Naomi Watanabe

Naomi Watanabe
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Naomi Watanabe Watanabe Naomi is a Japanese comedian, actor, and fashion designer who was born on October 23, 1987. She became well-known in 2008 after she impersonated Beyoncé, earning her the moniker "the Japanese Beyoncé."
Early Life And Career
Watanabe performs impersonations of well-known Japanese musicians; her rendition of Beyoncé's songs "Dreamgirls" and "Crazy in Love" gained a lot of attention. Along with launching her own clothing brand, Punyus—which roughly translates to "chubby" in English—she has also acted in musicals, having portrayed Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray and Mabel in Fame. As of February 23, 2023, she has 9.9 million followers on Instagram.

In the anime film Crayon Shin-chan: Very Tasty! from 2013, Watanabe made an appearance as a guest. B-class Gourmet Survival!!. She provided the voice of Ashima in the Japanese version of the Thomas & Friends movie The Great Race in 2016. She appeared in The Ideal Woman, Season 1, Episode 3 of Queer Eye: We're in Japan! in 2019. She said in March 2021 that she would be relocating from Japan to the US the following month. She has been featured in the magazine Us Weekly.
Personal Life
Raised in Ibaraki, Watanabe was born in Taipei to a Taiwanese mother and a Japanese father. She is Taiwanese and Japanese in origin.