2 May 1987
Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
|Died||12 May 2011
Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
|Cause of death||Suicide|
Mutsumi Fujisaki (藤崎 睦美? Fujisaki Mutsumi, 2 May 1987 – 12 May 2011), better known as Miyu Uehara (上原 美優? Uehara Miyu), was a Japanese gravure idol (glamour model) and TV personality, who gained popularity as a "poverty idol".
Uehara was born on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture, the youngest of 10 siblings. She attended high school in Kagoshima for a brief time before dropping out. She moved to Tokyo at the age of 17, and began glamour modeling while working as a hostess at a Tokyo hostess club.
She began to be known as a "poverty [poor] idol" because of her poor background, and after featuring on the cover of the Weekly Playboy magazine, she released her first photobook, Hare Tokidoki Namida (lit. "Fair, then Occasional Tears") in July 2009. She had appeared in a total of 445 television programs and two television commercials by May 2011.
Uehara died at her apartment in Meguro, Tokyo early on 12 May 2011 at the age of 24, after apparently committing suicide by hanging. Police reported that no suicide note was found but there were some illegible messages scribbled possibly by her.
- 10-nin Kyōdai Binbō Aidoru - Watashi, Ikenai Shōjo Dattan Deshōka? (１０人兄弟貧乏アイドル☆私、イケナイ少女だったんでしょうか？?) (May 2009, Poplar; ISBN 978-4-591-10965-6)
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