Meet the New K-Pop Star Making Waves on the Front Row
Let’s get one thing straight: CLis not the only fashionable member of 2NE1. As bombastic as the K-pop star’s style is, her bandmates give her a run for her money when it comes to putting together cool, attention-grabbing looks, and the fashion world is starting to take notice. Case in point? This morning, Sandara “Dara” Park, the group’s resident multitasker, joined the front row at Fendi alongside such stars as Serena Williams and Ellie Goulding. As singer, model, host, actress, and Instagram sensation, Park is one of the most prominent celebrities in Korea. She has been able to make an impact on-screen and online with both her style and genre-defying career.
First appearing on the scene back in 2004 as a contestant on the popular reality competition show Star Circle Quest, Park’s talents earned her a fan base so big that producers gave her acting roles in movies and television—ones that were naturally hits. Park released hit singles in the Philippines years prior to 2NE1’s debut, thereby reversing the traditional girl-band narrative by becoming a household name before she joined a group. While Park’s distinctive pop vocals are a key component to her success, what truly has pushed her to the top is her personality. CL might have that baddest female title on lock, but Park’s effortless cool, willingness to be funny—her hilarious social updates are almost as famous as she is—and dedication to her fans has allowed her to seem like the pop idol next door.
Her vibe may be chill, but Park takes her fashion very seriously. It isn’t enough to just be cute; she consistently pulls together outfits that mix the best in insider labels. She has a soft spot for the streetwise aesthetic that has dominated the shows lately, but only its sweetest incarnations. She’s got the prerequisiteVetements hoodies, Off-White sweatshirts, and Saint Laurent bomber jackets, but they’re in pastel tones—plus she wears them with neon pink Timberlands. Difficult to find gems like 99%IS’s 10 Corso Como Seoul exclusive coat or Gosha Rubchinskiy’s sold-out beanies get mixed in with limited-edition Supreme or the latest heavyweight chain from Ambush. Even when she dolls up in a Thom Browne miniskirt or a lacy dress from Versus Versace, she’s one step ahead of the curve. On Instagram, where she frequently posts outfit updates for her millions of followers, she’s known for taking her share of risks. She thrilled her fans recently with the new strawberry blonde hairstyle she donned in Milan, where she stepped out for a touristy trip to the Duomo. With her prim appearance at Fendi in a striped dress from the Fall collection and matching Dotcom bag, it’s clear she has stepped into high fashion’s big leagues, and her presence is more than welcome. With even more hair colors, skate merch, and designer goods to try on and test out, it’s only a matter of time before Park is setting trends on the runway.
Sandara Park, Reveals the Philippine Course (Route) that Satisfied Even GD
Sandara Park along with model Kang Seung-hyun travelled together to the Philippines; their adventures will be revealed through broadcast.
Sandara Park, who introduced the Philippines as her second home, lived in the country for more than ten years. She said, “I want to break the negative perceptions that Koreans have of the Philippines,” showing her determined resolution.
When any member of YG Family visits the Philippines, Sandara Park recommends places to go to and even food to eat. Sandara Park revealed that they all expressed their satisfaction over the places in the Philippines that she recommended. In fact, G-Dragon who went to a restaurant that Sandara Park recommended told her, “I want to accompany my parents and bring them here,” giving a great review.
On the other hand, expectations for “Dara Tour” are rising as it was said that “‘Dara Tour’ showed one of the best travel diaries in the history of ‘Battle Trip.'” Sandara Park and Kang Seung-hyun’s trip in “Dara Tour” can be seen on KBS2 TV “Battle Trip” episode on September 10th, at 10:40PM.
Sandara Park, Philippines Popularity Proven to be Yoo Jae Suk Level, “Even Stars Gathered”
2NE1’s Sandara Park proves that she is on the class of Yoo Jae Suk when it comes to popularity in the Philippines.
Just recently, Sandara Park chose to go to her second home, the Philippines, to shoot for an episode of KBS2TV “Batte Trip” revealing a fiercer trip competition than ever.
In particular, Sandara Park introduced different places in the country, based on her experience of living in the Philippines for 10 years, attracting attention.
Sandara Park made the trip to the Philippines recently with her close friend, model KangSeung-hyun. Sandara Park, who showed her readiness and particular determination, changed her clothes 12 times to show her airport fashion from Korea, heightening the expectations from viewers.
