Looking back at the year that was… Or at least the first half of the year that was.. ^_^ When I was making this report, I was amazed at how many things we Dara fans should be thankful for. Even before 2NE1 promoted during the second half of the year, Dara had already been doing so many things that slaked our thirst for her. Here’s a summary of all the Dara moments for January-June 2013:
DARA BASKS IN HER VERSATILITY THROUGH ENDORSEMENTS
DIFFERENT LOOKS FOR CLIO
Dara became Clio’s new endorser after the end of her contract with Etude on December 2012. It didn’t take too long before our sadness over the end of that partnership turned into joy when we learned of Dara’s new endorsement for a more mature make-up line! Taking over the endorsement reigns from her idol, no other than Lee Hyori, Dara made a spectacular transformation for Clio! She headlined two campaigns for the brand: S/S 2013 – Angel VS Devil and F/W 2013 Reverse Charm Lipnicure
Which one is your favorite look for the first Clio campaign for the first half of 2013?
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FIERCE AND FAB FOR SHINSEGAE
2NE1 also partnered up with upscale mall, Shinsegae, to endorse Chrome Hearts. The campaign titled “2NE1 Loves Shinsegae” started out in early May. The girls were chic, dark, fierce female warriors for the campaign. Dara looked particulary stunning with her simple bun hairstyle, but fierce eyes and poses.
CUTE AND ADORABLE FOR WINDRUNNER
From fierce to cute! Dara and Dadoong became Windrunner’s newest YG characters, along with G-Dragon (and Gaho) and Psy! Because of her new character introduction, lots of Blackjacks tried out the (admittedly quite more difficult than it initially looks) game just to have the Dara character!
SOLO PHOTOSHOOTS – SHOWING A DIFFERENT SIDE TO SANDARA PARK
Each of the 2NE1 girls got featured in different magazines in February, and Dara’s magazine was Elle Korea, which is the world’s largest fashion magazine and one of the top 10 Korean fashion magazines. Her feature was titled, “Say My Name” and we got a glimpse into Park Sandara, as well as 2NE1’s Sandara Park. We saw a different Dara in the photoshoot as well, as she tried out the innocent, pure girl look, and I must say it suited her perfectly!
Dara also had a host of solo magazine photoshoots for different Japanese magazines, S’eee, Maquia, and Zipper. Here are her photos in Maquia Magazine ^^:
She also had a solo shoot and feature for “Dazed and Confused” that was released in June. It was entitled “The Perfect Hybrid Girl” and has the catchy description phrase, “Nobody can copySandara Park’s charm and her sense of fashion that shines ahead of her time.” Indeed, we see ANOTHER different side of Sandara Park through the photoshoot!
GETTING TO KNOW THE BEAUTY BEYOND SKIN-DEEP
On the thing she is most afraid of: “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.” – Complex Magazine, January 2013
On being too shy to express herself outside the stage: “Even before debut, my dream was always to one day be able to perform on a concert stage, so it felt really awesome when we had our first solo concert stage two years ago. And I was really happy during last year’s concert tour… When the tour ended, I cried a lot. If we are able to go to even more countries this year, it would be better.” – Elle Korea
On her style: “I strive to stay true to myself. I’m actually a very shy person, but I love colourful and dramatic styles. My number style rule is to strike a balance between what’s drastic and what’s moderate. It’s about considering the total balance in your getup. I always choose to emphasize on only one element of my look for the day. I used to think that I am the ‘cute’ type, but after joining 2NE1, my style has transformed so much that it’s now sometimes charismatic, sometimes chic, sometimes fun and sometimes funny! I really love being versatile and being able to transform my look so frequently.” – Clio interview via Yahoo! Philippines
On her style icon: “I don’t have just one style icon because I don’t keep to just one style. One day, my look is cute and the next day, I have transformed myself into a sexy temptress. I think the whole idea is to keep changing my look – transforming myself is my big pleasure in life.” – Clio interview via Yahoo! Philippines
ADVENTUROUS DARA’S HAIRSTYLES
I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but Dara experimented with her hairstyles a lot more when she was still a brunette, as compared to when she was blonde. I mean, yeah she did some crazy hairstyles as a blonde, but her more outrageous and daring hairstyles were reserved for her darker hair color, here are just SOME of them:
And then here’s my favorite hairstyle for Dara in the first half of 2013 – RASTA HAIR! ❤ Love, love, love Rasta Dara’s reggae hairstyle! And she must’ve loved it too, she took so many selcas during the time she had this hairstyle on!
