It isn’t difficult to spot an advertisement in Japan, especially in larger cities. On trains, in city squares, and inside shops, you can see the many faces of well-loved and well-known singers, models, and actors that expand beyond their main skill and do some advertising by endorsing certain products.
One model who has gained incredible popularity over the past few years is Eri Sato, commonly known by her stage name, Rola. She is “ha-fu” (half) Japanese, a trait that seems to be popular among models in Japan. Let’s find out more about the young celebrity who has gained a massive following since 2011.
— Maison Kitsuné Japan (@kitsune_japan) May 15, 2017
Rola’s mother is Japanese and a quarter Russian and her father is from Bangladesh, and Rola was raised there until she was nine when she started attending an American school. She was quickly noticed when she was in Tokyo and made her debut in 2011 after being approached by a scout for a modeling agency.
You may have seen Rola on various TV shows, endorsing various products from makeup to Bitcoin, and making guest appearances on comedy and game shows. She is a very pretty girl, with a seemingly likable personality and multiple languages under her belt. She has quickly become one of the most famous and successful celebrities (or “tarento”) in Japan, and as well as modeling seems to be willing to branch out to other endeavors such as acting, writing, and comedy.
— ROLA (@RolaWorLD) September 24, 2013
Rola’s father is Bangladeshi, and she was brought up in Bangladesh until she attended an American international school at nine years old. Her parents divorced and for a time, she was brought up by her Chinese stepmother, with whom she got on very well. A lot of people don’t know that Rola is actually a twin; she has a twin brother, as well as younger siblings who are also twins.
Rola is the second most followed Japanese celebrity on Twitter. She created her account in 2012 and, as of January 2018, has 4.3 million followers.
Rola has appeared in some episodes of Gaki no Tsukai’s year-end show Waratte wa Ikenai (Laughing is Forbidden), playing various skits in order to make the hosts laugh. She also made a brief appearance in the 2016 movie Resident Evil: The Final Chapter as a soldier called Cobalt.
She also has some of her own body mists and perfumes, one of which is called Vasilisa. She has also written three books: The Rola, Rola’s Closet, and Rola’s Kitchen.
In 2013, Rola’s father got into legal trouble for swindling, which could have potentially damaged her reputation.
She made her musical debut in 2012 with the song “Memories,” which was the theme song for the Pokemon movie Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo.
I have a lot of respect for Rola. She is very young; in 2011 she was only 21 years old, and she is already a nationally famous star. She seems bubbly and friendly and has a great sense of humour. She could barely contain her giggles in the times I’ve seen her appear in Waratte wa Ikenai.
Rola is still young and has already hit phenomenal success of which most hopeful “tarento” only dream. I’m sure we are likely to see a lot more of her in the coming years as well.