In addition, the Filipinos who encountered Sandara Park, shouted “Sandara~” a lot showing their happiness at seeing her; model Kang Seung-hyun who went on the trip with her said, “Everyone in the Philippines greeted us with ‘Sandara’ they knew her,” she said, expressing her surprise at Sandara Park’s popularity in the country. In fact, it’s rumored that Sandara Park got a discount in a very busy store that she visited and actually lined up in.
And that’s not all. When news spread that Sandara Park was in the Philippines, some of Philippines’ top stars gathered together in an event.
The MC who was presenting asked, “Is Sandara Park’s popularity the same level as gag man (‘Battle Trip’ MC) Lee Hwi Jae?” to which Sandara Park answered, “Same level as Yoo Jae Suk,” causing laughter during the recording.
This “Battle Trip” episode will be broadcasted on September 10, at 10:40 PM.
The 2NE1 member Sandara Park dazzles both on screen and off – watch as she works the camera in this behind-the-scenes video.
You’ve seen Dara hanging out with her feline friends, now we take you behind the scenes of L’Officiel Singapore’s exclusive photoshoot with the Korean superstar, who was every bit the charmer with her contagious smile and charismatic demeanour.
Follow L’Officiel Singapore on Instagram and visit L’Officiel.com for more snippets of Dara’s shoot and keep a look out for her full spread in August’s print issue.
EXCLUSIVE: Sandara Park reveals having many suitors
Asian superstarSandara Park did not bat an eyelash when asked about her love life.
In an exclusive interview with Push.com.ph after her press conference for local clothing brand Penshoppe, Sandara admitted that she does have a number of suitors.
“Pero hindi pa ako sumagot kasi siguro feeling ko gusto ko munang mag-work and concentrate muna,” she explained. (“I haven’t answered/entertained them because I feel like I want to focus on work and concentrate first.”)
It seems though that the Pambansang Krung Krung is not closing her doors on love.
“I can’t promise na hindi ako magkaka-love life kasi if one day nandiyan ‘yung prince charming ko, hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin ko,” she said. “Baka sabihin ko sa Instagram ‘Uy may boyfriend ako!’ Hindi ko rin alam.”(“I can’t promise that I won’t have a love life in the future, because what if one day my Price Charming appears; I don’t know what I’ll do. Maybe I’ll post on Instagram and say, ‘Hey, I have a boyfriend already!’ I don’t know.”)
Last year, Sandara was rumored to be dating My Love From The Star actor Kim Soo-hyun after they were reportedly spotted having dinner together.
While she remains to be single, Sandara is very close to a number of boys under her management label YG Entertainment. Just last year, Sandara’s closeness with them made headlines after she posted photos of her with boy group iKON and rap trio Epik High.
“Nakakatuwa kasi ako ‘yung Ate pero feeling nila sila ang Kuya,” shared the 31-year-old star. (“It’s really funny because I’m their noona, but they feel that they’re my oppas.” <pertaining to iKON>)
She continued, “So parang nakakatawa ‘yung mga relationship ko with the boys. Ngayon nakakalungkot kasi sobrang busy sila. Meron silang tour all over the world so parang hindi kami nagkikita.” (“So my relationship with the boys is really delightful. But it’s saddening because they’re super busy nowadays. They have a world tour, so we can’t see each other.”)
However, Sandara admitted that they do get in touch even if they are miles apart.
“Yes naman. Kapag may birthday, happy birthday ganyan,” she said. (“Yes, of course. If it’s someone’s birthday, we greet each other ‘happy birthday’ stuff like that.”)
After her official events with the clothing brand, Sandara spent some down time in Tagaytay and a theme park in Laguna.
Re-uploaded and translated by: OhDara
It’s inevitable. When you’re interviewing Sandara Park, you will end up switching to Tagalog. It shouldn’t be a surprise, really, because long before she became 2NE1’s Dara, she was the Philippines’ “Pambansang Krung Krung,” who first stole hearts with her tearful Star Circle Quest audition.
Penshoppe flew Sandara to Manila last week for a series of events.
“Even while still at the airport, I already felt like ‘I’m home!’ When I got off the plane, a lot of people were already calling out to me, ‘It’s Sandara, it’s Sandara.” Wow, I’m back.” she told members of the media at her press conference.
Penshoppe signed Sandara as one of their ambassadors last year, adding her to their lineup of supermodels and Asian superstars. “Who wouldn’t say yes to Penshoppe? I love their clothes and I love Penshoppe even more because they’re (the management and staff) really funny, they’re really cool. They’re very easy to work with.”
