Plus size celebrity comedienne, Naomi Watanabe is one of Japan’s most popular female entertainers, with a following of over 7 million people on Instagram, she continues to be an inspiration to a lot of young individuals aspiring to be like her. Watanabe was born and raised in Tokyo to a Taiwanese mother and a Japanese father. She rose to fame in 2008 after lip-syncing to Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love and Lady Gaga’s Poker Face accompanied by some very boisterous dance moves. She is one of the few artists in Japan whose performances are mostly done solo.
30 year old Watanabe is not just known for her witty sense of humor or funny videos, she is also an actress and a fashion icon in her own rights with a clothing brand called Punyu to her name which houses fashion items ranging from extra-small to extra large sizes. She is a lover of luxury brands and cars and often purchases them as a treat to herself after achieving a set goal.
Speaking to Kana Inagaki of Ozy.com, Watanabe speaks on being plus size and how she overcame loneliness. She say’s:
“I coped with loneliness by watching comedians on TV, I loved making people laugh, but I was always alone at home.”
“When I was young, I used to be hurt when I was told I’m fat, but now, I just think, you’re making fun of me but my life is so much more fulfilling than yours. Life is so much more fun if you can have pride in yourself,” “People always say I’ll lose my job if I lost weight. I just happen to be fat now, but I don’t have to be fat to be me. I want people to see me as a person, not for my physique. It also shouldn’t matter if I am a man or a woman.”