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Feature: Style Bible~ “The Secret is Out! Sandara Park Joins #TeamPenshoppe”

The Secret is Out! Sandara Park Joins #TeamPenshoppe
Read on as the Korean pop star answers our questions in Filipino!


Last month, fans were thrilled to find out that Sandara Park was in Manila for a brief period – thanks to her Instagram account where the Korean pop star chronicled her activities. Little did they kow that she was here to to do a photo shoot with Penshoppe to join Mario Maurer, Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Sean O’Pry as the new face of the brand.

Style Bible visited her during the said photo shoot shot by Cliff Watts (He shot Cara’s and Sean’s Penshoppe campaigns, too, and flew in from New York for Sandara’s.) Wearing a knit vest, a white button-down with Peter Pan collar, skinny jeans, a fedora hat and a pair of oxfords, she gamely answered our questions – in fluent Filipino, by the way. Read on!

STYLE BIBLE: Tell me about your outfit today.

DARA PARK: This look is very Sandara Park – from head to toe. Lahat basic items lang in black and white. Meron pants kanina from the photo shoot na super gusto ko. It’s very hip, very Dara from 2NE1. (This look is very Sandara Park – from head to toe. All basic items in black and white. There are pants from the photoshoot earlier that I super like. It’s very hip, very Dara from 2NE1.)

SB: Do you have a uniform at the moment?

DP: Yes, meron! Usually, t-shirt and jeans, flats and a hat. Ito yung lagi kong sinusuot since two years ago. I have a lot of fedora hats. Ang dami ko din jeans. Favorite ko yung skinny jeans. And gusto ko ngayon yung rolled up jeans. (Yes, there is! Usually, t-shirt and jeans, flats and a hat. This is what I often wear, since two years ago. I have a lot of fedora hats. I also have a lot of jeans. Skinny jeans are my favorite. Now, I’m into rolled up jeans.)

SB: When it comes to dressing up, what’s your favorite season?

DP: Winter, definitely. Mas madaming choices. Pag summer you can only choose to wear one or two kasi mainit. Sa winter, pwede mag-layer. (Winter, definitely. There are more choices. During summer, you can only choose to wear one or two because it’s so hot. During winter, layering is possible)

SB: Is there any item in your closet that you couldn’t seem to let go of – even if it’s old and worn out already?

DP: Yung mga sneakers ko. Kahit di ko na sinusuot yung iba parang di ko kaya itapon. Madumi na pero nandyan pa din sila. I just like seeing them there. They’re like my babies. I have a room full of sneakers only, separate pa from the clothes. Every time I see something cute, I buy. I couldn’t stop myself. (My sneakers. Even if I don’t wear the others, I still don’t throw them out. Some are dirty already, but they’re still there. I just like seeing them there. They’re like my babies. I have a room full of sneakers only, separate from the clothes. Every time I see something cute, I buy. I couldn’t stop myself.)

SB: How about high heels?

DP: Actually, I don’t wear heels. Only pag may event. Sneakers ako palagi. All kinds of sneakers. (Actually, I don’t wear heels. Only if there are events. I swear sneakers all the time. All kinds of sneakers. )


SB: How big is your closet?

DP: Super big. I keep adding closets every year but kulang pa din. Pag wala ako magawa, I just shop. So somebody has to stop me! I love shopping! (Super big. I keep adding closets every year, but they’re still not enough. If I’m not doing anything, I just shop. So somebody has to stop me! I love shopping! )

SB: How do you organize your clothes?

DP: By style. Pero after a while, hindi na siya organized. (Laughs) Ang hirap mag-organize ng damit, lalo na pag ang dami-dami na. I keep adding and adding clothes. Yung iba binibigay ko sa friends ko but I usually keep my clothes for sentimental reasons. Madaming memories yon. (By style. But after a while, they aren’t organized anymore. (Laughs) It’s so hard to organize clothes, especially if there are so many already. I keep adding and adding clothes. I give some away to my friends, but I usually keep my clothes for sentimental reasons. So many memories.)


SB: You tour a lot, you travel a lot – what do you usually wear on the plane?

DP: Depends, pag malapit lang, pag one or two hours lang, I wear anything – kahit heels, skirt. Pero pag malayo, jogging pants. I prefer loose tops – parang boyfriend shirts. (Depends, if it’s just nearby, say one or two hours, I wear anything – even heels, skirt. But if it’s already far off, jogging pants. I prefer loose tops – like boyfriend shirts.)

SB: Are you a light packer?

DP: Hindi! (Laughs) Like this time, I brought three luggages – yung pinakamalaki na luggages. Kaya lagi ako may excess baggage. For example, if I travel for a week, yung dinadala ko for one month. So ang dami ko talagang dalang clothes, shoes, hats, sunglasses. I have my shampoo, body scrub, lotion, hair blower, hair iron – lahat. (No! (Laughs) Like this time, I brought three luggages – the biggest luggages. That’s why I always have excess baggage. For example, if I travel for a week, I bring enough for one month. So I really bring a lot of clothes, shoes, hats, sunglasses. I have my shampoo, body scrub, lotion, hair blower, hair iron – everything.)

