Born on September 20, 1977 in Naja, Okinawa, Japan, Namie Amura is not only known in the Entertainment industry for being a Japanese R&B singer and former actress, but also, she is a fashion icon. She is indeed one versatile artist. Before even talking about her success stories and career life, let us first talk about her personal life and know her better. In this way, we would know who and what inspired her to become an artist and strive to become who she is now.
Amuro, unfortunately, didn’t grow up with a complete family behind her. She was raised solely by her mother Emiko Taira. Amuro didn’t get to spend much time with her father since she was just 4 years old when her parents decided to divorce. Being alone and responsible to raising her child, Taira ventured into various types of work just to be able to provide for her three children. She was once a nursery school employee and a bar hostess. We can say that her family’s situation led her to pursuing a career that she wasn’t totally expecting. She was just 12 years old when she was discovered. She was, at that time, visiting her friend and Masauki Makino, a talent scout, thought that she can really sing. This talent scout wasn’t just a normal employee in an agency; Makino was actually the owner of Okinawa Actors School, which was a known performing arts school. Being discovered by the owner, Amura decided to enroll in the school. Two years passed and she became part of the Super Monkey’s, an idol group that consists of five other girl members.
Admittedly, the success of the group wasn’t instant. It was rather slow that resulted to the need of changing the group’s name. Amuro’s name was incorporated mainly because it was during that time that she was at her peak of popularity. Super Monkey’s then became known as the “Namie Amuro with Super Monkey’s”. Indeed, this helped the group in their aim of getting the trust of the public. Though she was the main talent of the group, Amuro still participated and appeared in various television dramas and small films.
In 1997, Amuro announced her done marriage with Masaharu Maruyama, member of the band TRF. The public was even more surprised because she was, back then, three months pregnant. This great change in Amuro’s life didn’t stop her from continuing her career. Not to mention, before the year ended, she won the Grand Pix Award of the Japan Records Awards again for her first single “Can You Celebrate?”.
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