AceShowbiz - Fans may recall that Gwen Stefani used to go through Harajuku phase when she promoted her single "Harajuku Girls" back in 2004. Despite the criticism and the cultural appropriation claims, the singer defends the act in a new interview with Billboard.
"When it first came out, I think people understood that it was an artistic and literal bow down to a culture that I was a superfan of," Gwen, who enlisted four Japanese dancers to tour with her, explains. "This album was like a dream. I went in thinking I'm going to make something that could never be possible--me doing a dance record--come true," she adds, referring to her multi-platinum album "Love. Angel. Music. Baby" which is on its 15th anniversary.
The No Doubt singer continues saying that she solely created the Harajuku Lovers with the intention of bring to life a "concept" and "having fun." She also adds that the thought of demeaning the asian culture was "horrifying," saying, "It wasn't like, 'You're not real because you're Asian.' Are you kidding me? That would be horrifying!"
The singer also shares she wrote the song because she wanted to talk "about my love for Harajuku" since the city genuinely has a place in her heart. "When you're from Anaheim and never traveled outside of your city until you're 21 years old, it was really crazy to go to Japan... When I got there and saw how fashion-obsessed they were, I thought they were my people, because my style was so unique," she shares.
She did express her admiration in the lyrics. In one part of "Harajuku Girls", Gwen sings, "Harajuku girls/ I'm looking at you girls/ You're so original girls/ You got the look that makes you stand out/ Juku girls, I'm looking at you girls/ You mix and match it girls/ You dress so fly."