SB: How many outfit changes do you do on a regular day?

DP: Usually, three. Depends on where I’m going. Like yesterday, I went to Greenbelt, eh mainit, so nagpalit ako. (Usually, three. Depends on where I’m going. Like yesterday, I went to Greenbelt and it was really hot, so I changed.)


SB: Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction on stage?

DP: Many times. Pero di naman scandalous. Minsan yung shoes ko natatanggal kasi yung dance steps namin sobrang wild. Minsan natatanggal yung heels, but I just pretend nothing happened. I continue dancing. (Many times. But nothing scandalous. Sometimes, my shoes fly off because our dance steps were really wild. Sometimes, the heels fall off, but I just pretend nothing happened. I continue dancing.)

SB: What’s your fashion motto?

DP: Just be yourself and be confident.

Credits: Style Bible

Feature: Status Mag: “Meet Penshoppe’s Newest Urban Rebel: Sandara Park”

Meet Penshoppe’s Newest Urban Rebel: Sandara Park

Known for its fresh take on casual wear, Penshoppe sizzles this season as they reveal their newest face: Sandara Park.


Starting out as a local favorite, the former teen star set the roof on fire as she returned to South Korea and debuted as one of the members of K-Pop group 2NE1 in 2009. But her music career wasn’t the only thing that rocketed. As the group takes a break to concentrate on their solo careers, Sandara has been seen starring on web dramas and modeling for editorials. Recently posing for publications like, DAZED Korea, W Korea, ELLE Korea, and Vogue Girl Korea, she also proves her great interest in fashion industry.

Recently spotted at the 2015 Fall/Winter Seoul Fashion Week with her brother Park Sang Hyun, Sandara stood out as she switched from casual to hip-hop ensembles in between the Munsoo Kwon and Beyond Closet shows, showing off her savvy fashion sense. Now, Sandara flashes her fresh and quirky style in her first Penshoppe campaign.

Catering to anyone, Urban Rebels consists of utilitarian and Japanese street art-inspired tees, pullovers, joggers, biker jeans, and neoprene skirts and pants. There couldn’t be anyone more fitting to embody their latest collection than the Asian Superstar herself.


As Sandara takes a quick break from her shoot for the campaign, we sat down with Penshoppe’s newest ambassador to have a quick chat:

With your music career with 2NE1 on hold, what have you been focusing on lately?

This year, I’ve been acting for a web drama. I’ve recently ventured into being an actress.

You’ve just landed a leading role for the Korean version of Begin Again. How have you been preparing for this? Do you feel any pressure about it?

Yeah, of course there’s pressure, but it’s the good kind of pressure that gets me excited. Actually, it’s not really a Korean version of Begin Again. The story revolves around music, but we have our own rendition of it. It’s different.

Going into fashion, your Instagram feed shows that you’ve been gracing the pages of fashion magazines, and just recently, Vogue Girl Korea. How do you feel about modeling for the editorials?

I love it ‘cause I didn’t really do that much shoots before, so I kinda got hungry for photo shoots. For Vogue Girl, we shot it in Hawaii and I enjoyed it so much. It showed a different side of Sandara Park. ‘Cause before I used to always have that hip-hop vibe, and for that editorial, I kinda went a bit dainty, just like a princess.

Is there anyone you look up to in the fashion industry?

Actually, it changes I can’t pick one. I just Google and see anyone who’s cool.

How would you describe your personal style?

Probably unique. I love something cute and unique that doesn’t follow any trend.

Who or what influences your personal style?

Before, it was my stylist. He’s really weird and unique in a good way, so he influenced me a lot.

Was it more on hip-hop or street wear?

Yes, it’s street wear. It’s like he found a new Sandara Park, and I was really happy and excited about it. The way I dress right now is all influenced by him.

What’s your go-to outfit? Like on your day-off wear?

I usually wear something casual like jeans, T-shirts, and sometimes a cap or a beanie.

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So how do you feel about being the newest face of Penshoppe?

I’m so happy about it ‘cause I’ve always liked Penshoppe ever since I was in high school. I’ve always dreamt of seeing myself on a billboard in EDSA, so I was super excited.

What makes it a perfect fit for your lifestyle and personality?

It really fits my personality ‘cause they have different styles. It’s like everything I like is there.

Amidst your grueling schedule, do you still get time to relax?

Yeah, of course! When I’m in Korea and don’t have work, I’m always at home relaxing with my pets.

What do you do during your down time? So when you’re home, what do you get to do?

I usually watch Koreanovela.

Even the ones you’re in?

Yeah! Of course I watch myself. I’m actually waiting for my next drama.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

Before I used to dream about my future. I’ll be like this and that after 5 years, but now, I don’t know anymore. I’m just really excited about the future.

