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Woman Crush Wednesday: TAEYEON of SNSD

Welcome to another edition of Kpopmap’s Woman Crush Wednesday, where we empower women to become all that they dream to be!

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Women are beautiful. Women are strong. Women are powerful. We want you girls (and guys) to be inspired to be able to become whatever you aspire to be! That’s why we created the Woman Crush Wednesday segment for our readers. Here we share the detailed profile and story about one of the hottest female K-Pop idols, who’s story can inspire you go work hard to fulfill your dreams. Work hard, play hard, amirite?!

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You all know who she is, but did you know this about her? Let me introduce you to the toddler leader of the K-Pop scene, TaeYeon!

Woman Crush Wednesday: TaeYeon of SNSD Edition

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TaeYeon

(Kim TaeYeon)

Who’s Our WCW?

Our weekly crush, TaeYeon, was born on March 9, 1989 in JeonJu, South Korea. According to her, she realized that the only talent that she had was singing. We know that’s not true, but it guided our kid leader to where she is now! She was accepted into SM’s training program when she was in middle school. She won first place at a singing contest held by the program, and landed her first contract with SM Entertainment. After officially training under SM Entertainment, she was chosen to debut as the leader of the K-Pop phenomenon that we know as Girls’ Generation (SNSD)!

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Why We Crush

Since her breakthrough into the K-Pop industry, TaeYeon has been leaving her mark in the business left and right. Her clear, cut vocals became famous as the main voice of Girls’ Generation, as well as featured on multiple OST tracks of the most popular drama series. So for one thing, we crush hard on TaeYeon’s God-gifted talent of a wonderful voice. Second, TaeYeon has a stellar awards and nomination track. She’s been nominated 15 times at award ceremonies, and won 14 awards. She’s also accumulated 12 music program awards during her short history as a solo artist so far. That’s just listing the ones she won as a solo artist. If we add up the awards that she’s won as SNSD/TaeTiSeo/Featured Artist, the list would be endless! Slay Queen, Slay!

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Where We’ve Seen Her

Where haven’t we seen her? We mentioned her stellar accomplishments as a solo artist, and that’s where we believe you’ve seen her most (outside of her work as Girls’ Generations). TaeYeon has worked as the kid leader of Girls’ Generation, a featured member of SM the Ballad, a member of TaeTiSeo, and more; but her brightest private spotlight comes from her works as a solo artist. Her first mini-album “I” saw an amazing success with a total of over 130,000 albums sold. Her single, “Rain”, also saw endless love and appreciation from the public.

 

Where We’ll See Her Next

Fantastic news from our queen kid leader! SM Entertainment just recently surprised the SONEs with news of TaeYeon’s comeback as a solo artist. Her new music called “Why” will be released on June 28, 2016. It’s only been about 4 months since her last promotions, but we can’t be more than ecstatic about the news of her return. We’ll be seeing more of her through her special promotions for the album as well as at concert events! Huzzah!

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See you next week for another installment of Kpopmap Woman Crush Wednesday’s star!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: NICOLE JUNG

Welcome to another edition of Kpopmap’s Woman Crush Wednesday, where we empower women to become all that they dream to be!

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Women are beautiful. Women are strong. Women are powerful. We want you girls (and guys) to be inspired to be able to become whatever you aspire to be! That’s why we created the Woman Crush Wednesday segment for our readers. Here we share the detailed profile and story about one of the hottest female K-Pop idols, who’s story can inspire you go work hard to fulfill your dreams. Work hard, play hard, amirite?!

Must Read : Woman Crush Wednesday: HYOLYN of SISTAR

You all know who she is, but did you know this about her? Let me introduce you to the K-Pop J-Pop bubblegum, Nicole Jung!

Woman Crush Wednesday: Nicole Edition

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Nicole

(Jung YongJoo)

Who’s Our WCW?

Nicole was born on October 7, 1991 in LA, California, where she grew up and went to school. Her mother, who was very supportive of her decisions, had helped her send an audition tape to DSP Media. Once accepted, she officially moved over to Korea to start her training. Although she suffered through culture shock and struggles being away from home, Nicole successfully completed her training and debuted as an original member of KARA. The group debuted on March 29, 2007 as a 4 member girl group, but after a few member changes, later became a 5 member group. After the change, the girls had hit stardom with their mega hit ‘Mister’. Their fame continued to rise with their surge of popularity in Japan, where they recorded hits after hits, and became one of the most popular hallyu stars in Japan.

