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Just How Talented is F(x)’s Chrystal Soo Jung “Krystal”?

5 May

By now, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been f(x) crazy for the last two months, and my obsession doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. It won’t slow down until my big “promotional move” I have planned this summer. But that will be kept under my hat until then…

Just remember to #bfx2us and put your town behind it to show where your love for f(x) is coming from, if of course, you’ve fallen in love with this group as much as I have.

Well, this article is a part of that promotion. My goal is to push for an f(x) tour for, at least, next year.

To learn more about K-pop group f(x):

f(x) the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

f(x) Pink Tape Review

f(x) Red Light Review

Just how Talented is f(x) Sulli?

Just how Talented is f(x) Victoria?

Just how Talented is f(x) Amber?

Just how talented is f(x) Luna? 

To all of you who have watched the music videos, and who doubt the talent of the f(x) members, I will be doing something similar to an artist “portfolio”. In this case, I will be showcasing the musical background and skills of each f(x) artist. This resume “portfolio” of sorts will show all readers why I think these girls qualify to be a part of f(x), why I believe them to be SM’s major female multi-national group, and why I think f(x) has what it takes to make it internationally.

Basically, this is why I think you newcomers should hire them as one of your new favorite K-pop groups. 😉

Today, this article will focus on the lovely, ever-popular Krystal Jung!

Chrystal Soo Jung “Krystal”

Krystal is the beautiful “maknae” of the group, which simply means she’s the youngest. She’s always envied for her striking looks. Many people deem her the prettiest member, and she was even on a poll for “Most Enviable Body”.

Krystal is easily recognized as Girls’ Generation (SNSD) Jessica’s sister. But she has formed her own identity.

Krystal is often called “Ice Princess” because she’s a good ice skater and…because some people think she has a hard time appearing sweet and kind, so they might take her as “cold”. She was said to “struggle with an aeygo” on a radio interview, which means she struggles to have a cute and charming personality, even if she appears cute and charming.

I like that about Krystal. It means she’s not phony. She seems like a very honest and straightforward person. Her humor is very cynical and she quickly cuts her eyes.

She has an edge about her, but I like it.

Most people think Krystal is the most stylish out of everyone in f(x). But that depends on your taste.

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Isn’t she gorgeous! I especially like when she smiles, I mean when she has one of her genuine smiles…which is rare to find, but like finding a hidden treasure.

Oh, but enough about Krystal’s lovely edge. Let’s get right to her credentials as a K-pop star!

Krystal Can Sing

Just about everybody knows Krystal can sing. She is often compared vocally to her sister Jessica and to group mate Luna. But her voice is unique and powerful in its own right. She and Luna do many duets together.

Even Amber said she is a fan of Luna and Krystal’s duets, which is probably why she let them take over her song “Good-bye Summer”…

Krystal is apart of SM’s The Ballad

This is a solo song Krystal sang called “Because of Me”

Krystal sang a duet called “Dear Daddy” with Luna for the Nu Abo EP

Krystal sang a duet called “You are my Destiny” with Luna for the single Chu

Krystal sang “Be My Baby” in the drama High Kick 3

Krystal Can Dance

Krystal isn’t given credit as lead dancer or anything like that, but Krystal is a polished dancer! Many people have to recognize that she is a powerful dancer. It just adds to her list of talents. But Krystal is one of the f(x) members who gets the most attention, so…many probably wouldn’t be surprised.

Krystal’s skating helps her to be a graceful dancer!

Krystal danced with Victoria during SMTown Week

Krystal danced pre-debut

Luna and Krystal dance together

Krystal and Luna Dance to Lady Gaga

F(x) had a dynamite dance intro to “The Jump Off” and “Freeze”. Krystal, of course, shined.

Krystal Can play Piano

Unless you are a fan of Krystal or her sister, you probably didn’t know Krystal could play piano. Why? Because SM doesn’t show this talented side of hers very often. That’s why. And it’s such a shame, because Krystal has amazing piano skills.

Please, have a listen. Hopefully, somehow, someway, SM will open their ears, too.

Krystal featured with sister Jessica from Girls’ Generation and showed off her piano skills

Krystal plays a piece on the piano and on the harmonica in the drama High Kick 3

Krystal Catches on to Languages Quickly

Krystal is the best member when it comes to catching on to new languages. She was born in the USA, but was basically raised in Korea. This means she speaks fluent English and Korean. But she caught on to Japanese and the Thai language pretty quickly, too!

