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Stellar honestly open up about why they had no choice but to go the sexy route

By serendipity   Saturday, July 25, 2015   273,746   13,552   0



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When Kpop fans hear the name Stellar, their first thought is not of the cute and quirky concept that the girls debuted with, but rather the provocatively sexy concepts that created immense buzz, and of course, backlash.

Stellar made their debut in 2011, but it wasn't really until 2014 that they became a familiar name. During their early years, the girls went through songs like "Rocket Girl", "U.F.O", and "Study", which were fun and spunky, but failed to gain traction. Then 2014 came and the girls made their comeback with "Marionette", the song that launched them into spotlight due to the erotic nature of their outfits, choreography, and music video.

Through an interview with No Cut News, the girls sat down for an honest heart-to-heart session, frankly revealing what led to their change in concept and why they continue to promote this provocatively sexy image that gains much backlash.


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"Marionette" (February, 2014)

Q: It seems like there may have been many difficulties due to consecutive unsuccessful releases. 

Junyool: We didn't have money for rides, and it was a difficult situation to the point that we'd have to share one order of food among all of us. There were many sad instances. Once, we used the practice room that a famous choreography team would use. But if we went early and waited, they would give us looks. But at the time we didn't have money to go to a cafe, or anywhere else to go and wait.

Minhee: It was the cold winter, and to kill time [before we could use the practice room] we played a game of rock paper scissors to determine who would take one step. So this way, we took one hour for a trip that only takes 5 minutes to get there. If we saw a famous girl group pass by us in their vans, we would hide out of embarrassment.

Q: Is that why you decided to take on the shocking skin exposure?

Minhee: We had to put everything on the line. We weren't in a position to think about what will come after. The success of 'Marionette' was going to determine the existence or disbandment of the team.

Junyool: I prepared with the thought that this was going to be our retirement album. I watched other sunbae teams who took on the sexy concept and sharpened my knife.

Gayoung: Honestly, we didn't think ourselves to be sexy. Even our agency wondered if this would suit us. But as we practiced, we realized we could be [sexy].

Q: At the time, you received a lot of backlash for the sexual nature of your concept. What did you think?

Gayoung: 3 of our members took ballet before, so when we first saw our outfits, we just thought "Oh they just look like leotards".

Hyoeun: That's right. We were [comfortable] to the point that we'd run around and play on set. But once the lights turned on, our skin was transparently visible, and it looked erotic.

Minhee: Our music video was especially erotic. We didn't even know it was going to be erotic to that extent. The script just said, 'Lie in bed then sit up' 'Drip milk while you drink as you long for someone'. We were shocked after we learned what all these references had meant, only after reading the comments we received. I guess you could say we were innocent.

Q: So was the result satisfactory?

Gayoung: It turned out really well for us. We got tons of love calls for various event performances and our negative [bank] balance became positive. We also got a car and a dorm. We also got a practice room that we could use all we wanted.

"Mask" (August, 2014)

Q: Thanks to the success you were able to release another song. It seems like you toned down the amount of skin exposure.

Minhee: Instead of sexiness, we wanted to pour our sincerity into the release ["Mask"].

Gayoung: We included in the lyrics why we had no choice but to do the sexy concept for 'Marionette'. We wanted to explain that we did it to receive love from the public.

Hyoeun: But, nobody seemed interested in our sincerity. It was to the point they didn't even know we made a comeback. Those who listened to the track said it was good, but people wouldn't even give it a listen.

Minhee: Because the results weren't good, our promotion cycle was short.

"Fool" (March, 2015)

Q: You changed up your style completely for this one, and there was no skin exposure.

Junyool: Actually we thought 'Fool' was just going to be a side song, we didn't know we would end up promoting with it.

Gayoung: We thought the song wasn't all that good, but the agency pushed us saying that it's a song that makes people think of their first love.

Hyoeun: At the time 'Infinity Challenge's ToToGa was all the rage...

Minhee: That's right. They even brought up that we should wear wide-legged pants that S.E.S sunbaenims wore.

