Really love her in crop tops.
ARENA HOMME |ENG
R (reporter): I took a look at some of your posters before this photo-shoot. Most of them show a look of a teenage-girl smiling.
J (Jiyeon): This is my first time showing some skin in a photo-shoot. I like this concept of dreamy. It feels like something that I want to do before. I like it.
R: A lot of girls have used the image of sexy on TV. Following this concept may just make you appear normal.
J: Sexy can be achieved even without showing off skin. But most guys only feel that it is sexy when they see some skin. Isn’t it?
R: Girls say that it is possible to be sexy without exposing skin. But precisely what does that mean?
J: Yes, Kahi unnie only showed her abs in her previous solo album. It used a concept of gender-neutrality. Abs are sexy and cool. Girls feel that such looks are very cool and sexy. I am the kind who has more females fans. So it is like a guy? It seems like because it has the image that it is big, so females like it more. (no idea what this means to be honest)
R: So Jiyeon solo album can be thought to have a concept of gender-neutrality?
J: How should i say it. To be like Kahi unnie is my personal opinion. But CEO says it is better to have an image that the majority of the public likes. So we are still discussing on it. We have finished recording the songs. The songs are similar to the dreamy concept today. But it has the side which is much bolder (OMGOSH!!)
R: Can you give more details?
J: The album will be released soon. You will know then.
R: There is a trend among girl groups where solo activities are becoming more prevalent and the majority of the solos are often the leaders in the groups. They do not totally venture off the character/image that they have in the group. But they may have better results in their activities and on this point, solo activities are not without its burden.
J: I want to show an image that is different from T-ara but I realise that this is really difficult. Even though it may be to find my own image, the style that I want is not the same as what the company wants. We hold meetings everyday. Actually, the idea of solo activities was also a sudden one. So til now, it does not feel real. (I feel) Very nervous and the burden is very big. However, regardless of who, anyone in a group will have have thought of having a solo. I am just very nervous and excited about this attempt. But I am not looking for solo success, I just want to show that T-ara has not fallen (AHHH.. Unnies were right to pamper you)
R: The public likes artists to be real and they also understand the style and character of an artist, to a certain extent. The public are increasingly demanding for artist to be real and direct. They want to know who the artist really is.
J: To be honest, I don’t have much opportunities to show everyone the real me. Although I have been on many stages, but the chance of participating in variety has been few. Also, the image that people have of my drama characters are strong. So I hope to try this time until I can’t try anymore. (I am guessing she’s trying to say that she will try to show everyone who she really is instead of everyone just knowing her by her drama characters. My personal guess.)
R: So you belong to the personality type who is slightly direct?
J: Very direct.
R: Then why go into acting?
J: Becoming an actress is my dream. I have never thought of being a singer, not even in my dreams. (lol nice) I went into our company and received training. My skills slowly improved and I formed a project group with Davichi after that and debuted as a singer. I was lucky to be able to be a singer and an actress at the same time.
R: Everyone will experience hardships. Some choose to avoid while others choose to confront it directly. Which group do you belong to?
J: Rather than let it be, I choose to resolve it. I belong to the type who will face it to solve it.
R: It is inevitable that one experience difficult matters when entering into the society. Especially on human relationships. To experience it the difficulties of entering into society so early, you must have learnt some lessons(what a nice way of asking abt HY lol)
J: I started when I was very young, hence I never manage to experience some of the things that people my age had and at the same time, I also experienced a lot of things that people my age has never experienced before. Even though it feels difficult even as of right now, it is sometime that has to be done. This is the path that I choose. Rather than feeling tired, I think that it was a good that I made the decision to be on this path at an early stage. I have never regretted choosing to be in this field and I will never regret it. I saw my secondary school friends not long ago and it felt strange. They were talking about the hardships that they were facing at work. I am not able to relate to their feelings. It feels like my age has stopped at high-school and growing up does not feel real. Meeting my friends, I feel that they are no longer young anymore.
R: It must be very lonely at that time.
J: I think a lot then and it was very easy to become blur. I didn’t know what to do when I was lonely. I stayed at home. I didn’t know how to resolve and what should i do?
R: I don’t know as well. Maybe drink lots of coffee and smoke a lot.
J: That can’t be done. It harms the body. But I really don’t know what to do. (Thank goodness our maknae has some sense. Crazy ideas that this reporter has. I would have suggested exercising lol.)
R: Those things that you experience when participating in T-ara activities were indeed difficult to handle.
J: Actually there was nothing that we can do. No, I should say we couldn’t have done much just based on the efforts of the few of us.
R: One will grow up after meeting difficulties. People change after meeting such events. How has you changed?
J: I became matured. After the incident, I started reflecting. I started to rethink on things that I used to think were right. I changed a lot. I understood after the suffering and felt regretful.
R: Since you are an adult now, let’s talk about being an adult. Are you in love?
J: I want to socialise with guys but there isn’t much guys that I can socialise with in my surroundings. And now is also not the time. Too much responsibility and burden, so I don’t have the mood to think of these issues. I will think about this after my solo activities have ended.
R: But you can’t be single forever.
J: Of course I have been in love. But why is it that there are so few guys in my circle?
R: What type of guys do you look for? (listen up guys hahaha)
J: Friendly and kind person. Just being kind is enough.
R: A cold person. That is one of the views that have been related to you. I thought of the reasons for that, is it because you are not familiar when in variety shows?
