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Whenever an idol artist or group is about to debut, every K-pop fan looks forward to meeting their potential future bias. Now, first impressions are not always telling of an idol’s real personality. It takes a lot of time, live broadcasts, and guest-starring on variety shows to get a better sense of their real character.
1. ASTRO Cha Eun Woo
This handsome young man has more than just his looks to flaunt. Aside from being ASTRO’s visual, Cha Eun Woo exhibits strong tsundere vibes in live performances. Clearly, he is much more than that once he gets off the stage, as he shows his playful and cheesy side for viewers to discover and enjoy.
2. Stray Kids Felix
The duality of Felix on and off stage is surreal. Perhaps his most famous moment is his part in “God’s Menu” that dropped jaws left and right, leaving K-pop fans shocked by the depth of his voice and badass energy. But when you look into the idol’s character, you’ll find out that he is all innocent and bubbly. In fact, some of his nicknames are “happiness” and “Felix Sunshine.”
3. NCT Taeyong
No one can deny the charisma of Taeyong whenever he's on stage. However, not many know about the soft side of Taeyong because his idol image portrays him as mysterious and intimidating. Add to that his position as a leader, further emphasizing his poise. Yet there is always a clumsy and fun part of Taeyong that will surprise fans who are not familiar with him outside of his music.
Everybody knows and loves Jessi because she keeps it real. Although she’s known for being fierce, there is actually a sweet side to Jessica that shows up not only during some of her variety show interactions, but also when she performs live. You can see her smiling during performances, which happens more often than you’d think.
5. EXO Kai
Kai is another idol who’s known for being sexy and possibly intimidating. This is naturally due to his idol persona, but underneath he is actually very shy and quiet. Surely if you compare dancer Kai and regular guy Kai, you’ll see just why it would be hard for people to believe that he is both.
6. MONSTA X Joohoney
It only takes one listen to Joohoney’s mixtapes to realize he’s a rapping beast. Now, one look at Joohoney doing anything else would show the other side of his personality coin: a cute, funny, and easily frightened man who is simply a delight to watch!
7. BTS V
When you think about this BTS member, you can already visualize the two sides of his persona inside your head. While V is all about bringing a breathtaking performance to the stage with a gaze to die for, Taehyung is all about expressing his emotions with his legendary facial expressions. Either way, both versions are very much appreciated!
8. BLACKPINK Lisa
When BLACKPINK’s first teasers dropped, everyone thought Lisa to be a badass. Well, she is a badass but with a sweet and charming personality on the side: that’s right, this fiery rapper also loves to tease her members and share her cuteness and giggles with the fans.
These Are 28 Idols Who Look The Same As They Were Young
These idols may have grown up, but their faces haven’t aged a day. Check out the 26 idols below who still look just like their baby photos!
1. Jimin (BTS)
You can’t mistake Jimin’s chubby cheeks and pouty lips for anyone else.
2. Chaeyoung (TWICE)
One look at Chaeyoung’s big, puppy-dog eyes tells you everything!
Baby Somi is just as cute as grown-up Somi.
4. Baekhyun (EXO)
Prepare to fall in love with baby Baekhyun.
5. Jisung (NCT)
He still has the same face…but now on a 5’11” body!
6. Jungkook (BTS)
Has adorable maknae Jungkook even changed at all?
You can recognize Taeyeon’s smile anywhere!
8. Nayeon (TWICE)
Two words: Nayeon’s cheeks.
9. Doyeon (Weki Meki)
Doyeon was a teeny-tiny version of her current self.
10. Jooheon (MONSTA X)
That eye smile can only belong to one person!
11. V (BTS)
V’s square smile has been with him from the beginning.
12. D.O. (EXO)
D.O. had actor good looks even as a little kid.
13. Seulgi (Red Velvet)
Seulgi’s face is unmistakable.
14. Hani (EXID)
Baby Hani still does the same expressions as grown-up Hani.
You can always tell it’s IU by her eyes.
16. Park Jihoon
Cutie Jihoon hasn’t changed in the slightest.
17. Tzuyu (TWICE)
Tzuyu always had her stunning big eyes…
18. Jihyo (TWICE)
…and so did Jihyo!
19. Kang Daniel
Daniel still makes this face — and it’s the cutest thing.
Full of swag since he was a baby!
21. Kang Mina
Mina’s beautiful smile has been evident since she was little.
