Sola Aoi, 蒼井空, the Scissor-Hand of Asian Chicks


Asian girls have this scissor-hand syndrome in photographs.

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Sola Aoi (蒼井空) (the one with black hair)

she's the famous Japanese porn star Sola Aoi (born 1983) (蒼井空; 蒼井 そら) And now she's also a media personality, quite popular in China. She's also learning Chinese. She's on Twitter aoi_sola and Sina Weibo 蒼井空.

Here's Sola singing on stage, also speaking Chinese.

苍井空MINI演唱会 HD高清完整版

Origin of the Scissor-Hand Gesture in Asia

Note that the V sign gesture is mostly known as a Victory sign, used by allied troops in World War 2 (1939 – 1945). (it is of course commonly used to signal the number 2).

Then, it became a peace sign in US counter-culture movement in the 1960s.

Here's a quote from Wikipedia:

The V sign (U+270C ✌ victory hand in Unicode) is a hand gesture in which the index and middle fingers are raised and parted, while the other fingers are clenched. It has various meanings, depending on the cultural context and how it is presented. It is most commonly[citation needed] used to represent the letter “V” as in “victory,” especially by Allied troops during World War II. It has also been used by people of the United Kingdom and related cultures as an offensive gesture (when displayed with the palm inward); and by many others simply to signal the number 2. Since the 1960s, when the “V sign” was widely adopted by counterculture movement, it has come to be used as a symbol of peace (usually with palm outward).

John Lennon with Yoko Ono 1971 peace sign
John Lennon with Yoko Ono 1971

〔➤ American, War & Peace; Art Film: I Met the Walrus (John Lennon)

but how did Asians started to use it in photograph?

According to Wikipedia:

The palm-outwards V sign is very commonly made by Japanese people, especially younger people, when posing for informal photographs. One account of this practice claims it was influenced by the American figure skater Janet Lynn during the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Hokkaidō. She fell during a free-skate period, but continued to smile even as she sat on the ice. Though she placed third in the competition, her cheerful diligence and persistence resonated with many Japanese viewers. Lynn became an overnight foreign celebrity in Japan. A peace activist, Lynn frequently flashed the V sign when she was covered in Japanese media. Though the Japanese knew the sign from the post-World War II Allied occupation of Japan, she is credited by some Japanese for having popularized its use since the 1970s in amateur photographs. The gesture has been adopted by otakus around the world. V sign in Korea and Taiwan

In South Korea and in Taiwan, the V sign is the most popular pose in photographs. It is used in both casual and formal settings. It is not widely known to Koreans or Taiwanese that the V sign can mean “peace” or used as an insult; some may believe that the meaning of the sign is “victory”. They use it both ways (palm facing the signer and palm facing forward).

Here's Janet Lynn 1972 Olympic figure skating at Sapporo. She fell at 1:50.

Janet Lynn 1972 Olympic figure skating, at Sapporo, Japan.
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