J: It is totally strange for me in variety shows. I don’t talk much so people often misunderstand. Now it won’t be. Please look forward to it.
R: I got a shock during the photo-shoot. So much ageyo. I was feeling embarassed when you were mimicking a child speaking. But I feel very happy.
J: I am familiar with our working staff and Unnies, so I wasn’t worried. Don’t judge me of being cold because I actually have lots of ageyo. Because I am a maknae. Everyone will be so surprised when they see the real me. Haha.
R: If you let everyone see this side of you during your solo, they will really like it.
J: Yes, I hope everyone likes it.
The full interview. I most certainly hope Jiyeon is fine with bearing some skin. The interview might make seem like she’s cool with it, so I guess that we can just continue rooting for her.
Jiyeon for Arena Homme+, May 2014
SELF-TRANSLATION (Only the real important part since I don’t have time)
Q: In social life, there’s a lot of challenges. Especially the relationship between others. You started your social life relatively early, so do you have any know-how about this?
A: I started my social life pretty early, so I didn’t experience much of what the friends around my age did. Plus I am experiencing things that those friends haven’t. But even though those things might be hard, this is the job that I chose. Instead of thinking of tiredness, I think that it was a nice choice to decide what I would do early in life. I have never regretted getting this job, and I never will. A few years ago, I met my friends from middle school, and I felt kind of strange. They told me the kind of difficulties they faced in society, but I couldn’t emphasize with most of them. I felt like my age has stopped somewhere in high school. I’d felt like I hadn’t aged really, but when I met my friends, I finally realized that I wasn’t so young anymore.
Q: The incident that happened to T-ara. It was hard to get over with.
A: In fact, there was nothing that we could do. No, actually, there was nothing that we could do by ourselves.
Q: When a person gets into challenges or such incidents, then he or she is likely to have an inner change. What was the change that happened to you?
A: I think I have become more mature. After the incident, I reflected on myself, and took a backward glance at things that I used to think were obvious and natural for me. It’s sad that one could finally realize (About important things in life) when he or she gets into hardships.
Q: Since you are an adult, let’s talk about something mature. Do you have a boyfriend?
A: Well, I want to have a relationship with someone, but I don’t really have a man around me right now. Plus I think this is not the right time. Because of the responsibility and (Some kind of) pressure, I don’t think I can concern about other things. But maybe I should think about those after the solo activity.
Q: But you mustn’t be a forever-alone, right?
A: True, (I have to admit that) I have had relationships before. But why is there no such man around me?
Q: What kind of man do you want to have relationship with?
A: Someone that is warm-hearted and nice. I am okay with everything else if the person is kind.
Q: People have a prejudice that you are cold and chill. We thought about the reason why they think that way, or maybe it’s because you looked as if feeling unfamiliar when you were on the tv shows.
A: (I am) Timid. I am horribly shy. So I don’t speak a lot, which is probably why people think about me that way. I won’t be so shy from now on. You may have (High) expectations for me. ^^
Q: I was actually surprised during the interview and photo-shooting. You have a lot of aegyo (Acting cute/charming out of affection or friendliness). I was even about to cringe. I still felt good about it though lol.
A: Our staffs and member unnis know me so well, so I do a lot of aegyos for them normally. I might look cold on the outside, but I have a lot of aegyos. Maybe it’s because I’m a maknae (The youngest member in the group). A lot of people get shocked when they get to know me. Haha.
Q: When you show this side of yours during the solo activity, then the audience would love you.
A: Yes, I want to be loved.
I almost cried at the last line when Jiyeon said “I want to be loved”
I only translated the most important part. Sry I am a sophomore suffermore :(
If you want me to translate some other key parts, feel free to talk to me (:
I guess almost all kpop idols are the same, they seem popular to the masses but they’re really lonely inside. Jiyeon mentioned in an interview quite long ago that she broke up with a boyfriend of 2-3 years(?) I forgot the actual date and stuff but she was rather sad about it. I’m not surprised she’s single now, considering the hectic schedules and stuff in store for her and T-ara. Soyeon is probably the luckiest in the group to have a boyfriend and a stable relationship that she could probably be sure that she’ll get married to him.
As much as people might say: “A woman of such attractiveness and personality, Jiyeon would definitely find a man that would love her etc etc.” I can tell you, good people don’t usually end up with good partners. They could get taken advantage of, taken for granted, and ultimately robbed of their feelings. Nevertheless, I’m sure all of us are rooting for Jiyeon and the other members to be truly loved by the men that they love. Jiyeon will be loved by her fans, and not forgetting the undying love that she would receive from her elder sisters.
Thank you qri-fangirl!
As a guy, of course I would like to look at sexy and pretty stuff. BUT, I’m seriously not the most pleased with the shots that she had to take. I mean, is it really necessary for Jiyeon to be in lingerie? She’s phenomenally good-looking coupled with an excellent body. Being sexy and attractive doesn’t equate to baring so much skin. I’m not exactly sure who on earth was the one that suggested that Jiyeon take that shot when the other shots were sufficient in showing her ‘new’ toned body etc. Those shots were sexy and charismatic by bringing out her expressions, which are what she’s famous for (eyes etc). But the shot where she had to bear her bra or lingerie was really unnecessary and making her stoop low.
Well, I hate to say it, but I’m really not happy with the arrangement.