Perhaps you’re familiar with duckface, the facial expression employed by some females in which they push their lips outward and curl them upward to make themselves look sexy or cute*.
In Japan, duckface became popular circa 1998, after the debut of popular singer Ami Suzuki, who often used the expression in photo shoots. Since then, duckface has become a widely-recognized method for Japanese females to express their ‘cuteness’ or ‘sexiness,’ with the Japanese term “duck-mouth” even being published in a dictionary for the first time in 2005. Today, duckface remains the distorted face of choice for many young Japanese females posing for the camera.
Recently, we here at RocketNews24 wondered that if duckface is a tried-and-true method for Japanese women to increase their sex-appeal, how well will it work for Japanese men?
To find out, we asked the one person who could use a visual boost more than anyone else we know, Mr. Satoh.
To our surprise, when we asked Mr. Satoh to perform duckface for us, he claimed that he was already a pro, and proceeded to jut his lips out like he was getting ready for that first kiss he’s always been waiting for.
We pointed out to Mr. Satoh that there’s more to duckface than just sticking your lips out – you must also curl them upward to fully emulate the duck bill and achieve maximum cuteness.
Still, Mr. Satoh seemed to be having trouble, so we suggested he first put his lips in the position of saying ‘ɯ’ (if you’re unfamiliar with the International Phonetic Alphabet, think of the ‘ue’ in ‘sue’), and from there curl the lips as to say ‘ɲi’ (think ‘knee’) while maintain the ‘ɯ’ position.
However, this served to only confuse Mr. Satoh even more and we soon found ourselves struggling to just stop him from saying ‘ɯ’ and ‘ɲi’ over and over.
Eventually, Mr. Satoh seemed to completely forget the purpose of our training and began to distort his face in ways we thought could only be achieved by putting someone to the rack.
We suppose it’s our fault for asking Mr. Satoh to help us in the first place.
*The efficacy of Duckface is widely debated and many critics argue that females who perform the Duckface actually risk looking less cute or even flat-out stupid.
▼ With a hint of Antonio Inoki
▼ Similar to Ken Shimura’s “Aiin” face, but horrifying