Krystal and Amber English compilation

Krystal and Victoria change between Korean and their own native languages

Krystal caught on to Thai quickly

Krystal speaks the best Japanese out of all of the f(x) members, which is why she was asked to sing for The Ballad

Krystal is really talented, isn’t she? WOW. Simply stunning! Beauty and talent! Very hard to find both in one body sometimes…

Krystal is also an amazing ice skater!

Krystal is also quite the actress as well. She’s a very talented person!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

f(x) the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

f(x) Red light Review

f(x) Pink Tape Review

f(x) Summer on GN!

Which f(x) member are you? quiz

f(x)’s charm and Venus

f(x)’s Ideal Types by Sun and Mars

f(x) Around the World

f(x) in the USA

f(x) on Olleh: Korea’s most Unique Girl Group

Just how Talented is f(x) Sulli?

Just how Talented is f(x) Victoria?

Just how talented is f(x) Amber?

Just how talented is f(x) Krystal?

Just how talented is f(x) Luna?

GN’s Top 10 F(x) songs (so far)

Girls’ Generation vs F(x): Chocolate Love

Why does GN love f(x) so much?

Who is your f(x) bias?

Funny Reaction videos to f(x) “Red Light”

GN’s LEAST FAVORITE f(x) album?

EXTRAS

USA’s Nylon writes about Girls’ Generation’s Jessica and F(x)’s Krystal, Jungsis!

F(x) Amber and Got7 on We Got Married Global! Which man wins Amber’s heart (Natal chart reading)?

F(x) Gets treated unfair by SM? And EXO is treated better?

Make Your Move, SM’s first American movie has songs from F(x) and Girls’ Generation in it!

F(x) Amber, a part of androgynous inspiration!

The Korean Wave

Venus signs and Love Stories, F(x) Amber Liu is mentioned

Music Core, f(x) mentioned

Jackie Liu, Amber Liu’s Sister, Gets Hurt by Fan

f(x)’s Amber in a parody Korean drama for A Song for you!

SM TOWN WORLD TOUR 2014! f(x) will perform!

Just How Talented is F(x)’s Song Qian “Victoria”?

4 May

By now, if you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been f(x) crazy for the last two months, and my obsession doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. It won’t slow down until my big “promotional move” I have planned this summer. But that will be kept under my hat until then…

Just remember to #bfx2us and put your town behind it to show where your love for f(x) is coming from, if of course, you’ve fallen in love with this group as much as I have.

Well, this article is a part of that promotion. My goal is to push for an f(x) tour for, at least, next year.

To learn more about K-pop group f(x):

f(x) the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

f(x) Pink Tape Review

f(x) Red Light Review

Just how Talented is f(x) Sulli?

Just how talented is f(x) Amber?

Just how talented is f(x) Krystal?

Just how talented is f(x) Luna?

To all of you who have watched the music videos, and who doubt the talent of the f(x) members, I will be doing something similar to an artist “portfolio”. In this case, I will be showcasing the musical background and skills of each f(x) artist. This resume “portfolio” of sorts will show all readers why I think these girls qualify to be a part of f(x), why I believe them to be SM’s major female multi-national group, and why I think f(x) has what it takes to make it internationally.

Basically, this is why I think you newcomers should hire them as one of your new favorite K-pop groups. 😉

This article will be about the flexible Victoria!

Song Qian “Victoria”

Victoria is f(x)’s oldest member, but most youthful member. She is the leader of f(x). She is also the lead dancer. Many people are aware of her flexibility. Victoria has a lot of personality, as was evident in the American online show Funny or Die with Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect).

Victoria has a mature beauty that is hard to deny. She has the most mature-looking body in f(x). She has a full chest, full butt, and just not SUPER SKINNY or scrawny. And she’s not always eager to flaunt it like some other girls in K-pop.

She’s always “everyone’s girl”. She was in Bi-Rain’s video, she was Shinee’s girl in their video “Replay”, and she “married” 2 PM’s Nichkhun in We Got Married.

She has this girly, yet classy, look about her.

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Victoria is well-known for her flexibility and her acting abilities, but many have never heard her vocally.

So, let’s review her credentials!

Victoria is a Flexible Dancer

Everybody knows Victoria can dance. She learned to dance at the Beijing Dance Academy!

Victoria is an amazing performer, and never ceases to amaze the crowd.

Victoria danced with Bi-Rain in the Samsung video “AnyDream”.

Victoria is challenged by Miss A’s Jia to a battle of “flexibility”.

A Compilation of Victoria’s flexibility.

Victoria and Exo’s Tao perform together, showing off their flexibility.

Victoria dances to “Love, Sex, Magic”.

Victoria dances with Super Junior.

Victoria and 2 PM’s Nichkhun performed a steamy dance together during their time “married”.

Victoria danced solo for “Telephone”.

