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Lovelyz's Kei goes solo without her signature bangs




Bangs have been the trademark of Kei of K-pop girl band Lovelyz. Since the group's debut in 2014, few have seen the singer, 24, without her bangs, although a legion of fans has longed to see her forehead.

But now, their wish has come true. For her first solo album "Over and Over," Kei got rid of her fringe and dyed her hair blonde.

"My managing company (Woollim Entertainment) didn't allow me to go without bangs at first because the officials were anxious about revealing my big forehead," Kei told The Korea Times and other media outlet at a cafe in Mapo-gu, Seoul, on Monday.

"They also believed I needed the fringe to look more like a high school student, fitting into the Lovelyz image. But I began revealing my forehead bit by bit and later realized that many of my followers actually were fond of me without bangs. Thanks to such positive reactions, the officials also changed their thoughts and suggested that I try offbeat hairstyles."

Kei said she also had a fear of transforming herself and felt awkward seeing herself in the mirror. But her challenge has turned out to be a success.

"My fans and Lovelyz members were surprised at first, but later praised my new style, saying it matches me well," she said. "That made me feel relaxed."

Hairstyle is not the only change. She also used a different vocal style for the album's lead track "I Go."

"My voice was mostly velvety and soft when I sang as a part of Lovelyz. But for my own number, I am more vibrant and powerful," Kei said. "I also added deeper tone, which was hardly heard on Lovelyz's previous releases."

She added that "I Go" delivered the listeners a message that people can proceed despite hardships, if they have other people supporting them.

"I hope my song can give strength to many people," she said.

Also included on her album are five B-side tracks including the intro "Back in the Day," the R&B "Paper Moon," the hopeful "Dreaming," the maudlin "Cry" and the acoustic "This Rain."

Kei said her voice was the key to the album, which was released on Tuesday.

"Singing is the only thing that I can do well and my voice is the only thing I can show you," she said. "So I tried to include all my stories in my voice. I am actually a 'fool' for music. I know K-pop singers these days are so versatile that they compose their own numbers and even forge acting careers. I also made similar attempts in the past, but realized that I was not happy when doing things other than singing."

She added: "I am happiest when I sing, so I will work harder to be a better singer [instead of trying to be a multi-player.]"





source: The Korea Times
myrrhcat 9th-Oct-2019 01:09 am (UTC)
the way k-pop fans talk about foreheads is one of the weirdest fucking things to me lol. IT'S A FOREHEAD. IT'S A BLANK PATCH OF SKIN i do not get it.

i do think 90% of people look better and more youthful with bangs, but it's fun and interesting to switch it up now and then, especially for someone like kei who has had the same look for so long.
theweebdream 9th-Oct-2019 03:15 am (UTC)
As someone that had bangs from 2012 until literally now I get it from her perspective. Idk why but in America at least not many ppl have blunt bangs so I would always get people asking me to push my bangs out of the way so they could see what I looked like without bangs??? It was so fucking stupid.
premonitioner 9th-Oct-2019 11:08 am (UTC)
i think there's definitely a kind of association of no-bangs with sexier styles in kpop, maybe that's why people were so obsessed with hers?

also sobs i'm in the 10% of people who don't look good with full bangs...my forehead is REALLY short. last time i got full bangs was for the sole reason of growing my overplucked eyebrows out 😂

Edited at 2019-10-09 11:10 am (UTC)
kicking_tenshi 10th-Oct-2019 04:30 am (UTC)
I remember when bangless Suzy was a whole bad thing because she had a small forehead (iirc)!! Iunno, I'm with you in that 10% but it's because my face is so round/square that bangs would make me a sideways rectangle or something. Even if they did suit my face, I have massive bang trauma. The last time I had bangs, I was 14 yo and my mom used the cutting scissors instead of shearing scissors AND started in the middle of my forehead. Never again.
premonitioner 10th-Oct-2019 12:58 pm (UTC)
I have never let anyone other than a professional hairdresser touch my bangs and anyone who does otherwise is braver than a US marine
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