AT 23, SHE’S ALREADY BEEN COMPONENT OF THE K-POP GLOBE FOR OVER A YEARS. JIHYO SHARES THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS As Well As DIFFICULTIES THAT FEATURE A LIFE OF IDOLDOM.

By Devon Abelman

When Jihyo obtains residence after finishing yet one more grueling day of being Jihyo– global pop super star and also primary singer of South Korea’s very successful woman team, TWO TIMES– she becomes her coziest jammies, connections her hair up, slides on her wire-frame, blue-light-protection glasses, and also explores the globe of Organization of Legends. In the video game, gamers sign up with a set of misfit “champs” that fight to control a map.

Yet that wants this meeting. Jihyo still has 45 mins left today to be Jihyo, the leader of a set of beautiful idolizers vocal singing and also dance in hopes of overcoming the globe. We’re inside a windowless image workshop on a tranquil, property hillside in Seoul’s fastest-paced community, Gangnam. Around us, the home windows of cosmetic surgeons’ workplaces and also home-decor shops shine right into the night. In the procedure of un-becoming Jihyo, the idolizer is peeling her personalized took shape Unistella stick-on nails one at a time and also piling them like small pancakes. Simply 15 mins earlier, those nails collaborated with lavender, geode-like covers and also a published seafoam fabric high-low shirt that Jihyo swirled in like she was recording the discount for flamenco evening on an Oriental variation of Dancing With destiny

The minute she got in the general public eye, Jihyo ended up being the web’s prime focus, her life frequently being censured: her word options, weight, faces, connections. She is possibly conscious I’m doing it to her now. Quickly she’ll remain in her delighted area: at residence with Organization of Legends. On the internet pc gaming allows the 23- year-old go back to privacy, also if it’s just for a couple of minutes a week. “I’m constantly stressful and also mindful concerning just how individuals see me. Yet when I’m playing on-line video games, I can really feel the truest to myself,” she claims with an interpreter, sinking back right into her chair and also gripping her hands. “No one can evaluate me with[the screen] That’s why I really feel most comfy.”

OVER: Lang & & Lu gown. Jennifer Behr headband. Unistella rings. Make-up shades: Bangle Crush Mono Eye Shadow in Legendary Gold, Couture Blusher in Nude Shirt, and also Rouge Pur Couture The Slim Sheer Matte Lipstick in Pure Nude by Yves Saint Laurent.

She hasn’t been herself for many years. TWO TIMES debuted in October 2015, after a difficult five-month competitors procedure united 9 ladies from South Korea, Japan, and also Tainan for all to see on a truth program called Sixteen Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and also Tzuyu defeated 7 various other students to be in the team. All were from JYP Home Entertainment (JYP), among Korea’s most noticeable enjoyment firms, and also participated in extreme method days for efficiencies evaluated by the JYP of JYP, Park Jin Youthful, the business’s owner (and also an idolizer himself).

Trainees, for those strange, are teenagers authorized to a business in hopes of eventually being chosen for a K-pop team or solo launching. While they wait to be selected, they hone their pop-star abilities on a daily basis after college. Jihyo, of all the Sixteen participants (and also most various other females in K-pop), had actually remained in the student system the lengthiest.

TWO TIMES’s tunes, which rent an area in your mind as quickly as you hear them, instantaneously began damaging international documents not just in Korea yet likewise on YouTube. Following its initial wedding anniversary, TWO TIMES acquired finest brand-new musician honors and also South Oriental Head Of State Moon Jae Being used their tune “Comfort” as his governmental project jingle. In 2018, TWO TIMES won tune of the year– for the 3rd year straight– at the Mnet Asian Songs Honors. (The team that finished that touch: BTS, that, also if you have actually never ever come across K-pop, you definitely have actually come across.)

I’m constantly stressful and also mindful concerning just how individuals see me. Yet when I’m playing on-line video games, no one can evaluate me with the display.”

It is not an overstatement to state that the ladies are anywhere: onstage, on their brand-new YouTube Originals collection covering backstage, together with 10s of countless fan-made video clips, and also right there on the home window of Lotte Obligation Free, a significant chain store beyond my resort in Seoul. The following day, I mosted likely to the Sephoraesque Chicor, and also there were the ladies once again, soft-smiling back at me behind the display screen for an Estée Lauder pillow compact. (They’re ambassadors for the brand name in Korea.) This had not been among those scenarios when you ultimately fulfill somebody you have actually lived down the road from for 6 years and also unexpectedly begin seeing them anywhere. I may have been in harmony with TWO TIMES, yet the participants’ faces are inevitable around South Korea’s funding.

