A bARbIE bECAUSE iM REAl bbY.

  73. 73.

    BABY B@RB!3 (March 12, 2010)

    yall som true hataz nicki minaj been thru alot and yall jus gone say dat bout ha if i wasnt a kid i would tell all yall something bout yall selfs cuz onika miraj is my f**kin idol and if u dont like it boot up den DH@t!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Wapanese People Go away (March 12, 2010)

    You don’t need to prove how much you know about Japan… which is probably one or two things. Go away.
    “Harajuku is a shoppingu center!! Kawaiii11!!!11″
    “HARAJUKU IS A CITY!!!11 KAWAII!!1!”

    She can say whatever she wants.

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    colemedina (March 18, 2010)

    2 things:

    1. if you knew japanese people, you’d find they probably wouldn’t mind minaj taking something japanese and making it her own. japanese people do that all the time to our american culture. it’s artististic expression, to make something your own. everyone has the right to do it tasteful or not!

    2. whether you like what she’s doing or not, you’re still talking about her, so in the end, she wins, cause you’re still thinking about her!!!

    c

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    terriana (March 18, 2010)

    OMGGG ! nicki minaj has aa biig ass boootttyyyy :)

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    jazzie j (March 22, 2010)

    nicki minaj is chinese and black but she doesnt look like it so dont you think this could be a reason for her to say harajuku barbie maybe she wants to talk about where she comes from or her parents hometown

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    xxKelseyxx (March 23, 2010)

    yall takin this too seriously. not everyone knows that harajuku is a district in japan. and no one cares. the way people use it now, its irrelevant where it is. the point is that she likes the style. like it or not we call the people in harajuku that dress how they do, harajuku. got it? doesnt matter if she doesnt know wat it is, she knows what it LOOKS like and thats enough. whats the big deal? shes not posing shes just expressing herself.like you care…

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    Nikki Majia (March 31, 2010)

    Okay
    1. she is talking about the STYLE and how people FOLLOW it so closely it is like a culture
    2. Okay you know NOTHING about Nicki so, you need to stop making judgments okay? You can talk when you listen to her autobiography song okay?
    3. I like Nikki and at least she is TRYING to get a little culture unlike most rap stars
    4. SHE IS NOT USEING THIS IN A @#$% CLOTHING LINE so its not like she trys to make money off of it
    5. Nikki & gwen are great artist so you can shud up

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    Ai (April 8, 2010)

    What Gwen introduced to America as “Harajuku” is /not/ really Harajuku. Yes, she was inspired by it, and that makes me happy. Besides being an area by Harajuku Station, the fashion that lingers there is absolutely /amazing/. She /did/ exploited it, and what people see isn’t the egl or visual kei. It’s just American clothing with a fancy print and brand name on it. ( The song made me rage like no tomorrow though. “Super kawaii means super cute in Japanese” ? God, she sounds like a stupid weeaboo ).

    Nikki can be inspired by whatever the fuck she wants to be inspired by. I just wish that if she was going to be inspired by Harajuku fashion, to at least actually see what it’s like. Not just what Gwen had introduced. Nikki’s missing the whole big picture. Not go to Japan, but at least know that Harajuku consists of /many/ fashion styles. Decora, Visual Kei, EGL, Sweet Lolita, etc. I admire both of them for at least thinking outside of the box. But srsly, Nikki should be introduced to the bigger picture.

    I honestly would have been happier if Gwen introduced a Lolita line. But the prints would probably be ugly as hell and it might just be as tacky as a ita loli wearing Hot Topic.

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    ookami (April 15, 2010)

    No…just stop talking…plz now…stop…go back to school…

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    SH52182010 (April 22, 2010)

    Just a few points to note for everyone out there:
    Every PLACE has a CULTURE
    e.g. the AMERICAN culture..i don’t hear anyone shouting abt America is a place
    The SPANISH culture…likewise comes from Spain..like duh
    The HARAJUKU culture WILL be based on the people from HARAJUKU, Japan.