How do you want the world to know you as?

As Sandara Park, I want people to remember me as krung-krung. It has so many good meanings like crazy and weird but cute and unique, so I really love the word krung-krung. It’s my nickname in the Philippines. They call me the “Pambansang Krung-Krung ng Pilipinas,” and I like it when people call me that.

What are you looking forward to most in the next couple of months?

I’m gonna concentrate on my movie, it’s my first movie in Korea. I don’t know what the title is yet, they’re still thinking about it, but I’m gonna start shooting soon. So I’m excited yet nervous at the same time.

Is there still a side of Dara that the world has yet to have seen?

Maybe the Bitchy Dara. I wanna show that side of myself on a drama or movie.

Credits: StatusMag Online

Feature: Inquirer~ “Sandara Park is Penshoppe’s Newest Ambassador: The K-Pop Superstar and Forever ‘Pambansang Krung-Krung’ on her Fashion Obsessions, her Filipino Fans, and her Undying Love for Jollibee”

Sandara Park is Penshoppe’s newest ambassador


It’s a Thursday afternoon in July at the headquarters of Golden ABC in Quezon City and, for most of its employees, it was business as usual.

But on the fifth floor, at Studio 1155 and the Gallery, a big secret: K-Pop superstar Sandara Park was shooting her first campaign for Penshoppe.

She posed effortlessly in front of the camera, rocking a hat and vest from an upcoming collection as 2NE1 songs blasted from speakers.

“She’s a very good mover, she has a beautiful face, she’s very charming. I think that she takes direction beautifully. She’s very energetic,” said photographer Cliff Watts, who also shot Cara Delevingne and Sean O’Pry for Penshoppe. Cliff flew in from New York for Sandara’s shoot.

After booking three supermodels in a row—Cara, Sean, Kendall Jenner—Penshoppe may surprise fans with its choice of new endorser. But it makes sense, given Penshoppe’s expansion to other Asian countries. The brand already has stores in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Cambodia, and it will be opening two stores in Vietnam in October.



We wanted to get someone who would complete our Asian Superstars pool. To join Mario Maurer, we picked Dara. She’s well loved by Filipinos but at the same time is very global. Her sense of style and fashion pretty much sealed the deal for us. As we go more regional, tapping the Asean countries, we feel that Dara is the ideal brand ambassador to help us reinforce our international vision,” said Jeff Bascon, Penshoppe’s brand director.

Asked why she said yes to becoming the new face of the brand, Dara said, “Because I love Penshoppe. Talagang sinusuot ko yung Penshoppe since high school days pa lang.(I love Penshoppe. I really wear Penshoppe clothes ever since my high school days.)

She recalls a red Penshoppe shirt that she couldn’t stop wearing. “I wore it so much. When I see my pictures from high school, ’Huh? Ito na naman suot ko?’ (Huh? I’m wearing this again?) It’s funny.

Long before Dara conquered the K-Pop world, she was the Philippines’ “Pambansang Krung-Krung,” the quirky, funny, pretty Korean girl who melted hearts with her tearful Star Circle Quest audition and charmed her way into show business. She bagged commercials, starred in TV shows, made movies and released songs like the then-inescapable “In or Out.”

As she sat in front of us after the shoot, wearing a cat beanie and a blue Penshoppe polo with another adorable cat peeking from its pocket, it’s easy to forget that this is Dara from the massively popular K-Pop group 2NE1, the ubiquitous presence in Korean fashion magazines, the actress who just finished two Korean web dramas (“Dr. Mo Clinic” and “We Broke Up”) and who is about to star in her first Korean film.
It’s easy to forget that this is a girl whose every move is chronicled by K-Pop websites and blogs devoted to her, whose adoring fans create YouTube videos as a tribute to her and her cuteness. It’s easy to forget all that when she begins waxing poetic about Jollibee, which she requested to have for lunch that day. “Always the same, spaghetti with chicken pero spicy chicken and dapat may Jolly Hotdog. That’s my favorite,” she said.

It’s easy to forget, too, when she insisted on speaking Tagalog during the interview, something she doesn’t get to do in Korea. According to her, “Nagte-text ako ng Tagalog but in Korea nobody can speak Tagalog so medyo nabubulol ako.” (I text in Tagalog, but in Korea, nobody can speak Tagalog, so I’m stuttering a bit now)

She may have moved back to her birth country, but the Philippines will always be her second home. “Ang dami kong memories. I miss this place,” she said. (I have so many memories. I miss this place.)

And Filipinos miss her too, welcoming her excitedly at each visit. “Hindi pa rin nila ako nakakalimutan,” (They still haven’t forgotten me) she said. Sandara hasn’t forgotten either; her Twitter handle is @krungy21 and her bio includes “Pambansang Krung-Krung ng Pilipinas.”

