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When we first heard the news that Namie Amuro was retiring, all the memories of the ways we had sang along to her songs and aspired to be her back in our childhood and teenage years came flooding back to us. We knew we had to compile this list of how Namie Amuro had continued to be our #beautygoals in her 25-year long career.

1. When she debuted

Fresh-faced Namie Amuro debuted in 1992 when she was just 15 years old! SUPER MONKEY’S consisted of girls from the Okinawa Actors’ School, where Amuro was enrolled in pursuit of a career in music and the arts.

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#安室奈美恵 #namieamuro ❤️

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Amuro wasn’t the main member of the group at the beginning, but her fresh-faced looks soon made her centre of attraction. The group’s name was even changed to “Namie Amuro and SUPER MONKEY’S”!

2. When she was timeless at a young age

It was only a matter of time before Namie Amuro struck out on her own solo path, which happened in 1995 when she was 18 years old.

If ever there was a timeless photoshoot, it’d be the one that Namie Amuro did more than 20 years ago for one of her bestselling albums to date, SWEET 19 BLUES, released in 1996.

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私が最近、車で聴いているアルバム💿 なんだ、このセクシーさ…。 なんだ、この可愛さ…。 当時もひとつしか年齢変わらないのに…って思ったけれど、結局、大人になった今でも追いついていない💦💦💦 いや、追いつく必要とかないんだ😂 だって、永遠の憧れの存在だから❣️ 今日も1日、ありがとう😊 #あむろちゃん#安室ちゃん#あむろちゃんは力の源#安室奈美恵は永遠の憧れ#あむろちゃんありがとう#安室ちゃんありがとう#sweet19blues

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Just look at how effortlessly gorgeous and chic she is in every photo!

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9月16日 安室ちゃんが引退して今日で1年。早いなー❗️ sweet19blues の頃の安室ちゃんに、とある場所でお見かけした時、GUESSのホワイトのオーバーオール着てて、めちゃめちゃオーラ凄まじかった✨ プライベートだから悪いと思いつつ握手🤝させていただき、超間近で安室ちゃんを見て、お顔が本当に小粒過ぎて、こんな可愛い子いるの?ってかなり驚いたことを今でもはっきり覚えています❣️ 余韻が解けるまで2週間くらいかかった 笑 #安室奈美恵 #sweet19blues #namieamuro #amuronamie #music #love #青春 #思い出 #20190916

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Everything about her styling was so on point, we have difficulty believing this photoshoot happened more than two decades ago when she was only 19!

3. When the Amura style swept Japan by storm

At the height of popularity in the mid to late 1990’s, her fashion and beauty style became a craze in Japan.

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おはようございます☺️ 今日は朝から一日外。 寒いやつ❄️ いっぱい着込んだり カイロ貼っていきたいけど、午後からは体動かすしな🙄 どうするのが正解なのか😰 今日も1日頑張りましょうね(๑•̀o•́๑)۶ #安室奈美恵 #安室ちゃん #namieamuro #amuronamie #ずっと大好き #25thankyoui♥️namie #永遠のDIVA

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Young girls who aspired to her style were called Amuras, and would adopt the stereotypical Namie Amuro look: long, straight, brown hair, sported the thin eyebrows that were oh-so-fashionable in the 90’s, and wore mini-skirts with thick-soled platform boots.

The look was notably everything in her iconic Can You Celebrate? music video released in 1997. The song went on to be the bestselling single for a solo female artist in Japan, and continues to be one of the key memories people have of Amuro.

4. When she beat the fashion curse of the early 2000’s

The late 1990’s to the early 2000’s were not a great time in fashion and style. Just look at any of your favourite celebrities and how they were dressed back then. Namie Amuro, however, was different.

There’s something still so inherently gorgeous about her that her album covers from the early 2000’s don’t seem dated at all.

5. When she showed us how to juggle motherhood and career

Namie Amuro announced her marriage in 1997 at the young age of 20, and gave birth to her first son in the same year. Even after becoming a mother, her career continued to flourish and she was prolific as ever with her singles.

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Her svelte silhouette and perfect makeup were what all of us aspired (and still do!) to achieve.

If you just took out the dated font choice and the awkward 3D design, the album cover could have passed muster as a recent work.

6. When she channeled babydoll vibes

Even when she was in her late 20’s to early 30’s, Namie Amuro never lost that evergreen, youthful, baby face that enabled her to flawlessly pull off babydoll vibes when the album cover demanded it.

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The cover of GIRL TALK had her looking almost like a retro mannequin from the 70’s, with the plump lips and doll-like makeup. The single was released when Amuro was in her late 20’s, but you wouldn’t have known that just looking at her – she still looks like a teenager!

She was 30 when she released Baby Don’t Cry, but she still doesn’t look a day above 20.

7. When she showed us how to rock loose curls

Even though Namie Amuro’s iconic hairstyle back in the 90’s was her long, straight, brown hair, she embraced the gorgeousness of having thick, luscious curls that ran down her back for most of the 2000’s.

8. When she knew how to work her sex appeal

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She also went from channeling some serious sex appeal from the 2000’s onwards. Still, we can’t find anything dated about these photoshoots and her image is as timeless as ever.

9. When she knew big hair was beautiful

Namie Amuro has never been afraid to go big and beautiful with her hair. She rocked almost an afro-sized head of hair for the album cover of Funky Town, released in 2007.

A couple of years later, she continued with the big hair trend but this time with a more Asian twist in her intriguing album artwork for PAST < FUTURE.

10. When she came into #queen status

It’s safe to say that Namie Amuro is one of the queens of J-pop, and she showed it in her styling from the late 2000’s onwards. Whether dressed up or dressed down, Amuro projected that untouchable vibe that reflected her being at the pinnacle of her career.

Check out her perfect makeup and hair in these looks:

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久しぶりに、Instagramです。今日も1日お疲れ様です。毎日、携帯の中の安室ちゃんの曲を聴きながら、パワーをもらってます。明日も安室ちゃんの曲を聴きながら仕事頑張っていきます。安室ちゃんは永遠のヒーローです。 #安室ちゃん #奈美恵ちゃん #安室奈美恵 #namieamuro #amuronamie #amuro #namie #namieamurofinally #amuronamiefinaltour2018

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💓💓💓 * 結婚式を迎えるにあたって BGMはもちろんだけど、 たっっくさん奈美恵ちゃんの写真をみて インスピレーションもらってた🥰 眺めてるだけで癒されるな〜 そして恋しいな…😢❤️ * * #namieamuro #amuronamie #安室奈美恵 #安室ちゃん #奈美恵ちゃん #wedding #bigday #finally #結婚式 #東京 #bride #入場曲はもちろん #canyoucelebrate

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She even released an updated music video for her hit single CAN YOU CELEBRATE?, 17 years after it was first released. The change in style, concept, and fashion was markedly different, but Amuro’s gorgeousness stayed the same.

11. When she retired in style, as always

On 2o September 2017, Amuro’s 40th birthday, she announced that she was to retire completely from the music scene by 16 September 2018. After a whopping 25 years in the industry, she was now ready to let go of her mantle in style.

 

Her last album, aptly named Finally, was a compilation of her greatest hits, and saw Namie Amuro in all her usual elegance. The sepia-toned photographs from the album have a touch of finality to them, and we can’t help but continue to admire the way she carries herself even in the final stages of her career.

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