    God gave us brains people, let’s use them.

    I’m no great fan of Nicki Minaj but it is obvious that this is her take on it. So…leave her be. Culture and Perception are not static things and because we are all DIFFERENT and interpret things differently, stuff will change and grow, become DIFFERENT.

    It’s just a little common sense…

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    heatherrrr (April 22, 2010)

    so critical.. its fashion… exploiting no? if anything they’re helping them get their creative style heard.. calm down.
    HARAJUKUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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    drieneskii (April 23, 2010)

    nicki manaj is very talented but i do agree that she should find out more about what it is she claims to be :)

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    Marque (April 25, 2010)

    harajuku barbie means fake body to me lol

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    bresha boo (April 28, 2010)

    nicki u the bestist i luv u grl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i wish i could meetu one day, dont pay no mind to them hatters they ant nothing but bull sh*ting cuz they broke living in a box , wil u are makeing that mola.ya grl bresha boo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    DVus (April 29, 2010)

    This site and all of the comments are awesome. Couple of things:

    1. Nicky Menaj is brutal. Girl is an airhead and can’t rhyme worth shit. You won’t even hear about her in a couple of years.

    2. I’m laughing my ass off at all of the people here saying “yo, Nicky is half Chinese, so she’s just talkin about her culture”. lol…what? That’s like saying some guy who is half-Russian is good to talk about stuff going on in Paris. But I guess Chinese and Japanese is the same thing to a lot of you. Good old American school system!

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    belbels (April 29, 2010)

    @Bresha Boo : Yes, because hobos that live in a box obviously go to their public library to use the computers to trash talk some chick. Nice logic you have there.

    @DVus : Won’t hear about her in a couple of years? I never knew she existed until I heard about this Harajuku Barbie crap.

    @Ai : Agreed that she should learn about it and/or experience it like Gwen had. She doesn’t necessarily really have to base it off of the current fashions there though.

    SH52182010 has a good point. Yes, Harajuku is all about originality and diversity. Good for her if she wants to be ‘different’. Could this chick at least learn some actual background about what Harajuku is? Instead of taking it from Gwen and then sticking Barbie at the end of it.

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    [...] with that cult following has come an equal share of non-believers who worry that her self-styled “Harajuku Barbie” image and reliance on sex appeal only reinforce the hip-hop patriarchy. And as the former acting [...]

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    jhaBoog (May 1, 2010)

    WTF….people r so serious about this …well people take words and phrases and make them stand for different things just like PEACE it can stand for a state of mind or it can be used as a far well….so jus get over that shyt…..hahahahahahalol

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    Jessica Minaj Harold (May 1, 2010)

    I luv Nicki Minaj. She is my girl, so I don’t care what anyone says about her that’s negative. I am a Harajuku Barbie as well, and I’m on her team. We r sistas, so who eva have a problem wit that, then u r a Dumbb Bum and Surfboard. I don’t use da dictionary, I use da Nicktionary.

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    Jessica Minaj Harold (May 1, 2010)

    There r so many haters out therre. We care less bout u cuz u ain’t nuthin. It’s not lyke u mean anything. If we worried bout haters, people that r unimportant, and stupid idiots, then we wouldn’t b successful, we wouldn’t b happy, we wouldn’t b fly and fabolous, we wouldn’t b stress-free, and we wouldn’t have our priorities n da right place.

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    haters (May 3, 2010)

    yall need 2 stop hatin if she a barbie shae a barbie leave her alone if u called u self american girl and someone complained what would u do hahahahahah think dudop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Nyokou (May 7, 2010)

    Nicki isn’t Chinese… the closest she is to being asian is her Indo-Trinidadian background and those people look more like the people from India. She has no connection to Japanese culture at all.

