February 3, 2023

Welcome to Fan Chant, a weekly column for Ok-pop followers, stans, and newbies alike. Every week, I’ll be rolling out interviews, lists, and every kind of content material to maintain you within the loop on the newest and best from our buddies in Seoul and past. Additionally, be certain to subscribe to my companion publication!

For all of the glitz and glamour of the leisure business, working as a Ok-pop idol just isn’t at all times the dreamy life many followers may think — and whereas this isn’t a brand new thought in any respect, it’s one with which HUH YUNJIN of LE SSERAFIM has develop into all too acquainted.

LE SSERAFIM debuted in Could of 2022 and have rapidly discovered their footing. The members turned heads with their various, sharply-honed ability units: KAZUHA, for instance, is a classically skilled ballet dancer and incorporates her background into LE SSERAFIM’s choreography, whereas HUH YUNJIN has a background in opera, and just lately opened a efficiency flexing her years spent sharpening her vocal expertise. LE SSERAFIM made our checklist of 10 Ok-pop acts that dominated 2022, and the 5 members appear to have no intention of slowing down any time quickly.

HUH YUNJIN, a vocalist and dancer within the group, was raised in America. Within the brief time that’s handed since LE SSERAFIM’s debut, the now-21-year-old has been vocal about hoping to make use of her function throughout the business to deliver constructive change to the idol expertise. She’s not afraid to dive into subjects that may nonetheless really feel a bit taboo on the planet of Ok-pop, and turned up the amount in her newest self-written and self-produced single, “I ≠ DOLL.”

The animation within the music video for the one was additionally created by HUH YUNJIN herself. It exhibits scenes of a cartoon determine, a stand-in for herself, boxing a masked determine, presumably supposed to be a web-based troll. Later, after having her outfits switched out in a means that recollects dress-up laptop video games of our youth, she stands as digicam bulbs flash and newspaper headlines encompass her: “ANT SIZED WAIST, WEIGHT LOSS TIPS, DESIGNER BRANDS, SHOCKING NEW LOOK.”

It’s uncommon in one of the simplest ways for an idol within the Ok-pop world, particularly one as younger as HUH YUNJIN, to deal with these themes head on. (LE SSERAFIM’s title, appropriately, is an anagram of “I’M FEARLESS.”) I used to be so excited to attach with HUH YUNJIN for this week’s column and listen to about what went into the discharge.

Take a take heed to “I ≠ DOLL” beneath, and skim on for HUH YUNJIN’s insights into the message and songwriting course of.

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