Dara may be a Korean superstar, but she will always be a Filipino darling.


What do you like about Penshoppe?

It really fits my personality, and gusto ko yung mga style nila, iba’t iba. Like yung mga sinuot ko ngayon, may hip-hop, may cute, girly clothes, meron ding sexy. I can show many sides of Sandara Park. (It really fits my personality, and I like their styles, so diverse. Like the outfits I wore today, there’s hip-hop, cute, girly, and sexy clothes. I can show many sides of Sandara Park)

How was the shoot?

It was super fun. Medyo mainit sa rooftop pero sobrang ganda ng mga pictures so hindi ako nahirapan. (It was super fun. It was a bit hot at the roofto[, but the pictures came out very prettily, so it wasn’t hard)

What did you think of the clothes?

I love them. Kinuha ko nga, eh. Sabi ko, “Can I have it?” (laughs) (I love them. In fact, I bought them. I said, ‘Can I have it?’)

So you’re bringing some back to Korea with you?


Did you have favorite pieces from the shoot?

Yes, meron akong favorite pants na sinuot ko kanina. Talagang hinahanap ko yung ganung style pero wala akong nahanap. Then, nakita ko ngayon and size ko pa. Extra small. So sabi ko, this is mine. They’re black pants na parang skinny pero may chuva-chuva dito. (Yes, I have a pair of favorite pants that I wore earlier. I really looked for one with that style, but I couldn’t find any. Then, I saw it earlier and it was in my size too. Extra small. So I said to myself, this is mine. They’re black pants that are skinny-like but with some details)


How does it feel to be back in the Philippines again?

So good. Parang feel at home. Naho-homesick na naman ako eh, so yeah. (So good. Like, I feel at home. I felt homesick anyways, so yeah)

When you’re in Korea, what do you miss the most about the Philippines?

Marami, pero siguro yung food. So sometimes I go to Filipino restaurants in Seoul. Masarap naman, pero syempre mas masarap dito. (A lot, but maybe the food. So sometimes I go to Filipino restaurants in Seoul. They’re delicious, but of course, the taste is here is different, yummier.)

What do you normally eat there?

Sinigang. And sisig. Lechon. Yeah, I order a lot. 

You ate Jollibee today. Is Jollibee something you miss also?

Yes. Ang sarap. Walang Jollibee sa Korea. And there’s something special about their spaghetti. (Yes. So yummy. There’s no Jollibee in Korea. And there’s something special about their spaghetti)

Do you ever watch your old videos from your time in the Philippines?

Of course. I love watching my old movies. Minsan nahihiya ako kasi eh… parang… ginawa ko yan? Sinabi ko yan? Pero it’s still a memory so I love watching my old movies. (Of course. I love watching my old movies. But sometimes, I get embarrassed…. like…. I did that? I said that? But it’s still good memories, so I love watching my old movies)

When was the last time you watched your Star Circle Quest audition?

Medyo matagal na siguro, mga one year. Pero meron pa ako sa iPad ko. Pero hindi maganda yung quality. (It’s been a while, maybe one year. But I have a video in my iPad. But the quality isn’t good)

Are you still in touch with your Filipino friends?

Yes. Of course, yeah. Super hi-tech na ngayon, so text.

Are you going to see them while you’re here?

Yes, actually na-meet ko na si Joross nung first day pa lang. And then I’m going to meet more friends.

What’s the best thing about being a K-Pop star?

Siguro being loved by all the fans all around the world and being able to travel to different places. Sobrang gandang experience.

2NE1 is on a break now…

Yeah, we’re all doing individual activities for now.

When will people get to see you guys as a group again?

Hindi ko masabi. We don’t plan things. Pero if we have a good song, sige, release na natin, next month na! Pero pag walang inspiration, pag walang good song, it can take one year, two years, katulad dati. I’m waiting for a good song and inspiration. (I can’t say. We don’t plan things. It’s like, if we have a good song, then next month, we’ll release it! But if there’s no inspiration, if there are no good songs, it can take one year, two years, like before. I’m waiting for a good song and inspiration)

Do you still get to hang out with them?

Yeah, of course. Pero si CL nasa LA ngayon so (feigns crying) nami-miss ko siya. (Yeah, of course. But CL is in LA right now so (feigns crying) I miss her)

What was it like working on those web dramas in Korea? Is it different from acting in the Philippines?

Pareho lang, kaya it helped a lot. Matagal nga akong hindi umarte pero naalala ko yung mga dati kong experiences dito so parang it was not hard. I had fun. Yung dalawang web drama na yun super different characters, yung isa sobrang umiiyak lagi pero yung isa super naughty kaya super fun. (It’s still the same, so it helped a lot. It’s been a long since I acted, but I remembered all the experience I had here, so it wasn’t too hard. I had fun. The two web dramas I made had super different characters, one cried a lot but the other one was super naughty, so it’s super fun)


Is it true you’re doing the Korean adaptation of “Begin Again”?

