Popular Japanese Comedian Wants to Bring Her Plus-Size Fashion to the U.S.


Naomi Watanabe, a popular Japanese comedian and designer, on a Gap shoot in New York.

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Name Naomi Watanabe

Age 30

Hometown Ibaraki Prefecture, about two hours northeast of Tokyo.

Now Lives Tokyo

Claim to Fame With more than 7.6 million followers on Instagram, Ms. Watanabe is one of the most popular social media celebrities in Japan. She is an actress, comedian and fashion designer who is perhaps best known for her skits imitating Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and other pop stars, in which she exaggerates their dance moves while lip-syncing their songs on TV variety shows.