Victoria danced solo on Happy Camp.

Victoria…SINGING? WHAT?

You know why Victoria doesn’t sing often? Because her Korean isn’t as good as her Chinese. And she shines in Chinese! Wow! I was quite impressed.

I’ve also heard some negative things about her vocals (just like Sulli), and she doesn’t sing much. But when I heard her sing in Chinese, I was quite impressed! That is her first language, so…please give her a chance. She actually can sing!

Why doesn’t SM give her more lines? I don’t get it…

Victoria sang with Super Junior-M’s Zhou Mi at SM Town in Beijing…Wow.

Victoria sings with Kyuhyun.

If you can hear above the crowd, this is Victoria singing live in Bangkok.

Victoria sang “Tian Mi Mi” in Chinese, along with her fellow members.

Victoria Speaks Chinese and Korean

Victoria was born in Shandong, China, so she speaks Chinese Mandarin. She also speaks Korean, as she is a Korean pop star. She is more popular in China than in Korea, which can’t be helped. That IS her hometown after all, and apparently, she shines most in China. I really hope Victoria gets a Chinese song for f(x)’s next comeback., at least as a bonus track…if they do that in SM…

Victoria and Krystal speak Chinese, English, and Korean.

Victoria at the Sina interview.

So, I hope you all have learned a bit about Victoria. I know I learned A LOT from the research I’ve done.

Hopefully, now you might fall in love with Victoria and the rest of f(x)…right? 😉

Victoria is also quite the actress and has acted on several dramas.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

f(x) the Korean “Spice Girls” + Amber Liu in the Spotlight

f(x) Red light Review

f(x) Pink Tape Review

f(x) Summer on GN!

Which f(x) member are you? quiz

f(x)’s charm and Venus

f(x)’s Ideal Types by Sun and Mars

f(x) Around the World

f(x) in the USA

f(x) on Olleh: Korea’s most Unique Girl Group

Just how Talented is f(x) Sulli?

Just how Talented is f(x) Victoria?

Just how talented is f(x) Amber?

Just how talented is f(x) Krystal?

Just how talented is f(x) Luna?

GN’s Top 10 F(x) songs (so far)

Girls’ Generation vs F(x): Chocolate Love

Why does GN love f(x) so much?

Who is your f(x) bias?

Funny Reaction videos to f(x) “Red Light”

GN’s LEAST FAVORITE f(x) album?

EXTRAS

USA’s Nylon writes about Girls’ Generation’s Jessica and F(x)’s Krystal, Jungsis!

F(x) Amber and Got7 on We Got Married Global! Which man wins Amber’s heart (Natal chart reading)?

F(x) Gets treated unfair by SM? And EXO is treated better?

Make Your Move, SM’s first American movie has songs from F(x) and Girls’ Generation in it!

F(x) Amber, a part of androgynous inspiration!

The Korean Wave

Venus signs and Love Stories, F(x) Amber Liu is mentioned

Music Core, f(x) mentioned

Jackie Liu, Amber Liu’s Sister, Gets Hurt by Fan

f(x)’s Amber in a parody Korean drama for A Song for you!

SM TOWN WORLD TOUR 2014! f(x) will perform!

2014-2015 Fashion Idea #3: ANDROGYNOUS

15 Feb

I love edgy fashion. For the last couple of months, I have been totally obsessed with the androgynous and metro-sexual styles. This is due, in part, to the fact that I’ve been seeing this style show up more often lately as people begin to embrace their inner “masculine” and “feminine” sides. The whole mystery of it intrigues me, and it’s fun to trick the mind in that way!

To add, there is a huge wave of support from the LGBT community. That community encourages people to embrace who they are, and its influence trickles into the entertainment  industry.

But you don’t need to be a part of that community to appreciate the look.

Many are afraid to rock the look because they are afraid of looking too much like the “opposite gender”. But there are plenty of ways to rock the androgynous look and still look sexy to the opposite sex.

Here a few examples of celebrities, dolls, and book characters who have rocked the look and pulled it off (Read the descriptions below the pictures to learn more about them!) :

Androgynous Women

Marlene Dietrich, one of the pioneers of the androgynous looks. Worn in the 1930s movie Morocco.

Marlene Dietrich, one of the pioneers of the androgynous looks. Worn in the 1930s movie Morocco.

Also one of the pioneers of androgynous fashion (and the equestrian look), Amelia Earhart took a masculine turn in the 1930s with her aviator look, and also sported a cocky, confident attitude along with it.

Also one of the pioneers of androgynous fashion (and the equestrian look), Amelia Earhart took a masculine turn in the 1930s with her aviator look, and also sported a cocky, confident attitude along with it.