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Why We Crush

 Let’s begin with a little history of Nicole. GyuRi once said that she worried most about Nicole, because of her weak health and low strength. Nicole was the maknae when she first debuted, so the KARA unnies doted on her. However, that all took a change when Nicole decided to be her own woman. Nicole started working out vigorously by religiously following her yoga, pilates, and weight lifting. She stays strict to her low-carb diet and follows her passion for dancing on a daily basis. Through her hard training she was able to build the perfect body that she had always wanted, which made her stronger both physically, mentally and emotionally. Way to go, girl friend!

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Another reason why we crush hard on Nicole is her bubbly personality. Kamilias would know that Nicole is a die hard social being, where she loves interacting with others and prefers to have good company over none. With her bright and cheerful attitude, she has made some serious squad goals during her active years! Her main line of friends are an impressive list, consisting of names like SHINee’s Key, Miss A’s Min, FT Island’s HongKi and Super Junior’s HeeChul. With the ability to befriend so many people, we can’t help but crush!

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 Where We’ve Seen Her

With KARA’s mega hit popularity in Japan, its no wonder that we’d see Nicole’s face everywhere. And I mean everywhere. Various toys and goods were made with the faces of KARA throughout the years. However, the most interesting product would have to be her figurine dolls. The KARA members all had a figurine doll made after them featuring various outfits of different albums. We can’t see what solidifies someone’s fame more than having a doll made after them!

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After her mega success as a KARA member, Nicole decided to fly solo after her contract with DSP Media ended. As a solo artist, she had debuted with her album called “First Romance”, which peaked at #5 on the music charts. Following soon after, Nicole made her debut in Japan as a solo artists and has released a studio album titled “Bliss”. With fans welcoming her solo career from both countries, Nicole has made a successful transition from KARA’s sexy queen to flying solo.

Where We’ll See Her Next

Missing Nicole? Don’t worry, because Nicole’s representatives have confirmed that she has been working diligently for a summer comeback! Nicole had hopes of returning this past May, but the girl is a perfectionist! She has been working on the finishing touches and finalizing her work to prepare for a comeback sometime this summer. We can’t wait to see her rocking back on stage!

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See you next week for another installment of Kpopmap Woman Crush Wednesday’s star!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: HYOLYN of SISTAR

Welcome to another edition of Kpopmap’s Woman Crush Wednesday, where we empower women to become all that they dream to be!

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Women are beautiful. Women are strong. Women are powerful. We want you girls (and guys) to be inspired to be able to become whatever you aspire to be! That’s why we created the Woman Crush Wednesday segment for our readers. Here we share the detailed profile and story about one of the hottest female K-Pop idols, who’s story can inspire you go work hard to fulfill your dreams. Work hard, play hard, amirite?!

Must Read : Woman Crush Wednesday: SOLJI of EXID

You all know who she is, but did you know this about her? Let me introduce you to the survivor girl who never quits, HyoLyn of SISTAR!

Woman Crush Wednesday: SISTAR’s HyoLyn Edition

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HyoLyn

(Kim HyoJung)

Who’s Our WCW?

This week’s WCW, HyoLyn, was born on January 11, 1991 as Kim HyoJung. She is an Incheon born Korean who’s been blessed with the vocals of a goddess. With a vocal talent like HyoLyn, you can’t help but be drawn into the world of stardom. HyoLyn auditioned for JYP Entertainment twice, and was accepted into the company after placing 1st for an audition program. With plans of debuting in a project group with Secret’s JiEun, EXID’s Hani and Bestie’s UJi, HyoLyn was all set to debut under one of the best known K-Pop entertainment companies. However, the stars were not aligned or something, because the project got flushed and HyoLyn made the decision to leave JYPE. It was a good thing too, because HyoLyn auditioned for Starship Entertainment to debut as the main vocalist of SISTAR.

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Why We Crush

Let’s begin with the elephant in the room. HyoLyn’s got a massive set of vocals that is arguable as the most talented idol of today’s generation. Even pre-debut, her audition tape featuring her cover of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Hurt’ gained massive viral attention. Now 6 years later, her vocals have grown even more. She featured on “I Am The Singer” ChuSeok special and Season 3 as the first idol to feature on the show. She had placed records high on the show, gaining national fame for her talented voice.

 

Along with her powerhouse vocals, did you know HyoLyn is just as talented in rapping? HyoLyn participated in the second season of “Unpretty Rapstar” and showed the world that her rapping skills kill just as hard as her singing skills. Although she was the first member to be eliminated at a challenge, she rose up from her failures to win the title of 3rd place finalist. HyoLyn works her butt off just as much as she was naturally talented.