Yes, pero actually, it’s not the same story as “Begin Again.” We have our own story. Pero it’s related to music, that’s why siguro they say it’s the Korean version. But it’s not. (Yes, but actually, it’s not the same story as ‘Begin Again.’ We have our own story. But since it’s related to music, maybe that’s why they say it’s the Korean version. But it’s not)

Have you started working on it?

Not yet, but I’m going to start shooting very soon.

How do you juggle your love for music and acting?

Syempre I love doing both. Sa latest web drama ko, I sang the soundtrack of the drama. So I can do singing and acting at the same time. (Of course, I love doing both. In my latest web drama, I sang in the soundtrack. So I can do singing and acting at the same time.)

What else do you want to do?

Marami pa. Gusto ko rin maging DJ ng radyo and gusto ko rin ng hosting. I love playing instruments. Lately, I’ve been very much into drums, so they call me Darammer. Hindi drummer, Darammer. (A lot more. I also want to be a radio DJ and I also like hosting. I love playing instruments. Lately, I’ve been very much into drums, so they call me Darammer. Not drummer, but Darammer)

Would you be willing to do a movie in the Philippines again?

Of course, I would love to… Pumunta nga ako sa Star Cinema, nag-usap kami ni Tita Malou (Santos)… like this and like that… Kaya lang nahirapan kami sa schedule so… But I’m hoping someday makabalik ako and do a movie with many cute actors in the Philippines. (Of course, I would love to;.. I went to Star Cinema and I talked with Tita Malou… like this and like that… However, we had difficulty with the schedule… But I’m hoping someday makabalik ako and do a movie with many cute actors in the Philippines.)

If you were going to do a movie here, who would you want to work with?

Si Papa John Lloyd… Iba yung eyes niya pag-umarte siya. (Papa John Lloyd… His eyes are really different when he acts)

Everyone says you haven’t changed. How do you stay grounded despite the fame?

I don’t know, it’s just natural. I’m just the same Sandara and I don’t want to grow old and I don’t want to forget the memories… I don’t know, I don’t try to do anything, same lang, it’s normal.

Is fashion something you really enjoy? Describe your personal style.

Yes. Yan ang pinakagusto ko. I love something unique na hindi sinusuot ng iba. Gusto ko yung simple basic items na may cute details, parang ganito (looks at her cat shirt). (Yes. It’s something I like the most. I love something unique that others won’t even wear. But I also like simple, basic items with cute details. Like this (looks at her cat shirt))

What’s your current fashion obsession?

Skinny jeans na roll-up jeans and wearing sneakers or flats that are unique.

Is there anything you wouldn’t wear?

Sexy outfits like bikini. Hindi bagay sa akin… Hindi ako comfortable. (Sexy outfits, like bikinis. I’m not suited with it… I’m not comfortable)

Sa beach anong suot mo? (So what do you wear at the beach?)

Rash guards. Yun naman ang uso ngayon. Para wala ring sunburn. (Rash guards. It’s fashionable and trendy nowadays too. Also so there won’t be any sunburn)


What are five things you can’t live without?

Hmm. My family, friends, people around me, my lovely cats and siguro cellphone, kasi I can watch TV and do Internet with my cellphone. And food. And aircon! Kasi mainit. (Laughs) (Hmmm. My family, friends, people around me, my lovely cats, and maybe my cellphone, because I can watch TV and do internet with it. And food. And aircon! Because it’s so hot)

What’s the craziest thing a fan has done to get your attention?

Actually, marami. Pero naalala ko, 10 years ago, nung bago pa ako dito, meron akong group of fans who followed me wherever I went. Parang nakikita ko yang van na yan…as in whole day, they were following me. And sa Tagaytay ako nagshu-shoot. Andyan din sila. Parang wow. It’s really unforgettable. (Actually, a lot. But I remember, ten years ago, when I was still new in the industry, I had a group of fans who followed me wherever I went. It was like, ‘I think I saw that van somewhere’… Like the whole day, they were following me. And I was shooting in Tagaytay. And they were there. It was like, wow. It’s really unforgettable.)

Did you get to meet them?

Yes. I know them. Close sila sa akin.

Friends mo na sila?


Do you have a message for your Filipino fans?

Yes. Maraming salamat sa inyo. Hanggang ngayon hindi niyo pa rin ako nakakalimutan kaya nandito ako ngayon with Penshoppe. Thank you. Salamat. And gusto ko bumalik ulit. Mahal ko kayo. Yun pa rin. Hindi ako nagbabago. (Yes. Thanks a lot to all of you. Until now, you still haven’t forgotten all about me, that’s why I’m here now with Penshoppe. Thank you. Thank you. And I want to come back again. I love you all. It’s the same. That will never change)

What else can fans expect from you?

The upcoming movie. And I don’t know yet pero (but) I really want to work hard.

