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News: 2NE1’s Sandara Shows Support for Younger Brother Thunder and MBLAQ’s New Mini Album

2NE1’s Sandara Shows Support for Younger Brother Thunder and MBLAQ’s New Mini Album


2NE1 member Sandara (Dara) Park recently showed her support for her younger brother, Thunder (Chundoong) of MBLAQ, and his group’s newly released mini album.

On November 25, immediately following the release of MBLAQ’s seventh mini album titled “Winter,” Dara wrote messages of support through her personalTwitter account, which read, “Sigh..ㅠ.ㅠ,” alongside an emoticon of a thumbs-up sign, as well as “Doong songwriter…the song is so goodㅠ.ㅠ wow…” with three more thumbs-up emoticons. Posted with both of these tweets were screen captured images of Dara streaming the tracks “Spring, Summer, Fall, and…” and “The Words, It Will Be Okay.



As this new mini album is composed of self-composed songs by the MBLAQ members themselves, the 2NE1 member especially complimented the work of her younger brother, who took part in composing “The Words, It Will Be Okay.

Known to have a very close sibling relationship in the music industry, Dara once again proves to be a supportive older sister for Thunder with these encouraging messages.

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Credits: Soompi

News: Sandara Park, Steven Yeun’s Video Gets Million Hits

Sandara Park, Steven Yeun’s Video Gets Million Hits


A video series featuring Sandara Park, a member of the K-pop girl group 2NE1, and actor Steven Yeun has received a total of more than 1 million views just four days since its release.

Released last week under the title “What’s Eating Steven Yeun?” by BeFUNNY Studios, the video series gained immediate attention from viewers.

The series, composed of three parody videos and a highlight episode, tells the comical yet serious story of Yeun trying to become a star in Korea.

Undergoing harsh eating training from his management agency, the Korean-American actor rises and falls as a celebrity who continuously eats while on the air — as a meokbang host. “Meokbang” is a recently coined Korean word for “TV eating shows.”

Park plays the part of Yeun’s girlfriend, who also dreams of becoming a meokbang host.

She received favorable comments from viewers for her role as the lovely but comical character.

BeFUNNY Studios is Asia’s first celebrity studio jointly created by CAA, an American agency that represents Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, and Funny or Die.

Source: Korea Herald

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Article: Billboard ~ “2NE1’s Dara & ‘Walking Dead’ Actor Steven Yeun Star in Web Series About Food Porn”

2NE1’s Dara & ‘Walking Dead’ Actor Steven Yeun Star in Web Series About Food Porn


The K-pop singer and TV actor play a couple torn apart by food porn in ‘What’s Eating Steven Yeun?’

2NE1‘s Dara gets to show off her comedy chops in a new web series co-starringSteve Yeun of The Walking Dead.

Playing themselves as boyfriend and girlfriend in What’s Eating Steven Yeun?, the celebrity couple gets torn apart when the actor decides he needs to “make it in [his] parents’ home country.” He leaves Dara in California and flies overseas to meet with Korean actor Park Hyuk Kwon who uses Yeun to create the ultimate star in “mokbang” (a.k.a. “broadcast eating” or “food porn”).

The K-pop and Hollywood collaboration comes via Be Funny Studios and Funny Or Die, who also brought together HyunA and Rita Ora for their “Girl, You Better Walk” skit earlier this year, as well as f(x) and Anna Kendrick in 2013.

Article/Photos: PEP – “Sandara Park Celebrates 30th Birthday at Jaya Concert”

Sandara Park celebrates 30th birthday at Jaya concert

During her 25th anniversary concert, Jaya mentioned how nervous she was to have a Korean celebrity in her presence at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino.

Jaya was taken by surprise when the special guest was revealed to be Sandara Park of 2NE1 fame.

K-pop star Dara was given a unique version of the “Happy Birthday” song by the soul diva herself.


Sandara Park of 2NE1 fame was one of the celebrity guests who watched the concert of Jaya last night, November 11.

The event happened to be part of Dara’s 30th birthday celebration in the Philippines.

“Ang galing n’yo po talaga,” gushed Dara when she joined Jaya onstage at the Grand Ballroom of Solaire Resort and Casino.


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Article: Yahoo Ph – “Sandara Park Celebrates 30th Birthday in Manila”

Sandara Park Celebrates 30th Birthday in Manila


Yahoo Southeast Asia Newsroom/Contributed photo – Sandara ‘Dara’ Park with fellow 2Ne1 members Bom, CL and Minzy

K-pop group 2ne1’s Sandara Park has not forgotten her showbiz roots. The Korean pop star now more popularly known as Dara, had an early birthday celebration in the Philippines, where she started her showbiz career in 2004.

The birthday party last Saturday, November 8, came four days ahead of her 30th birthday on Wednesday, November 12.

Her friends from local showbiz, including Luis Manzano, Christian Bautista, Erik Santos and Sam Concepcion, shared photos of the birthday party on social media.