 Where We’ve Seen Her

HyoLyn is best known for her role as a SISTAR member, but I’m sure everyone (mostly all the male fans out there) know her as 1/2 of the sub-unit SISTAR19. HyoLyn and BoRa had combined their forces to win the hearts of K-Pop fans everywhere with their uber sexy, yet classy image. Their unbelievable body lines and seductive dancing had been the dream of all male fans each year. Along side her sexy image, HyoLyn appealed to the younger generations, and I mean toddler young. HyoLyn was chosen to sing the Korean version of the Disney sensation ‘Let It Go’ for the animated film, “Frozen”. With such a large range of fans, it’d be a K-Pop sin to not know of the fierce idol, HyoLyn.

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Where We’ll See Her Next

The SISTAR girls have been busy with their individual schedules, but luckily for the Star 1s the girls are making a comeback within a few weeks! Starship Entertainment has confirmed that the summer queens will be returning at the end of June 2016 for another summer sensation. Keep a look out for another hit from the SISTAR girls, with their fearless vocalist HyoLyn!

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Woman Crush Wednesday: SOLJI of EXID

Welcome to another edition of Kpopmap’s Woman Crush Wednesday, where we empower women to become all that they dream to be!

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Women are beautiful. Women are strong. Women are powerful. We want you girls (and guys) to be inspired to be able to become whatever you aspire to be! That’s why we created the Woman Crush Wednesday segment for our readers. Here we share the detailed profile and story about one of the hottest female K-Pop idols, who’s story can inspire you go work hard to fulfill your dreams. Work hard, play hard, amirite?!

Must Read : Woman Crush Wednesday: YEEUN of Wonder Girls

You all know who she is, but did you know this about her? Let me introduce you to the survivor girl who never quits, SolJi of EXID!

Woman Crush Wednesday: EXID’s SolJi Edition

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SolJi

(Heo SolJi)

Who’s Our WCW?

This week’s WCW, SolJi,was born on January 10, 1989 in a rural area just outside of Seoul. Ever since she was young, her vocal talents were noticed by her peers. That and her love for music ultimately led her to become EXID’s leader and main vocalist that we know today. Before she had made it to stardom through EXID, this fierce lady had overcome obstacles over obstacles. This is why we call her a survivor. In 2006, SolJi debuted as a part of a duo called 2NB, under Friday Entertainment. Their less than mediocre success had caused the group to struggle through with long hiatuses. In 2008, SolJi had released singles as a soloist, which was also met with less than stellar remarks. Ultimately in 2012, 2NB had decided to disband. With so much hardships for 6 years, many hopeful-idols give up their dreams or choose another path. However, SolJi didn’t know the definition of quitting. She kept working towards her goal, and was eventually cast as the leader and main vocalist of the hit group, EXID.

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Why We Crush

For one, SolJi’s devotion to her will and her strive for success is completely astounding. Even while she was struggling as a member of 2NB, SolJi made her due and continued to practice her vocals by being a vocal trainer. Although others may have called it quits and found another path, SolJi laid down her goals and worked step by step to achieve it. In short, her current success wasn’t something that was handed to her. Every bit of her success came from her sweat and tears. This girl seriously deserves mad respect.

Secondly, it’s a basic fact. SolJi has the voice of a goddess. SolJi is the main vocalist for EXID for a reason: this girl can seriously sing! Others may think that all idols have similar voices and techniques, but SolJi is not the case. SolJi has her own feel, her own delivery methods, and own style of music interpretations. Just check out her singing videos to feel it for yourself.

 

 Where We’ve Seen Her

SolJi was best known for her promotions with EXID, until her appearance on MBC’s Masked King. On the show, SolJi was praised for her vocal delivery and expressions of emotion when she featured on the pilot episode. Her clear cut voice and her astounding vocal range captivated the judges, the audience, and the public. As you may have already guessed, she won the crown as the first ever Masked King!

Aside from her legendary performances on Masked King, SolJi had also promoted as a EXID sub-unit duo with Hani. Their duo name was called Dasoni, and they released their debut single, “Goodbye”, on February 15, 2013. The girls gained fame and praise for their vocals and their creative take on the sexy image.

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Where We’ll See Her Next

EXID’s SolJi has been busy appearing on singing variety shows. I guess it’s just what happens when word spreads that you’ve got a killer voice! But EXID fans rejoice, because we’ll be seeing more of SolJi real soon when EXID comes back with their first full album, “Street”. The album will be released on June 1st, and EXID plans on promoting the crap out of this album. So, keep a look out for more of SolJi and the rest of the EXID gangs this summer!

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