Q: But unfortunately, the results weren't great.

Hyoeun: We were persuaded in the end by the agency, but it didn't turn out well. Later on, we even tried to change our outfit to a sexy one, but it just didn't fit together with the song, so it was a big failure.

Gayoung: 2 weeks after we began promotions, the agency told us "We're sorry" and "From now on, we will follow your opinions."

"Vibrato" (July, 2015)

Q: I was shocked after seeing your teaser image [photo above]. Not just me, but everyone was shocked.

Hyoeun: Honestly, we were shocked too. We didn't do it because we wanted to. Having experienced two failures after "Marionette", we accepted the reality and decided that we needed something that would become an issue.

Junyool: We wanted to get Stellar's music out there. When we didn't have skin exposure, nobody even knew we released a new song. If it's not provocative, there is no response.

Minhee: We were even asked "Why didn't you guys come out again after 'Marionette'?" when we had already made two comebacks after that song...

Q: You're receiving backlash to the level of your "Marionette" promotions.

Minhee: It wasn't a thong like many people were imagining. It was actually a swimsuit bottom, but because a portion of it was covered by the dress, the picture came out looking more erotic than it really was.

Junyool: There's a chance that even those who insult us will listen to our song. And if our song is good, then they could become our fans. And I think that as a woman, we have a right to be sexy.

Gayoung: Rather than trying to explain every time a problem is raised about our sexual concepts, we just want to continue striving forward, trusting in those who recognize our efforts.

Q: But it seems like you still have some worries.

Gayoung: We have to promote ourselves, but I couldn't get myself to upload the controversial teaser image of us on my SNS. But we can't always live doing only what we want. We have to do what the public wants for them to listen to our song.

Junyool: That's right. Of course we do have worries, but every time I go up on stage, the urge to do music continues to grow.

Hyoeun: If a group is not from a large-scale agency, it's hard to gain attention even if the song and concept are great. Because this is reality, it's pitiful when we see teams from other smaller agencies also decide to take on sexy concepts to become successful.

Q: You came back when competition is tough. What is your goal for this promotion?

Gayoung: We really hope it turns out well. The agency told us that if we are able to stay top 20 on music charts for a week, they'll send us on a vacation abroad, we really hope it happens.

Minhee: They say that once you get into the top 20, you don't easily fall back down. If that happens, then we can see [the possibility] of a next album. We really hope we achieve success.

Junyool: If that happens, then I want to hold a guerrilla concert wearing the outfits from our music video.

Q: If "Vibrato" achieves success, will you put away the sexy concept?

Junyool: I want to try a sexy concept that's [more toned down] and just on the level of hearing "It's pretty". 

Hyoeun: I want us to promote with a song that we can all enjoy together. Perhaps there won't be excessive skin exposure.

Minhee: It's not that we don't do innocent concepts because we don't know how to do it. We are normally like other women in their early twenties. However, I do hope that Stellar can retain a bit of our color still.

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OhMyGuy Monday, July 18, 2016

I'm so glad they got Cry after this, it really seems like they got the song they wanted with sting and cry. I really hope cry does well, maybe even make them go to top 20 on the charts!

KittyKatCouture Friday, May 6, 2016

THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO DO ALL OF THIS EROTIC STUFF IF PEOPLE WOULD JUST FREAKING SUPPORT THEM, IS THAT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND. I AM SO TIRED OF IDIOTIC PEOPLE SAYING FOR THEM TO JUST BECOME PORN STARS AND WHAT NOT, LIKE SHUT UPPP! I just feel so bad for groups like this because in my opinion groups like Girls Generation or 2ne1 or T-ara gets the attention. I know their the most populous groups and all but give other groups a chance. I have no hate for those groups (GG is actually my favorite girl group) but honestly other groups like Stellar can't have the experience to be on top because k-pop keeps paying attention to the bigger groups. If things like this keeps happening kpop groups aren't going to be around for much longer. SUPPORT AND FIGHT FOR STELLAR!^^

ivomanolo Saturday, January 23, 2016

I am now supporting them! I'm glad I read this. :)

sami006 Saturday, January 16, 2016

bullshit....then what is crayon pop?! they started with cute & now whole the world know them because of their wonderful concept...( it's not about being sexy or cute, it's about having talents to attract people. ) just saying.

