I had this idea to make a round-up article, listing down the memorable things that Dara has done for each month. It was an idea that started last year, and I only came around to having the courage to do it this year, keke! Bear with me please, as this post may be filled with random spazz attacks. ^^ So let’s get the ball rolling~! ^^
Dara has indeed started all of our year 2013 right, and though 2NE1 are not promoting, January still has been action-packed and memorable for the most part. ^^
Click the link below to read our monthly round-up of Goddess Dara for the month of January!
I know that most (if not ALL) of us got sad, confused, and disappointed when we learned that Dara will not be Etude‘s cosmetic model anymore, officially ending her contract last December. While most of us mourned the loss of girly Dara in Etude‘s endorsement campaigns, some of us (including me, who really prayed for it) hoped that this would be a door that would open for our goddess to endorse another cosmetics brand that would showcase her beauty in a different light. Our hopes were answered when we learned that Dara would be endorsing Korean beauty cosmetics brand, Clio! Wow, a more mature beauty line that was endorsed formerly by none other than queen-bee Lee Hyori herself! Spiffy Hyosup first gave us an inkling about her new endorsement when he tweeted about it, with a picture of a magazine page featuring Dara. Four days after, Dara uploaded a gorgeous BTS picture during the photoshoot on her Twitter!
And I guess that was confirmation enough for all of us! A few days after her tweet, we all saw new Clio ads popping up in their website and online shops, with the exciting theme of “Angel VS Devil” for their Spring/Summer 2013 campaign! Check out some of Dara’s gorgeous Clio pictures!
The only time 2NE1 performed this month was during the 22nd High1 Seoul Music Awards. They won a Bonsang and performed an unforgettable stage for “I Love You.” Of course, the girls bring it, as always, but the performance was made more memorable when Bom lost her shoe early on in the performance and continued to perform like the awesome person that she is with only one shoe on and then finally taking it off to finish the performance bare-foot. Her Park sister, Dara, of course shot her some concerned looks and even kicked the shoe out of the way at one point of the perf, while leadah CL assured her everything was well.
The girls were also featured in COMPLEX magazine’s STYLE section. The photos and interview were taken when 2NE1 went to the States last year for their concert tour. Titled “K-Pop Sensation 2NE1 Dresses Up in Jeremy Scott, Givenchy, and Balmain for Complex,” the girls gave a fun interview and rocked out various outfits as well! This is my favorite one from the shoot, because I really like this Jeremy Scott dress, and it looked awesome on Dee when I saw her in it during the Singapore NewECon! Kekeke!
In this interview, Dara reveals that the thing she is most afraid of is:
“Loneliness. After leaving the stage, when we’re back at our individual hotel rooms, I think all of us could agree, there’s this sense of emptiness. It’s a little difficult to explain.”
Aww, don’t you just want to hug her? Dara, you are never alone, we are here with you! /hangs out outside of Dara’s hotel room with a placard saying “I LOVE YOU DARAAAA” /crazy-obsessed fan mode on
Speaking of interviews, Big Bang leader, G-Dragon mentioned our one-and-only goddess Dara during his Naver Star Column series interview. I can still remember how my TL exploded with spazz when this came out on the 25th, keke! GD mentioned how Dara showed them around when they were in the Philippines for their concert tour leg here, and how grateful he was to “Dara-noona” for all her help and for coming to the Philippines from Korea all by herself, in order to watch the concert. ^^ Here is Dara during Alive concert tour in the Philippines last October 24, 2012.
I am very happy that this was G-dragon‘s “first thing that comes to my memory” when speaking of their concert tour. The following are GD’s parting words:
“But I didn’t regret anything; we all had a great time, eating delicious food and talking with great people.
If only… We could take out the part where we had to go through the entire 2-hour ride.. ^^;
Dara-noona!! I’m very grateful for the good memories! Thank you~!!! ^^”
Read the article (again, if you’ve already read it) to see what “2-hour ride” he was talking about. ^^
I’m also happy to see Dara going out and seeing movies and attending premiers again! She did it a lot in 2010, and in 2013, she attended two movie premiers: Gangster Shaman and Berlin. She supported Gangster Shaman with Tablo, whose wife, Hye Jung, when they went to the VIP premier. She made various tweets that encouraged people to see the movie and mentioned that she wanted to be an actress too.
For Berlin, she went to the premier with Bom and Minzy, sporting a bright, pink jacket that surely turned heads, along with Bom‘s killer legs and Minzy‘s cute, purple hair. Seeing the girls at that time was particularly refreshing since everyone missed them so much already.