“Great to see you Dara in Manila again! Enjoy your birthday week,” Christian posted.




Sam, who went to the party with girlfriend Jasmine Curtis, came from ABS-CBN’s Philharmonic concert “Tale As Old as Time” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.



Erik posted a photo with Sandara and said, “Happy birthday Sandy @daraxxi. Really appreciate your friendship. It was great to see you again after a long time. Enjoy your day

Luis, who hosted the talent show Star Circle Quest where Sandara started her showbiz career, noted how she has remained humble despite her achievements

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“I got to spend time with this very special young lady and i can say i am truly proud of her and all her achievements. Ive been with her since day 1 and now that she has gone global, di pa rin niya kinalimutan ang humble beginnings niya! I am very proud of you @daraxxi and happy happy birthday.”

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Sam Milby and Joross Gamboa also attended the party.

This is Sandara’s third visit to Manila this year. She joined 2ne1’s successful “All or Nothing” concert at the Mall of Asia Arena in May and returned in August to support her friend Lydia Paek’s show in Quezon City.

Sandara met up with TV host Robi Domingo when he went to Seoul last week.



Source: Yahoo PH

Article: Push – “Sandara Park Celebrates 30th Birthday in Manila”

Sandara Park celebrates 30th birthday in Manila


It seems 2NE1 member Sandara Park could not resist visiting her friends in the Philippines and having an advance birthday celebration with them. In this Instagram post by Sam Concepcion, he and girlfriend Jasmine Curtis-Smith made it to Sandara’s party, which was also attended by the Korean star’s celebrity friends Joross Gamboa, Christian Bautista, Sam Milby, and Erik Santos.

According to sources, also present were her Star Circle Quest batchmates Melissa Ricks and RJ Martinez, as well as Sharlene San Pedro, Nash Aguas, Alexa Ilacad, Luis Manzano, Vhong Navarro, Ryan Bang, and Robi Domingo.

Source: Push ABS CBN

Article: “Rebel: 5 K-pop Acts that Won’t Conform” ~List of some K-pop’s biggest rebels, including 2NE1 and others

Words by Tamar Herman

It’s not every day that a guy dancing around on a fake horse makes headlines, but that’s precisely whatPsy did with the video for his über-viral 2012 hit “Gangnam Style.” Most of the 2 billion people that watched the music video didn’t pick up on the deeper social commentary and critique of Korea’s middle class, but it’s plain to pretty much anyone who knows where Gangnam is and how to pronounce it. What’s more, it was not an isolated incident. Hiding amid the sequins and leather tap pants, some other popular K-pop groups are coming out with incisive messages of their own.

Sure, synchronized dancing, over the top costumes, and twenty-something men wearing eyeliner aren’t typically associated with social revolutions. It might be time to rethink that. South Korea’s seen a lot of public protests in the past, but these days younger people are more interested in sharing their opinions on social media, in socially acceptable ways rather than taking to the streets. In similar fashion, singing songs with social commentary while still fitting into the often-sugary genre most Korean young people listen to, some of K-pop’s up-and-coming acts are rebelling in a socially accepted way.

From the rebellious nature of B.A.P to the in-your-face awesomeness of 2NE1, there are some Korean groups throwing off the typical bubblegum pop attitude usually associated with K-pop in favor of much harsher sounds and messages. It could be seen cynically, as a way for these groups to try to make an impact on a music industry overloaded with K-pop acts. Still, the defiant stances taken by some of these idols are powerfully attractive to Korea’s youth, most of whom don’t have a lot of free time between studying and trying to get into one of Korea’s top universities. Music is a form of expression, and Korean entertainment labels toe the line between what people are really feeling and what is politically correct. Songs that are too riotous will get banned from the airwaves in South Korea, but these groups have figured out the way to sing dissenting messages and still make extremely catchy music. 



The four members of 2NE1 are gaining popularity globally for their edgy style and sound. But it’s the group’s message that really makes 2NE1 stand apart from the average K-pop act. “I Am the Best” is about female empowerment and individuality, while the rock-ballad “Ugly” deals with Korea’s obsession with becoming beautiful, and “Come Back Home” is about the addiction to technology. These are 2NE1’s most subversive songs. The music video for “Come Back Home” is essentially 2NE1’s attempt to pull people away from their video games and smart phones, with a reggae-inspired electropop sound.



(A/N: Omitted non-2NE1 related parts)



Source: @mtviggy

Article: CLIO’s “Salon de Cara” Sold Out Nationwide with Sandara Park as the Brand’s Main Model



Makeup brand CLIO’s new mascara, ‘Salon de Cara’ sells out all its initial stock of 130,000 within 3 weeks!

The sold out mascara is made specifically for Korean women with short and thin eyelashes with an innovative concept of, ‘Eyelash Curler-cara,’ ‘Hand-cara,’ and ‘Roll Brush-cara.’ These fun names brought attention to the products before they were even released. From the beginning of August, when the items were launched, within just three weeks, the products were sold out online and in stores with Sandara Park as the brand’s main model.