Sandara, who has been wearing Penshoppe since her high school days in the Philippines, added, “I’m really happy that I became a part of Team Penshoppe. It’s like a dream come trye. I feel like Penshoppe and I really match each other.”
SANDARA at Penshoppe’s DenimLab fashion show in Trinoma
“Dara’s fun and quirky personality and take on fashion represents very well what Penshoppe stands for,” said Jeff Bascon, Penshoppe’s brand director.
It’s remarkable how real, grounded and endearingly unassuming Sandara has remained despite her fame.
“This is Sandara,” she introduced herself, first at the press conference at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel and then later that day at Penshoppe’s DenimLab fashion show at Trinoma’s Activity Center, as if they didn’t know who she was, like she wasn’t the reason people had flocked to the hotel and the mall in droves, like she wasn’t the cause of their fervent screaming.
AT THE Meet and Greet at SM North Edsa’s Sky Dome
The next day, at her Meet and Greet event at SM North Edsa’s Sky Dome, she expressed concern for her fans. “Do not push so no one gets hurt… I saw your pictures when you were at the queue outside where it was very hot, so I’m worried about you guys.”
She had talked about her Filipino fans at the press conference too. “My fans are very passionate and kind, cute. Especially the fans here in the Philippines, they’re really something else. Since 2004 when I was still at SCQ, and until now, they’re still here. So every time I see them, I get so touched and thankful. We have a really unique friendship.”
GREETING one of her fans
When her fans sang to her at the Meet and Greet, she said, “You guys are the best!”
She was grateful for the chance to see them, she said. “There are so many people! There’s only a few chances that we see each other, so I’m very grateful.”
She showed her gratitude in many ways. First, by accommodating 50 more fans for the meet and greet than the originally planned 100, gamely posing with them and greeting each one with hugs and her trademark warmth. And then by making the effort to get out of the car to say hi to the fans who weren’t lucky enough to get inside the venue and who had waited for her for hours outside.
When the meet and greet was over, she didn’t want to go. “I don’t want to go just yet, what to do?” she asked host Robi Domingo. Then she turned to her fans, “I really, really love you all.”
The feeling is mutual. Seventeen-year-old Angela Breze said, “My love for Sandara is really great because of her Filipino heart. Everywhere she goes, she brings us with her and it’s the same thing with us, she’s always in our hearts.”
Chris Althea Macaisa, 15, was still holding a placard as she gushed about Sandara after the meet and greet. “I really, really like her cuteness and her being so kind all the time, and it’s also like she doesn’t get older. “
Sandara may have left the country but she is looking forward to coming back for her future projects with Penshoppe. “More pictorials, also I hope for meet and greets in other cities like Cebu, hopefully, I wish.”
FIVE MINUTES WITH SANDARA
INQUIRER: How does it feel to be back in the Philippines? DARA: It feels so good. This event was the only thing I waited for in Korea. I was looking at the calendar thinking ‘one more day, one more day.’
INQUIRER: You’ve worked with Penshoppe for a while now, what do you like about the brand? DARA: First of all, I like the clothes and the people at Penshoppe are very easy to work with and hardworking. Every time we have a photo shoot, the concepts are really good so I enjoy it a lot.
INQUIRER: Do you have other favorites from the new Penshoppe collection? DARA: Earlier I got the wide-leg and pants and cropped paints… Their jeans have a lot of various styles. I wear them with T-shirts, simple T-shirts with sneakers.
INQUIRER: Are you excited about the meet and greet tomorrow? DARA: Of course! I’m excited but so nervous at the same time. I texted the manager of Mario Maurer earlier and asked, ‘What do you usually do during meet and greet?’ and the manager told me, ‘We play and take pictures,’ so wow, I’m really, really excited.
INQUIRER: Do you know some of the fans who will be going tomorrow? DARA: I know them, I know their faces, I saw them earlier during the press con. I’m expecting them (to come) tomorrow, and the new (fans) as well.
INQUIRER: Your Filipino fans are incredibly loyal, what would you like to tell them? DARA: “That’s just it, they’re really very loyal. Sometimes I really want to cry when I think, ‘what do I even give them that they’re still there (for me) until now?’ I don’t even have a lot of projects in Korea and our group is kinda mysterious, so we don’t have a lot of TV shows, but they’re still there. I can’t say much more than ‘thank you’ and that I love them.”
INQUIRER: How long are you staying on this trip? DARA: Only for four or five days. Because I have a TV show in Korea called “Sugar Man,” and the taping/recording is every Wednesday.