Of course, Dara is definitely a news-maker. Her various Twitter and me2day (YG’s me2day account anyways), made it on to the news most of the time! I didn’t really translate everything, but most of those that did make the most noise is on the site, such as her unedited photoshoot BTS picture, her desire to be an actress after she watched Gangster Shaman (please, please, please Papa YG, Darama this year please) , and how netizens cannot quite believe that Dara is already turning 30 this year (shocking, I know, more like 30-going-on-18) and voted her as the top vampire star. I do miss doing mundane photo news, so fighting for this month then, eh? ^_^
Other endorsements and projects have been keeping our 2NE1 girls as a group, busy as well. While they didn’t have a shoot for this new year yet, Nikon released a totally adorable behind-the-scenes video of the girls for the Nikon Coolpix camera, and in introduction vid for the Coolpix 4 camera series .
Intel also made sure that we don’t forget that the girls are endorsing Ultrabook, by updating their Facebook cover photo with cute, serious, slightly “WTH are they doing?” 2NE1, keke!
And OhMyGoddess shared this gorgeous magazine scan of Dara for Nikon 1 J2!
On the projects side, YG Family has been known for their involvement in charity. For this year, they have joined in with 2NE1 and Big Bang signing up as mentors for a Donation Project for Nepal with Goodway With Us. They gave away signed albums and t-shirts to lucky donors and participants in this project.
And this is another section entirely because SNS is such a HUGE part of Dara’s life! ^_^ Don’t you guys agree? XD
Anyways, Dara has hit the 500,000 mark on Twitter last January~! Her followers increase steadily as the days go on. Right now, she has 541,000 followers! ^^ Considering that she’s only been on Twitter for roughly four months, this is an awesome feat! ^^
Last month, we saw a lot of Park siblings love going on~! Dara uploaded pictures of handsome Thunder, handsome Doongies, and even bullied him to come home! Seriously, the amount of Park siblings love is enough to give us palpitations! (Their god- and goddess-like good looks may have a BIG hand in those palpitations though. XD)
And here’s Thunder retaliating his noona’s attack with a picture sneakily taken by himself too!
One of the most unforgettable Twitter events that happened last month is the “Dishwashing Park” series that Taeyang started when he uploaded a pic of Dara in his Instagram, washing dishes in YG Gym, that prompted some poking fun at Dara by YG staff, RJ, and then joined by G-Dragon (YG Family sure knows how to stir shippers in a frenzy. XD Our shipping hearts, aigoo… The amount of JiDaraYang on Twitter is crazy. XD TOP needs Twitter, ASAP!) who asked her to wash dishes in Big Bang’s dorm as well. Of course, Dara refused to be owned and in her sassy way, replied with,
“I’m not someone you just order to do your dishes for you~~~ㅋㅋㅋ”
Way to go! Own them, baby girl~! XD
Another “ARGH KYEOPTA! /throws self off cliff” moment in Twitter involved Seungri~! We all know how Big Bang’s maknae adores his Dara-noona, and vice-versa, so it’s no surprise that these two would get along famously on Twitter as well! On the 30th, Dara nicknamed Seungri as “Mr. Pogi“ when he uploaded a truly “pogi” picture of himself on Twitter~! ^^
Dara has replied to more and more fans last month too! Unforgettable mentions were Yennie (our very own), Hitomi, and a LOT of other fans on Twitter~! Check out our Twitter tag and you can see for yourself how nice Dara is to fans. ^^ Also, don’t forget to check the “Loneliness of Self-Discipline” tag to see Hwangssabu’s updates on hard-working Dara sweating it out in the YG Gym. ^^
So you see, though the girls are not promoting, time can still be very interesting for all of us, if we just learn to appreciate every little thing that comes our way. Be it a tweet, a photo update, even a mention, it’s all about taking what is given to us and being grateful for it. Though yes, I am one of those fans who is already willing to prostrate myself on YG”s feet just to give us 2NE1 and have them do a bombastic comeback. Until that happens though, let’s take one day at a time and enjoy the little blessings that come! ^^
What is your favorite Dara moment in January 2013? ^^ Share it with us in the comments section below~! ^^ I hope you enjoy the very first of our OhDara Special: Monthly Roundup.. ^_^ Thanks for reading! <3 I hope you enjoyed reading as I enjoyed writing it. ^^
Written and compiled by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara