For possibly the first time in my life, I have to agree with a woman.
Grid Girls are a vital part of motorsports, they generally always have been and continue to be, considering how the very foundation of motorsports is of course competitive sports of which crazed fanatics are generally males, automotive racing has been dominated by male participants and male spectators.
However the (((globalized))) trend has been shifting from using beauty and femininity as promotional girls, marketing products, on the grid and especially around merchandising areas, as the pinnacle of worldwide motorsports, Formula 1 has generally banned the “grid girl” concept from the start of the 2018 season, instead replacing them with grid kids instead.
Formula 1 as you may already know is about as woke and inclusive as can possibly be for an organization since it had been acquired by (((Liberty Media))), supporting the likes of domestic terrorist groups such as Black Lives Matter and initiating the “We Race as One” Policy.
The move of course was simply down to grid girls being “sexualized” and “misogynistic”, however other racing categories such as DTM still do employ grid girls to some extent, America’s own NASCAR series has been on and off regarding female promotional models.
However there hasn’t been any greater display of using beautiful women as marketing agents as Australia’s own “Supercars” series.
However with the likes of Formula 1 donning away from the old hat trick, other forms of racing series, particularly those that fall under the FIA has generally abandoned the concept of grid girls to be more inclusive, woke and to appear “non-sexist”.
Japan however embraces grid girls, so much so that the land of the rising sun labels them with a much more appropriate title, Race Queens.
Japan is a hotbed of motorsport, with the small island nation being the home of Super Formula, the Japanese Super GT series, D1 GP Drifting among other much smaller forms of motorsport that frequent the various racetracks that inhabit Japan.
Race Queens are obviously vital for Japanese motorsports, which explains why two time winner of “Race Queen of the Year” award, Miyabi Kondo recently spoke in an interview regarding the fate of Grid Girls as they are threatened to become extinct as time moves forward.
The interview itself is a rather interesting read if you genuinely care for motorsports in general, with Miyabi Kondo reciting typical work schedules for teams and most importantly, herself during a race weekend.
Race Queens are glamorous models used to promote teams, sponsors and more, they’re not just out there on the grid before a race starts and then head on back home, race queens such as Miyabi Kondo are generally found in the garage with the rest of the team during qualifying or the race itself, watching the live feed, supporting the team and of course promoting them as well on social media platforms.
Q: While you have been a race queen for eight years, in 2018, the “grid girl” was abolished in F1 because it “does not conform to modern social norms”. “Race queen-like existence” tends to disappear worldwide, but how do you feel?
Miyabi Kondo: Of course, we are aware of the global trend, but considering the environment surrounding motorsports in Japan, we believe that our presence is necessary.
Domestic races such as SUPER GT are, unfortunately, far from being as major as baseball or soccer. The results are rarely featured in the news, and only sad events such as accidents are featured.
There is no place to widely disseminate the fun of the race and information about the race itself. In addition, the circuit is far from the nearest station, and it is not a leisure activity for people to come casually, so it is difficult to attract fans.
When I thought about what to do with the lack of opportunities to be known, I thought that Japan would have no choice but to have race queens enter.
“There are cute girls” “There are girls in costumes that reveal a little bit”, so I asked them to come to the circuit.
So when you come to the circuit, you have no choice but to watch the race, right? If you can see it, I think you will definitely be able to feel the fun of racing.
In terms of universal appeal, motor racing has always been on the backfoot compared to sports categories that involve touching balls, Japanese organizations need to do everything they possibly can to attract people, sell tickets, support the team, buy merchandise.
There’s nothing better to entice male participants than with a little sex appeal, when the western world thinks of Japanese racing or more specifically racecar drivers that have acclaim worldwide, we’re only brought to a handful of examples but not for the right reasons such as Sakon Yamamoto and Taki Inoue’s disastrous F1 careers.
Miyabi Kondo was asked the most important question of all:
Is there anyone other than a race queen who can attract fans?
Miyabi Kondo: There are some domestic drivers who have the potential to gather fans, but when it comes to using social media, I get the impression that they still have a long way to go compared to F1 drivers who have a lot of fans.
There are a lot of people who just report the results, saying, “What was your qualifying place? I’ll do my best in the race from tomorrow.” If that’s the case, you can’t just say ‘cool’ or ‘let’s go to the race to see that person’.
Given the current situation, I think that once race queens are eliminated from Japan, it’s all over. A race queen is indispensable as an existence that attracts new people to the circuit.
Previously, Juichi Wakisaka (a racing driver called “Mr. SUPER GT” who won SUPER GT three times as a driver and once as a manager), who appeared together in “Out x Deluxe”, said, “If the race queen disappears, the entrance fee will increase.
There will be no financial resources such as income,” and this is my opinion based on that story.
I think race queens are better at disseminating information on social media than drivers, and they have more followers than drivers.
As a race queen myself, I learned about the fun of racing and have continued my activities with the hope that people will enjoy racing.
It makes me happy to have people know me as a race queen, but the thing that makes me the happiest is to be told “I came to the circuit because I wanted to meet Ms. Kondo, but when I saw the race, I was hooked. is the word.
And I agree to some extent, the real takeaway from this specific section of the interview is Kondo mentioning that Japanese drivers rarely do get national fame and attention unless of course they manage to make the expensive trip to Europe in pursuit of a Formula 1 career such as current F1 Driver from Japan, Yuki Tsunoda.
If Grid Girls / Race Queens were barred from Japanese motorsport, Miyabi Kondo mentions that home support for Japanese racing will gradually fall off a cliff, her occupation alongside other beautiful women strutting their stuff, promoting race teams are indeed vital in attracting the Low T audience of Japanese spectators.
Juichi Wakisaka has had a successful career as a Japanese Super GT racing driver, having won the Super GT series in 2002, 2006 and 2009, while being a runner-up for the championship in 2003 and 2010. He has had a longstanding successful career in Super GT racing, he himself stating that if grid girls were annexed from the paddock then racing organizers would have to increase ticket prices to make up the loss in revenue.
Once again the changes in western society prove that the biggest enemy of women, women who particularly wish to pursue a career as a model or “race queen” is in fact other women, feminism and female “empowerment” has actively destroyed the livelihoods of many others.
With Formula One abandoning Grid Girls many years ago with other forms of motorsport groups around the world following F1’s example, I for one certainly hope that Japan continues to employ and fight for Racing Queens, removing pretty women from the grid will certainly alienate fans and spectators as the very foundation of motorsport racing was built up by men and is dominated by men.
Miyabi Kondo may just be saying this for her own job’s security but it’s still the damn truth, fanservice sells tickets, fanservice sells merchandise, without Race Queens and Grid Girls your racing series is bound to lose spectators and local interest.