Sweet & Sexy Leah Dizon: The First "Planet Idol"?


Leah Dizon is a rarity among so-called Japanese Idols: she's multi-talented, multi-ethnic and has universal appeal that makes a mockery of national borders. Leah Dizon's smashing success in Japan is all the more notable considering she's not even Japanese! The soon to be 21 beauty is an eye-pleasing blend of French, Chinese and Filipina heritage, born in Las Vegas to casino croupier parents. Dizon took a crash course in Japanese when, in 2006, her popular website attracted the attention of a large talent agency in Japan and she moved to Tokyo to begin a modeling career. Best-selling photobooks led to her scoring regular TV appearances, a string of chart hits as a J-Pop artist and a growing number of lucrative product promotions. It may seem like Leah Dizon is everywhere to be seen, hears and read on the web in Japan, and yet her career has barely begun. Indeed, Japan may prove to be too small for the likes of Leah Dizon, the world itself may be her ultimate stage. (image via le Journal du Geek)


Leah Dizon performing her song "Kot Shiyou" at Music Station on June 1, 2007  (via hikkichan@jpopsuki)Leah Dizon performing her song "Kot Shiyou" at Music Station on June 1, 2007 (via hikkichan@jpopsuki)

I first took notice of Leah Dizon when she appeared on the popular NHK television show Music Station to perform her new single, "Kot Shiyou". Accompanied by a pair of scantily clad backup singer/dancers, Dizon gyrated across the stage, singing in a mix of English and Japanese. Her erotic, sexually charged performance blew away my image of a typical Japanese Idol yet she still managed to evoke that sense of sweet innocence these Idols so carefully cultivate. Japanese advertisers know a good thing when they see it too - Dizon's current commercials extol the virtues of the Sony PlayStation 3 Ninja Gaiden Sigma, among others. This girl is getting a LOT of exposure, and her star should rise even higher with the release of her next single "L.O.V.E U", due to be released on August 8th.


Leah Dizon's latest step towards stardom was taken on July 31st when Japanese toy maker Bandai named her to be the face of their new "Sweet Razzor" women's clothing line. In an unusual break with Idol tradition, Dizon will not only represent the brand but will lend her talents to designing and marketing the clothing. Bandai has high hopes for Sweet Razzor, estimating first year sales at 2 billion yen or about 16 million dollars. My guess is that Bandai is also hoping Dizon's "girl without borders" image and universal appeal will boost acceptance of the line in other countries.


So, what's next for Leah Dizon? At just 20, the world is her oyster and she's as pretty as a pearl - with the smarts necessary to avoid being strung along like all the rest. A new world culture born out of social globalization has been born, personified by trend-setting image leaders like Leah Dizon. "Planet Idol", anyone? (image via TreToday Forums)


Check out this cool video feature on Leah Dizon by Gyao News:

Steve Levenstein
Japanese Innovations Writer

Aug 2, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

What does this have to do

What does this have to do with inventions?

Aug 2, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Answer: Their Parents "Created" Them

What did inventions have to do with the "American Inventor" show?

Aug 3, 2007
by Mike (not verified)

What did she invent?

A clothing line qualified her for this pae? Are you serious? Do you think she actually designed the clothes herself. Don't get me wrong, she's attractive, but what did she do to earn a spot on this page? Or can we look forward to more Asian cuties?

Aug 3, 2007
by Steve Levenstein
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You've missed the point

You've missed the point - i said in the very first sentence that Dizon "breaks the mold" of the Japanese Idol. It's not what she invents, it's what she represents: a new trend towards a universal pop culture.

Aug 3, 2007
by Anonymous The Reactor (not verified)

It is obvious Steve has the hots for her

I'm not so sure about the idea of "social" globalization, especially if she was born in Las Vegas but got her big break in Japan.   This sounds more like "anitsocial" globalization.  An American-born girl who looks a little Japanese is picked up by the Japanese because--well, why?  There isn't social globalization--yet.

Aug 3, 2007
by Michelle
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I asked Steve the same

I asked Steve the same question, how does this article belong on this site.

He reminded me that we are about interesting inventions, innovations and ideas. And that she represented a cool new trend.  I wasn't quite convinced but thought it an interesting read anyway. :)


Aug 25, 2007
by LZW (not verified)

Hey, you all leah dizon

Hey, you all leah dizon haters, just shut up. i know ure out there jerking off and surfin the net for more, so quit poppin off, stop your gap.

Oct 19, 2007
by Filipina: Leah Dizon (not verified)

Leah Dizon

cool blog, very informative. I got similar site like this, it's all about Filipina Celebrities. Would you mind if I ask you for a link exchange?


May 6, 2008
by Anonymous

are you filipina?

gyao leah dizon are you a true filipina..some said your from japan and others say that your from los angeles wht is true about you???

Oct 7, 2008
by Anonymous

leah dizon

It's an insult having a dicussion of a model from Japan on this web site. She is nothing special just another chick taking half nude photos. I saw her music video and it reminded me of a Asian wannabe Brittney Spears. Let the Japanese give her attention she didn't make it here in the good old USA. No offense to her she looks lovely if your into the asian thing, I guess. I'm not a hater I'm just being honest.