Agyness Deyn, one of the most famous models of the 1990s, also known for her strikingly cute anrogynous looks

Agyness Deyn, one of the most famous models of the 1990s, also known for her strikingly cute androgynous looks

Grace Jones paved the way for African Americans to embrace this new look. With the tall hair that was popular in the 1990s, but a dash of glamorous make-up makes her bring the two together to make one dramatic look.

Grace Jones paved the way for African Americans to embrace this new look. With the tall hair that was popular in the 1990s, but a dash of glamorous make-up, she was able to bring the two opposite genders together to make one dramatic look.

Janelle Monae is so GORGEOUS! She has natural beauty and the right make-up to bring out her beautiful face. At the same time, she is usually seen with a retro masculine look: tux and tie.

Janelle Monae is so GORGEOUS! She has natural beauty and the right make-up to bring out her beautiful face. At the same time, she is usually seen with a retro masculine look: tux and tie.

Amber from the female group F(x), a Korean pop group, rocks an urban androgynous look, standing out in a sea of femininity. She makes the look oh so hot! She borrows from other Korean pop boy bands and flaunts it. To add, her charisma makes her likable to girls and boys!

Amber from the female group F(x), a Korean pop group, rocks an urban androgynous look, standing out in a sea of femininity. She makes the look oh so hot! She borrows from other Korean pop boy bands and flaunts it. To add, her charisma makes her likable to girls and boys!

Minzy from 2ne1 adds a Glam Rock/Cyber punk feel to her suit. She turns androgynous fashion into glam couture. She shows that any diva can rock a suit and tie.

Minzy, from the K-pop group 2ne1, adds a “Glam Rock/Cyber Punk” feel to her suit. She turns androgynous fashion into glam couture. She shows that any diva can rock a suit and tie.

Maybe you don't want to go to extremes. No problem! Amber Heard adds more feminine touches to her look, but the high waist pants give her just enough masculinity to make this look a sexy combination of both. It has a retro androynous feeling.

Maybe you don’t want to go to extremes. No problem! Amber Heard adds more feminine touches to her look, but the high waist pants give her just enough masculinity to make this look a sexy combination of both. It has a retro androgynous feeling.

Kate Lanphear takes a masculine business casual look, and turns it into a fashion statement for women!

Kate Lanphear takes a masculine business casual look, and turns it into a fashion statement for women!

Leighton Meester wears the tux, but all the other additions are feminine: purse, shoes, and the long flowing hair give her the right feminine touches.

Leighton Meester wears the tux, but all the other additions are feminine: purse, shoes, and the long flowing hair give her the right feminine touches.

Aaliyah championed the androgynous urban look, and she made it look sexier than ever!

Aaliyah championed the androgynous urban look, and she made it look sexier than ever!

Avril Lavigne in the past would always top off most of her outfits with a tie, which completed her punk look.

Avril Lavigne in the past would always top off most of her outfits with a tie, which completed her punk look.

Da Brat took gangsta to a whole new level with her tomboyish looks!

Da Brat took gangsta to a whole new level with her tomboyish looks!

Janet can make anything look sexy! And here she adds some touches of make-up the highlight her face, but keeps her complete look androgynous. To add, the tux and hat she sports is tasteful.

Janet can make anything look sexy! And here she has some touches of make-up to highlight her face, but keeps a completely androgynous look in the music video ‘Alright’. To add, the tux and hat she sports are tasteful.

BoA, Korea's Princess of Pop, also has rocked the androgynous look on several occasions. She is also able to master masculine dances. Her two inspirations are Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, and it doesn't end at music, but style as well!

BoA, Korea’s Princess of Pop, also has rocked the androgynous look on several occasions. She is also able to master masculine dances. Her two inspirations are Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson, and it doesn’t end at music, but style as well!

J Lo dabbles in an Androgynous style for Vogue Magazine, sporting more of a boxer look. Doesn't she look fiercely sexy?

J Lo dabbles in an Androgynous style for V Magazine, sporting more of a boxer look. Doesn’t she look fiercely sexy?

If you really want to go to extremes, you can try to imitate Lady Gaga's androgynous look!

If you really want to go to extremes, you can try to imitate Lady Gaga’s androgynous look!

No can make androgynous look sexy quite the way Madonna does! This ringmaster style is sexy and unique!

No one can make androgynous fashion look sexy quite the way Madonna does! This ringmaster style is sexy and unique!

Natsuna Watanabe plays Girl Ranma, and takes on a literal androgynous role in Ranma 1/2 Live action

Natsuna Watanabe plays Girl Ranma, and takes on a literal androgynous role in Ranma 1/2 Live action

Keira Knightly decided to dabble in androgynous fashion in her role as Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean. Doesn't she look like a fierce warrior here?

