[STAR CAST] 2NE1 STAR ANATOMY – 2NE1
Despite the flood of “idol dance groups”, there are only a few girl groups whose members have distinctive individual colors like 2NE1: Charismatic leader CL, unique vocal BOM, cutie DARA, and natural-born dancer MINZY.
In this fifth year from their debut, 2NE1 tried a transformation through their new single “MISSING YOU”, where 2NE1 members present a combination of their intense colors with new feminine appeal. We are analyzing every detail of 2NE1, a girl group recognized for maximum exhibition of each member’s natural appeals, in terms of their music, dance, fashion, physiognomy, and figure.
# Music & Vocal – Female musicians’ leap forward in changing times of the 2000s
General: Center of girl groups with a focus on women & Differentiated strategy based on each member’s individuality
– Cho Hong Gyung, Head of VoiceFact (Vocal master for JTBC channel’s ‘Hidden Singer’)
2NE1 debuted under the title of “Female BIGBANG”. At that time, they showed a differentiated strategy that highlights distinctive colors of each member. The team’s music has a melody easy for anyone to follow, which is one of the advantages of 2NE1.
By member, CL is the one whose appeal grows as she grows older. She is the most dynamic and powerful in vocal, and has a kind of riot and chic appeal. Her vocal is the most powerful and colorful in the team.
BOM brings the musical perfection of 2NE1 to the maximum, with her unique voice and solid singing ability. She has a very unique tone, but I think she needs to make more efforts to make her advantages shine on the stage. DARA always brightens the team’s mood, as the eldest one, but needs some improvement in singing. “Dancer” MINZY appeals with an outstanding singing ability, along with CL. Since her dance is so great, she would rather more boldly exert her power in the team.
– Bae Sun Tak, Music Critic (Writer for MBC’s radio show “Bae Chul Soo’s Music Camp)
Few pop music can be explained on its own. In most cases, music positioned itself in a close relation with society of its times. This is why girl group 2NE1 is important. Their music enables us to read changes in our society from the 2000’s. Let us think about “I Don’t Care”, the most famous song of 2NE1. As you know, the song says to a play boy that “I don’t care even if you leave me”. In line with such song and lyrics, 2NE1 maintained a rather unisex fashion style and sometimes, strong image.
Roughly, 2NE1 can be called a girl group who showed women’s confidence, escaping from general girl groups’ focus on fulfilling men’s fantasy for women. This is not an exaggeration, but a demonstration of the trend of our times. One of the global phenomena from the 2000’s was evolution of female musicians and girl groups. This exactly dovetails with women’s rights improving year after year. The seed sown by Madonna in the 1980’s is blossoming now, and one of the few musicians at the center of the trend is 2NE1.
#Dance –Free but restrained
General: CL’s cute charisma. Confidence coming from trust is the biggest asset
– Ha Hwi Dong, MVP B-Boy Snake of Mnet Channel’s “Dancing 9” Season 1
One of the most important elements of a show is the beginning of songs. CL has an outstanding talent of making the intro of a song very appealing, with her charisma mixed with cuteness. DARA looks fit for a cute dance for a song like “DO YOU LOVE ME”. The song goes the best with her and she expresses the song charmingly. MINZY is definitely the one who dances most easily and even shows comfortable facial expression while dancing. BOM’s vocal is helped by other members in her own part, but she displays much presence in other parts.
– Kim Wan Sun, Singer
For a singer, dancing is something like wearing make-up and stage costumes. Dance is a means of expressing a singer’s song and music better. Of course, it will be better if every singer can dance like a professional dancer, but it’s hard to sing and dance professionally at the same time. Plus, I’m kind of conservative and I think the cart should never put before the horse. In this respect, I think 2NE1’s dance subtly does not disrupt their singing while expressing the music uniquely. 2NE1 looks rough and care-free at a glance, but their facial expression and attitude are restrained. Most of all, they believe in their own talent and have confidence and self-esteem that come from the staff they trust. I see that is the strongest advantage of 2NE1, better than any technique or dance.
#Fashion –From fresh chameleon into matured woman
General: Street fashion + black hip-hop look combined with a classy feel
– Chae Gyu In, Desinger
From the days of their debut, 2NE1 has given a feel like a fresh chameleon. Street fashion of Tokyo and London and black hip-hop look have been at the center of 2NE1’s fashion and more recently, high-end collection (luxury clothes) is added. Every detail in 2NE1’s fashion suggests that they are now trying transformation into a “grown-up woman” from bubbly and girly image displayed through past albums.
