As long as you haven’t been living under a rock for the past decade, you’ve heard and known of the K-Pop queens called 2NE1. Well, the baby of the group is finally branching out to pursue her own dreams of becoming the sexiest diva in the industry. After the tragic disbandment of the 21st century legends, Minzy joined hands with Music Works to fulfill her own style of music without any boundaries set by group image or corporate policies.
We’re here to re-crush on the sexy baby turned sexy soloist, Gong Minzy!
My Idol Monday: Gong Minzy
You’ve seen her, heard her and know everything about her (basically).
Minzy just made her solo debut today, and we’re more than excited to share with you all of the reasons why we love this sexy baby turned sexy queen!
What do you think of when you think of Gong Minzy? One word. Sexy.
You can see it ooze out from any of her photos since debut. Sexy debut? Check. Sexy stage? Check. Sexy photoshoot? Check! Just take out Minzy’s W Korea “Talking Body” campaign.
But deep inside, you can’t deny that this sexy diva was chosen as the maknae for a reason. Minzy has a puppy-like aegyo that she saves just for her 2NE1 unnies and her YG Family.
So let’s take a look back to 2NE1’s beginning to end, and Minzy’s new revamped future!
2NE1 is the first girl group to hit global stats out of YG Family. The girls debuted in 2009, but unfortunately came to a disbandment end in mid-2016. Throughout the 7 years, the girls left behind a long list of hit songs, such as “I Am the Best”, “LONELY”, “FIRE” and so much more.
Although Minzy is known as the maknae of the group, she’s also known as the dancer of the group. Ever since their pre-debut days, Minzy’s dancing skills caught the attention of dance enthusiasts from all over the world. She entered the YG doors at the young age of 15 thanks to her dancing skills, but she’s cultivated her vocal abilities throughout the years – and it’s definitely a voice to last the ages now!
So she’s a fabulous dancer, fabulous performer, and a fabulous singer, but she’s also a fabulous fashionista! Just checking out her Instagram, you can see her various styles in beautiful colors. Goals all around, don’t you think?
Minzy’s now ready than ever to branch out to create her very own signature music style. After joining Music Works early in 2016, Minzy’s finally made her solo debut with her 1st album, “Minzy Work 01 UNO”. Starting from April 17, 2017, you can think of Minzy, not as 2NE1’s sexy maknae, but Gong Minzy the sexy queen.
Hold on just one second!
Before Minzy made her long-awaited debut, she decided to challenge herself even farther by joining a new girl group in the making – “Unnies’ Slam Dunk Season 2”. Our artist joined the new cast in 2016, and is continually practicing as the main dancer and vocalist of “Unnies”. She’s also made a new life-long friend through the show – I.O.I’s popular center, SoMi!
But it’s not just the rising star, SoMi. Minzy has an extensive amount of famous friends who are cheering for her debut album. Considering her global queen status as 2NE1, don’t you think it makes sense that she’s close to super stars like Joe Jonas, Ailee, Yoo JaeSeok and more?
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?!
You all know who she is, but did you know this about her? Let me introduce you to the Baddest Female of all the K-Pop Queens, CL!
Woman Crush Wednesday: CL of 2NE1 Edition
Who’s Our WCW?
Our woman crush, CL was born on February 26, 1991 as Lee ChaeLin. Although she was born in Seoul, South Korea, she spent most of her childhood growing up in Japan and France. One amazing aspect of CL is that she’s multi-lingual. She’s slays in Korean, Japanese, French and even English. She attended international schools all throughout her schooling, so it was easy for her to just pick up another language. No biggie. Before her big debut as a 2NE1 member from YG, she was a JYP trainee. But thank goodness she switched ships to tune into her hip hop side. She actually personally handed Papa YG her audition tape after waiting for him outside of the YG office. According to Yang HyunSeok, he knew right when he saw her that she belonged in YG. So that’s how we got to know the Baddest Female turned Queen, CL. Dominating charts left and right since 2009 as the fearless leader of 2NE1!
