Too sexy for K-pop? Le Sserafim's see-through outfits deemed too provocative by Korean fans
International fans however like the group's mature concepts and mocked those who claim that HYBE stylists are hyper-sexualizing Le Sserafim's young members
While the HYBE girl group may have made a rocking debut with their first mini-album, ‘Fearless’, Korean netizens have expressed their qualms with the label for 'hyper-sexualizing' the young members of Le Sserafim. There have been a lot of reports that suggest Korean fans and other fans from more conservative countries have been talking about how HYBE stylists have dressed the girls up in provocative clothing and are presenting concepts that overtly sexualize the young girls.
Right off the bat, with the first set of teaser photos introducing Le Sserafim members, HYBE was under fire for presenting the girls in sports outfits as they posed with tennis rackets in a provocative manner. Not only that but the girls were also seen in see-through clothes for their debut stage. The group was also criticized for showcasing needlessly provocative choreography, as per K-pop girl group standards.
Le Sserafim's outfits court controversy
A new video has been released with more for Knetz (Korean netizens) to pick on, who blame the stylists of Le Sserafim. But international fans are calling out trolls who are blowing things way out of proportion. They find the mature concepts more realistic and are glad to find HYBE experimenting with refreshing themes rather than going with tired 'girl crush' and other such teen concepts that other contemporaries of Le Sserafim have exhausted over the last few months. In one of their newest released teasers, members of Le Sserafim were seen shooting underwater photos for their first mini-album.
The members dressed as mermaids sport tube crop tops with a sweetheart neckline and a pencil skirt to match the mermaid fin. While fans had been enjoying the unique concept, Knetz noticed that a few members of the group, namely Sakura, were dressed in see-through skirts that could be considered 'too revealing' for young a K-pop idol. Outfit shaming and criticism about the "inappropriate" choreography in the ‘Fearless’ music video has made some fans of the group mad. They are claiming that there is nothing wrong with the outfits.
‘What is the issue here?’
Fans allege that Sakura in particular really stands out all thanks to her outfit and it does not seem that she or other members are uncomfortable wearing the outfits. One fan asked, “What's the issue here? It's not like she's wearing nothing. Might as well complain that she's not covering enough of her chest. People need to stop being so overly conservative. She's worn much more revealing stuff when she was a minor and doing gravure photoshoots in Japan for a fanbase that consists of mostly older men. She's an ADULT now. 24 years old. Not 14. If you have issues with this, going to the beach and seeing women wearing bikini's must be like walking into a porn shoot for you.”
Another fan said, “TBH her outfit is the prettiest. the stylist did a great job dressing her. it shows her body's pretty features. the media just want some tea lol. i can't even see any wrong with this just don't sexualize her. plus she's not a minor anymore.” One more fan said, “Its Creepy when kpop fans baby these idols. She's 24!” One more fan complimented, “Um, I see women wear similar dresses all the time. If she wasn't wearing something underneath, then that would be an issue. Btw, she looks beautiful!”
One more fan said, “She's an adult and it's no different than a bathing suit which the concept is mermaids so get over it.” One more fan said, “The stylist did a good job! I personally think it looks regal and age-appropriate as she is 24 years old! It did not look trashy or cheap at all. It looks the most elegant compared to the others.”
One more fan pointed out, “That's overreacting. When I watched the video, I had no sexual thoughts ever coming to mind. I just watched the video as is and didn't think anything else of it. If that's the first thing that's coming to your mind when you see this, that's you. But the vast majority doesn't see it that way. And there are women who sexualize the type of bikini's they wear to show off their body. Doesn't matter if kids are there, they'll show it off proudly.”