    Now that that’s cleared up…

    I think her style is very reminiscent of Harajuku fashion, but it’s completely Americanized. Now, don’t get me started on the Ganguro, Yamanba/Manba fashions that were really popular in Japan in the late 90s, early 2000s… Cause I could bomb on that shit ALLLLLL day. We’re not the only ones ignorant of other cultures… Clearly, Japanese girls were SUPER ignorant of American culture/fashion with that whole trend. Nicki Minaj didn’t shoot the first bullet, THEY did, and I’m glad that she is doing the whole Harajuku Barbie thing… even though Ganguro didn’t originate from Harajuku.

    I see it as a parody of that. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Look up Ganguro and judge for yourself. I’m not saying that Japanese girls were stupid for doing that, but they crossed some lines… ESPECIALLY the girls with the really dark tans.. I found those pretty offensive.

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    mika (May 13, 2010)

    Woo, I think Harajuku Barbiee is amazingg!! :D It describes me perfecty, so all u hates stfu!

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    Keyshay (May 18, 2010)

    I love meh sum nicki minaj, i love that song kaled itty bitty piggy that’s my favorite song

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    jhomer (May 21, 2010)

    Don’t hate on my Nicki. BTW she’s a great artist and she is one sexy mother…

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    minaaj (June 1, 2010)

    well isnt Nicki part asian?

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    niymereminaj (June 3, 2010)

    she’s da baddest bxtch

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    DneshaLewinsky (June 9, 2010)

    I am Indo-Asian and African American..I LUV NICKI shez da boss aroun hur..n all yal datz HATIN on hu nd 2 F— OFF shez tha HARAJUKU barbie…NOM-MYOHO RENGE KYO.!

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    AnT0nI0 (June 17, 2010)

    FRIST OFF NICKI MINAJ IS NOT EVEN ASIAN SHES Afro-Trinidadian AND Indo-Trinidadian SO U GUYS ON HERE NEED TO GET UR FACTS STRAIGHT

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    @OfficialLilcs (June 17, 2010)

    none of yall no what that means on here yall be talkin trash and every thing lyke nicki dont no what she talkin about she does i lived in japan for three years and the harajuku gurls are every where there its also a place but thats the name of the culture there kind of lyke geisha gurls

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    Lilith (June 21, 2010)

    Love love loooove Nicki Minaj.

    But haters gonna hate.

    <3

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    IF NICKI IS A HARAJUKU BARBIE OR IS JUST CALLING HERSELF THAT THEN THAT’s HER BUSINESS IT AINT MINE YOURS HERS OR HIS BUSINESS THAT’s ONE OF THE REASONS I ADMIRE NICKI SHE HAS HER OWN STYLE NOT TRYNA BE NOBODY BUT HERSELF AS SHe SAYD STEP YO COOKIES UP BEFORE THEY CRUMBLE AND I HAVE MY OWN RAPZ THAT I MADE UP ON YOUTUBE But what I’m saying is get off her clique everybody that’s on here being haters harajuku barbie or not she still got stacks taller than yo house so let her be and be yoself n if you wanna be lyk her then be different shout outs to nicki and for th eones who say they aint worried abt her obviously you are or you wouldn’t be critisizin her let her do her NICKI MIRAJ KEEP UP THE GOOD WOK

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    Mada (July 23, 2010)

    wow…I’m so disappointed. I thought she was smarter than this…I like Nicki’s music, please don’t get me wrong. But her explanation to this entire look and style is terrible!!!
    She should really watch what she is going to say before opening her mouth…better do that while rapping and singing because she sounds really ignorant :( sorry.

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    Julya (July 29, 2010)

    -FacePalm-
    way to butcher a culture.
    “kick ass, ya know, like pop, rock and roll… what ever the fuck…”
    Whoever you are, your persona strikes me more as a ghetto trashy attention whore type of know-it-all, FAR more, then a Japanese Harajuku Girl.
    btw, your breasts hanging out of your top like that, is a desperate cry for attention. i find you obnoxious.

