12 May 2013 09:15 | By Dang Hui Ling
The not-so-kawaii side of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

The Japanese singer revealed the jarring differences between her onstage and real life personalities

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Text & Photos: Dang Hui Ling
Concert photos: SOZO
Video: Fiona Lin

Quite unlike her colourful and flamboyant style onstage, we had to do a double take when Japanese “fashion monster” Kyary Pamyu Pamyu appeared at her first Singapore press conference at Modern Asian Diner in an all-black outfit on Friday.

“This is what I’d normally wear,” the 20-year-old explained.

In spite of the vibrant performance costumes she's always seen in, Kyary, who was appointed as “Kawaii Harajuku Ambassador” last year, revealed that black is her favourite colour - as seen in her outfit that day.

A global hit at the age of 18 after her first single 'PonPonPon' went viral, Kyary sees dressing down as a way to relax herself off the stage. Shedding the loud hair and make-up, and fanciful get-ups, the young star prefers to be low-key on her off days. And despite having her music video record more than 48 million views on YouTube to date, Kyary claims she is “just a girl-next-door” in real life.

The chirpy fashionista was photographed on the streets of Harajuku when she was in high school and gained fame after the picture was published in a magazine. When asked to dish out some fashion tips for the Singapore girls, Kyary said that she noticed on her previous trip here that many shops sold sleeveless tops due to the hot weather. However, she thought that the local girls could try putting on different types of short puffed-sleeve tops to accentuate their outfits as it is a trendy piece of clothing.

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