Keira Knightly decided to dabble in androgynous fashion in her role as Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean. Doesn’t she look like a fierce warrior here?

Some toys have gotten into the trend. Particularly the American Girl franchise. Felicity Merriman was one of few dolls that came with her own pair of breeches, trousers only worn by men in her time. She tops it off with a riding hat. Unfortunately, this retired. But it can give you some ideas...

Some toys have gotten into the trend. Particularly the American Girl franchise. Felicity Merriman was one of few dolls that came with her own pair of breeches, trousers only worn by men in her time. She tops it off with a riding hat. Unfortunately, this retired. But it can give you some ideas…According to the book Meet Felicity, she “borrowed” a pair of breeches from her father’s apprentice, Ben, so she could sneak off to visit her horse, Penny. It was also so she could run and move faster. This outfit wasn’t marketed for the main line, but could be an accessory for girls and their dolls. This doll has a back story that begins on the brink of the Revolutionary War.

American Girl also marketed Kit Kittredge in androgynous fashion. She was the only doll to have androgynous fashion marketed in her main line. This pair of overalls was given to her by her brother because she outgrew her clothes, according to the accompanying book Kit Saves the Day.

American Girl also marketed Kit Kittredge in androgynous fashion. She grew up in the 1930s during the Great Depression (obviously when the veterans of androgynous fashion began their style). She was the only doll to have androgynous fashion marketed in her main line. This pair of overalls was given to her by her brother. She wears them to make it easier to work in her garden, and possibly to supplement for the lack of clothing items, due to the fact that she outgrew her old dresses, and since she can’t afford new dresses, according to the accompanying book Kit Saves the Day. In the story, it also helps her disguise as a boy! Kit has also been marketed with a baseball outfit.

Of course, you know the ever popular Bratz dolls have tried any edgy fashion you can think of, and the tomboy look is no exception.

Of course, you know the ever popular Bratz dolls have tried any edgy fashion you can think of, and the tomboy look is no exception.

My Scene Barbie doll added some androgynous additions to her fashions. She was marketed as liking edgy fashions. Though the dress adds just the right feminine touches, the tie makes it more masculine. We also can't forget Delancey, the tomboy doll!

My Scene Barbie doll added some androgynous additions to her fashions. She was marketed as liking edgy fashions. Though the dress adds just the right feminine touches, the tie makes it more masculine. We also can’t forget Delancey, the tomboy doll!

Sailor Uranus was one of the first androgynous cartoon characters to show up on television. With her beautiful hair, and snappy suits and school uniform, she is definitely one of the most attractive characters on the show.

Sailor Uranus was one of the first androgynous cartoon characters to show up on television. With her beautiful hair, and snappy suits and school uniform, she is definitely one of the most attractive characters on the show.

Let’s try some Androgynous looks for the Gentlemen!

Androgynous Men

Prince was the King of Metro Sexual, and he was still sexy! He made rocking purple a norm for men. With his curly locks, who can resist.

Prince was the King of Androgynous, and he was still sexy! He made rocking purple a norm for men. With his curly locks, who can resist?

Captain Jack, played by Johnny Depp, makes one smexy guy in his metro sexual look! Back in the days of pirates, men often wore laces, silks, satins, puffy sleeves, and long hair; styles we'd generally think are feminine! Well, Johnny Depp made this style popular again with this role.

Captain Jack, played by Johnny Depp, makes one smexy guy in his androgynous look! Back in the days of pirates, men often wore laces, silks, satins, puffy sleeves, and long hair; styles we’d generally think are feminine! Well, Johnny Depp made this style popular again with this role.

Some of these celebrity men decided to dabble in make-up and even wear their hair long! But they still look good!

Some of these celebrity men decided to dabble in make-up and even wear their hair long! But they still look good!

Taemin decided to grow, color, and cut bangs when it came to his hair! It leaves people wondering, but the girls still think this man is hot, if not hotter! Wooo!

Taemin from the Korean boy band Shinee decided to grow, color, and cut bangs when it came to his hair for the video Sherlock! But the girls still think this man is hot, if not hotter! Wooo!

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, kept his hair long and often wore loose feminine fabrics. In this photo he looks like a beautiful man!

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, kept his hair long and often wore loose feminine fabrics. In this photo he looks like a beautiful man with the make-up and loose white shirt! Quite a sensual picture of him, and oh so hot!

Adam Lambert looks stunning in make-up and nail polish! Yes, he's gay, but he's still hot to girls too!