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    Mickii (August 4, 2010)

    1. Nicki Minaj is NOT Chinese or Japanese she is mixed Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian ; look it up on wiki..
    2. All you Japanese ppl should be happy Nicki is interested in Japanese culture whether she got it wrong or not!
    3. Harajuku is a place as much as it is a culture; do you guys not know anything about the Harajuku girls?!
    4. Overall ppl shud stop hating on Nicki. She’s just making her way as a rapper and i think she’s doing a good job. If you don’t think then oh well don’t say anything if you don’t have anything nice to say! Jheeeez! I’m so sick of ppl hating on Nicki!

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    Khaoticfolks (August 6, 2010)

    Okay…so I’m a little late on this whole thing but it really sad. Nicki Minaj is ripping a whole Japanese fashion sub-culture called Lolita. If you’re going to comment, please read up first like she hould have been told to do by her PR dept. Here’s a wikipedia link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolita_fashion) and visit your local library. There are tons of books and articles out there by Japanese Popular culture scholars about the style she is proclaiming as her own. The movement is already popular (and has been long before Minaj or Gwen started adopting it as their style) among Anime Convention goers in the US and is a style that really belongs to J-Rock and J-Pop bands and artist in Japan. The fact that no one seems to be bothered by the fact that she has adopted this style without really knowing its origins or paying homage to a whole country and its artist (her fellow recording artists she has ripped it from) is baffling an insulting.

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    Kasasima (August 7, 2010)

    So, erm, I was totally with the criticism of this Nicki person, until Gwen Stefani was mentioned. Like, it’s obvious that Gwen isn’t Japanese, and you don’t have to be Japanese to appreciate Japanese style, create Japan-inspired art or clothing, or be interested in the culture. So what if Nikki can’t explain what Harajuku is very well? I mean I don’t really get this whole Harajuku Barbie thing either, but it’s no reason to jump on her… I can’t believe people are saying that Gwen or Nikki are exploiting Harajuku. So is it like bad to have an iconic style? What if it was London Girls and London Barbie? I think we’re being a little hypersensitive. Totally agree with colemedina^^^.

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    @KenMinaj4Ever (August 14, 2010)

    why yall mad at her at least she representing for yall and for ya info nicki was out in tokyo last week on business #Thatisall

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    stc (September 22, 2010)

    Wow, it’s really cute how many people Nicki Minaj can motivate to troll a website that they clearly have no interest or knowledge about. It’d be nice however, if even 50% of them could communicate clearly and spell correctly. It’d also be nice if they had more reasons to defend her besides, “she’s half chinese” (which she isn’t and wouldn’t be relevant because Harajuku isn’t in China) “you’re all haters” (and I give a shit about you thinking I’m a hater because?) “she has a lot of money and you’re broke” (so money buys intelligence? Because if it does, most of you are really showing how “broke” you are)
    Point is, when people like her or Stefani adapt a well known culture in their platform of entertainment to feed to unknowing people who would’ve never cared about it in the first place, it sends the wrong message to people who actually care about this culture or know anything about it. “hey we are like you, we share your same interests” When in reality they’re saying, we’re just selling you bullshit and making up catchy phrases to get people to buy our stuff. We could really give a shit about the people who know about this, or the people that this represents”. At the end of the day, it’s bullshit, and if you want to buy it that’s fine, but the rest of us know crap when we see it, and no it doesn’t make us envious or “haters” because honestly, who gives a shit if you like Nicki Minaj and who gives a shit if I don’t. It’s a free country and just like she has the right to be a moron, I have the right to not listen to her be a moron. End of story.

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    Sophie (October 6, 2010)

    stick to what you know…Gwen Stephanie started Harajuku girls,nicki just slotted the barbie thing…so gwen started and publicized while nicki stuck to what she knows best, plagiarism.