Regardless of where you experience them, Jihyo, as the leader, is constantly the core of the team, with Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Sana, Momo, Mina, Tzuyu, Dahyun, and also Chaeyoung by her side.

Born Park Ji Soo in Guri, a city half a hr’s drive from Seoul, Jihyo had actually never ever taken vocal singing or dancing lessons prior to she ended up being a student at 8 years of ages (she was hunted by JYP after positioning in a child-actor competitors). Rather, she invested her pre-fame years raising Achasan, a neighboring hill, with her fitness-focused moms and dads.

About 99 percent of what Jihyo informs me is absolutely in Oriental. The continuing to be 1 percent is a bashfully murmured “sorry” after exposing she was genetically honored with clear, luminescent skin and also really did not experience outbreaks expand- ing up. Perhaps the purpling blemishes under my structure offered me away, yet it resembles Jihyo recognized I had actually been provided concerning 300 superficial shots of vitamins, Botox, and also hyaluronic acid in my face by a skin specialist in Gangnam 4 days previously– an effort to attain a porelessness I really did not acquire from my moms and dads.

” Due to the fact that I began [performing] at a really young age, I seemed like this is the only point I might do,” Jihyo claims. This does not appear as existentially filled as it might appear.

If Jihyo is tired after a lengthy day of capturing, I can not inform. Her voice is continually lined with the exact same computer animated, ariose bubbliness of a TWO TIMES tune. She appears equally as bouncy when she nonchalantly divulges that she’s gotten on a rigorous diet regimen for the majority of her life: “I virtually deprived myself.”

Due to the fact that I began so young, I seemed like this was the only point I might do.”

Jihyo notifications my eyes expand a minimum of 2 centimeters and also promptly clears up: “I really did not actually deprive myself, [but] I had a difficult time remaining at a particular weight.” On Sixteen, the program that narrated TWICE’s training procedure, Jihyo was repetitively called out on her weight. Nowadays, she does not really feel urged to fit an impractical body picture. “I more than happy earning money to acquire scrumptious food and also consume it with my close friends,” she claims. “I do not believe I need to look skinny.”

When Jihyo was called leader of TWO TIMES after a confidential ballot by the various other participants– a placement that includes around as much duty as being the head of state of a tiny nation– she handled brand-new obligations. 8 of them. In K-pop, holding such a placement does not always indicate you’re provided one of the most lines or frequently placed in the facility of choreography.

Rather, you work as the team’s speaker and also principal decision-maker. Jihyo performs ballots on what dishes the ladies will certainly have, components of their choreography, and also living plans. (They have actually roomed with each other for many years.) She collects everybody’s viewpoints and also provides JYP personnel the bulk ballot. “Because we have actually been with each other for 5 years, it takes much less time to collect one viewpoint,” Jihyo discusses.

Her costs consist of Mina, the Texas-born, Japan-raised team participant. Her voice lilts like a Disney princess’s, yet she’s much from shy with her words. There’s Tzuyu, the youngest, that was included in the team by preferred need. There’s Jeongyeon, that would certainly go onstage bare-faced if you offered her the possibility. (I can see my representation on the apples of her cheeks.)

Yet back to Jihyo: What’s the very best component of being the leader?

She gazes off at the eggshell wall surface behind me and also increases her brows, burglarizing a laugh: “I believe this is the sort of concern you would certainly need to ask the various other participants.”

It strikes me, that’s specifically what an exceptional leader would certainly state.

This cover tale belongs of Attraction‘s “ Elegance of K-Pop” job, where we check out just how K-pop concerned specify greater than simply the international songs scene.

PHOTOS: JOOYOUNG AHN

STYLE STYLIST: KYOUNG CHOI

HAIR: EUNHEE BOY (JIHYO), JINHEE LIM & & MINJUNG PARK (JEONGYEON, MINA, DAHYUN, TZUYU, NAYEON, MOMO, SANA, CHAEYOUNG)

MAKE-UP: DALAE JEON (JIHYO), SANGKI JO (JEONGYEON, MINA, DAHYUN, TZUYU), JUNGYO WON (NAYEON, MOMO, SANA, CHAEYOUNG)

MANICURE: EUNKYUNG PARK (UNISTELLA)

MANUFACTURING: VISUAL PARK

UNIQUE MANY THANKS TO THE KOREA TOURIST COMPANY As Well As ASIANA AIRLINES

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