Posts tagged kpop
Posts tagged kpop
Anthea performed a Jessie J song with a new image which she was uncomfortable with (Photo courtesy of Channel M)
She left Singapore a 15-year-old fresh-faced aspiring K-pop star, one of two wanna-bes who beat hundreds of others to represent the Republic in the Channel M Star Hunt reality television show. Anthea Wang was eventually eliminated and returned home a month later — after a gruelling four-week boot camp which involved a serious battering of her self esteem. The teenager was told that her face needed to be “fixed”, given an extreme makeover and she even suffered a melt-down on screen after a particularly stressful hair cut. Speaking to Yahoo! Singapore on Thursday, the spunky K-pop hopeful from Kranji Secondary schoolgirl said her trip to the land of Seoul and “Gangnam Style” was a huge reality wake-up call.
‘Petite plastic surgery’
“I was told that my jaw was square, my skin was ghostly and pale, and my nose was humped,” said Anthea, whose other facial features escaped harsher criticism. In one episode of the reality TV show aimed at grooming future K-pop stars, contestants were brought to consult with a Seoul plastic surgeon and offered a chance at “free fillers”, euphemistically called “petite plastic surgeries” to subtly alter their looks.
Anthea was given a full transformation after being told her skin was pale and ghostly and she had a ‘humped nose’
Extremely popular in plastic-crazy Seoul, fillers are a temporary aesthetic procedure where substances like hyaluronic acid are injected into a patient’s face to re-shape uneven features or overly-strong jawlines. “I wasn’t surprised to hear it, because I look in the mirror and I know what I see, but still, I was like, ouch.” The self-assured teenager admitted feeling tempted to do fillers on her nose and jaw, but decided not to in the end because she wanted to seek the permission of her parents first. “They gave us so little time to think — it was like, the minute you say ‘yes’ they started applying numbing cream on your face. I didn’t want to do it without consulting my parents first — I’m only 15, I don’t know if that was even legal?” There was also drama on screen when another 15-year-old Filipino contestant, Liahona, decided to back out of doing fillers after agreeing to the procedure. “I told her, you’re just 15 and you’re beautiful the way you are, you don’t need it, but she felt very pressured to do it,” said Anthea. “She was quite emotional and she said her father would be really sad if she fixed her nose, because it was just like his.” The dilemma ended with Liahona tearfully changing her mind and sobbing as she rubbed the numbing cream off her face with her bare hands.
‘They tried to make me someone else’
Looking back on her one-month experience, Anthea’s biggest takeaway from her short time in the cut-throat K-pop industry is that nobody is allowed to be themselves. “They come up with a style and an image for you, and they pick your hair, your make-up, your face, everything. You don’t get to decide anything for yourself,” said Anthea. Anthea was later to shed her fair share of tears during a traumatic hair cut, which saw her waist-length, straight locks hacked off into a chin-level bob and permed for good measure.
Anthea had a meltdown during a hair makeover (Photo courtesy of Channel M)
“I cried because I was very uncomfortable with what they were doing to my hair,” admitted Anthea, who has experimented with alternative fashion like cos-playing. She had initially been open to the idea of having her long hair cut but baulked when her Korean hairdresser told her she would be giving her short bangs high above her eyebrows. “I felt it looked strange, something you only see in artsy photo shoots and I was really not comfortable with it, I felt it was not me at all. The hair dresser was polite, but very strict. She told me that if I were her customer, I would have a choice — but I was not.” The perm and short bangs were all part of a “cutesy” image the show’s producers had decided she would have to adopt, along with glittery tracksuits and loud clothes, despite Anthea not being “cutesy” type at all. “I feel that when they ask you to act cutesy but you’re not, it’s like you’re lying to people, and that’s not right,” she said firmly.
Anthea wipes away tears after a tense makeover session (Photo courtesy of Channel M)
Despite all that drama, Anthea says what the Star Hunt contestants had to go through was mild compared to actual K-pop trainees. “We trained about 3 hours every day, which was very manageable. They also did not restrict our diet. The only thing was that we weren’t allowed to leave the house at all when we were not filming,” said Anthea. There were also surreal moments when the hardcore fan of girl-group 2NE1 found out that the Gangnam dorm the contestants were staying in was just two levels above Cube Entertainment boyband B2sT’s rooms. They were also just across the road from the dorms of SM Town’s F(x) girl group as well as JYP Entertainment’s headquarters — literally smack in the middle of the ultra-posh Gangnam district. “Once, we were eating in a restaurant near our dorm and we saw (boyband) B2B there! Not only did we get to sit at the table next to them, they also smiled at us and told us to eat well,” gushed Anthea. “It was so cool.” Back to reality As surreal as her experience was, it’s back to reality — and exams — for Anthea, who deferred her ‘O’ levels last year for a shot at K-pop stardom. She intends to continue singing covers of songs she enjoys on her YouTube channel, MariAnneDeChanteur, but her main focus will be on doing well for her exams while the excitement dies down and she gets used to being just a normal girl again. “I was a bit worried about fitting in with my juniors and a bit sad when I saw all my friends graduating and moving on to Poly or somewhere else,” she said a little sadly. “But I have no regrets at all about going. If I had to choose again, I would still have gone. If I see a great opportunity, I would never miss it.” Confident, articulate and self-assured, Anthea has come a long way from the quiet contestant who only decided at the very last minute to try her luck at the Star Hunt auditions.
