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Posted by beansss AKP STAFF 17 days ago

Netizens share IZ*ONE center Jang Won Young's adorable elementary school graduation photos from 2 years ago

Netizens have discovered  high school  elementary school graduation photos of IZ*ONE's adorable maknae and visual center, Jang Won Young!

As hard to believe as it might sound, Jang Won Young was in the graduating class at her elementary school only 2 years ago! Check out how cute, bright, and outgoing she looked as an elementary schooler!

...and 2 years later..! She really went through a HUGE growth spurt!

Netizens commented, "Wow that is one freaking growth spurt", "She used to look like a hamster, so cute keke", "She got that tall in 2 years TT", "OMG so young", "Won Young, what did you eat to become that pretty TT", and more!

Can't wait to discover even more adorable pre-debut photos of IZ*ONE!

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unni_bae 17 days ago 5
17 days ago

Does this sound kinda creepy to anyone else? She’s 14! She was born in ‘04. This is a part of Kpop that I have always found weird. Debuting anyone under 17 is very strange to me. What happens if they have a mature concept? Or a sexy choreo? For example: Minzy 14 yrs old (2NE1), or Seungri 15 yrs old (Big Bang), Taemin 14 yrs old (SHINee). Jang Won Young isn’t even in high school yet. Her (and many others) childhoods have been taken away. Minzy (and other idols) have talked openly about how debuting so young was so hard on them, and how they couldn’t have a childhood, and how stressed/unhappy they were. All of the people I have listed are very successful now, and without them (2ne1, SNSD, SHINee, Big Bang, and many more) KPOP wouldn’t be what it is now, but at what cost? Their childhood...


P.s. If it’s not obvious, I’m an old KPOP fan. I just turned 19, but have been into KPOP for 8+ years now.

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RationalK 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

It's actually really disturbing to me, for so many reasons:

- Idols are always sexualized, she will be, too. It reminds me of Natalie Portman's situation when people were literally having a countdown for when she reached legal age.

- She hasn't finished middle school yet, there's no way she will be getting a good education. Not everyone has to go to University, but how will she ever get through high school?

- The missing childhood you mentioned.

I think it's completely irresponsible to debut her so young just to earn money off of it.

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Ah_Chuu 17 days ago 1
17 days ago

Honestly most Kpop concepts are nothing a 14-year-old can't execute. Some of these so-called 'sexy' concepts involve a bit of butt-shaking or body-hugging outfits; plenty of kids in dance schools perform those sorts of choreos with comparable stage outfits and makeup and it's no big deal. Yes, some people are going to look at Won Young in a sexual way that is inappropriate if they are older than her. The answer to that is not to put the responsibility for that on her by keeping her out of the public eye until the contrast between her age and appearance doesn't make anyone uncomfortable. She needs protection and guidance - which she would need famous or not, she'll still be pretty anywhere - and hopefully she is being protected by older members and adults around her so that this can be a positive experience for her.


What's weirder to me is this idealising of childhood that happens with young people who are doing something interesting with their lives, the idea that they lost something they were 'supposed' to have. It's like if those kids didn't debut as teenagers they would live those years in some sort of idyllic state that is necessary for the full formation of their brains, but that's not true at all. They would have ended up struggling with school and dating the wrong people and being bullied and not knowing where their lives were going. I'm sure being a very young idol is terribly hard and some regret doing it at all, but most kids struggle in those years of their life for their own reasons. Romanticising a non-celebrity childhood is a distraction from working out how kids who do want to be idols can get what they need to have a balanced life: things like time with family and friends, some degree of privacy, and appropriate support and guidance. Plenty of non-celebrity kids end up missing out on some of those too, childhood ain't all it's cracked up to be.

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RationalK 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

The problem with the sexualization is not that I want to put the responsibility of that on her for how people view her despite being underage, it's the purposeful creation and selling of that image by her company. We have seen that for literally every other girl group out there that the company will do what they feel will sell.


I see what you're getting at with the childhood part and I agree somewhat. Of course both a "normal" childhood and an early idol life can be difficult, yet I would say there's quite some cases where fame early on in life had negative effects on a child - such as various Disney child stars - be it from being openly sexualized, having to constantly uphold an image or simply developing "celebrity disease". Of course she could turn out just fine, but as I said, I wouldn't count on the company for protection.

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TheTgbx 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

I obviously agree with you about the concept thing and her age limits but, there's one thing your forgetting... every idol who debuts.. it's their dream... they want to be there it's why they became trainees they put heart wrenching effort into singing and dance training... she is very young.. but that's why fans are there right? to understand her age limits and show her support when she has a rough time right?

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cp26 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

Damn so basically when I graduated highschool she graduated elementary school..

the people who think she's 'hot' etc are such creeps... yikes

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ecchihito 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

Won Young really cute. She is one of my favorite member. 😘💓

and Congratulation to IZ*ONE for Suki to Iwasetai first day sales : 193469 copy in Japan!


(Oricon chart - Local Japan sell only not include order from online export cd shop eg. CDJAPAN).



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hexrealm 17 days ago 1
17 days ago

14 year old wow! And already 169 cm.

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CheapKing 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

And now this is creepy XD

don't forget Yujin also 169 cm XD

and both are maknae XD

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SharCx 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

give me some of her genes.

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Braeden 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

So much has happened in the last 2 years for her. I hope it all goes well for her in the future!

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hitthemark 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

seriously creepy how she graduated from elementary school 2 years ago and is now hyper-sexualized, but such is the case with most idols. I really think they should put a law in place that they can't debut until they are at least 16/17 years of age, it ensures they get through the majority of their education and that they don't have to deal with the intense pressures of being an idol until they are physically and mentally ready to do so. She hasn't even stopped growing yet! She is entitled to a childhood and an education, not extreme dieting (which stunts development and is extremely unhealthy at any age) and antis/netizens (or *those* fans, usually older males, who are getting off on her, just as bad).

Childhood isn't this idyllic thing, it's proven that childhood allows you to develop social skills, it's the time when you can learn the most, and it promotes better mental health in the future. Companies straight up don't care about this stuff, or they wouldn't recruit as young or subject their younger ones to such rigorous standards. Putting such intense pressure on an early teen to constantly perform up to a certain standard is not healthy for them, and idols aren't allowed any outlets to help them relieve the stress and pressure they are constantly subjected to.

Being an idol doesn't last forever, especially for women. There are numerous male idols who still have work into their 40s, but most female idols are expected to settle down and live a "normal life" after a certain age. If she doesn't get the opportunity to get a solid education and develop realistic social skills in the workplace setting, she won't be able to hold a job as well as someone with better specs than her. When being an idol is all you know (and a famous one at that), it's bound to be hard to adjust to a so called real life post-idol days.

I will say that seemingly more Korean celebrities that were young when they debuted seem better adjusted than their hollywood equivalents, but that's also to do with how society raises children as a whole.

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LittleSukie 16 days ago 0
16 days ago

I'll have whatever she is having. Make it double please.

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Jellyjelly07 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

so cute >_<

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sparklepeach79 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

even when hearing she's 14, looking at her now sometimes it makes me forget that two years ago - she's just graduated from elementary.....

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c_j_t_a 17 days ago 0
17 days ago

2 years ago!!!

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