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    Jai (October 15, 2010)

    This is totally ridiculous..it doesn’t matter WTF it actually means it’s about her own individuality and her opinion of the phrase. At the end of the day she’s still the s**t and she will continue to use the phrase and people will still love it and use it. If you’re looking for someone to be politically correct then you’re on the wrong effin site! Try Webster silly haters

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    Jai (October 15, 2010)

    P.S, who in their effin right sense of mind would would copy from Gwen stephani?!? Nicki made more w/ her underground mistake then Gwen in a lifetime! When’s the last time Gwen has been on the cover of a mag or in a video? 2000? Shes not even worth cameo appearances

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    Chrissy (October 16, 2010)

    “Wow, it’s really cute how many people Nicki Minaj can motivate to troll a website that they clearly have no interest or knowledge about. It’d be nice however, if even 50% of them could communicate clearly and spell correctly. It’d also be nice if they had more reasons to defend her besides, “she’s half chinese” (which she isn’t and wouldn’t be relevant because Harajuku isn’t in China) “you’re all haters” (and I give a shit about you thinking I’m a hater because?) “she has a lot of money and you’re broke” (so money buys intelligence? Because if it does, most of you are really showing how “broke” you are)

    Point is, when people like her or Stefani adapt a well known culture in their platform of entertainment to feed to unknowing people who would’ve never cared about it in the first place, it sends the wrong message to people who actually care about this culture or know anything about it. “hey we are like you, we share your same interests” When in reality they’re saying, we’re just selling you bullshit and making up catchy phrases to get people to buy our stuff. We could really give a shit about the people who know about this, or the people that this represents”.

    At the end of the day, it’s bullshit, and if you want to buy it that’s fine, but the rest of us know crap when we see it, and no it doesn’t make us envious or “haters” because honestly, who gives a shit if you like Nicki Minaj and who gives a shit if I don’t. It’s a free country and just like she has the right to be a moron, I have the right to not listen to her be a moron. End of story.”

    ^^^^^gosh i wanna repost this evry where <3 <3…

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    Nicki Minaj I L O V E Y O U :) (October 27, 2010)

    look, does it really matter what it actually means, she can say her opinion on the phrase.. well at the end of the daay she is the shit and i love all her music aye :)

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    dats (November 2, 2010)

    So what??? I know that in Japan there is a big trend for Japanese men to dress like American greasers from the 1950′s. You don’t see any American people complaining about wanna be greasers in Japan. I think its cool that people in Japan like an American custom or style so much they want to try to emulate it. Imitation is the highest form of flattery…or something.

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    Mrs. Lautner (December 5, 2010)

    Forget all yall haterzzzzz. Nicki Minaj is the ULTIMATE Harajuku Barbie. Yall talkin bout Gwen Stefani, wen wux da last time she made a song and wen wuz her last hit song. EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE LUV U NICKI!!!!!!!!!!

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    gemechis goOG (January 26, 2011)

    it dont matter where she from if do it wright. we love u nicki

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    HaRaJuKu GiRl (February 18, 2011)

    IT’S REALLY FUNNY CUZ LIKE EVERYBODY CALL THEM SELF “HARAJUKU” BUT IF THERE WAS A TEST TO BE ONE ALOT OF THEIR ASSES WONT PASS HAHA *AND I QUOTE*

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    Leandra (February 21, 2011)

    yall are just hatin on niki minaj you just need to keep your mouths shut and watch her do her thing because she know wht she doin and damn well know what she talkin bout so stop hatin bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! luv ya niki

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    EB Mrs.right (A Barbie ME) (March 8, 2011)

    IT ‘HARAJUKU BARIBIE’ The name, the place, the style, the culture, n so on is wat it is n is like every NOUN Ect. Will be a creation of one’s thought n more……….Y say anything good or bad if it’s not ur own thought tht COUNT 4 anything tht matters 2 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.

