MAMAMOO’s Solar is an empowering, badass woman who doesn’t need anyone else’s opinion. Here are 5 times she stepped outside the rigid boundaries of South Korea’s conservatism and did exactly what she wanted to do.
1. She shows the beauty of baldness.
For her solo album “SPIT IT OUT,” Solar decided to do something that is rarely—if ever—seen in K-Pop: Trying bald makeup.
Solar chose baldness as a means of expression for her true, natural self.
Since it’s music that expresses me, I wanted to express my true self in an abstract way.
Hair is often symbolic of feminine beauty, but by choosing to forgo hair altogether, Solar empowered various fans who thought they would never see someone who looks like them in media or K-Pop.
Some MooMoos have posted matching pictures with Solar on #MooMooSelcaDay when fans tweet a picture of themselves along with a member of the group.
𝔗𝔢𝔩𝔩 𝔪𝔢 𝔱𝔥𝔢𝔯𝔢'𝔰 𝔰𝔬𝔪𝔢𝔱𝔥𝔦𝔫𝔤 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 ℑ 𝔩𝔞𝔠𝔨
𝔚𝔬𝔲𝔩𝔡 𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔱 𝔪𝔞𝔨𝔢 𝔶𝔬𝔲 𝔠𝔥𝔞𝔫𝔤𝔢 𝔶𝔬𝔲𝔯 𝔪𝔦𝔫𝔡?
— 🌑 BALD MOO 🌑 #SPIT_IT_OUT (@FULLECLIPSE4) April 17, 2020
2. She unapologetically shows the artistry of pole dancing.
After pole dancing in MAMAMOO’s Egotistic music video, Korean netizens shamed her for her “overtly sexual” and “over-the-top” performance.
This pushed Solar to put on a grand pole dancing performance at 2018 MAMA in front of a huge audience.
Fans believe that Solar’s pole dancing is not only an athletic activity and a form of art, but also a statement that women shouldn’t let gender stereotypes hold them back from pursuing whatever they want.
For those who criticize Solar saying she's letting herself become sexualized, I hope they can realize that what actually deserves criticism is their own outdated perception of pole dancing and inability to recognize when a woman is taking charge of her sexuality.
— 휘임플 (@wheeimple) August 25, 2018
3. Her body, her choice.
When haters try to tell her how to dress, she simply shrugs it off. She does what she wants with her own body and self-expression.
It’s up to me how I want to dress.
She even refuses to let her company dictate decisions for her when it comes to self-expression.
She’s not afraid of stirring up some controversy as long as she’s expressing herself in the way she wants to!
4. She showed her bare face and clapped back at Netizens.
Solar received backlash after appearing at the airport without any makeup on.
After reading the hate, she had a few words for people who leave mean comments.
Everyone, you can’t. You can’t leave those kinds of comments. … Of course, people can get prettier with makeup, and people can look less pretty without makeup.
Solar acknowledged makeup for what it is: A tool that can be used to visually enhance yourself. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to leave rude comments.
5. If boys can do it, so can girls.
It’s a common practice for men to rip their clothes off on stage and leave fans screaming with joy.
Fans can hardly see women doing the same, and if they step outside these boundaries, they are often met with harsh criticism.
…But that didn’t stop Solar from tearing her shirt off at the end of her BTS “Fire” cover performance.
After seeing many male idols ripping their shirts on stage, I wondered, ‘Why can’t girls do that too?’