INQUIRER: What other projects should your fans watch out for? DARA: My upcoming movie. I would also like to try different things like Koreanovela (K-Dramas).
INQUIRER: Tell us about the movie. DARA: The movie is about the music. We’re done filming, we’re editing it now. Very interesting, it’s about music. For my role, I have a disease where I can’t hear music. When there’s music around, I see it all as colors, so it’s like ‘stop it, stop it.’
INQUIRER: I know you always meet up with old friends, what else are you doing on this trip? DARA: I’m planning to meet some of my friends, but aigoo, I hope that the others don’t get upset with me, because I have a lot of friends but I don’t have the time to meet all of them. But I’ll come back. I realized that Korea is really near the Philippines anyway, just three hours and twenty minutes. I can come back any time I want.
INQUIRER: We know you love Filipino food, what was the first thing you ate when you landed? DARA: Yesterday? First, someone gave me Jollibee’s peach mango pie. So I ate it at once. Then after, we went to Luneta Park and I ate sinigang and sisig.
INQUIRER: What else do you want to eat on this trip? DARA: There’s a lot. But I’m sure I’m going to eat sisig and sinigang again.
Translated and re-uploaded by: OhDara
T/N: We translated the Tagalog bits because we know that OhDara has a lot of non-Tagalog speaking visitors.. ^_^ For the original article with Dara’s totally charming Tagalog answers, please check THIS LINK. ^^
The representative brand of YG Entertainment actors and the channel to check their activity, news and planned contents, YG STAGE (www.ygstage.com) has released the new pictorial for the third project ‘MAISON DE JASMINE’.
Followed by the pictorial released last time and became a big issue with Dara’s feminine features, in the ’MAISON DE JASMINE’ PART.2 the secret male actor in the teaser image has been revealed that many people wanted to know. It was a model as well as an actor Bae Jung Nam. Bae Jung Nam who appeared at web drama “We Broke Up” recently with Dara took the STAGE pictorial again with Dara. Maybe since they already worked together before, they carried out the pictorial shooting naturally.
The first STAGE pictorial for male and female actors ‘MAISON DE JASMINE’ PART.2 will reveal the behind scenes for pictorial shooting, Bae Jung Nam’s individual pictorial, Bae Jung NamXDara’s joint pictorial along with the exclusive cuts, behind cuts and autographed Polaroid photos all.
The ‘MAISON DE JASMINE’ planned with pure and white flower jasmine as a motif means ‘The house of jasmine’ in French. Like its title ’MAISON DE JASMINE’ it contained Dara and Bae Jung Nam’s natural look in the ‘house’. The shooting started at the entrance of that house.
Pure Dara and sensitive Bae Jung Nam. They matched the color of clothes as white and showed warm and clear image to suit ‘The house of jasmine’.
Photographer JDZ Chung for the ‘MAISON DE JASMINE’ captured natural and sensitive chemistry of two by using natural light. He tried hard by taking digital and film camera alternatively to show better pictorial to the public therefore the great pictorial has been created.
After finishing the shooting with Dara, Bae Jung Nam’s individual shooting has been started at comfy bedroom. Bae Jung Nam brought staff’s admiration by revealing fit muscles as he took the top off as if he’s in his house naturally.
What comes in your mind if you think about Bae Jung Nam? Thick eyebrows? A man who looks good with classical clothes? Bae Jung Nam not only released the attractiveness that he showed before but also his original soft and natural sexiness as well . We could peek his intelligent and matured allure through him reading a book on the bed.
The force as a model that cannot be hidden! As he is the actor who is a former model, he appealed with drastic poses and direction in front of the camera. We can also feel the wild manly allure from the topless Bae Jung Nam lying on the bed by revealing fit muscles.
You can enjoy the behind cuts of STAGE pictorial only at NAVER Entertainment Special. Here are the behind cuts of ‘MAISON DE JASMINE’!
Bae Jung Nam holing a cup of coffee on his one hand and trying to read a newspaper. The other sensuous allure released from him with the unbuttoned white shirt. He makes people not to take the eyes off from the barely seen abs. Photographer JDZ Chung is taking photos of Bae Jung Nam posing naturally. Bae Jung Nam finished the work by showing various poses as a professional model.
The STAGE pictorial project is working with best staff always to show the best result. Many staffs couldn’t take their eyes from two actors while caring their clothes, makeup, hairstyle and the angle of the chair as well. Although they were wearing thin clothes in the cold weather, they kept smiling and made the mood happy.
