For my KPop dose, I have been stuck listening to SM Entertainment artists for the longest time (aside from 2NE1, but that’s out of curiosity for (San)Dara and her career in her homeland). To break away a bit, I asked my friends for recommendations. My only requirement is the genre: no hip-hop and if there’s rapping, it should be kept to a minimum (and no plus size sexy lingerie-wearing ladies, LOLJK). Randomly chose from their lists and stumbled upon KARA. Unlike Girls’ Generation/SNSD, KARA is composed of only five members, namely Park Gyuri, Han Seung-yeon, Goo Hara, Nicole Jung and Kang Jiyoung. It took me only around two days to figure out who’s who, as compared to SNSD which took me more than a week and a couple of days’ “review” to finally match nine faces with nine names.
But as with all favorites, I instantly took notice of Park Gyuri who happens to be the leader of this particular Korean girl group. When I was loading “Lupin” for the first time on YouTube, I noticed her already (even if it was just half of her face showing). The video started playing and I ended up confused (these Korean girls look the same to me at first glance, apologies). Video ends and I tell the geek Gyuri is pretty and the girl who flips her hair is cute (Goo Hara). He then comments that Gyuri regards herself as a goddess, and I was like, “Okay.” Never really liked people who think of themselves highly, or overly confident ones for that matter, but she is undeniably gorgeous, I really don’t mind if she proclaims herself a goddess time and time again. After re-watching various “perfs”1 of “Lupin”, I also took notice of the way Hara carries herself—she has this confident vibe, the kind that will make the viewer think she can instantly transform into “Lupin-ized” Hara any given time. I also like their maknae Jiyoung, those chubby cheeks suit her (Seohyun connection?).
I’m checking out other girl groups just so I can get over Park Gyuri for now (LOL). How can you not like her? Most beautiful profile ever. 0:36 of the video, see for yourself.
By the way, my faves in SNSD are Seohyun and Taeyeon. Not just for their looks, but their voices too. Sooyoung is my favorite when it comes to fashion sense. My soshi faves are pretty but they don’t make it in my girl crush list. My girl crushes have one thing in common, aside from them being lookers: they can rock any outfit, they can carry any kind of styling. It’s more of a styling/fashion thing, it’s purely coincidental that all of them are stunners. Also, apparently, they look quite the same. To me, Park Gyuri seems like a Korean version of Solenn Heusaff, who used to be my girl crush until she joined Survivor Philippines. Then there’s Blake Lively who I have liked since Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants days, and Ornusa Cadness, the lady tagged as the “anti-it girl”. I have pretty girl crushes, ‘no?
Now, your turn. Who are your “biases”?
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