jessica jung is a force in the k-pop music scene—and her momentum isn’t slowing down anytime soon. after being a member of one of south korea’s most popular girl groups, girls’ generation, from its debut in 2007 to september 2014, jung left the group and started on what has become a wildly successful solo career.
she acts; she designs (her line blanc et eclare has been around for years); and now, she’s gearing up to release more music after her two solo mini albums last year (with love, j released in may; wonderland in december, which went #1 in south korea and peaked at #7 on the billboard world charts).
jung told elle.com at the veuve clicquot polo classic saturday that her new music will be a response to—and a little escape from—the political climate in the korean peninsula. “there’s a lot of things going on in asia, you know? just a lot of people are very down so i want to uplift them. i want to make some happy music.”
here, jung discusses her progress on that album, her thoughts on korean boy band bts’s history-making billboard music awards win and k-pop’s growing popularity in the u.s., plus how her songwriting has evolved since her girls’ generation days.
let’s talk a little about fashion to start. you’ve been designing your own fashion line, clanc et eclare, for a while. how have you grown as a designer since starting?
it’s been three years now, and i think i’m getting more polished. but we’re still keeping it very classic and very effortless, you know? we like really classic looks with a little bit of detail so yeah, we’re going to keep doing that.
where do you get your inspiration from?
well, i travel a lot because of work also but because of that, i think i get inspired by what you’re wearing, what everybody’s wearing. i like to people watch.
musically, how have you grown as a songwriter since working with girls’ generation?
it was new to me because making my own music, I’ve never really done that before. but i mean, it’s a chance for me to express myself and really show my true colors. and i have a great team around me who help me out a lot so we just have fun.
bts just won billboard’s top social artist award, beating justin bieber’s, selena gomez’s, and more top u.s. acts’ fan bases. k-pop really is having a big moment in the states. what are your hopes for the genre in the american music scene?
i hope [k-pop’s moment here] goes on for a long time. i hope that a lot of people appreciate it more and listen to it more. i think koreans, they’re really hard-working people. they’re really innovative, and they try new things all the time so i think it’s just a matter of time when everyone will know k-pop.
and what’s next for you?
blanc et eclare is always what i work on constantly. we have a new sunglass line coming out, we have new ready-to-wear coming out. we have everything set up. i’m also working on a new album as well. i’m actually working on it here in new york and l.a. so i hope you guys look forward to it!
source: elle 1