Glimpsing into the far-flung future, stylist Richie Roman imagines Japanese beauty in a world that has been redefi ned by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
"I know that it sounds dark, but for whatever reason, I felt compelled to watch every bit of news as the Fukushima reactor meltdown unfolded in 2011," Richie Roman confides. "Aside from praying that science would figure out a way to prevent a radioactive apocalypse and worrying about obvious health threats, I couldn't help but wonder how this deadly event would shift Japanese culture."
2. "Would new art and beauty be filtered through a radioactive lens? Would there be area mutations that became a unique standard of beauty?"
3. Would life become more introspective or less trusting? The answers to Roman's questions and more are expressed in RadioActive, a pensive yet beautiful work about how the Fukushima Daiichi disaster will continue to impact future generations that live in this Japanese prefecture. (Ramon's collection is currently a NAHA 2012 finalist for Texture and Make-up Artist. (RRatedHair.com) (ProBeauty.org)
4. Art Director and Hairstylist: Richie Roman (RRatedHair.com); Photographer: Roneil Chavez (RoneilChavez.com); Makeup Artist: Jeanne San Diego (JeanneSanDiego.com); Fashion Stylists: Richie Roman and Jeanne San Diego