DARA DARA CHAMELEON’S EVER EVOLVING STYLE
I think that Dara’s evolution in fashion and style saw a BOOM! during the second half of the year. Not to say that she wasn’t stylish at the earlier part of the year too though! ❤ I love her fashion styles in the magazines she featured in, and some of her casual ensembles as well. ^^ She wore a lot of Adidas tracksuits during her spare time at the gym, and even while going out with friends. We also saw a lot of KTZ, Ballin, Chrome Hearts, and Balmain in 2NE1’s outfits during the earlier part of the year. Check out the “fashion find” tag in the site to see what other brands she wore!
Coats are fuzzy-warm, yet look incredibly stylish on her.
Dara has personally said that she collects hats and beanies. Her choices of headwear range from her ever-present beanies, to classy fedoras, to fluffy, furry hats. She not only buys headwear, but she loves them so much that she designed her own beanies and snapbacks and gave them to the YG dancers and WINNER kids. One of the iconic fashion statements that she made this year was the “May bride look” when she donned a veiled beanie at the airport while headed to Japan. Press people and fans alike noticed it, remarked on it, and loved it! Here are MOST of her headwear that she sported at the first half of the year:
TWITTER: SNS QUEEN’S NEW PLATFORM
JANUARY: The “Dishwasher Park” incident
Taeyang uploaded a picture of Dara washing dishes in YG Gym, to which, of course, dear YG Family set out to tease her about. When G-Dragon asked her to wash the dishes in Big Bang’s dorm, our sweet Sandara Park replied with, ““I’m not someone you just order to do your dishes for you~~~ㅋㅋㅋ” then went out to sic a roaring, totally scary Dadoong on him! Yeah, you totally own them!
FEBRUARY: Cotton Candy Kiss
Dara’s parody of the famous “cotton candy kiss” in one of 2013’s biggest dramas, “That Winter, the Wind Blows” starring Song Hye Kyo and Jo In Sung, made it to the news and trended on Nate as well! From what we can tell, one of 2NE1’s staff, RJ, scurried around to buy the cotton candy for her. XD
MARCH: Angel Dara to her Fanbases
Dara always makes sure to show her love to fans. When 2NE1 went to Malaysia for an event, “Forever With Dara” Dara’s Malaysian fansite, worked hard to show Dara how much they love her by preparing cupcakes and other gifts. They waited at the girls’ hotel lobby while fans on Twitter tweeted Dara about them and how they were waiting to have their gifts taken. Dara sent down Jjangmae and even gave them a handwritten letter of thanks! Sweet, right? She also acknowledged San Union’s project to congratulate her for being Clio’s newest endorser!
APRIL: Dara, the Dongsaeng Pabo
We all know that Dara is a certified “dongsaeng pabo,” and I think we would be hard-pressed to name a bigger Thunder stan than Dara. On the last day of shooting for Thunder’s drama “Nail Shop Paris,” Dara made her very own support project! She prepared the stickers on the food and drinks after she contacted Party Chef for the wonderful lunch.
MAY: Dara Acknowledges OD/WLD Project, Woot-woot!