We will give away Dara’s polaroid photos to the people who wrote the comments about YG STAGE pictorial ‘MAISON DE JASMINE’ Part.2 Entertainment Special, so please leave a lot of comments.
“I was great honor to shoot pictorial with Dara and good staffs. I think it was the best shooting in these days!! “-by BAE JUNG NAM
[StarCast] “I am the Prettiest in.Y.G.E”…. Sandara Park, Beautiful MC Challenge
“I am the best~ at giving”
The Promotions Director,
should be able to give away business cards well.
Well, she is after all, YG’s promotion fairy.
Wherever and whenever, she never forgets to do PR.
So now She Is Starting To Do Business Earnestly
Sandara Park appeared in JTBC. Is this her debut after 6 years? This is the first time that she came out in an entertainment show. She appears with Yoo Jae Suk and Yoo Hee Yeol as an MC in the program called, “Sugarman.”
First of all, “Sugarman” is a program where they re-visit the hit songs of singers from the past. The mission is to make it a hit again. The juniors who remake the songs then compete with one another.
☞ On the 14th, ‘Dispatch’ met with Dara at a studio in Ilsan. And her mission? To promote “Sugarman” at all cost. And her special technique as PR fairy is ‘reaction.’
Here in the waiting room. And the new program promotion director, ah no, new MC sandara Park came out first. Her expression is so full of excitement, it really has been a long time.
“I watched the ‘Sugar Man’ pilot program last summer. I really like the 1990~2000 songs. It was really fun and interesting because it called up so many memories for me. However, I’m here now as the MC!”
Sandara Park shares the waiting room together with lyricist, Kim Eana. This is the first MC challenge for the both of them. So what do they need now? Right, self.pro.mo.tion.
“PR fairy, come join me~” (Kim Eana)
“Can you handle it?” (Dara)
“We are the best!” (Two MC)
Of course, being an MC is not something that you can be with only a pretty face.
Sandara Park immediately went into study mode. She completely immersed herself into the script before the live recording. She never turned her head and kept a low profile even with all the n.oi.se all around.
“Actually, I only did the first recording last week. I was really confused, and the situation was that my mind was all in a buzz. I must do well in recording now, so I’m worrying.”
“Studying hard Dara”
So now that she is done with studying, will she show off her good looks as an MC?
If we think about it, Sandara Park is indeed YG Entertainment’s beauty representative. Shall we have a moment to cleanse our eyes? It is now time for re-touching her make-up.
“YG beauty representative”
“Prettiest in YG, Dara”
It’s finally recording time. PR Fairy, are you really feeling okay? Although it’s been 6 years since she debuted, she can’t help but feel ‘nervous’ still. However, Dara says that she chooses to believe in herself and practices this strength in real life.
“As a novice MC, there will be many things that I will lack. However, please look at my unconventional personality in a good way. Maybe it will attract you unexpectedly along with my fresh charms. Haha!”
“Come on! Let’s do this.”
Sandara Park shows her progressing skills as an MC, improving fast. “Two Yoo” seem to be captivated with her. Yoo Jae Suk shows an uncle-like smile, the same with Yoo Hee Yeol.
“I found strength because I had Yoo-nue-nim (T/N: Yoo Jae Suk’s nickname, stands for “God Yoo”) and Yeol-oppa right next to me. They really took care of me a lot. I’ll continue to do my best and work hard. I will strive to learn a lot.”
“Falling” (Yoo Jae Seok)
(T/N: 흐뭇하다 means falling into a trap with no escape. It’s what netizens say when they fall for a celebrity and there’s no escaping it)
“Pleased” (Yoo Hee Yeol)
Recording for this day has ended successfully. The hidden “Sugar Man” who made appearances left a deep impression and touched hearts deeply. If Sandara Park could choose, which “Sugar Man” would she like to see?
“I want to find Rich as Sugarman. I really like his song, ‘Only the Words, I Love You.’ I would also like to hear about how he’s doing and about his activities now. I want to hear him sing again.”
☞ Finally, the final task for PR Fairy. This time around, she’s going to appeal to the fandom using her visuals. Even if you aren’t a “fan ahjussi” (or even if you’re a woman but not a fan), you should still save the following pictures.
“I am Dara-ya”
“Today at 10:50PM”
“You’re going to watch the broadcast right”
Source: Dispatch via Naver
Re-uploaded and translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara
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.)
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.
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.
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