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Nanao Arai: Japanese Fashion Model and Movie Actress Also Known as Nanao

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Who is Nanao Arai?

Nanao is a young Japanese fashion model and actress. She was born on October 28, 1988. Known mostly for her long legs, she made her debut in May 2011 in the weekly magazine “Big Comic Spirits.” Her birth name is Nanao Arai. She has chosen to go by her stage name of Nanao since 2009. She is a native of Saitama Japan, the same city that supermodel and actress Yoko Mitsuya is from. She is also a race queen for Super GT Team Yoshiki Rockstar Girl. That’s one of the longest titles for a race queen group that I’ve seen or heard of.

A First Look at Japanese Fashion Model and Actress Nanao Arai


Nanao Gets Named Race Queen of the Year and Releases a DVD

In 2009, it seemed that she was getting all the good breaks that a celebrity can get if they are popular enough. She was named the “Race Queen of the Year” in 2009 and 2010. She also received a lot of high praise and became the Swimsuit Image Girl for 2010 for San-Ai. She released her first DVD called “Four O’ Clock” in 2009.

Nanao Gets Her First Big Entertainment Success As a Martial Arts Ring Girl & Race Queen

Her big break came when she was featured as a martial arts ring girl and race queen in the magazine Pinky. Nanao also used to be a fashion model for No-No. She won two awards which solidified her status as an entertainer. The first of these awards was when she won what is called the Miss TGC in the Tokyo Girls Collection. The second of these awards was the Sanai Mizugi Image Girl in 2010.

Japanese fashion model Nanao is seen here at an event for Giorgio Armani in Paris, France on July 4, 2017.

Japanese fashion model Nanao is seen here at an event for Giorgio Armani in Paris, France on July 4, 2017.

Nanao Releases a Photo Book and Makes Her Acting Debut

To prepare for what was then her 24th birthday in October 2012, she had announced that her first photo book would be going on sale on October 28th. In May 2012, she also made her acting debut with Fuji TV’s drama called “Omoni Naitemasu.” Her latest movie appearance is in the mystery movie called Masquerade Hotel.

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Japanese Model Nanao In Photos

More Information About Nanao's Life Outside of Acting and Modeling

When she is not busy with her modeling work, Nanao is involved in hobbies such as shopping and listening to music. She is so talented that she has the special skills of writing calligraphy and giving shoulder massages!

In April 2021, the fashion model and actress was chosen as the Japanese representative for Giorgio Armani’s new Cross Road Project. The objective was to start this project with 14 strong, elegant, and independent women from different countries. These women were chosen to discuss the Cross Road that they had reached in their lives. All of these women have one thing in common and this quality is that they all have reached a certain cross road in their lives that has allowed them to grown and to be able to reach where they are today.

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