4:42 pm - 07/28/2014
[Interview] GI "We are a girl group but our role model is BIGBANG"
[Reporter, Park Seul Gi] Throwing away a concept which has become common and monotonous .
When the girl group GI showed up, they chose their own unique way in a flood of idol groups. They appeared on the stage with short hair and baggy clothes in order to break away from the typical mold of “long hair and short skirts” of the other girl groups.
It can be hard to distinguish their gender (whether they are women or men) if you do not look closely at them while they’re on the stage. Due to their androgyny, there were a lot of controversies surrounding them during their early debut days, such as the possibility of them being “transgender” or just simply asking “what is their gender?” However, GI was able to accept that any attention (even this odd curiosity about them) is still attention and were able to show a strong, self-confidence in their own concept of the boyish girls.
The reporter who was thinking about the charismatic image of GI couldn’t help being surprised during the interview. She was facing mature girls in their 20s and their onstage persona was nowhere to be seen. While she was looking at them, she began to wonder if maybe “they somehow had become the boys.”
◆ The girl group who looks more like men than some real men do
“Actually, at the beginning, when I had first heard about a boyish concept of a girl group…I didn’t know much about it. I had to cut my hair short, like the typical style of a man, not a woman. It was so difficult that I thought I’d turn into a man and not just look like one.” (AI)
In fact, girl group images seem to flaunt their beauty on stage, showcasing “sexy” and “cute” styles. However, they were given two-block haircuts and baggy clothes to cover their beautiful legs, showing off their boyish appeals.
“I cut my hair a long time ago, before our debut. I’ve changed my hairstyle many different times and when we had our debut stage, we were able to bring our own unique colours. Before we debuted, we prepared and practiced a lot, thinking of ways to showcase our good points, compared to the stages of boy groups rather than girl groups.” (OneKet)
Since the concept wasn’t very popular, comparing groups was limited, so it must have been very difficult for them not only as women, but also as men, to have a very ambiguous image.
“Originally, I thought our debut would be similar to other girl groups, but when I heard that we would have a boyish concept, it was really difficult to adapt to. Nevertheless, since the decision to debut with a boyish concept was made, we wanted to show off the perfect boyish girls look on stage and we studied how best to pull this off. I hope that we have made a winning move with our unique colours, now and forever (laugh).” (Eunji)
◆ Intensity is their weapon
Obviously, they were different from other girl groups who are obsessed with showing off the “sexy” or “cute” style image. GI’s debut song, “Beatles” was strong and different, showing the power of their boyish girl group style.
“Our debut song, “Beatles,” is considered hip-hop and it was difficult to sing and dance to. I needed to emphasize every part but I wasn’t able to, so I had to continuously ask, watch, and learn how to do so. In addition, thanks to our senior, Poppin Hyunjoon, who is from the same company as we are, taught me how to dance very well so I was able to show the perfect stage performance (laugh).” (Hayun)
In reality, GI is very different from the typical hip-hop genre. Their concept, especially, required a lot of extra effort on the girls’ parts. From the first note of the song to the following gestures, raps, flows, etc. it became more and more difficult for them, as if climbing a never-ending mountain and the recording studio became a type of personal hell for them at the time.
“During our first recording, I actually ran out of the studio because I couldn’t stop crying. It was very difficult to open my mouth and I didn’t completely know how to do it. It didn’t go very well at first because of the awkwardness of trying to control our tones differently in order to show our own colours. But now, we are able to make our own rap style with the correct tones and harmonies.” (OneKet)
◆ Like a jewel in the sand
GI has always been different from other idol groups, even at first glance. Normally, rookie groups feel very uncomfortable when they’re having an interview, but GI didn’t that way at all. It was as if they “were very relaxed.” It seems as if GI hasn’t garnered much attention from the general population, but there’s a bit of a welcome to them among other fans.
“Because we are still a rookie group, we’re lacking a lot of things,” they said together. “Our role models are our BIGBANG seniors. They have managed to be both popular and unique at the same time. Our BIGBANG seniors are always our motto and by watching them, we are learning how to enhance our rap skills and seize the stage. Someday, as our seniors, we would like to be trendy and become global icons, like our group name (laugh).”
Unfortunately, GI is not as famous as other idol groups and instead of showcasing their sexy bodies in a sexualized performance, GI shows their own unique style on stage. They are using their differences in appearance and performance to appeal to the audiences who are sick and tired of the stale and monotonous performances and concepts of other girl groups.
I hope that GI will become outstanding and as beautiful as a crane, like the phrase says “a crane among chickens.”
Source: WStar News, GI International Forum
Translated by: Mina @ GI International
Edited by: wizzardess @ GI International
Shared by: Mina @ GI International
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Tomboys must be trans apparently smh
This article does a bit too much putting down of other girl groups imo, but it also is a good reminder that the girls didn't choose this tomboy image themselves (Eunji cried when she was forced to get her hair cut), and that even though their image is different they are in the same boat as other female idols. I think a lot of fans forget this because of their appearance