22. Suzy Bae
All you need is one look to know it’s Suzy.
23. Jung Eunji (Apink)
This is Eunji’s signature expression…and it’s too adorable.
24. Yoseob (HIGHLIGHT)
Yoseob was just a tinier version of himself!
25. Jennie (BLACKPINK)
As getting older, she has a bit more sassiness and mature vibe but baby and adult Jennie just look exactly the same!
26. Rosé (BLACKPINK)
We can easily tell it's Rosé because of her eyes, her plumping lips and her face structure.
27. Lisa (BLACKPINK)
That bright smile and sparkling eyes of her haven't changed at all! And as she sings in "Pretty Savage", she was surely born skinny.
28. Jisoo (BLACKPINK)
Jisoo is truly a natural beauty. Even her facial expression was the same!
List of K-Pop Idols Voted As "Idols Who Look Expensive in Affordable Clothes"
By TMI News
Red Velvet Joy, BLACKPINK Jennie, Zico & More: TMI News "Cost-Effectiveness Idols" Who Look Expensive in Affordable Clothes
No.7 - Joy (Red Velvet)
Red Velvet Joy who is an emerging female idol in the fashion industry ranked in no.7.
According to the show, Joy who frequently posts stunning Instagram photos take 2-3 hours just to choose her clothes. The broadcast then highlighted the time when she attended a year-end awards ceremony who amazed the crowd with her feminine beauty wearing an H&M brand outfit that cost 50,000 won only.
No.6 - Zico
As for the sixth place, Zico, who is known for his boyfriend-material look can rock the stylish and hip fashion outfit despite it being affordable! Zico, who visited Pyongyang in person during the 2018 inter-Korean summit, drew attention as it was known that the beige cardigan he wore at the time was around 40,000 won only.
No.5 - Ahn SoHee (Former Wonder Girls member)
The former Wonder Girls Ahn Sohee also entered the rankings at No. 5 for drawing attention when she wore a pink dress that only costs 30,000 won. Despite the cheap price, the female idol-actress looked dashing and elegant with her relentless visuals.
She also boosted fans' purchasing power when the exact dress from the same dress sold out in just three hours.
No.4 - Seohyun (Girls' Generation)
Girls' Generation Seohyun then came in No.4. The maknae of the girl band actually ranked no. 1 for the title "Savings Queen" in 2018, for being careful and observant when shopping. The most affordable dress she wore only cost 17,000 won while on the way for a music show broadcast.
No.3 - Jennie (BLACKPINK)
Meanwhile, BLACKPINK Jennie and BTS Jin secured third and second places. The green crop top she boasted during 2018's "Waterbomb Festival" actually only costs 14,000 won, while Jin doesn't need expensive clothes to look luxurious as he only needs 12, 900 won long sleeves.
No.2 - Jin (BTS)
BIGBANG G-Dragon Ranked No. 1 for TMI News' "Cost-Effectiveness Idol"
No.1 - G-Dragon (BIGBANG)
No.1 is Big Bang's G-Dragon, who is called "Idol's Idol." The sunglasses, which often appeared in G-Dragon Airport fashion, also known as the "muse of the luxury world," cost 30,000 won which is surprisingly a fan gift. In addition, the 88 Olympic hats cost 13,000 won and the refrigerator pants cost 6,500 won that he wore at the airport.
Despite being Chanel's ambassador for a long time, G-Dragon always proved that one doesn't need to buy expensive clothes and items to look luxurious!
K-Pop Radar Reveals List of Idols Gained Most Followers on Instagram in February
On Friday, Mar. 12, K-Pop Radar released their "Monthly K-Pop Radar" chart for Feb. 2021. Included in the chart are the top five idols who grew the most in terms of Instagram followers. Keep on reading to learn more!
ASTRO's Cha Eun Woo is the Idol Who Gained the Most Instagram Followers in February 2021
Sitting at number one is ASTRO member Cha Eun Woo, who garnered 1,985,536 followers on Instagram in Feb. 2021 alone. As of press time, the idol-actor has 18.1 million followers on the platform.
On his Instagram, Cha Eun Woo shares behind-the-scenes photos from his drama filming and CF shoots, snapshots of his daily life, and his favorite photos from his photoshoots.
It is no secret that Cha Eun Woo is one of the most popular male idols on Instagram. In 2019, Cha Eun Woo snagged the "2019 Hot Instagrammer - Male" award at the K-pop Radar Year-End Chart.