Credits: Inquirer Lifestyle

Article: MTV Iggy ~ “The Rest of the Best: 2NE1′s Most Indispensable B-Sides”

The Rest of the Best: 2NE1′s Most Indispensable B-Sides


When 2NE1′s “I Am the Best” hit American radio waves last month, it fit perfectly with other top 40 songs with similar electronic hip-hop sounds popular today. This came right after the song reached number one on Billboard’s US World Digital Songs chart and was featured in a Microsoft commercial. Other than PSY, no other K-pop artist had gained American radio airplay before, making it a huge accomplishment for the quartet, especially since neither they nor their label YG Entertainment promoted it. However, the peculiarity of it all was the fact that “I Am the Best” is a three-year-old song that blew up in South Korea when it first came out. It launched 2NE1 to worldwide superstardom and became their signature song, and yet, it went largely unnoticed to mainstream America.

2NE1 has a very distinct brand which, sound-wise, revolves around an edgy hip-hop, electropop, and reggae fusion. Stylistically, the girls convey a fierce, self-empowered image with crazy fashion-forward styling that is unlike anything else in K-pop or the West. But even though “I Am the Best” is the diamond in their discography, they have lots of other jewels studding their albums. Their best songs aren’t exclusively the singles. So, we’ve come up with a list of 2NE1’s B-sides for anyone ready to dive deeper into their vibe.


This energetic dance track is tucked away in the greatness of their To Anyone (2010) album that saw hits like “Clap Your Hands” and “Can’t Nobody.” Even though, “I’m Busy” is heavy on the Auto-Tune and devoid of Bom’s power vocals shown in “It Hurts,” the production quality, subtle R&B influences, and constant tempo changes make this a fun track with lots of signature 2NE1 sass.


For their first full-length album, To Anyone, the 2NE1 members were given solos, but CL and Minzy teamed up for “Please Don’t Go.” This song proved that the maknaes (youngest members) were the best well-rounded performers in the group by showcasing their rapping, dancing, and singing talents. Despite the generation gap between members (Minzy is ten years younger than Dara and Bom), “Please Don’t Go” is a fast tempo, intense track that highlights their youthful energy.


2NE1’s second full-length album Crush (2014) is filled with experimental electro tracks, but with songs like “Baby I Miss You” the girls slowed it down and put the sass on hold. The minimalist and soulful track was written and co-produced by The Baddest Female (AKA CL) herself who showed a more natural and vulnerable side with yearning lyrics about a past flame with a younger guy.


CL asserted herself as a skilled artist in Crush by penning more than a few B-side songs, and “If I Were You” is another one of those. Maybe CL was broken hearted while writing this and the previous songs because there’s no trace of her or 2NE1’s fierceness anywhere. However, “If I Were You” is a delicate, vocally driven ballad stripped of over-the-top production that allows the emotions behind the lyrics to take center stage. Hey, even the baddest of the bad girls can get played, right?


“Good to You” is another post-breakup ballad written by CL, G-Dragon, and YG Entertainment producer Teddy in Crush. The 2NE1 ladies sing each of their parts staying true to their individual brands. Dara asks “why good girls like bad boys” very sweetly in the hook, and CL slow raps a sharp monologue in the outro. Moreover, the soulful R&B touches complement Minzy and Bom’s voices effortlessly, which drive the whole song. Despite the song being about getting dumped, “Good to You” has a dark sensual feel, especially on the chorus.


2NE1 revived their 2012 Japanese single “Scream” in Crush, with CL penning the Korean lyrics. This ready-for-the-dance floor electropop track with dense synths and intrinsic beats is pure earworm. Like “I’m Busy,” “Scream” is a fun, high-energy song. The track is about partying and drinking and not thinking about the fact that your ex wants you back, which is very appropriately paired with the overall sound. Because just as Minzy says, “turn off the boring music and pump it up.”


Aside from her lyric writing, if there’s anything that solidified the great expectations for CL’s upcoming solo American debut, it’s her overall performance of “MTBD.” The trap and hip-hop hybrid is probably the most twerktastic song in all of K-pop. The different tempos and heavy bass could very well cause — just as the title and lyrics suggest — a mental breakdown with its many sound layers. All of that paired with CL’s classic fierce rapping make for the perfect pop song. Because just as “I Am the Best,” “MTBD” is the future of what pop (and thus Western radio) will probably sound like within three years.

Credits: MTV Iggy

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.

Feature Article: AIA Festival 2014 – Why Going to a YG Family Concert is a Must-Go

AIA Festival 2014: Why Going to a YG Family Concert is a Must-Go


Would you stand for four and a half hours to listen to nothing but YG music?

Of course, you would! And that’s exactly what myself and thousands of others did at the AIA Festival 2014.


Concert goers start walking towards the entrance of the YG Family venue.