    DO U a favor “get ur own sh-it y u ridn minds” Coodoos 2 the real & da fake cuz u make s-h-it happen.

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    Kiki-Chan (March 22, 2011)

    For all these half people in the top Thank YOU!!!!!!! (Arigato!)

    Obviously Harajuku is an area of Tokyo its between Shinjuku and Shibuya its not just a Name.
    Ive been studied about Japan for 19 years of my life seriously. and
    never been in Japan. “YET” But soon.

    I’m an African american I about go to school in Hino, Tokyo

    I dunno whats a “Barbie” doing in her last words. lol
    I didn’t Nicki Minaj til now I listen to her music. funny I’m not a music person much. she’s probably wants
    people to like her style. and i like her style. but she’s needs a little bit more listen about what Harajuku is all upon. Im not calling her dumb.

    I like about her style and still put Americanize in her fashion that’s her personality.

    But All I know Most Japanese teenagers and young adults Likes mix clothing Gothic Lolita, Ganguro, Manba,Punk, and Some Cosplays. in Yoyogi Park. not just for fun. its people who are expression there selves on “their” personality. Its art.

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    Harajuku Bxtch Barbie (March 29, 2011)

    Holdd upp , Let Nicki Do Her && uu worry about yourself . Shes a bad bxtch && she puts harajuku barbie as how she thinks of it . so what if yall think it means somethinq different . she thinks of it another way && she can do that . everybody has a different oppinion about thinqs & oviously hers if different from yalls . of corse me i love Nicki Minaj , She is My Hero . && She is beautifull . && forr all you haters ;; Yall aintt doinn nuthinqq buhh makinn uurself look dumbb . So FXCK OFFF !
    i Lovee uu Nickii Boo aka : Harajuku Barbiee <333

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    PARRISB@RB!3 (April 10, 2011)

    WOWshe is so creative. -AND ALL YOU HATING NIQQAS CAN CATCH A BOUQUITE_ drake

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    Yazu (April 23, 2011)

    Why dont you guys just let it go. she is just someone who loves another culture, whats wrong with that? at least shes not hating on it.

    And if that is her definition of harajuku just let it be :)

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    meme (May 10, 2011)

    nicki explains to her self that she thinks that harajuku can means something else but in japan it means somethings else. But i think it means people hating on other people. IS THAT A HABIT OR WHAT? WTF……..

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    Tina-Tetto (July 2, 2011)

    well…u guys seem 2 knw a lot. sh dznt hv 2 go 2 japan, y dnt yall opposers make ur own definition of Harajuku…it cud b in tight pants 4 ol I care. it dznt hv 2 b in japan…iv got my own harajuku in my bedroom. go Onika

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    [...] in music videos and stage performances. One of Nicki Minaj’s personalities is “The Harajuku Barbie“, so it’s only natural that she would want to get more in touch with her Japanese side [...]

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    Anon (August 16, 2011)

    I used to be upset with Gwen years ago for misrepresenting Japan and Harajuku. But I got over that and fell in love with her definition of Harajuku and Japanese Street Fashion (around late 2005; it’s not like I just got into her. I was a Gwen fan for years and I still am). No, it’s not the real thing, nor does it represent Japan, but she was just having fun. It’s not like she was hating on it or something. She just has her own style and her own fashion sense and she wanted to project that in a sort of Japanese-inspired way. I don’t recall Gwen ever saying that she represents Japan or anything. Same with Nicki Minaj. It’s not like she goes around saying she’s some Japanese Fashion Guru. She might not know alot about Japan and Japanese Fashion but she’s having fun with it. Just let her be her and do her thing.

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    Kate (August 21, 2011)

    1. Nicki is not japanese either chinese.
    2. Harajuku culture does exits but referring as culture is not the exact word for expressing the term. All the girl in japan use the term of such area to be cultural expression of their selfstyle. Like Osaka Shibuya … etc

    In japan there are different style of dressing and living.
    Sooooo if you havent been in any culture in japan
    you would assume all the girls would have the same thing going on.

