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Diva NationFemale Icons from Japanese Cultural History$
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Laura Miller and Rebecca Copeland

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297722

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297722.001.0001

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Transbeauty IKKO

Transbeauty IKKO

A Diva’s Guide to Glamour, Virtue, and Healing

(p.133) Chapter 7 Transbeauty IKKO
Diva Nation

Jan Bardsley

University of California Press

This chapter explores how Ikko, transgender celebrity make-up artist and lifestyle-guide author, uses her personal story and beauty expertise to encourage all women to find self-confidence. The chapter analyzes Ikko's performances in diverse venues: music videos; high school visits; the promotion of beauty tourism to Korea; cameo film appearances; lifestyle guides; and television appearances. It is shown that in all venues, Ikko openly discusses her own history of overcoming personal adversity, offering her life as what Eva Illouz has termed a therapeutic biography and employing a language of recovery to inspire others. It is argued that this call to a personal aesthetics of virtue, beauty, and self-cultivation can lead to social change, even when the diva does not seek political action.

Keywords:   Ikko, transgender, celebrity, tourism Korea, therapeutic biography, language of recovery, self-cultivation

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