Lots of things happened in May. Dara tweeted a lot during her stay in Japan and also during the ShinsegaexChrome Hearts party (shippers hearts went crazy, it’s not even funnyy XD). Dara also tweeted and got follows from two of her idols, Lee Hyori and Uhm Junghwa. But one of the most memorable things she tweeted about this month was her acknowledgment for WLD/OD anniversary projects! Woot, woot! She tweeted a picture of the WLD/OD gifts she received and also wore a shirt we designed while exercising at the gym!
I struggled with the best “Twitter” moment for this particular month… I was thinking of the sweet breakfast story that Dara shared, where she cooked breakfast personally for Thunder, but, I think a revelation was more , er, interesting XD… During the month of June, we found out that Dara considers Jo Sung Min (@jsmining) to be her “bestfriend!” Apparently, the two of them went out just to talk and Sung Min snapped a picture of eating Dara and said that it was hard listening to her when he was sleepy, kekeke! Jae Wook then took to teasing the two of them the next day. ^^
YG FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Dara is YG Family’s number one fan, she truly loves and appreciates every one of the YG Family members in such an endearing way.
She showed up as a surprise guest, in Gummy’s 10th anniversary fanmeeting, which is one of the last activities that Gummy had under YGE before transferring to C- JES Entertainment. When she went on-stage, a fanaccount said that Gummy looked as surprised as the fans! Then she shared how her Gummy-unnie helped her out a lot when she first came to YGE.
Before going to enlist in the army, Se7en did a Japan concert tour, to which Dara flew all the way to Japan just so she could watch. She didn’t tell Se7en about it, so he was surprised when he saw her backstage. Dara, along with Gummy, also shared lunch with Se7en on the day of his enlistment, and even went with him to Uijeongbu 306 Reserve.
And of course, Dara and most of YG Family went out to support the opening of Teddy’s cafe, Twosome Studio. She went with her Park sister, Bom, along with Big Bang’s G-Dragon and Taeyang, Lydia Paek, and stylist Yanggeng, among others.
2NE1 performed in G-Dragon’s OOAK Concert in Seoul. He had gotten sick prior to the concert and asked YG Family artists to guest perform in his concert so he could rest in between performances, and of course, they responded to his call splendidly. According to official YG News, though Dara was set to go to the Philippines on the day of the concert, she didn’t hesitate to stay to perform with 2NE1 for G-Dragon.
During her solo stay in Japan in May, Dara went to attend D-Lite’s solo concert. In his concert DVD released later in the year, BTS footage showed the two’s closeness and it was really nice to see the two interacting! Dara took a photo with Daesung and captioned it with “D-bright with D-lite” kyopta!
When CL made her solo debut with “Baddest Female,” Dara worked overtime to promote her single. She, Bom, and Minzy tweeted their support and encouraged others to do so as well. Dara also went to multiple Inkigayo recordings to “monitor” CL’s stages personally. Our heart-warming and supportive unnie!
Dara extended her circle of friends when she started to go out with Lydia, Marshall Bang, Monster Woo, and Lee Hi! They went out a couple of times together, and became fast, good friends with indie singer and songwriter, Sunwoo Jungah, who Dara regularly exchanges messages with on Twitter.
This year, we also saw her doing a couple of solo trips to Japan. Most of it is for work. She did a solo photoshoot campaign for many, different Japanese magazines. She made friends with several Japanese style and fashion icons, who were charmed by her unassuming style and charm. She’s met up with MYOB’s Comi and Tanimi, S’eee magazine’s editor and chief and fashion icon Emi Suzuki,
Aside from Twitter and me2day (which sadly closed down), Dara continues to reach out to more and more fans by opening up her own Japanese blog (open only to Japanese Blackjack Nolza members), named “Adventures of Da-Rabbit” and by updating 2NE1’s Weibo blog with her personal, handwritten messages and pictures. She wrote in Japanese and Chinese for the respective platforms.
What’s your favorite Dara moment during the first half of 2013? Stay tuned to the final part of this Dara summary report! ❤ Drop your thoughts in the comments below, we love hearing from you guys! ❤