    It depends on the area you hang out and different style you dress,
    For Nicki she is truly harajuku girl and barbie would be most suitable for her.

    FYI for most ppl who dun understand its like Columbia and NYU there are different things.

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    Darryn (September 14, 2011)

    hahahahah!! look at all the Nicki haters. lol.

    trust me, Nicki don’t give a shiz about what y’all think. he’s cruising in here Big Boy!

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    TNT (September 27, 2011)

    any way some of yal r rong i no Nicki she lyk a sister 2 me
    and hommie she tighter than a face lift flyer than as spaceship hatterz
    Makaya & Julany LUV U *ONIKA*

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    Rina Kozumi (October 20, 2011)

    Firstly, I am not against Nicki Minaj. I truely hate the way she yaps about a culturally relavent sub-culture and tries to make it her own.
    It isn’t, maybe if she followed the strict rules within each community, but she doesn’t.

    This pisses me off. As a Japanese person, who has lived in Japan, this fucking pisses me off.

    I am insulted at others ignorance of catagorizing all Asians as one race.
    We are not, we don’t look the same if you use your eyes and we have COMPLETELY different cultures.
    I’m quick frankly disgusted you’d all catagorize them as the same to stand up for ”Yo homiegrl”. If she is wrong, she’s wrong.

    This isn’t about her music, or her style.
    It’s about how she words what ”She’s about”. If she was ”about” it, why wasn’t she doing this before it was considered cool?

    Okay, listen here, Harajuku is a sub-culture of Japan, named after, obviously because of, it’s location and it’s often mixed up bith Kuro/Kawaii/Visual Kei/Shiro/Gothic and Sweet Lolita/Ganguro/Hime/Cosplay AND DECORA.
    WHAT SHE REPRESENTS IS NOT HARAJUKU AT ALL.
    SERIOUSLY, GOOGLE THEM.

    In short, she has no idea what she’s going on about. I don’t really care if it is ”what it means” to her, it is wrong, labelling and extremely insulting on a few levels.

    I will also repeat, JAPAN AND CHINA ARE TWO FUCKING DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. TWO DIFFERENT CULTURES. COMPLETELY. DIFFERENT.

    I’m out. Hope your critically low IQs rose a bit.

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    From a Fellow Harajuku Enthusiast (January 3, 2012)

    well i read a lot of the comments and I agree that this should not be a big thing. firstly i dont have a clue how the grammar of others is even relevant in this conversation. secondly i also dont approve the way that gwen steffani is going about with this “harajuku girls”. third nikki minaj is just trying to show tribute to a culture, yes harajuku is a culture just like how rap is a different culture and living in Minnesota compared to new york are different cultures. cultures are not just different between countries. Plus you dont know how much knowledge she has of the harajuku culture. I see the harajuku culture as a way of mismatching clothes in a different ways. My view may not be exactly what “harajuku” means, but that is what i got from it. I see it as a fun, stylish, and different way to dress. Plus the style of harajuku is constantly changing with new versions. instead of bashing her could anyone one plz praise her for not being a stereotype rapper? or mabey for a least trying to enlighten others on a different culture. Minaj is trying her best and doing harajuku in her style. Harajuku is a style of freedom, not hate and critique.

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    Binal (June 4, 2012)

    This article is so low on factual information. Nicki Minaj signed to YOUNG MONEY by Lil Wayne and NOT Dirty Money. Get the facts right!

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    MrSkillz (June 17, 2012)

    Fuck all ya haters. Nicki Minaj is my Harajuku Barbie. Do ya thang mama.

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    capchamama (July 8, 2012)

    Some of you people are telling us Japanese to “stfu because you’re in tokyo and you don’t know shit about the US.”

