Today, I would like to talk about the word “glamorous”.
The word “glamour” (グラマー) is used a lot in Japan to describe
a certain look.
Unfortunately, the usage is incorrect. The word “glamour” does
not mean “large-chested”!
Originally the word “glamour” referred to the magic spell that
fairies and sprites cast on men to make them fall in love with
When someone refers to someone as “glamorous”, they mean that
that person has beauty that is “other-worldly”, or “like a goddess”.
Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s when Marylyn Monroe was popular,
she was often described as “glamorous”.
This means that she had the kind of beauty that was “more than
But when her popularity spread to Japan, Japanese people heard
the word, looked at her and thought that since Marylyn had a
full, sexy figure, the word “glamorous” meant “large-chested”.
This is incorrect.
It simply means “beautiful like a goddess!”