Visuals will usually be standing in the center of the lineup in most performances, acting as the face of the group. Because of that, they are often more popular than the rest of the members.
Because of this fact, many fans may ask, is it possible that other members in the group may find this unfair, and thus get jealous of the visual position? This question has been answered by a former Kpop idol.
Recently, Way (former member of Crayon Pop) answered questions from K-pop fans about this issue. According to her, in each group, each member has their own role, in which visual is always an important position.
The member taking on the visual role must converge all Korean “beauty standards” such as V-line face, double eyelids, snow white skin tone, etc.
Normally, the person in charge of the visual role will also be assigned the center position and the group’s representative at the same time. For example, Irene (Red Velvet), Kai (EXO) or Nancy (Momoland).
Thus, they are always focused on and invested by the company, as well as being promoted anytime and anywhere, causing an imbalance in terms of popularity among the group members.
However, the truth is that not all visuals are treated like Kings and Queens or more prominent than the rest of the members. Typically Jisoo of BlackPink, although she’s the visual, her popularity is no better than that of Jennie, Rosé and Lisa. All 4 members receive quite equal attention.
Though Jisoo is a very beautiful and talented girl, her dancing and singing skills are said to be not as good as Lisa and Rosé. However, her uniquely low, husky voice is highly appreciated. Besides, Jisoo is also trying to improve her skills every day.
Similarly, though Twice’s Tzuyu’s visual is obviously unmatched, the one who holds the center position in every Twice performance is Nayeon. Fans even find that in the latest single “I Can’t Stop Me”, she was somehow treated unfairly and received less care than the other members.
Talking more about Tzuyu, back in 2015 when she took part in the survival show SIXTEEN to pick Twice’s debut lineup, despite possessing the most outstanding appearance among the trainees, Tzuyu nearly missed the chance to debut with Twice because her dancing and singing skills were not as good as the other contestants’.
Park Jin Young even commented that she didn’t have enough charm to be a part of Twice. However, luck suddenly smiled at the girl last minute when JYP decided the debut lineup would have 9 members instead of 7 as planned previously.
Meanwhile, there are some idols who do not possess superior beauty but are very attractive to fans and are one of the most prominent members of their group.
Specifically, Momoland’s JooE. This girl was once even called “the ugliest idol in Kpop history”, but she drew all the attention on her by her confidence and the ability to master the stage. Even in some concerts, Nancy – the visual and also the center of the group – gave up the center position to JooE.
Hwasa is also a female idol whose appearance is controversial. Although she does not hold the visual position, she is no doubt the most popular member of Mamamoo and attracts tons of fans thanks to her talent and unique charisma.
Good look has always been a big plus for everyone who’s active in the Kpop industry. For a long time, beauty has also been seen as a kind of talent. However, being beautiful is not enough, visuals must also work hard to improve many other skills such as singing, dancing, and rapping to prove that they’re not just a pretty face.
Not to mention, visuals often have to face great pressure because they are the representatives and are responsible for the overall image of the group, thus, fans expect them to be perfect in every way.
Moreover, now visual is not something too divine that everyone desires. Many artists want to take on the position of main vocal or main dancer because these positions require outstanding talent as well as being favored and invested by the company.
Thus, though the Kpop industry has been lasting for nearly 40 years, some new fans who don’t have a thorough understanding of Kpop, still think that group members are often envious of the visual position.
To conclude, Way affirmed that, to go a long way in the Kpop industry, personality and talent are the most important things, instead of just good looks. “If a person has nothing but beauty, then he or she surely won’t be able to make a debut”, she said.
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