With more than 15,000 people crammed together in anticipation of their favorite YG idols, you could really feel the excitement, energy, and euphoric atmosphere within the crowd. I came ready for the massive hordes of YG Stans – the name for YG fans – as I brought coffee to provide enough caffine during the concert, as well as pack wet issues to fight off any sweat from the closed, crammed, sweaty confines I would soon find myself in.

A quick glance around me showed many in the audience decked out with Blackjack shirts — the fan name for 2NE1, and VIP yellow glow sticks — the fan name for Big Bang.

The event was truly international as well. The YG fans in the audience were not just Korean, as you can hear Chinese, Thai, Japanese, and English within earshot.

The four an a half YG concert was also a test of endurance. Standing at the YG concert was actually an hour longer than a Lord of the Rings movie, but instead of watching wizards, elves, and trolls, I saw K-pop stars of all variety. The long concert, however, was worth every bit of exhaustion, leg aches, and sweatiness. Hearing Big Bang, 2NE1, Epik High, Lee Hi, Akdong Musician, Winner, Team B, and PSY was a treat all in itself.


As the time inched closer to the 6:30 PM starting time, the cheering has already begun even before the first act. It was time to get the show started!

YG’s Famed Ladies – 2NE1


2NE1 opens up the concert to massive applause.

The 2NE1 Profile:


Pronounced as “twenty one” (and less commonly said as “to anyone”), 2NE1 is a four girl group that drops down the house with electro, dance beats. As the sister group of Big Bang, the four ladies are one of the most popular K-pop groups today. The group already has massive success, winning two Song of the Year awards with I Don’t Care (2009) and I Am the Best (2011).

Debut: 2009
Label: YG Entertainment
Genre(s): Pop, dance, electronica
Fan name:Blackjacks

The four ladies of 2NE1 were the first group to kick things off. Singing their iconic songs “Crush” and “Fire”, the fans were already in full swing, cheering and singing the song lyrics word-for-word. They later sang the addictive lyrics of “it ain’t over till it’s over” in “Gotta Be You” then got fans to chant “Come Back Home”.

The energy brought on by the four ladies was infectious, as their electronica, dance beats made it easy to become immersed in the concert. It was also surprising that YG decided to bring out 2NE1 as the opening act. Usually, in concerts they save their biggest, most popular groups towards the end. Yet, what better way to start things off right than with one of YG Family’s crowning jewels? 2NE1 is YG royalty and easily grabbed the audience’s attention from the start.

The queens of the Blackjack kingdom had a bit of everything in their performance: a skit that involved motorcycles, bad girl strutting, and sensual dancing. Speaking of dancing…

Minzy, Minzy, Minzy. I’ll say she was the highlight of the four bad girls of K-pop. With her red hair she memorized the audience with her crazy splits, booty dancing, showing utmost confidence, and displaying that sensual side of hers.

Seeing Park Bom live was also great to see. She was recently involved in a drug scandal, as she laid low after the incident went down. Fortunately, the fans, including myself, had her back, as shouts of “we missed you” and “we’ll always support you” echoed through the stadium.

It’s good to see the four ladies back, stronger than ever this year after a two-year hiatus from touring (their last tour until this year was the New Evolution Global Tour back in 2012). 2013 didn’t feel the same without them performing live. Welcome back 2NE1!


Feature Article: Sandara Park Tops Survey for Idols that Suit the “All-Back Hairstyle” the Most

Sandara Park Tops Survey for Idols that Suit the “All-Back Hairstyle” the Most


T/N: “올백 머리” literally means, “all-back hairstyle,” it means, all the hair is combed back to show the face entirely.

2NE1’s Sandara Park was chosen as the girl group idol that suits the “all-back” hairstyle the most.

Recently, on the Dream Cosmetic Surgery homepage, the website’s visitors were asked to join in on a survey titled, “Girl Idol That Suits The All-Back Hairstyle The Most,” and it was revealed that Sandara Park topped the survey results, garnering 31.7% of the votes.

Other idols on the survey were f(x)’s Sulli, who was at second place with 29.2% of the votes, and Wonder Girls’ Sohee and Kara’s Goo Hara, who got 26.7% and 12.4% of the votes respectively.

The all-back hairstyle really shows a woman’s “real beauty” for many years. The hairstyle reveals the whole face, and many hairstyles that allude to this style has been made for women as well.

Sandara Park, who topped the survey, has made this hairstyle as one of her trademarks, as she has been wearing her hair back most of the time, since her debut, showing her rounded head and pretty features. This hairstyle in particular is quite hard to pull off well since one needs an oval-shaped face and round head shape (LOLOLOL! Guess I don’t pull this off “well” then, but I do my hair this way anyway, teehee!) for it to be shown neatly.

(T/N: Ommitted the tedious technical description of “oval faces” and “round heads” ^_^)


Sources: Asia Today + EDaily

Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara

Here are some pictures of Dara totally rocking the “all-back” hairstyle:

Since debut!



And now!



