A gravure idol or gradol for short is a young, female Japanese model, appearing mainly in mens magazines, as playfully sexual and suggestive.
They’re usually young in appearance, resembling teenagers of girls in their early twenties.
Origin of the term
Their name comes from a kind of printing in Japan, rotogravure, which is used to produce magazines and newspapers.
These kinds of magazines, with these models started to appear shortly after the invention of the rotogravure technique, giving them the name; Gravure idol. Women have been used for advertisement for centuries, all over the world, Japan included.
Spread of the term
Gradols have become a big thing with the growing popularity of Japanese culture and artworks. We can often find some kinds of magazines in a weeb’s closet, with cute, smiling gravure idols winking at us sportively.
Many gravure idols also perform as AV idols, short for Adult Video, so that sexually attractive smile actually reflects something, beyond the acted out innocence of the model.
- Urban Dictionary – Gravur Idol