The term junior idol’s often used to describe the youngest of the young within the idol business. Even though Junior idol actually refers to a wide age range, colloquial geek-speak often ties it to the U-15 range and younger. I’ve actually seen idol websites which prohibit any discussion or imagery pertaining to Junior Idols. Yet do so while openly accepting AKB48 gravure pictures of idols who’re well within the same age grouping. That’s why we have to get away from the actual definition of “Junior Idol” and focus on what’s making people uncomfortable. Not all, but a lot of people associate the term with images of 7 year olds in bikinis. I’m not going to get into a discussion of what’s right or wrong, or, my personal thoughts on that subject specifically (although, I’ll say 7 year olds aren’t my thing), but I want to mention how because of this general way of thinking, I’ve felt incredibly uncomfortable with publicly sharing my love of all things Shiina Momo.
With stigmas surrounding the Junior Idol market as such, I’ve been reluctant to speak about my being a fan of hers. Now, Momo isn’t a seven year old… but, she might as well be. Not only does she have the body and persona of a child, but is marketed as one. And I foresee her continuing to perpetuate that image for many years to come. If you’re to look at her today –and with clothes on– she might not seem all that young, but I’d understand if some of her older gravure work was seen as suggestive. It would seem Momo’s drawn the biological short straw and doesn’t have much hope for growing into a bra, but she sure has been getting taller and taller lately.
And while I’ve been hesitant to talk about Momo publicly, I’ve never felt insecure or even a bit strange about my feelings towards her. I just find her incredibly adorable and obsess over her dimples and voice.
My favorite videos of Momo are ones where I get to see her acting normal. For example, videos like these I often fantasize about. I like to pretend I’m the man behind the camera and Momo’s my daughter. I have a very powerful imagination and I employ it 99% of the time I indulge in idols.