Analyzing the pattern of the time the makeup products were sold, the company found that the mascara was selling the most right before summer vacations started. Mascara’s most important quality is being waterproof and as this line is waterproof, it can be said that this item has become one of the must-have-items for vacation makeup.

Not only that but this mascara solves the problem every girl has with their eyelashes. With fun names like ‘Full Volume,’ ‘C-Curl Volume,’ and ‘Extension Volume,’ each name represents the type of mascara it is. These memorable names help with the sales because it remains in the consumer’s mind when shopping at beauty stores.

Meanwhile, the company hopes to see a new record this fall season for the ‘Salon de Cara.’

Credit: BNT News

News: Sandara Park, “Why Am I Pretty?” Reveals Beauty Secrets

Sandara Park, “Why Am I Pretty?” Reveals Beauty Secrets


Sandara Park‘s beauty tips and talk in a beauty program is a hot topic.

On the broadcast of OnStyle‘s “Get It Beauty” on the 10th, she disclosed the beauty items found inside her pouch, and revealed her beauty tips publicly.

Sandara Park exposed the contents of her “chick pouch” and introducing her must-have, essential items, like Clio Kill Black eyeliner, Salon de Cara, tint, BB Cream, and lip&cheek make-up. In particular, the beauty panel were surprised with the pouch, since it was coming from a member of a top idol girl group.

She showed how the “little eye tail” eyeline could be applied as well. “When you’re busy or don’t have a lot of time, just draw a slight tail. It’s fast and easy to do, and it’s good at emphasizing the shape of the eyes,” she said.

Also to complete the make-up transformation, she revealed the use of another essential item, which is the mascara. For this instance, she used Salon De Cara, hair roll shape, emphasizing on filling and volume with careful application starting from the root up. When selecting a brush, the size is important, a small brush should be used to put emphasis on the corner color of the eyes. Use of eyelash color before the mascara would emphasize the eye-shape and make the eyes look larger, garnering admiration from the beauty panel.

Netizens who saw the broadcast commented with, “Sandara Park is gorgeous,” “Sandara Park’s ‘little eye tail’ make-up is cute,” showing their reaction.


Source: Wow Star TV

Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara

Article: Confessions of a 2NE1 Stan


We know it’s raining Balmain and KTZ, Jeremy Scott to Givenchy, but we hope underneath all of your Fendi furs, you keep a little space for us Pinoys in your precious little Chrome Heart

MANILA, Philippines – Hoy, Dara! Kamusta na?

I am happy to report that we are enjoying fabulous weather here in our beloved Philippines — sweltering to a fault, practically hellish at times, but lovely all the same. Thanks for asking! #WelcomeHomeDara I say to you, but please do lather on the sun screen, we wouldn’t want to ferry you home with a sunburn. Papa YG doth not prescribe a bronzed concept for our porcelain princess, a look that did find success with Yubin from the Wonder Girls but hardly on anybody else. A strange factoid, but oh well — climate change is real, you guys, and no K-pop idol is safe from dehydration, let alone unwanted tans. But I digress. Now that we’ve exchanged our usual amount of pleasantries, I am writing you now because I have a confession to make. I know this may come off as a shock, but I feel the time has come for me to come out and say it. Sandara Park, gulp, I am your biggest fan.

I had heard through the grapevine that you’ve made the trip to Manila sometime in the past week, making the rounds from Showtime to Gandang Gabi Vice. It is a bit disconcerting to have heard it first from the news, was I wrong in expecting a few missives from your camp? A text, maybe? Don’t I still follow you on Twitter and Instagram? Are we still friends? I was hoping you would finally take the opportunity to introduce me to our three new kabarkadas: CL, Park Bom and Minji, otherwise known as the bad bitches of 2NE1. From your meager roots of In-Or-Out, to the meteoric rise of the global hit I Am The Best, you have seriously made it big and I could not be happier for you.  I just wish we could all hang out. Am I asking for the world here? Don’t answer that.

But seriously, what gives — who was the first person to defend you online when you came out onstage with Vegeta’s hairstyle? Who championed the cooling benefits of that undercut you got for 2NE1’s “I Love You” round of promotions? And most of all, who deigned to not make fun of you for wearing Freego that one time? Newsflash! It was me. Right now, I know it’s raining Balmain and KTZ, Jeremy Scott to Givenchy, but I hope underneath all of your Fendi furs and Moschino, you can find a teensy little space for me in your precious little Chrome Heart. Or, Hearts.

Shocker, but I paid good money to see you perform tonight. It is my Plan B if this letter does not find purchase. Just know I am not going as your best friend but as your #1 fan. And though I do not belong to any of the pertinent fan clubs, I will be the one cheering for you the loudest. All or Nothing.

Always and forever, my pambansang krung-krung, Melissa Hicks




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