Watch her at her auditions here singing 2NE1’s, “Ugly”.
Article: Taeyeon grabs Yoona by the collars ‘scary leader?’
Source: Sports Chosun via Nate
1. [+883, -64] A new law has passed that allows any congressman aged 65 and over a monthly pension of $1,200 for the rest of their life. This will be taken out of our taxes. In order to cover this passing, the industry has been revealing back to back scandals. Obviously, people have caught on to their ploy by now.
2. [+643, -307] Yoona needs to practice singing
3. [+316, -150] SNSD’s so cute when they play
Article: Go Young Wook’s phone call recording during his supposed reflection period “I want to see you quietly, delete my Kakao Talk messages”
Source: Newsen via Nate
1. [+421, -8] Looks like this habit won’t be fixed for the rest of his life… Aren’t you even apologetic to your mother? If you shot to fame with your Chwahahaha on High Kick, you should’ve been satisfied and just kept working hard. Why put your parents through this? Your parents can’t leave their house anymore.. No matter where your mom goes, people are going to point at her as the mother of a sexual offender.
2. [+539, -198] These are the names of the congressmen that voted against the new pension plan: (TN: omitted names)
Democratic Party - 25 members (19.7%)
Progressive Justice Party - 7 members (100%)
Unified Progressive Party - 5 members (83.3%)
Saenuri Party - 4 members (2.6%)
3. [+298, -6] If he knew that the faces of his parents were seen by everyone through TV, he should’ve been more careful with his actions if he had any consideration for his family at all
The best replies made me curious so I looked at the politics/society rankings to see why they were spreading the news in entertainment instead of in politics, and despite the following article having 4,000 +votes (which means it should be at #1), it was ranked 10th before falling off the rankings completely.
Article: ‘They said they’d give up their perks…’ Congressmen quietly pass pension law
Source: Herald News via Nate
1. [+2,338, -25] Shouldn’t they have even asked us about this before they passed it on their own? Why are they deciding their own pension?
2. [+2,065, -18] Why is such an important issue like this not in the headlines? These congressmen are seriously making swears come out of my mouth…
3. [+1,939, -27] Their greed for money sees no end.
4. [+205, -1] Why do congressmen even need pensions?
5. [+203, -5] Was Rain just bait? They’re always shooting out an entertainment scandal and then trying to pass these things by without any attention. I hope all of you die before you turn 65.
6. [+134, -1] Don’t use the tax money that your citizens pour sweat, blood, and tears to earn so that you can have some fun money for your retirement. There are so many people that need that money more than you.
I came across an interesting post tonight that netizens are saying might explain the sudden boom in entertainment scandals as a cover up.
On January 1st, the Korean government passed a new law that grants any member of congress a pension of $1,200 a month from age 65 to death, and this includes any person that was a member of congress even for one day. There are currently 1,141 serving members of which 780 are eligible and the government has set aside \12.876 billion won for this purpose.
Not only is the law itself problematic and full of loopholes that can be abused, but it also comes just after both parties in the election promised that they would be giving up unnecessary political perks. Other areas of needed funding not receiving the bare minimum needed (orphanages were granted $1.50 - a 10 cent raise - a meal per child) are also being ignored in favor of this law.
A petition has been started with over 13,000 signatures and there are several articles detailing the online anger/outrage as well as a movement to bring the issue onto search rankings and Nate rankings but it’s still outnumbered by the other scandals going on (the issue managed to jump 513 rankings up to 2nd since the movement started).
Shit Koreans Say - JReyez
LOL how many do you recognise? Haha
37. MUST WATCH : Fotoshop by Adobe
This commercial isn’t real, neither are society’s standards of beauty.
Dude this is… really good. I still have goose bumps from the ending.
The curtain went down on two students performing Trouble Maker cutting short the stage at only 49 seconds at Buchun’s Middle School Talent Show (Korea).
How could the teacher’s not know what was on the program and what type of performances students were going to do? I feel sorry for the students who must’ve practised the choreography but they should’ve chosen something appropriate and less provocative especially for a school performance. Dude to be frank, i don’t think this performance would’ve been acceptable at any high school - ever.
Someone please write an essay on the direct influence the mass media has with a simple song and dance that would be modelled and copied by audiences.
AWKS AS…gotta give them brownie points for being brave enough with the intention to perform in front of their peers and teachers O_O