Each female idol has to go through such hardships that most male idols never have to go through and will never understand.
1. Sexual temptation
Becoming an idol means your popularity is widely spread and popular to fans around the world as well as people working in the industry.
However, for female idols, it’s not always good to be famous. Female idols often face the dangers of sexual temptation from male fans, colleagues, managers, even CEOs of their agencies once they reach a certain level of popularity.
In a talk show, a Sistar member once advised So Hye (I.O.I): “If you’re a rookie, the male seniors wouldn’t leave you alone. Not all seniors are good. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t date, but be careful”.
“Goddess” Chaeyeon (DIA) once revealed on Happy Together that there were many male idols who wanted to get to know her, including the seniors she admires.
So Hee (I.B.I) also said that her former manager usually arranged her to sit next to him and once suggested: “Let’s get married!”
And here comes one of the most frustrating incidents. The male manager of PRISTIN was once suspected of having an inappropriate action toward member Xiyeon when he tried to help her cover with a blanket.
At first, the act seems to be a very heart-warming thing that people do for others. But many fans then claimed that this manager was a bit too much, he put the blanket on for Xiyeon from behind as if he was trying to hug her.
Everyone can see the confused and uncomfortable expression on Xiyeon’s face. The male manager received many criticisms from fans afterward.
Many netizens were discontent with the close collision between the manager and the girls.
Most people thought that it would be better if the company added at least one female manager to take care of the group in sensitive tasks such as dressing up and covering up.
2. Improper clothes
Whether pursuing a sexy or cute concept, female idols are always wearing more revealing outfits than their male counterparts.
Regardless of hot or cold weather, shorts and skirts are always the items associated with the girls. The reason is very simple, these types of clothes help them show off their legs, which will draw attention.
As you all know, most of the award ceremonies are usually held at the end of the year, scattered from November, December to January next year. This is the coldest time of the year, the temperature can drop to minus level.
That means if you want to go out, you have to wrap yourself in sweaters, thick jackets and scarves. But the female idols do the completely opposite thing.
They are forced to wear thin and short clothes when performing and on the red carpet. The materials are often chiffon or silk, which should only be worn in hot weather.
This has been a great worry to fans since forever, but things seem not yet to change.
For instance, Lovelyz is a typical case. Performing at an event on January 23, the girls chose sweet, lovely pastel outfits.
But these beautiful costumes seemed useless in keeping them warm, the Lovelyz girls were all shaking while performing.
As you can see, all the members had to wear short skirts, thin coats, and it looks like none of them were wearing pantyhose.
Even in the edited photos, you can clearly see their faces and eyes turned red due to the coldness.
It is known that Lovelyz were performing at an event in Gangwon Province, the temperature in this place at that time dropped to minus 10 degrees Celsius.
Although they all look very pretty in these clothes, it is clear that these are not reasonable performance outfits in such harsh weather.
Just look at their faces in these photos. Do they look happy to you?
When the pictures of Lovelyz’s performance were released, many netizens expressed how they felt sorry for the girls.
Most people think the stylist should put the girls’ health first, instead of worrying too much about their appearances.
But, Lovelyz is not the worst case. Before that, Red Velvet also made their fans so worried for they have performed many times in super thin, short outfits that were obviously not warm enough.
At MBC Gayo Daejun, these poor girls continued having to perform in -1 degrees Celsius, they even breathed out smoke because it was too cold.
Though the girls looked extremely beautiful and energetic on stage, when no one noticed, they quickly huddled together and held each other’s hands to dispel the cold while still managing to keep a smile. That’s just so heart-breaking.
In contrast with Red Velvet, BTS’s outfits look way warmer than that of the girls. The female MC standing in the middle was also dressed in a super thick coat and gloves. While Red Velvet had to wear miniskirts, no jackets or pantyhose. We can see a clear contrast between the MC’s and Red Velvet’s outfits:
Similarly, at the Seoul Music Awards on January 25th, most female artists appeared under negative weather in revealing outfits showing off thighs and shoulders. Mamamoo were so cold that they even had to hug each other while doing an interview.
Not to mention, besides having to suffer from thin clothes under freezing weather, these types of outfits are often too short and thus, make the girls uncomfortable when performing.
Even when they have protection shorts on, they still cannot be able to feel comfortable in this situation:
If female idols keep being forced to mistreat their physical health and mental health like this, how soon will they collapse?
