Magarey in his Ladybeard persona in 2016
Richard Magarey

(1983-08-03) 3 August 1983 (age 40)
Alma materFlinders University
Ring name(s)Ladybeard[1]
Richard Burn[1]
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[1]
Billed fromAdelaide, South Australia
Musical career
GenresKawaii metal
  • Vocals
Years active2015–present

Richard Magarey (born 3 August 1983) is an Australian stunt actor, professional wrestler, singer and YouTuber, known for his bearded crossdressing persona named Ladybeard (Japanese: レディビアード). He is currently vocalist of the band Babybeard, formerly with the band Ladybaby and Deadlift Lolita.

Early career

According to GirlsWalker, Magarey first started crossdressing when he was 14 years old using his sister's school uniform. Ever since then, cute outfits have been part of his eventual wrestling gimmick.[2] Margarey worked in Supré when he was 18.

Magarey graduated from the Flinders University of South Australia Drama Centre in 2004 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts[3] before moving to Melbourne to train in Hong Kong-style martial arts and cinematic stunt work with Paul Andreovski of the Jackie Chan Stunt Team.[4]

Wrestling and acting career

Originally from Adelaide, Magarey moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to kickstart his martial arts stunt career in films, later becoming a hit in Hong Kong as a cross-dressing pro wrestler. He held roles in two Michael Gleissner movies: Irreversi, shot in 2010 in Hong Kong (where Magarey was also the stand-in for lead actor Ian Bohen), and Deep Gold, shot in 2011 in the Philippines. He also starred as the main foreign villain in The Fortune Buddies. In October 2013 he moved to Tokyo, Japan to attempt a similar career there. On January 1, 2015 Ladybeard released the DVD+CD "Ladybeard Justice Fight Ai To Yuki To Bikini To Hige To (ジャスティス・ファイト ~愛と勇気とビキニと髭と)".[5] In 2017 Ladybeard was part of the Australian documentary "Big in Japan".[6]

In addition to his native English, Ladybeard has conversational levels of Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese and can understand some German.[7]

Championships and accomplishments

Music career

Ladybeard at T-SPOOK 2016, an event held at Odaiba.

Ladybeard's musical style is described as Kawaiicore, a portmanteau of kawaii (Japanese for "cute") and the -core suffix associated with hardcore metal genres.[10] His motto is "Sing, dance, destroy!".


In 2015, he formed the band with singers Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya [jp] called Ladybaby.[11][12] On 4 July, the group released their first track and music video titled 'Nippon Manju' ('Japanese Bun', in English) which is a song that covers all the things they love about Japan.[citation needed] Released in July 2015, the music video went viral on YouTube, at one point gathering 1 million views in 2 days.[13] Their second single, released in Japan on 13 January 2016, debuted at number 15 in the daily Oricon charts.[14] Ladybeard has since withdrawn from the group. The group re-branded itself, going by "The Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby".[15] in 2018, the group returned to the original name after Rei left the group and three other girls joined. Ladybeard did however make a guest appearance on the EP "ホシノナイソラ -Starless_Sky-", providing additional growling vocals on the song "ビリビリマネー -Biri Biri Money-".

Deadlift Lolita

Deadlift Lolita in 2017

On 28 February 2017, Ladybeard announced the formation of a new group, "Deadlift Lolita", with bodybuilding model and wrestler Reika Saiki.[16][17][18][19] They are joined by guitarist Isao Fujita [jp], who also accompanied Babymetal. Their first single "Six Pack Twins" was released on 31 March 2017.[10]

