Race Queen in Japan
The official job of a race queen is to hold an umbrella over the driver while his car is being worked on. They generally wear some sort of revealing costume. Campaign girls in other countries are generally looked down upon as the occupation is regarded as "low profile" or disgraceful. However, in Japan, race queens have a higher profile and are regarded as idols varying only by the motor sport event they appear in.Gravure idol
Race queens who operate in prestigious events and with a large fanbase can also be found at automobile shows purely to draw crowds where they are nearly as important an attraction as the cars or electronics products that they are promoting. There is a magazine dedicated to them called Gals Paradise.
A gravure idol (グラビアアイドル gurabia aidoru), often abbreviated to gradol (グラドル guradoru?), is a Japanese female model who primarily models in magazines, especially men's magazines, photobooks or DVDs. Gravure idols, in most cases, emphasize their sexual attractiveness and often model in swimsuits or lingerie.
"Gravure" (グラビア) is a Wasei-eigo term derived from "Rotogravure", which is a type of intaglio printing process that was once a staple of newspaper photo features. The rotogravure process is still used for commercial printing of magazines, postcards, and cardboard product packaging. When translating into English, terms such as cheesecake photograph or pin-up girl are often employed.
Since Wombat-socho is taking a well deserved week or two off from the onerous task of looking at and compiling his weekly Rule 5 extravaganza, I thought I might pick up part of the slack, and point you in the general direction of some of the usual suspects: GOODSTUFF, Pirate's Cove, The Daley Gator, The Laughing Conservative, Fishersville Mike, Ninety Miles From Tyranny, Animal Magnetism, Blackmailers Don’t Shoot, First Street Journal, Evil Blogger Lady, Wine, Women and Politics, Soylent Siberia (always NSFW), and Proof Positive.
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