Notably, CL’s nude scene in the music video of 2NE1’s latest song “MISSING YOU” is an active attempt to show a matured woman’s appeal.
The broad-brimmed hat and smoking look in the music video of “MISSING YOU” are items for 1970-1980’s retro style, so the style looks like a re-interpretation of the retro in a modern sense. Such concept of “MISSING YOU” feels like a new version of “LONELY” released in 2011 but in terms of originality, “LONELY” is better. However, the look for “MISSING YOU” arouses curiosity by presenting feminine appeal from varied and colorful styling that includes items like sequined dress. I think now it is time for 2NE1 to try new things and take a step forward.
– Lee Eun Ah, Stylist
It seems that CL has the widest range of fashion style among 2NE1 members. She sometimes surprises the public by her extreme styling on the stage, but shows an outstanding sense of matching unusual accessories and props. In her daily life too, she displays a variety of style including funky, chic, and mannish look. BOM has beautiful legs so she frequently wears a micro-mini skirt or dress, and shorts. It will be better if she tries more varied and active styling that can highlight her legs.
DARA used to enjoy the most “hip” fashion among 2NE1 members, but recently, she displays easy but sensible daily fashion using accessories. On the other hand, she enjoys feminine and elegant style on the stage. DARA always wears skinny pants and belt for day-to-day styling, and that is a good expression of her own style. MINZY has changed the lest since 2NE1’s debut in terms of style. She usually wears a jacket and simple pants, and it seems that she does not want to try an extreme style, pursuing stable styling.
# Physiognomy: Face of talent and success
– Cho Gyu Moon, Name and Fortune Research Center, Professor of East Philosophy, Graduate School of Culture and Art, Kyonggi University
CL: First, CL’s forehead is wide, regular-featured, and shiny, so it’s good. In physiognomy, forehead shows one’s fortune in early life until 30 years of age, as well as the fortune regarding one’s career. CL has a good fortune in her early life, including good parents. Plus, since her forehead suggests a good fortune in her career, she will succeed in her work according to physiognomy. Eyebrows suggest one’s fortune related to his/her siblings. CL’s eyebrows are thin but mild and clear, which reminds of a crescent moon. This suggests that she goes well with the other 2NE1 members and is able to build a strong tie with them. Her lips are thick and the corners go upward. This kind of mouth means popularity and nobleness. To point out a disadvantage, her nostrils are seen from the font, which means that the person spends money on unnecessary things. So, CL will be better if she can pay extra attention to how to manage money.
BOM: In physiognomy, forehead, eyes and nose, and mouth, jaw, and chin suggest one’s early, middle, and later life. The black and white in BOM’s eyes are clearly divided, so she can be healthy and wise, succeeding in her career. Nose, which symbolized wealth, is straight and strong, so BOM will be able to make much money. However, in physiognomic terms, her upper lip looks thinner than the underlip, so BOM may consider putting a lip makeup to make the upper lip thick and red like the lower one.
DARA: The shape of her face is oval, which is usual for the beauty. Plus, the proportion of her forehead, part from the eyes to the end of the nose, and part from there to the end of the face is 1:1:1, which is the face of nobleness. Her forehead suggests success in career and her eyes, which show one’s health, are also good. Her nose, which means wealth, is pretty and thick, so she has both beauty and wealth. A beauty is popular among men, which can work as a double-edged sword.
MINZY: Her eyes slightly slant upward and show a strong character and charisma. This type of eyes is for a confident person who has talent and abilities. The part between eyebrows suggests fortune related to real estate, and this part is broad for her. So, it may work for her to invest in real estate. The part under the eyes look somewhat thin, so she will be able to gain more luck if she puts makeup on this part to look more thick and bright.
[STARCAST] Star Anatomy 2NE1
Even it is the ‘Era of idol groups flourishing’, it is hard to see a girl group like 2NE1 in which the members have a strong individuality. From the charismatic leader CL, unique vocal Bom, adorable Dara and to naturally talented dancer Minzy.
With this year being the 5th year since their debut, 2NE1 recently released their single ‘Missing You’ and tried to give changes to their images with a concept that shows powerful colors and charms of a woman. 2NE1 is commented as a group that maximizes the charms that each member has and we have analyzed them in various angles through looking at their music, dance, fashion and the fortune based on their facial features and figures and so on.
# Music & Vocal – The rapid progress of the female musician resulted from the changing phases of time in 2000s.
Overall comment: The leading role in girl groups as they are centered on women. Using a differentiated strategy with the individuality of each member.