Why We Crush
How do we even begin to describe CL’s crush factor?! CL’s been making headlines on an international scale for her musical talents, her fashion sense, and her undeniable charisma that captivates everyone who crosses her path. And by everyone, we mean everyone! The word about the K-Pop Queen, CL, had spread across the oceans to even the US. With her massive career success, it’s no wonder. Starting from Will.I.Am and Rita Ora to Diplo and Justin Bieber, CL’s made a list of friends that are impressive beyond compare. CL’s been busy preparing for her US debut with the help of her good friends of the LA scene as well as her bff fashion designer, Jeremy Scott. Major squad goals going on right now.
CL’s Instagram, Instiz, Bestiz
Where We’ve Seen Her
Where have we not seen the Queen? We’ve seen CL from YG Family, from 2NE1, from concerts, from television and basically from all over social media! However, if we simply think of CL as just herself, the first thought that comes to mind has to be her two badass songs that solidified her title as the Baddest Female. CL released two solo songs, “The Baddest Female” and “Hello Bitches”, which were the epitome of just who she is. Slay girl, slay!
Where We’ll See Her Next
The next stage in the life of CL takes part in two stages: 2NE1 comeback and US solo debut. YG had announced that 2NE1 will be returning as a trio for the summer this year. No set schedules or details have been released, but we simply cannot wait for the return of the queens! CL’s US solo debut has been in the works for over years, but we honestly don’t complain. We’re anxious, yes; but we know that CL only sends out the best. If she hasn’t debuted yet, it’s because the final product will be that much greater. For now, all we Black Jacks can do is hold on tight to our seats as we wait for news of 2NE1’s comeback and CL’s debut!
See you next week for another installment of Kpopmap Woman Crush Wednesday’s star!
As K-idols become more and more popular, many fans wonder what type of person they get fascinated by. Thus, idols’ ideal types get tremendous amount of attention. As soon as their ideal types are released, fans get busy trying their best to look or act similar to the characteristics listed. But don’t worry too much if their description doesn’t fit you. Their ideal types can change as often as whenever a new album comes out. You never know, their change of preference may better fit you. K-Idols often get asked about which aspect of their ideal partner they look for the most. Some idols’ answers are specific, but sometimes they’re ambiguous. As well as describing the characteristics of their ideal types, Idols often name celebrities who best matches their type.
Daragon is the official OTP name of the beloved fan fiction couple G-Dragon and Dara. As two of the hottest YG artists, the two artists have been paired together since their collaboration for “Hello” on G-Dragon’s first solo album. With stunning visuals and an outstanding similar taste in fashion, the Daragon pairing has been the favorite to many.
With news and rumors of G-Dragon allegedly dating Japanese models, Daragon shippers were at a dismay… but that all changed just today! Fan recorded videos of the two leaving a restaurant after the concert was uploaded onto various sites. In the video, you can clearly see G-Dragon cradling Dara’s head as he protectively (and swoon-worthy-ly) guides her towards safety. In a split second, one perspective can be argued that G-Dragon even kisses Dara on the head! With his usual fondness for his sister-like-label-mate and frequent skin ship between the two, some are tossing it up to their close friendship. YG has even surprisingly stepped up to clear the rumors by saying the two had decided to joke around with the fans by making it seem like he kissed her.
Dara’s been a busybee going back and forth between Korea and the Philippines all throughout the end of 2016. Now that it’s 2017, she’s been preparing for the last and final song of 2NE1 with her former band-mates CL and Bom. The song “GOODBYE” will be the departing song from the K-Pop queens 2NE1 to their BLACKJACKS. The song drops on January 21, 2017!
What’s G-Dragon Been Up To?
G-Dragon’s also been one busy person. With the recent release of BIG BANG’s final “MADE” series album, G-Dragon and the BIGBANG boys have been winning trophies and awards left and right. The group is also on its last tour before T.O.P ships out to the army.
Will our Fantasy Couple’s paths cross again soon?
Most definitely so, because no matter what – the two are forever YG family. They’re often seen together hanging with the same crowd, meeting up for concerts, cheering each other on, and so forth. Although their friendship, relationship, business partnership, or whatever will last for a long time, G-Dragon will be shipping out to the military in a matter of a year or so. We’ll just have to breath in as much Daragon as we can before then!
What other fantasy couple do you think would look so good together?