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Posted by hannahleex AKP STAFF 16 days ago

Misconceptions about K-Pop Idols

When you think of K-pop idols, some have an idea that's formulated. One might think that your bias idol is an innocent angel but that that's not always the case. Here are some misconceptions about K-pop idols.


All idols are as wealthy

It’s certainly true that there are some very wealthy idols in the K-pop industry. However, this is not the case for many idols. It can take years to earn a decent salary partially due to the “break even” system that is implemented by many entertainment companies. After debuting, idols must earn back all of the money a company invests during the pre-debut period. 

All idols originally wanted to be part of a group 

This may come as a surprise to some, but not all idols wanted to be part of a group. In fact, some trainees did not join their companies to sing or dance, but rather to model or act. Entertainment companies put together members that they think will fit a particular group image, regardless of a trainee’s original desires. 

Idols would be better off if they left their entertainment company 

Many fans encourage their favorite idols to leave their entertainment companies and form their own companies. However, many idols have a good reason for remaining under their respective labels. Often times, staying with the company is the best choice for an idol. Entertainment companies have many connections and resources that individual idols do not have immediate access to. 


Idols can’t sing and rely on autotune

This is a huge myth that is unfortunately considered true by many people who do not know K-pop. While it is true that vocal editing plays a part in music production, vocal editing is the standard not just in K-Pop, but in all other music industries. Furthermore, there are countless idols who have amazing vocals, although the songs they sing don’t always help to showcase the full extent of their capabilities. 

Idols are not real artists 

Many people condemn K-Pop idols, claiming that they are simply manufactured by entertainment companies. The K-Pop trainee life is infamous for its hardcore system consisting of long hours of training and other brutal hardships. However, top celebrities including Britney Spears and Ariana Grande have undergone a similar process. In addition, many idols like Big Bang’s G-Dragon and iKON’s B.I. write their own songs and produce their own music – and even if idols don’t take part in the music production process, they are still just as talented. 

All idols do plastic surgery

It is true that some idols touch up parts of their face to enhance their features. However, many idols are natural beauties. While people suspect that K-pop idols achieve their visuals solely through plastic surgery, this assumption is not true in many cases! 

All idol group members are close

There are many group members who are close to one another but that's not always the case. Some can't really stand one another and have more of a "working relationship" than a friendship.

Idols can't act

Ok, some idols are really bad at acting (I won't name specific names) but that's not always the case. Some idols are excellent actors, sung as Kyungsoo.

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CLTOP 16 days ago 3
16 days ago

I think the best one is that all idols are close. These guys are literally co-workers and have no obligation to like one another. The best way to tell groups that aren't really close is to watch them on variety shows, the levels of awkwardness between them is hard to miss

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chelle203 15 days ago 2
15 days ago

that's right , super junior has been 14 or 15 years together but not all members close with each other. they are not in bad terms, it's only awkward if just 2 of them together in one place.

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StanningGG 15 days ago 1
15 days ago

*cough* Leeteuk and Heechul *cough*

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Asianfan678 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

So true

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Brown_Cream 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

Another one should be that they're happy cause they have to put on a public mask and smile all the time

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Kavira 16 days ago 2
16 days ago

I have to disagree about the plastic surgery thing, while not all idols get plastic surgery, I would assume that most do, it's not an uncommon thing to get things done to your face in Korean society, so it shouldn't be for people in the enterntainment industry either. I guess it's not really considered surgery, but many people do get touch ups and fillers. They just don't talk about it because it's pretty common and it's nothing crazy like a nose job or v line surgery.

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k_kid 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

A lot of idols haven't done it. It's a common misconception that because a lot of Koreans have done it that nearly everyone has done it. I've read comments from international fans claiming with absolute confidence that 95% of Koreans have all done plastic surgery and everyone was agreeing with it as well. How ridiculous is that? IU was accused of plastic surgery for the longest and there are people who still believe that she did just because she's pretty. I think a lot of people's minds are so distorted to the point that even if you see these idol's baby pictures and even if they look exactly the same, people will make up things in their head and point what they did change and what looks different and how "obvious" it is that they underwent plastic surgery. I remember when IU's baby picture was first revealed and so many people were pointing out what changed and how they didn't understand why she did plastic surgery when she was so cute as a baby and all these ridiculous claims. And this is just one person that both k-netizens and i-netizens attack and make false claims about unless it's their bias.

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shh 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

I think the most common form of plastic surgery is getting double eyelids, and I think a lot of idols may have gotten that done at the least, unless their entertainment agencies force them to do more

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vpriyajr 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

its true that not all idols are bad at acting but majority of them are.. ze:a's hyung sik and siwan, exo's d.o etc are very few exceptions.. they were good and had great potential from the start.. some manages to get better with time but dont deserve to play lead roles.. i have ones saw an iv of a journalist saying that one idol thinks that he is actually a good actor and people are criticizing him for no reason.. so there are delusional ones who take up lead roles thinking they are good at acting when they are not and are also not ready to take criticism..

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c9killer 15 days ago 3
15 days ago

Isn't the actual misconception that a lot of kpop idols are natural beasties? Thinking about the math, how does a nation of 51 million churn out so many good looking people? This includes the actors, models...

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Army_of_Inspirit 15 days ago 2
15 days ago

it's good genes ma boi

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L_catzzz 15 days ago 1
15 days ago

actors, models.....that look the same.




Image result for miss korea plastic surgery

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k_kid 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

These are Miss Korea contestants. Everyone thought they did plastic surgery, but come to find out it was due to the same makeup style that was done. This got so out of control that they even took pictures without makeup to show that they didn't do plastic surgery and they all looked different. Obviously, Koreans have similar features because they're Korean. But this wan't plastic surgery, it was the makeup that was to blame for their similar looks.

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margate (Banned) 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

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WHAAAAAATTTTT 15 days ago 1
15 days ago

OMG I SEE INFINITE SUNGGYU AND I CLICK!!! 😍

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Inspirit360 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

Same!!!

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PringleGoddess 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

Being manufactured has nothing to do with your singing ability. Manufactured means your image and music are created by someone else. Beyonce for example is totally manufactured but she still sings well.

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Hamtergyu 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

i just saw sunggyu and i clicked...

Sunggyu fighting

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Alexsandra_ken 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

I love how this article mentioned Kyungsoo name in the end. Applause!!! He is indeed not only a very good singer but also a very good actor too!

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for_real_tho 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

a lot, like a lot of idols do plastic surgery. if they don't, they will do such as injection/filler/botox and another beauty treatment. barely idols will grow with doll look without any touch and only rely on puberty. i'v seen a lot of Korean YouTuber show their pictures. If they didn't admit they did plastic surgery, i would think it was just a puberty. plastic surgery is very very very common in Korea. do you think why did they always give kinda blurry childhood pictures? i was born and grow with a lot of idols the same age as me, i have better quality childhood pics. it's either they don't want to admit it and so happy to be called natural face or their company don't allow them to.

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knightqueen_28 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

i really liked this article.. appriciate the work!

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Kosmo_Lap 16 days ago 5
16 days ago

Who is that woman in the second last picture?

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MiyusRibbons 15 days ago 1
15 days ago

Fei of MissA i believe

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Kosmo_Lap 15 days ago 0
15 days ago

thanks

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Brown_Cream 16 days ago 2
16 days ago

IU

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