K-Wave Stateside: K-Pop Stories In American News (Week Of November 10 – November 16, 2014)


K-Wave Stateside: K-Pop Stories In American News (Week Of November 10 - November 16
K-Wave Stateside: K-Pop Stories In American News (Week Of November 10 - November 16

Check out the K-Pop-related news that appeared in American media outlets this week.

K-Pop Male Group BTOB Appears On ‘America’s Next Top Model’

News media Billboard  featured an article regarding K-Pop male group BTOB as they appeared on the November 14th episode of ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ During the show, BTOB taught the models how to dance while striking a pose for the camera each time they perform on stage.

BTOB is not the only group that does this, but all K-Pop idols know how to model while performing due to them always facing the camera and being seen on television.

BTOB’s Peniel said, “While we’re performing, we always have to focus on what we look like.” He further said, “We always have to be aware of our expressions.

We always have to look good for our fans.” Female Group Pritz Gets Noticed Negatively Due To Their Nazi Uniforms US-based news media The Korea Times  featured an article regarding female group Pritz as they are facing a controversy due to their uniforms.

Netizens have reacted negatively to Pritz’s outfits, calling them offensive due to the reseblence to Nazi uniforms.

The red armbands bearing the group’s logo have been under attack for their similarity to the Nazi-worn swastikas.

The group’s agency is reportedly going to change the group’s logo and costumes.

On November 15th, a representative from PandaGram spoke to Korean news media outlet Star News.

 “Never did we expect such controversy [about Nazi uniforms] to arise,” said the rep.

“We only looked at the red color and thought it was fine, and did not check the outfits properly at the time.” An official from PandaGram spoke regarding the logo and how it represents the group, saying it means “to expand without a limit in four directions.” G-Dragon Wears Male Makeup? News media USA Today  published an article regarding the global popularity of Big Bang member G-Dragon.

  With his amazing vocals, tattoos, vibrant hair styles, G-Dragon is also known for wearing makeup.  The article highlighted South Korea’s penchant for not only women’s skin care products, but now for male makeup products as well.

With this, the popularity of skin care products for females and now males is getting recognized.

Kim Tae-young, who is a makeup artist and works for Korean cosmetics brand Olive Young said, “The market for male cosmetics has definitely been expanded in the last couple of years.” With G-Dragon traveling globally, he is not only promoting his music; but now male makeup to get guys to travel to South Korea.

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