Adam Lambert looks stunning in make-up and nail polish! Yes, he’s gay, but he’s still hot to girls too!

Andre from Outkast pressed his shoulder-length hair out, giving him quite an androgynous look!

Andre from Outkast pressed his shoulder-length hair out, giving him quite an androgynous look! That hair is so silky, I want to touch it!

Gackt is known for his sexy androgynous looks. In this photo, he curled and braided his long pretty hair, but he makes it look masculine. This guy is also known to wear eye liner.

Gackt is known for his sexy androgynous looks. In this photo, he curled and braided his long pretty hair, but he makes it look masculine. This guy is also known to wear eye liner.

Count D, from the anime Pet Shop of Horrors, is VERY androgynous, and oh so sexy and seductive.

Count D, from the anime Pet Shop of Horrors, is VERY androgynous, and oh so sexy and seductive.

The Ken doll has recently become famous for his metro sexual appearance and the light tones he has on his clothes. He's the first male fashion doll.

The Ken doll has recently become famous for his metro sexual appearance and the light pastel tones he has on his clothes. He’s the first male fashion doll.

B. Scott (although considering himself transgender) gets a lot of attention from women who just wish he could give women a chance! Though guys may not necessarily admire him, you can learn. Perhaps try wearing your hair long and wavy?

B. Scott (although considering himself transgender) gets a lot of attention from women who just wish he could give women a chance! Though guys may not necessarily admire him, you can learn. Perhaps try wearing your hair long and wavy?

So maybe you can try these looks! Keep an open mind, step outside of your comfort zone in fashion, explore your options. There are many ways to appeal to the opposite sex. Sometimes it’s okay to borrow some styles from the opposite gender. At one time, all men wore stockings, bows in their hair, heels, and even long robes! Pink was a boy color, but now girls rock it as their own!

Don’t be afraid to take a chance! We live in an age where trying new things is a part of modern society.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

The Bratz ARE Back! Check out their best line since 2005: Bratz Style Starz!

19 Jul

In the Totally Tattooed article, I mentioned that Bratz seemed to be back with the edgy look that they were so notorious for having. Of course, you know by now that the Bratz are always supposed to be cutting edge and and should be a doll line that breaks fashion rules. But Totally Tattooed didn’t confirm that the individuality, the creativity, and the diversity was back.

Well, with this new line, it just proves that the Bratz power is still lurking somewhere in the shadows! Here’s a peek at the newest line:

Bratz Style Starz

Not only is this line edgy (pushing that limited edge, look at those spiked stiletoos!), but this line is their most creative line since their re-launch! 2010 just seemed like it left off from the 2007 year, which was a really bad year for Bratz. 2012 is more promising. Inspired from the pop divas of the the “Gaga” Pop Era, we see the Bratz glamorize-into-fashion famous music idols we all know! Can you tell? I’m getting the Nicki Minaj vibe from that curly wig Yasmin is sporting. Yas’s song has been noted as sounding like “Super Bass”.

Nicki Minaj and her Curly wig! Yas is inspired,obviously!

Ok, it’s been noted that Jade has been inspired by Jessie J! Jade’s song seems to be inspired from Nobody’s Perfect.

Jade is wearing a spiked jacket similar to what Jessie J is sporting.

Cloe seems to have a Gaga look about her! Cloe’s song seems to be inspired by Edge of Glory.

Lady Gaga in a luscious but bold red outfit! Cloe seems to be inspired!

And Sasha is obviously inspired from Katy Perry! Sasha’s song seems to be inspired by Last Friday Night (TGIF). And even the vintage nerd glasses seem to come from the outfit in the music video.

Katy Perry’s Candy dress-Sasha is definitely inspired from the lollipop theme!

Some may say, “How is this creative? It’s just ripping off a bunch of poor musical artists!” But it is cleverly done. Not only will these dolls connect the consumer with pop music and celebrity trends, but these dolls take a bold and original approach to their inspiration! The designs,the wigs, and the individual inspirations bring back the Bratz distinction. And look! All of the shoes are different from one another! Finally! The Bratz have come out with “pop star” lines before but never have they ever looked this outrageous! For some reason, I had a feeling one day they would rock the Gaga thing…