Since Etude days:


And now for Clio! ^^



Feature: KoreaBoo ~ “5 Korean Beauty Stores and their Amazing Products” – Clio at Number 1!



Koreans never tire in their pursuit for beauty, which is often either made possible by a strictly regimented and vast arsenal of beauty products or plastic surgery. While they’re most famous for the latter, there are quite a few less permanent ways to get glowy, K-pop-music-video-ready skin. With the help of a few Korean beauty imports, it’s never been easier to do so — especially since they’ve gone mainstream (there’s a Missha located at the mall close by me!). The following is a list of my five favorite Korean beauty stores (in no particular order), plus one product I absolutely can’t live without from each company. Get your beauty on!

1) Club Clio

This brand’s specialty is colorful, funky and youthful makeup in a myriad of colors. Think of Club Clio as the MAC of Korea — like MAC, they have their own celeb spokespeople. Clio’s current model and spokesperson is none other than Dara of 2NE1, who appears in all their current ad campaigns and commercials.

Gelpresso Waterproof Pastel Upper Liner –



Korean chicks love intensely lined eyes, so it’s no surprise that Club Clio’s bestselling item is their Gelpresso Waterproof Pastel Upper Liner. It is applied with a creamy twist-up soft plastic pencil and acts like regular pencil eyeliner. However, it’s different from regular pencil eyeliners due to being completely waterproof and therefore smudge proof, which comes in handy in the hot, humid summer heat.

2) Nature Republic

3) Missha

4) Skinfood

5) The Face Shop


Source: KoreaBoo

Feature: All About 2NE1’s Hip-Hop Looks: Real Hip-Hop vs. Sexy Hip-Hop

All About 2NE1’s Hip-Hop Looks: Real Hip-Hop vs. Sexy Hip-Hop


[by MinJin Park] 2NE1 is one of Korea’s famous Hip-hop girl groups. Many people love 2NE1 for not only their powerful rap and musicality, but also for their fashion style.

Their style seems to be motivated by hip-hop. Hip-hop look is an element of hip-hop culture. Good examples would be a snapback, beanie as well as over-sized t-shirt, pants and necklace. However, today’s hip-hop look is a little bit different from the past. It is mix-matched with other fashion style.

Not to mention, celebrities do affect a fashion trend and especially idols play a huge role in creating a trend. Without a doubt, 2NE1 is one of idols affecting trends dramatically.

The whirligig of trend often makes many people confused what to buy or wear. Let’s learn what is in trend today and predict upcoming trend by identifying 2NE1’s style.

◆ Real Hip-Hop Look Never Goes Wrong – Dara & Minzy


There was a big boom from 1990s to early in 2000: A Real Hip-hop Look

Korea’s hip-hop musicians such as DJ DOC, Drunken Tiger and Untitle brought typical hip-hop fashion from New York, a hometown of Hip-hop.

2NE1’s Dara matched a loose shirt with a beanie. Both items were often used during the beginning stage of hip-hop look. Especially a big shirt can be a cute item for a small-sized woman.

Minzy also made her real hip-hop look with a typical hip-hop item, snapback. The cropped sleeveless shirt, destroyed jean and chain also boosted her hip-hop styling.

◆ Hip-hop Can Be Sexy Too – CL & Bom


Every summer, woman wears shorter and less. Hip-hop look is not an exception. Sexy hip-hop look, led by Lee Hyori in the beginning of 2000 is returned again for 2014 summer.

CL often appears in a sexy look with a cropped shirt and mini flare skirt to highlight her hotness. However, she becomes even sexier with hip-hop look. For instance, she wore a bikini with a bucket hat and sunglasses.

Bom completed her sexy hip-hop look with a loose jacket with typography printed. A pair of red mesh stockings was more than enough to make her look sexy.

Sexy hip-hop look can make a person sexy without much exposure.


Feature: Marie Claire – “4 Things You Should Absolutely Know About Korean Pop Culture” ~ 2NE1 Mentioned!

4 Things You Should Absolutely Know About Korean Pop Culture

Because it will eventually be stateside.


The author of the new book The Birth of Korean Cool (Picador) IDs K-pop culture ripe for American import by Euny Hong.

What: Chimek, or Korean fried chicken, inspired by the original dish, but extra spicy and its own phenomenon.
They Love It: Because alcohol is an implied requirement
You’ll Love It: For the maddeningly addictive crispy shell. (Plus, see above.)

What: My Love From Another Star, a popular soap about an alien and his human girlfriend.
They Love It: For the costumes in flashbacks to 17th-century imperial Korea.
You’ll Love It: For the K-drama formula: romance, delayed gratification, chastity. Sound familiar?


What: 2NE1, South Korea’s most compelling K-pop group.
They Love It: Because they’re the first “girl power” band.
You’ll Love It: Because their outlandish wardrobes and empowered persona make them K-pop’s answer to Lady Gaga.

Credits: Marie Claire


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