– Jo Hong Kyung, the representative of Voiceffect (JTBC ‘Hidden Singer’ vocal masters)
In their early years, 2NE1 made their debut with a nickname ‘Woman BIGBANG’ and back then, they showed a differentiated strategy through the strong colors of each member. Their music had easy melodies, which made people of all ages easily sing along and it is also the advantage that 2NE1 has.
If we take a look at the members, CL is someone in which her charm develops along with her age. CL, who shows the most power and energy in vocals, has a chic charm that is like a rebel. Also in the team, she has the most powerful vocal style.
Bom has a voice with unique individuality and a solid singing ability and is raising the level of completeness in terms of music. She is someone who has a unique voice but it looks like that she needs to make more effort to make her strengths certainly stand out. Dara is the oldest in the group and is definitely a mood maker but in terms of singing, it is slightly not enough. Just like CL, ‘The dancer’ Minzy is a member that appeals to people with fantastic singing ability. Since she has an enormous charm as she is able to dance, it would be better if she is much bold and daring in expressing her power.
-Bae Soon Tak, music critic (The writer of MBC radio ‘Bae Chul Soo’s Music Camp’)
The popular music itself has not much cases of being entirely described in relation to music. In most cases, the music decides its status based on the close relation it has with the society of a specific time period. This very fact is what makes 2NE1, a girl group with 4 members, important. Through their music, we can get a sense of a social atmosphere that changed after 2000s. Let’s think about their representative song ‘I Don’t Care’. The lyrics in the song convey the message ‘To a guy who is like a playboy, I don’t care if he leaves me’. Along with such a song and lyrics, 2NE1 made their fashion rather neutral and at times, chose to go with a powerful image.
To sort them in a much rough and wild way, it can be said that 2NE1 is a girl group who refused to give fantasies to men and instead, showed confident views that women has. This is never an exaggeration but is something that reflects the flow of time. Even globally, the one of the phenomenon in common was the rapid progress of women musicians and girl groups. It corresponds exactly with the level of changes in women rights that are rising as each year passes. The changes that first began with Madonna in 80’s are finally getting to shine with proper results and 2NE1 is the one who plays one of the main roles in it.
# Dance – Looks like the dance is wild and full of freedom but there is obvious beauty of moderation
Overall comment: CL’s charisma is blended with cuteness. Her confidence that comes from trust in herself is the biggest weapon.
– Ha Hwi Dong, Mnet ‘Dancing 9 Season1 MVP B-Boy steak
To me, the most important part of a performance is the intro part of the song and in the case of CL, her ability to start the song with her unique charisma blended with cuteness stands out. Dara looks like she will fit better with adorable dance moves from songs such as ‘Do you love me’. It is a song that gives a feeling that it has nicely pulled off cute dance moves that matches the most with Dara. Out of all the members, the one who dances in a comfortable way and shows her relaxed facial expression as a bonus is of course Minzy. Bom, who is in charge of vocal, does not get help from other members in her part but in other parts, her existence can be felt relatively strong and a lot.
– The singer Kim Wan Sun
I think to a singer, dancing is almost like a singer putting on a make-up and putting on the outfit. I view it as one of the ways to express the song and music in much fancier way. Of course, it would be better to dance like a professional dancer but it is hard to sing while showing that kind of dance moves. Also, I personally have a conservative way thinking that the main part is not supposed to be interrupted whatsoever. In that part, 2NE1’s dance cleverly does not interrupt the song but 2NE1 is still expressing their music in an individualized way. They look wild and full of freedom but there is a beauty of moderation in facial expressions and in the attitudes of the members. However, it looks like the confidence and self-esteem coming from working together with the staff members, who shows strong faith in the talents that 2NE1 has, is 2NE1’s powerful weapon that is stronger than all the dance moves with brilliant techniques.
# Fashion –From fresh chameleon to mature women
Overall comment: Street fashion + Black hip hop look added with luxurious mood.
– Designer Chae Gyu In
Since their debut, 2NE1 gave off a feeling that is like a chameleon. In outfits, if Tokyo and London street fashion and black hip hop look played the main role up till now, it looks like there is a ‘high end collection (Luxurious outfit)’ added to it recently. In previous albums, 2NE1 have been showing images that are like a bright young girl. But now, it could be seen little by little that 2NE1 is making an attempt to give changes to their images as fully grown-up women.
