July 27, 1987 (age 34) (
Masato Wada, Anri Sugihara, Ai Shinozaki
Risa Yoshiki (吉木 りさ) is a Japanese gravure idol and singer. She has released two singles, seven DVDs, and appears regularly on TV and radio.
Life and career
Yoshiki was born in Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo. She wanted to be a manga artist when growing up. In her first year of high school, she was scouted in Harajuku by the Fitone agency. She decided to become an enka singer and trained for two years.
In November 2004, she released a DVD of images, "Koi". Her parents were opposed to a career in glamour modelling. From 2009 she became a regular on a variety programme called Campus Night Fuji. In 2010, the programme finished. She also graduated from the Asia University of Japan in the same year.
Her debut as a singer was a cover version of Yozakura Oshichi, originally sung by Fuyumi Sakamoto. She went on to perform with others in the cast of Campus Night Fuji in a group called Campus Nighters. In March 2011 she released a single Destin Histoire under the name "yoshiki*lisa".
In 2010, a television variety programme chose her as the woman with the most beautiful face in an encyclopedia of Japanese celebrities.
In February 2011 her DVDs dominated Amazon.co.jp's rankings for sales of idol DVDs, occupying first, second, third and fourth places. Idol commentator Hideo Horikoshi attributes her success to the contrast of her genuine beauty, of the kind not usually found in glamour models, with a willingness to pose for pictures including crotch shots, cosplay, and bondage poses.