Previously, in 2018, Cha Eun Woo was named GQ Korea's "Men of the Year." In 2019, the ASTRO member ranked seventh on the "Most Accumulated Points on Male Idol Brand Reputation" list with 44,178,474 points.
BLACKPINK Members Make up Four Spots of the Top Five
BLACKPINK member Jennie is the second idol who grew the most on Instagram for the month of Feb. In just one month, Jennie garnered 1,488,725 followers. As of the time of writing, Jennie has a whopping 41 million followers!
Jennie's Instagram account is full of photos from her photoshoots, selfies from her day-to-day life, and her amazing OOTDs!
In 2018, Jennie was named as the "Most Love Account of 2018" in South Korea by Instagram. She was given the title based on the number of views on her Instagram Stories and the number of likes she received on her Instagram posts.
Following Jennie is Lisa, who gained 1,286,541 followers in Feb. 2021 alone. As of the time of writing, Lisa has 47.7 million followers on her account. Like Jennie, Lisa also shares photos of her photoshoot, selfies, and occasionally snapshots of her photography. Lisa is the most-followed K-pop idol on Instagram, and she just keeps on growing!
After Lisa is Jisoo, who snagged 1,239,740 followers in Feb. 2021 alone. Jisoo currently has 37.1 million followers on the platform. Recently, Jisoo has been sharing photos of the food trucks she has received for her upcoming JTBC drama, "Snowdrop." The idol also boasts her beauty through selfies and photos of her outfit.
Jisoo is currently the fourth most-followed K-pop idol on the platform. Back in Jun. 2020, Jisoo started a craze on Instagram with her "dot style" make-up for "How You Like That." Her make-up sparked the hashtag #JisooMakeup.
Sitting at number five on the top five rankings is Rosé, who gained 1,174,303 followers in Feb. 2021. Currently, the BLACKPINK member has 36.9 million Instagram followers.
Recently, Rosé has been sharing videos and photos to promote her upcoming solo debut and the title track, "ON THE GROUND." The idol also shares photos of herself and her stunning fashion choices. Rosé is the third-most followed Korean individual on Instagram.
Which K-pop idol Instagram is your favorite?
Top 5 Most Influential Female K-Pop Idols Of Each Year From 2012 - 2021
There are so many talented, incredible, and inspiring women in the K-Pop industry, it would be impossible to name and talk about them all in one place, even though they all deserve to be recognized for their achievements.
Instead, the data below was collected through Google Analytics in order to find out which female K-pop idols have had the highest number of searches each year throughout the last decade, showing how much interest fans have shown in them over time.
Here are the 5 most-searched female idols of each year since 2012, along with how much they were searched in comparison to each other. The final graph also shows how all 24 female idols on the list compared to each other over the entire decade!
5. Sooyoung (Girls’ Generation)
4. Sunny (Girls’ Generation)
3. Hyoyeon (Girls’ Generation)
2. Seohyun (Girls’ Generation)
1. Yuri (Girls’ Generation)
5. Sunny (Girls’ Generation)
4. Yuri (Girls’ Generation)
3. Seohyun (Girls’ Generation)
2. Sooyoung (Girls’ Generation)
1. Yoona (Girls’ Generation)
5. Yuri (Girls’ Generation)
4. Seohyun (Girls’ Generation)
3. Yoona (Girls’ Generation)
2. Sunny (Girls’ Generation)
5. Suzy (former Miss A)
4. Joy (Red Velvet)
3. Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation)
1. Tzuyu (TWICE)
5. Joy (Red Velvet)
4. Solar (MAMAMOO)
3. Tzuyu (TWICE)
2. Suzy (former Miss A)
5. Yeri (Red Velvet)
4. Joy (Red Velvet)
2. Sana (TWICE)
5. Jeongyeon (TWICE)
3. Lisa (BLACKPINK)
1. Jennie (BLACKPINK)
5. Moonbyul (MAMAMOO)
4. Wendy (Red Velvet)
3. Solar (MAMAMOO)
1. Momo (TWICE)
5. Jennie (BLACKPINK)
4. Rosé (BLACKPINK)
3. Lisa (BLACKPINK)
2. Jisoo (BLACKPINK)
5. Jeongyeon (TWICE)
4. Jennie (BLACKPINK)
2. Lisa (BLACKPINK)