My favorite part about this line was the element of surprise and how unexpected everything was! Everyone thought Jade was Cloe, and Cloe was Meygen! It wasn’t until later we found out the truth: Everyone is mixed up with different trends and hair! No one looks as you would expect them too! It totally breaks the racial and ethnic barriers, which I think is so fun and interesting. I’m also excited that they aren’t poseable in the legs. I think that’s what made the Bratz lose their chunky shoes, and because it took away that splash,the detail went along with it. Let’s face it. Not every doll is meant to be pose-able. The posing bodies just seemed like an imitation of Liv and Monster High anyway. It’s time for Bratz to cut the imitations and get back to what they do best. Let’s just hope the quality comes back. I want some good hair, and I also want more detail in the lines. I do like the little detailed candies in Sasha’s dress and the spikes on Jade’s jacket.The downside that I do see to the line are some of the changes from the prototypes. The major thing I really don’t like is Cloe’s legs. It is painted black. This is going to make it hard for people to mix and match the fashions if they want to. It just shows a lack of quality.Why not real leggings or stockings? Barbie was normally the doll with the painted on clothes, not Bratz. This is my biggest pet peeve about this line. The second thing that gets me is Sasha’s leggings. Where did they go? Well, I guess I can let that one go. I’m tired of the legging thing. But they were cute and made the doll pop out even more. I also am not sure I like Yasmin’s new leggings. The original leggings were more interesting, and had more detail. The new leggings are okay, though…

Check these dolls soon to come out in stores!

Bratz Style Starz Artwork!

If only the dolls looked like this! This was a prototype! Why would you change them MGA! They always take away the quality when they do that!

Generation Next: Do you remember the late 90s, Y2K?

5 Jul

Anyone who grew up in Generation Next probably remembers the following between 1995-2003:

Pop culture……We are generation “Scorpio” which also defines our generation. All we care about is sex, violence, and power. Our generation is marked by everything dark and mysterious…we hate superficiality and anything “cheerful”…anything mystical, psychic, and occult. We transformed ideas of tranformation, lost the adult “rites of passage” other generations before us had, and are the only generation who can’t find jobs in the recession, still living with parents well into our twenties, and take a while to get married, if at all. But we still find ways to rebel against society, use the internet as our way of gaining social power, and stick to ourselves in our secretive and mistrustful minds. We are also quite an emotional generation….dangerously emotional.

Television

Anyone who is anybody can’t forget the grand children Networks of Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel. Rugrats and ALL That defined Nick, until the Rugrats grew up and Kenan and Kel left All That and so did Nick Cannon, and Cartoon Cartoon Fridays, Toonami, Ed Edd and Eddy, and Powerpuff Girls defined Cartoon Network. But MTV was infested with a bunch of teeny boppers who began filling the channel with their pop videos. At least we still had Michael Jackson… VH1 was filled with oldies. And BET actually had funny comedians on Comic View and showed black movies and shows. Let’s not forget Nick Jr. owned Blues Clues, Face, and Little Bill, while Playhouse Disney had Little Mermaid and Madeline…they even used to show Timon and Pumba, Arabian Nights, and other “Disney-like shows”. Back then, cable was just becoming the “It” thing. I still remember My Brother and Me and Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage witch. Fox and ABC were big back then, UPN too…Sister, Sister, Smart Guy, which also came on Disney Channel along with Boy Meets World, Growing Pains, and Brotherly Love…with those Lawrence Brothers that everyone loved. Disney even had shows like the Famous Jett Jackson, So Weird, and The Jersey. Courage the Cowardly Dog was like So Weird…except weirder…Scooby-Doo was still big. We liked a lot of mysteries like Shelby Woo and the occult like So Weird and Goosbumps….we also loved Power Rangers and Anime as kids. Barney was even in our slot time, though I always preferred Kid Songs….and Zoom, the new version. Aurthur was our show too! And even Sesame Street, especially Elmo’s World. And we weren’t too far from old classic cartoons from Tex Avery, Toonheads like Bugs Bunny, and even some Animaniacs….best time for television. In later years, we supported shows like Lizzie Maguire, the first tween show to make over a million viewers, and That’s So Raven which was the first longest running show on Disney Channel. We loved Lindsey Lohan…until she got cracked up.

Remember tha babies who could talk?

What a creative show! Back when Klasky was running things: Rugrats!

The Simpsons, South Park, 90210, Living Single, Baywatch, X-Files, Law and Order, and other nighttime television. Not to mention, watching the Bulls game was far more entertaining than it is now.

Technology

Computer was just becoming a part of the home, and laptops was spreading jobs across the nation. And everyone used to chat on AOL…it used to talk back and say “You’ve got Mail” which used to be so cool. Of course, I was always on yahoo…..Then MP3s came out, though you could only play one song at the time. CDs were still pretty big. Downloading became big like two years after 2000. But people still bought CDs, and everyone had a CD player with big headphones….The DVD player was it, but then everyone found out Playstation 2 could play DVDs and it was done. Playstation 2 was like the biggest thing, though Dreamcast and Gamecube also marked the generation. Of course, realistic graphics were the biggest thing back then. LOL Remember Street Fighter, Tekken, Final Fantasy? And NBA Live was regular too.

