Japan Airlines’ Uniforms Hit Fetish Market
Here in the U.S, it’s common to hear women say that they like a man in a uniform. In Japan, the tables are turned. Men have a serious thing for a woman in uniform, so much so that love hotels, clubs and other venues parade women around in uniforms of various kinds. The hottest look? Japan Airline Flight Attendant. JAL’s traditional (and rather conservative) stewardess outfits have historically been in high demand in Japan’s black market. JAL has taken precautions to avoid an authentic uniform from making its way on the market, but when one slips by individuals and high-end costume shops that cater to sexual fetishism and roll playing will pay a pretty penny for the uniform. The skirt-and-blazer ensemble is a highly requested look for club dancers, who play up the “sexy stewardess” stereotype.
The fate of keeping the uniforms under wraps is unknown in the wake of JAL’s recent bankruptcy and layoffs. There may soon be plenty of unused uniforms to be sold and ex-employees looking for extra cash. The uniforms reportedly have serial numbers sewn into them, according to ABC News, and the airline has staff members dedicated to tracking the whereabouts of each article of clothing. (via NileGuide)