At one time, there were clear expectations of what a man and woman should look and act like. In the past few years, these boundaries and stereotypes have begun breaking down across the world.
The same can be said in the world of K-Pop. Recently, many idols have been making statements blurring the lines between the genders.
From their clothes, hair, and make-up, here are 6 idols who are breaking gender norms!
1. SHINee Taemin
Despite being a member of one of the most popular bands and signed by SM Entertainment, SHINee‘s Taemin has always been enjoyed challenging society’s norms. With his 2017 hit “Move,” Taemin explained how he wanted to find a middle ground between masculine and feminine movements in the choreography.
2. AB6IX Lee Daehwi
In past interviews, AB6IX‘s Lee Daehwi has made no secret of the fact that he enjoys breaking down boundaries. Speaking to Arena Homme+ magazine, Daehwi explained that, “Rather than a fixed idea of ‘manly sexiness’ or ‘feminine sexiness,’ I’d like it to come off as ‘simply Lee Daehwi.”
3. Stray Kids Felix
Stray Kids have made no secret that they are pioneers in fashion. In particular, Felix is known for a style that combines glamour and extravagance, blurring gender expectations with his clothes and make-up. Fans praise Felix for his unique outfit choices that commonly include long hair and crystals under his eyes.
4. 2AM Jo Kwon
Since debuting, 2AM‘s Jo Kwon has been a pioneer in breaking down gender boundaries and K-Pop stereotypes. In an interview with Newsis, Kwon explained how he identifies as genderless. He has also been gender norms since 2012 at a time when it was seen as shocking in the conservative society of South Korea.
5. ONEWE Dongmyeong
ONEWE‘s Lead Vocalist and Keyboard player Dongmyeong is someone who takes risks and breaks stereotypes with his style. He has made no secret of his views on what is masculine and feminine. In a live broadcast last November, Dongmyeong said, “There’s no such thing as masculine or feminine things.”