    How about you guys don’t know anything about Japan? I mean honestly. And I have been living here in the US for a while and US isn’t too hard to learn about. You people are so stereotypical about Japan. I mean yes, they have very unique fashion here, but you guys exploit it as some sort of kawaiidesuuguu fashion anime loving country. I’m just going to tell you guys, Japan isn’t as welcoming as you think to foreigners. Especially ones that are dumb enough to assume that you’re going to come here and live the Otaku lifestyle. Otakus are looked down upon over here! And if you’re smart enough, you’ll know that Otaku means “freak”. As for Harajuku, Harajuku is not kawaii all the time. And Harajuku isn’t a ‘culture’ either. It’s just a fashion. Just like Emo. Emo isn’t even a fashion, it’s a music genre. Some of you people need to get your heads on straight and do your homework a little more. As for Nicki, she’s wrong. Completely wrong. And I know you guys are in denial about it because she’s your ‘idol’, but she’s an idiot. A biased idiot.

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    Chrissy* (August 8, 2012)

    UGH. wow the Nicki trolls strike again
    i come back here in 1-2 years… and there are still nicki sheep commenting.

    no you guys don’t know any thing about japan, and im not gonna lie i dont know much about japan either (“Don’t know till you go”). but i HAVE noticed just like Gwen this is an old gimmick to make and artist seem more “cultured” and “unique”…

    its like a reverse version when Japanese people try to “appreciated” black culture by dressing with a lot of hip hop influence and dressing like “tribal Africans”, gangsters, rappers, jazz, and pop singers with; braids hats and sometimes fros. but we all know that’s not how a lot of black people dress. i know i don’t dress like some one straight off of “106 and park.”
    American artist are doing the same with people in Tokyo/ Japan as a whole.
    so since this is “Tokyo Fashion” it is only common sense that they post this to help dispel this “harajuku culture” myth/ what ever.
    just like African-American sites try to dispel the “all black people dress in hip hop” fashion myth. Even here in America the “Native-American tribal clothing” trends are going on now. they continue to stereotype and offend Native-Americans without listened to what they have to say about those exploits.

    not done,

    so i understand that many of you fans have been trained* by you’re favorite artist (and critics) to call any one and every one a “hater” for disagreeing with the artist on any issue (even thought its there opinion to not like him/her as much as you do).
    ex: like the music hate the style< "HATER"

    he/she can do so much better than this…< "HATER".

    "i think Jean Grae is better than nicki manij in my opinion" < "wtf?? who is she?! no one kno who dat is… HATER!"

    this artist has the facts wrong< "HATER!"

    ________insert credible argument of the opposite opinion here_____< "HATER"

    a lot of you guys are dismissing the argument bc you guys are so rapped up in fandom you cant even see the bigger picture
    best explained here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FanDumb

    ^this really does rack in the popularity points for someone. no likes being considered a "hater".

    and now i'm gonna save someone a comment:

    "HAAAAAAAATEEER, YOUR A HATER! GO NICKI!!"

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    shantae d barbie (August 11, 2012)

    sum of yall shud jus get off nicki’s case ok d girls like harajuku n barbies so she combines em big deall jus shut d hell up,,

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    Asha333 (January 16, 2013)

    thats funny but total wack!

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    fluffy?! (August 14, 2013)

    uhmm… why do i feel like the cameraman is trying to focus on nickis chest ._.

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    Shaneru (August 28, 2013)

    She didnt look like a harajuku girl. Does she even know what harajuku is? And lolita, fairy-kei, decora, cosplay, kigurumi, gothic, and all the other styles girls AND BOYS wear in harajuku? Does she even know Kyary Pamyu Pamyu?!?!?! She is like someone trying to be sexy and stuff and black and then they hear another pop star ohhh yeaaaahhhh harajuku! And then she is like yeah man! And not even knows what it is, thinking the other pop star is a harajuku girl and then says i’m like her, i’m harajuku barbie!
    …………..
    Jeez

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