3. High heels nightmare
Performing on high heels is very common among Kpop female idols. Because high heels enhance the beauty of the body and are always considered an indispensable “weapon” of women.
With the working intensity and dense schedule of female idols, wearing high heels every day is inevitable. And of course, most female idols suffer from the terrible side effects of high heels.
On the show Knowing Brother, Hani (EXID) revealed that she has ingrown toenails due to wearing high heels regularly.
Specifically, Bi Rain asked if Hani is suffering from ingrown toenails or not, Hani confirmed that she was, although the question is quite sensitive to a girl.
The female idol said that having to wear high heels constantly on stage and at events led to deformation on her toenails and made her extremely hurt when moving.
She once had to take off her high heels while performing because she couldn’t stand it any longer.
However, she then faced many criticisms from extreme fans since they thought she was trying to get attention.
Former member of Nine Muses, HyunA, also shared the consequences she suffered after 10 years of wearing high heels: “The 4th toe on my left foot is deformed, my left pelvis also cracked”.
To conclude, wearing high heels may make the girls look beautiful, but it causes a terrible consequence on their health.
4. The obsession overweight
Female idols often face huge pressure from both the agency and the public in terms of weight.
Even legendary idols like IU, Ailee, Eunji or Suzy couldn’t avoid criticisms around their weight when first debuting. Therefore, almost no girl dared to neglect their scale.
To maintain a standard body, many female idols apply very strict diets, some of the diets can bring immediate results but are really harmful, especially IU’s diet: An apple for breakfast, two sweet potatoes for lunch and a Protein shake for dinner.
This should be called a starving diet instead of a weight loss diet.
On July 12th, Red Velvet performed their new song “Red Flavor” on Show! Champion. During and after the performance, Wendy attracted a lot of attention because of her super slender figure, even a few ribs were exposed.
Many fans were shocked at Wendy’s appearance since she was getting thinner each time Red Velvet came back.
When Wendy first debuted, she used to be criticized a lot for her chubby appearance. Under such pressure, the female idol tried everything to lose weight, from applying a starving diet to skipping rope hundreds of times a day.
But the result didn’t come out as she wished. Instead of being praised for losing weight, Wendy was once again criticized, but this time for being too skinny.
Similarly, there was a time JinE (Oh My Girl) weighed only 38kg. Doctors said that the female idol was suffering from anorexia.
Since August 2016, JinE’s condition has not improved, so the management company agreed to let her suspend activities.
In November 2017, JinE announced her departure from Oh My Girl as well as WM Entertainment due to health reasons.
Just look at her arms in this picture, there’s hardly any muscles on them.
At that time, this picture had become viral and worried a lot of fans.
In fact, this “once a month” thing that every girl has to go through, is a big nightmare for almost all female idols.
Periods for sure make them extremely uncomfortable when performing on stage, however, they still have to act like nothing so that the audience won’t notice anything strange.
In the Pot Stand show, Xiyeon’s confession received sympathy, she said: “I hope everyone recognizes the struggle of girl groups when going through the “sensitive days” every month”
Also, during the show, Heechul had an open conversation with PRISTIN. At first, he seemed a little bit startled but then joined the story.
Heechul said: “I am quite close to many girl group members. Many of them have shared about this. They said that during that time, they felt like they’re dying”
He continued, “I heard it was a very difficult time because the girls became extremely sensitive and tired but had to keep smiling because that’s what celebrities do”.
Things do not stop there, female idols often have to participate in a lot of variety shows, reality shows, game shows and overnight tours.
Because tampons are so inconvenient, sometimes they have to take contraceptives to delay their periods.
This is for sure not good for their health at all, but since they have to record for a long time, they have no choice. They can’t just rush to the bathroom in the middle of the record.
In fact, this issue is less discussed as it is considered very sensitive, but PRISTIN’s confession has helped people realize the difficulties female idols are facing.
Women’s periods should be seen as a totally normal biological thing that they don’t need to feel ashamed of every time mentioning it.
As we can see, becoming a female idol is never easy. All the girls in this industry have sacrificed a lot as well as faced many dangers. What we can do for them is to sympathize and keep supporting them every day.
So what do you think about the disadvantages of being a female idol? Which one do you find the most serious? Comment your thoughts down below.
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