Former Otona-AKB48 member Mariko Tsukamoto to have modeling debut in December

Former Otona-AKB48 member Mariko “Mariri” Tsukamoto (38) is set to have her modeling debut in the December issue of “Be ST” (美ST) magazine.

Tsukamoto who is a housewife and mother of two, beat out 5,066 women this past April for the chance to be an Otona-AKB member. She graduated from the group on September 1st and during her four months in AKB she participated in CMs, concerts, and handshake events.

There will also be an interview in the same magazine. She states, “I don’t regret being in AKB48. When I would return home there were times that I was so exhausted that I would just fall asleep in the entryway. There were also days that I cried a lot in front of my husband. I am very grateful to my family and the kind members. I really felt that I could do anything once I started and age was no longer a thing that could hold me back.

In regards to her debut as a model she commented, “I’m absolutely looking forward to this experience. I want to absorb all of the beauty information that I can and become a more polished woman.

(via: Oricon)

  • Comments

    • Guest

      Lol, wtf I thought the industry was mad at her and wanted to kick her out so they ‘graduated’ her…
      since she lied about not being famous before trying to get into akb

      • Joe Gibken

        She’s not that really famous. She just entered show business by being a vocalist in a band and released a single or something.

        But then again, the time when she graduated at AKB48, was also the time media found out she was in show business prior being a member. I don’t know either if she was in show business before being the main reason she graduated in AKB48.

        • pandaapple

          no no, she graduated from AKB48 because it was a temp position! like her graduating was already planned from the start she was never meant to stay there long. The whole her being in show business had nothing to do with it.

      • Yu Wei

        No, some fans were pissed but idt the media cared. She graduated because she was only contracted for a small period of time. Had nothing to do with the ‘scandal’.

      • l3012

        It was an independent band, it’s not like she was in another major act prior AKB.

    • oreally?