Looks like I spoke too soon (below, regarding Moon Geun Young).
With the new “tomboy look” trend in full swing, cable channel Mnet took a look at it in closer detail on its Trend Report (aired on the 30th) and found that while some have taken on the style with aplomb, others haven’t quite managed to own the look and ended up owned instead. Or should I say pwned. And since it’s such a drastic change from many stars’ previous images (all long hair and feminine flair), those who flop with their new looks are all the more noticeable for it.
For instance, Moon Geun Young. People are disliking her look so much they’ve downgraded “Korea’s Little Sister” to “just a little sister.” Or, worse — “Korea’s Little Brother.” Ouch!
There are a couple other notable females going the tomboy fashion route…
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Of course, setting the bar is Yoon Eun Hye, whose boyish charm in Coffee Prince is now morphing very nicely into a sophisticated look. Mnet’s MC Choi Yeo Jin and designer Ha Sang Baek praised her, saying that to own the tomboy look, one needs a mature image, and she matches the masculinity with sexiness perfectly.
On the other hand, Park Shin Hye doesn’t quite rock the tomboy look, and because she’s so young, it looks like she’s copying the trend set by Yoon Eun Hye both in appearance and acting.
And while we’re speaking about age — why don’t producers let her act her age already? She’s A KID. She’s round-faced and youthful and just verging on womanly in that cute-because-it’s-awkward-and-still-green sort of way. She was born in 1990; she’s barely seventeen (and looks twelve). Please, I don’t need to see her trying to act like someone a decade older — or six years, in the case with her current drama, Radish Kimchee (Ggakdugi) — and I sure as hell don’t want to see a minor of her years just barely escape being raped on a family drama, thank you!
Which is all the more ironic since Moon Geun Young, who’s having a hard time shedding her cute youngster image (and whose last attempt at image transformation — sexy rocker chick that time — was equally unsuccessful), is three years older than Park Shin Hye.
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