Gravure Idol, or Gradol is a term used in Japan to refer to young, photogenic girls, who grace the covers and pages of various magazines, typically in revealing swimwear or lingerie.
They are considered idols for their youthful beauty, charm, and ability to melt hearts with just one seductive glance. It’s like they have a superpower, but instead of fighting crime, they’re capturing the hearts of millions of adoring fans – mostly Weebs and Neckbeards.
The phenomenon of “Gravure Idol” originated in Japan, a country known for its unique pop culture trends and eccentricities. Their name comes from a kind of printing in Japan, rotogravure, which is used to produce magazines and newspapers.
It all began in the early 1980s, shortly after the invention of rotogravure, when magazines started featuring young models in provocative poses. These models quickly gained popularity for their combination of innocence and sensuality, establishing a new kind of idol culture in Japan. “Gravure Idols” soon became sought after for their photogenic qualities, often becoming stepping stones for aspiring actresses and singers to launch their careers.
As the popularity of “Gravure Idols” grew in Japan, their influence started to spread beyond the borders of the Land of the Rising Sun. With the advent of the internet and social media, fans from all over the world could feast their eyes on these captivating individuals with just a few clicks. “Gravure Idols” inspired the creation of similar industries in South Korea (known as Ulzzang) and Taiwan, where young individuals showcase their beauty through photoshoots and social media platforms.
“Gravure Idols” also proved to have a significant influence on anime and sexuality, depicted in East-Asian media, like mangas or even hentai. While there are certainly many Otakus, who Studied the Blade, there are equally as much who studied Gradols.
- Urban Dictionary – Gravur Idol