Especially, in their newly released song ‘Missing You’, CL exposing her entire body looks like a way to actively trying to portray the characteristics of mature women. In the music video of ‘Missing You’, the hat with broad visor and the smoking look is an item that fits with the trend of ‘Restoring the old’ in 1970~80’s. It looks like that these outfits interpreted the ‘Restoring the old’ looks of the time with a modern sentiment. The concept that ‘Missing You’ gives a feeling like seeing a new version of the song ‘Lonely’, which was released in 2011. It is evaluated that in terms of sincerity, ‘Lonely’ is a step ahead. In ‘Missing You’, shows the charms of women and arouses curiosity through diverse and luxurious style of outfit such as a spangled skirt. It looks like right now is a time in which the attempt to break the frame by trying new things and by leaping to the next level is needed.
– Lee Eun Ah, the stylist
It looks like CL has the most choices for outfits out of 2NE1. She often surprises the crowd with her unconventional styles but her sense of matching the accessories or props that others did not try before is different from others. In real life, she shows skilled abilities in coming up with various styles of outfits such as being funky, chic or dressing like a man. Bom has a beautiful body figures so no matter whether it is on the stage or in daily life, she often wears micro miniskirts, skirts or shorts. Rather than sticking to the styles that emphasizes the leg, I think it would be better if she tries to much more various and bold styles.
Dara used to wear the most hip fashion out of all the members but recently, she has been showing daily-life look fashion that does not stand out by using fashion props but she still shows her sense. In contrast, when she is on the stage, she frequently enjoys elegant styles that show the beauty of woman. In the clothes that Dara wears in her daily life, it is most always a skinny jean with a belt. It looks like she showed her individuality nicely with her unique way of highlighting the fashion. Minzy is a member who shows most little change in style since her debut until now. She wears a jacket and matched with simple pants most of the time and it looks like that she chose to go with stable fashion and does not try anything bold.
# Facial features: Full of talents and a successful career
-Jo Gyu Moon, assistant professor at culture and arts graduate school Kyung-gi University, name and fortune research center
CL: First, when looking at her forehead, it is pretty neat and shiny so it is a good forehead. Forehead represents the fortune from earlier years of life to age 30 and also shows the fortune in the career. CL has good fortune in earlier years of her life so she has parents luck and also career luck. She has the facial features that tell that she will be successful with her own job. Eyebrows represent the fortune for siblings and her eyebrows are soft and clear so it is reminded of a crescent moon. When looking at this fact in regards to the relationships with the members, it means that the members in 2NE1 have a nice teamwork and is able to form good relationships. Her lips are thick and mouth is pointing upwards. This kind of lips means popularity and a precious fate. But, one thing bad among all the good is the fact that the nostrils can be slightly seen when looking at the face from the front. The meaning it carries is that even when you earn a lot of money, it is possible to have unnecessary spending from not managing the money well so it is necessary to be careful.
Bom: If the forehead represents the fortune in earlier years in life, then the eyes and the nose is the fortune in mid-age and the mouth, both upper chin and lower chin, and the lowest chin represents the fortune in the end of life. Judging from the eyes and nose that represents the fortune in mid-age, her eyes have a clear distinction between black and white parts, meaning being healthy and wise and also being successful in career. The nose that represents wealth is also neat and stretched out with power so it looks like she will be earning a lot of money. To point out a part to be improved, her upper lips looks thinner than her lower lips so it would be good if she make her upper lips thick and red when putting on make-ups.
Dara: The shape of her face is oval and she is a typical beauty type. When dividing the face into three parts of eyes, nose, lips and both the upper chin and lower chin and the lowest chin, it has a 1:1:1 proportion so it can be said that she has a precious face. When looking at her forehead, she can be successful in terms of career and looking at the eyes, which show the health, she is showing good health. The nose, which represents wealth, is chubby so it is a nose that is pretty and will bring luck. However, a beauty is popular among people of opposite sex and it can be considered as a double-bladed sword.
Minzy: The end of her both of her eyes is slightly pointing upwards. It looks like her eyes make her unique individuality and charisma meaningful.
Her eyes show that she is talented and skilled and these kinds of eyes are from a person is full of confidence. The part in between the eyes and the eyebrows are called ‘Jeontaekgoong’, which is related to realty. For Minzy, this part is formed relatively wide so it could be good for her to invest in realty. It looks like the part right below her eyes is rather plain but it looks like that Minzy will have fortune when she makes this part thicker and brighter and putting on make-ups.
Written by. Jang Seo Yoon (TenAsia)
Edited by. Choi Jin Sil (TenAsia)
Pictures provided by. YG Entertainment