kashchanocchi Sunday, January 31, 2016

Because they got viral with their abstract concept, similar to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's rise to fame. How can you base talent on their concept lol There are plenty of groups who have fame but not necessarily due to their talent alone

sami006 Sunday, January 31, 2016

@kashchanocchi so you mean selling their bodies like bitches is what they need to do to be famous?! kpop needs singers girl not bitches...if they want to be famous they can try to be a porn star & not make the name of kpop & singers dirty...just saying.

zSkyAngel Sunday, February 7, 2016

@sami006 they wanted to catch the attention and they finally made it, they are talented. if you judge them just for their bodies you are the one who need to make clear your mind... A lot of talented groups debuted with cute concepts and nobody noticed them because there are too many groups right now, then they turned sexy and a lot of people knew them... look at Bestie who stills quite unknown for the people, or EXID, they had a great song such as "Every Night" and no one saw that...

Vv2010 sami006 Thursday, November 10, 2016

I think it's time for you to search up who Spica is. Loads of talent with every member being able to sing lead vocalist level and yet not as famous as Exid or any current girl group. Mind you they stayed true to their own unique concept. If it's all talent then this group should be awarded best girl group every single year and not be so underrated. You gotta do what you gotta do

dengkeninja Friday, December 18, 2015

Well, Stellar is reaching out to fans to crowdfund their new album now. They've hit success, yay! But it you want in on the action, it will still be running for the next 59 days. Let's get them to reach 1000%! :D

soshi_fann Friday, July 31, 2015

The most frustrating part of their story is that they their songs/ singing are actually GOOD. ;Top "Class" Entertainment seems to be the problem. Hopefully the agency will begin to understand that Stellar has a real opportunity to succeed and will do a better job of promoting them. Stellar Fighting!

Winston Friday, July 31, 2015

"Gayoung: We really hope it turns out well. The agency told us that if we are able to stay top 20 on music charts for a week, they'll send us on a vacation abroad, we really hope it happens.

Minhee: They say that once you get into the top 20, you don't easily fall back down. If that happens, then we can see [the possibility] of a next album. We really hope we achieve success."

Well congratz to them, 31 July 2015 (MCountdown), Their song was at #10 position. Which i believe was the first time they entered the Top 10 ranks.

Hope their agency give them that vacation that they deserve.

rozzy Tuesday, July 28, 2015

it makes me f****** angry how male dominated the industry (and all other industries too) is, that they have to do things they don't want to do in order to get noticed. ;

what's worse is that girls don't stand up for other girls, they attack with words like "slut" too. ;

I hope this opens some peoples eyes

Izzy_Wiebe Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I think you accurately summed up what is really going on. It's disgusting and degrading. And the fact that the idols themselves don't know this is sad.

SanadaYukimura Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Well, its "fool" that made me a twinkle now.. The music is really good, the lyrics is sincere, and the dance is not too provocative.. So, its not always a bad thing for them.. They got a new true fans from "fool".. People just don't know how good stellar is.. From the voice to choreography, everything is perfect.. ;

Izzy_Wiebe Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"not too provocative"

kpopisthelyfe Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This kind of broke my heart reading the hardships they went through and how they keep thinking that their next release will be the end for the group. At least they are being real about the situations they are in and aren't blinded. They realize that sexy concepts have to be used in order to catch people's eyes and get their careers on the right track and that is sad because all this time people are hating on them and all like "if they want to be noticed for their music they shouldn't be being so slutty" (and etc. with all that slut shaming crap). But in reality those haters don't see that these girls have already tried using their music to get known it just doesn't work, so they have to use an image that will catch the eye. I hope Stellar will be together for the long run because I really love their songs and they are so talented. Stellar fighting!

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