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Anime Midwest Announces Misako Aoki, Kawaii Ambassador

Chicago's summer anime convention will play host to the Kawaii Ambassador for Lolita Fashion, Misako Aoki.


Rosemont, IL -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/07/2017 -- announced today that it will be hosting the Kawaii Ambassador for Lolita Fashion from Japan, Misako Aoki. Misako has modeled for Lolita fashion brands such as BABY The Stars Shine Bright and Angelic Pretty. She will participate in a lolita tea party and lolita fashion show at the convention July 7-9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

Misako Aoki is a model for Japanese lolita fashion and an ambassador of kawaii pop culture, and since 2013 she is also the President of the Association of Japanese lolitas. She debuted as a model while she was studying nursing, and has represented Japanese lolita fashion through the magazine KERA. In March 2009 she was appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan as "Kawaii Ambassador" representing Lolita fashion, in order to disseminate this trend globally. In February 2013 she founded the Japanese Lolitas Association, Nihon Lolita Kyoukai, to strengthen ties with people interested in Lolita fashion worldwide. She has modeled in outfits for several brands including BABY The Stars Shine Bright, and Angelic Pretty.

On the fashionable streets of Japan, particularly Harajuku and Yoyogi Park, women and girls of all ages dress in beautiful couture dresses adorned with frills, lace, bows, and intricately patterned fabric. The baby-doll dresses end in a sea of ruffles just below the knees, and huge bows pin their long hair and wigs into place. The fashion is called "Lolita," and fans all over the world have been embracing the trend. It represents a trend of Victorian-style dresses and large ruffles becoming popular among girls wanting to look "Kawaii".

Anime Midwest is an annual convention held in Rosemont, Illinois, just outside of Chicago's O'hare Airport. The three day convention hosts all kinds of events ranging from talks with the anime industry to a massive exhibit hall filled wall to wall with anime merchandise. Over 15,000 people are expected to show up at this year's convention, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'hare and Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Registering for the convention involves buying a ticket in order to attend, which can be purchased online in advance at

Admission to watch the lolita fashion show at Anime Midwest is included in the cost of a badge for the convention. Most events at Anime Midwest come at no extra charge, unless there is a fee from the venue to provide food or something special; tea party tickets will cost $50, and will include food provided by the Hyatt Regency O'hare. Autographs at all conventions are free.

More information about Anime Midwest's guest list can be found at

Anime Midwest is organized by the convention organization, which organizes between five and eight conventions in any given year. This is Anime Midwest's seventh year, growing to an expected 15,000 attendees per day after starting with a mere 500 attendees per day in 2011. Each year Anime Midwest and highlight more members of the Japanese fashion, anime, music, and culture industries.