Solo and collaborations

On 1 January 2015 Ladybeard released the single CD bonus of the DVD "LadyBeard Justice Fight – Ai to Yuki to Bikini to Hige to -", with the single and four remixes of the song "Ladybeard Justice Fight".[20] On 20 January 2016 Ladybeard was featured in Shiori Tomita single "Valentine Kiss Cover", version of "Valentine Kiss", from Sayuri Kokushō. On 19 October 2016 Ladybeard released a collaboration single with PEE and Yuuka Furukawa, "Wanchan Aruchan".[21] On 28 October 2016 he released a collaboration single with the Chinese idol group ATF, "Ghost Script".[22] On 23 May 2018 he released a collaboration single with the drummer MURATA TAMU, "Super D & D ~Kanzen ni Lead Shite I My Me~", with "D zettai! Samurai in the rain" as b-side.[23] On 7 July 2020 he made screams in the single from Zakk Cash "Limit Break X Survivor (Dragon Ball Super Collaborative Cover) (feat. Amalee, Ladybeard, Samuel Cristea, Eric Emery, Julian Comeau, Mark Barela, Callgirl & Christian Grey"). All the proceeds from streams are going to Action Against Hunger, supporting victims of the Aussie bushfires, and those most affected by Covid.


On April 12, 2021, Ladybeard announced the formation of a new group called Babybeard with singers Suzu and Kotomi. Their debut releases "Nippon Kara Konnichiwa" and "PIENIZER" began streaming on April 28, 2021.[24] "Nippon Kara Konnichiwa" reached the iTunes Store J-Pop Top Songs Top 2 in Australia on April 28, 2021 and Top 4 in the U.S. on April 29, 2021.[25] Songs for the group were written by Takashi Asano and Natsumi Tadano, the writers of Ladybaby's "Nippon Manju".[26]


In 2022, he launched the podcast "Cat with Beard from JAPAN".[27]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Ladybeard". Cagematch. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  2. ^ "話題沸騰中☆ヒゲ女装レディビアードに迫る!". 11 August 2011. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Cross-dressing wrestler no closet champion".
  4. ^ "Sitting Down with a Pro Cross-Dressing Idol Wrestler (ft. Ladybeard)".
  5. ^ "Ladybeard is in a movie called Justice Fight check out the trailer". 12 July 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Big in Japan Documentary: An Outrageous Diy Fame Journey". 28 October 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Sitting Down with a Pro Cross-Dressing Idol Wrestler (ft. Ladybeard)". Trash Taste. Retrieved 17 April 2021 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ LiLiCoが初代KO―D10人タッグ王座奪取 股間握らせ投げ技発射. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). 20 August 2017. Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  9. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "Union Pro Fly To Everywhere World Championship " Titles Database".
  10. ^ a b Orsini, Lauren. "Japan's Only Crossdressing Death-Metal Vocalist Forms Bodybuilding Idol Group 'Deadlift Lolita'".
  11. ^ "Japan's Biggest Metal Band Features Two Underaged Girls and a Bearded, Cross-Dressing Singer". Vice. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  12. ^ Iannella, Antimo (15 July 2015). "J-pop sensation LadyBeard, aka Adelaide's Richard Magarey, goes viral". The Advertiser. Adelaide. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Интернет взорвал клип группы Ladybaby с бородатым солистом в платье: Буквально за два дня количество просмотров этого клипа увеличилось на миллион" (in Russian). Metro International. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  14. ^ "オリコンデイリー CDシングルランキング 2016年01月12日付 11~20位". Oricon. Archived from the original on 14 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Ladybaby からレディビアード脱退、れい&理江は改名して再始動". natalie. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  16. ^ "A Japanese Model for a Pro Wrestling League is Probably Buffer Than You Are". 27 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Japan can't stop looking at modeling idol's big, beautiful...muscles! 【Photos】". 26 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Deadlift Lolita Official".
  19. ^ "Ladybeard starts new group: Deadlift Lolita with Reika Saiki – Dokipress". 28 February 2017. Archived from the original on 3 March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  20. ^ "鼓膜シュレッダー – Ladybeard Justice Fight 特典音楽CD". discogs. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  21. ^ "わんちゃんズ(Ladybeard+ぺえ+古川優香)". 19 October 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  22. ^ "Ghost Script – Single ATF & Ladybeard". 28 October 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Super D&D – Kanzen ni Lead Shite I My Me – / D Zettai! SAMURAI in the Rain [CD+DVD]". cdjapan. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  24. ^ afaenia (15 April 2021). "Ladybeard returns with brand new unit "Babybeard"". JRock News. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  25. ^ "Babybeard". TuneCore Japan. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  26. ^ "Babybeard - Interview (2021)". UniJolt. 22 April 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  27. ^ "cat with beard from japan podcast".

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