Playstation, remember? LOL

Literature

It varied, actually towards the end, kids stopped reading and started again. Babysitters’ Club, Sweet Valley, and American Girl marked the generation. For boys it was between How to Eat Fried Worms, There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom, Help! I’m trapped in Obedient School Again, Anamorphs, and Goooooosssbumpsss!!!! Who doesn’t remember Goosbumps? That was like the biggest thing. Then Harry Potter came out like in 1999 or before, and that took over. A Series of Unfortunate Events was big too. And Pirates of the Caribbean marked the later generation.

GOOOOSSSEEEBUMMMPSS!

Music

It sucked balls. Pop idols like Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls took over the industry. Who can forget the Hansen brothers? Pure lamety. Then here came Britney, the first teen solo act, and she influenced the whole world to come out with pop imitations. Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore who dyed her hair for the “occasion”, and all of these pop groups like Dream and Play, and just too many pop artists to count. And then the boy Britney Spears came out, Aaron Carter. Even black people changed genres like After Dark and Blaque…TLC was the biggest group…until, well you know. It was back when Jesse McCartney was part of the group Dreamstreet. Hoku and Myra marked Disney and Nick movies for their contributions, and Baha Men music swept the world by storm. Then in 2001, it seemed Dark Child took over everything, and so did 50 cent…later Avril Lavigne stole Britney’s shine in the early Y2K years. Then all these poprock artists came out of the closet, of course singers like Michelle Branch, Lindsay Pagano, Vanessa…can’t remember the rest of her name, and even Pink came out of the closet with her “real self”. Evanescence also dominated the industry. Metallic and Coldplay were even at their peek. All the most hard-core music marked our generation….along with the most giddy… If only Panic! At the Disco had been around….

Britney Spears when she was a little innocent...only a little...

The wildest group around! Spice Girls!

Original famous style! Avril Lavigne!

50 Cent back in 2003...

Fashion

I remember overalls….which no one wears anymore. Jordans were popular too…Capri pants were the “it” thing…and for some reason…ponchos….baggy pants, bandannas and scarves, and surfer boy hair cuts. Jean jackets and Timbaland boots were in too. That’s what Spongbob used to remind me of back in 2002, his debut…a surfer, valley dude, which those bleached-blond idiots were the “it” thing. Now, Spongebob is just a geeky idiot…Ponytails, and scrunchies were popular. Lip gloss had just become a big thing. Belly tops were “oh-so revealing” but not compared to now…especially if you consider Gaga’s “no pants rule”. Skorts were popular, and no one wear those either. Numbered tees, like with “57” or “23” and words all over the pants. And because of 9/11, everyone was wearing red, white, and blue. Feathery and hot looking jackets marked later generations. Like this:

Jackets of early Y2K...

jacket

And these checkered and worded jeans:

checkered pants?

Backstreet Boys look...LOL

Words and Sayings

The words and sayings that came back were “Cool” and “Awesome”, but we also added “Totally hot” and “bogus” and “wack” and “corny” and “lame” and who can forget “psyche”. “Wicked Cool” and other sayings that are too funny to repeat. “For shizzle my nizzle” was popular too, and you could add of “izzles” if you liked. And” then “it’s off the heezy for sheezy. “Da Bomb” was it too. And “Bad” or “Sharp” was in too. “Totally Rad” was in too. LOL This is funny.

This is really a walk down memory lane…

I feel sorry for this generation. Sorry later generation, you missed out on the best age to be a kid. Your Television Network producers have gotten so stupid they can’t even read their own network titles. Instead they show everything but music on MTV and live actions on Cartoon Network. Not to mention, the face of Disney is no longer Mickey, but Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus….

No one uses their voices in music anymore, it’s now been replaced by cheap equipments that electronically “disguises” real voices.

Glad I grew up in Generation Next.

Movies

Movies ranged between Sixth Sense, Scissors hands, well really anything with Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp. Matrix marked the 21st Century. We also had “Ritchie Rich”, remember the little blond boy from Home Alone? And let’s not forget the Disney movies. The best movies in the 90s were the Disney movies, hands down, like Lion King, Huntchback of Notre Dame, and Beauty and the Beast. Of course, there were some pretty good thrillers here and there, and other children’s movies like Little Rascals which had Mary-Kate and Ashley, America’s Twins. Also, Dennis the Menace. Remember Free Willy? LOL That movie still makes me laugh. Childrens’ movies had reach their peak in the 90s. The first child actor won an acting award, Haley Joel Osment, and you used to see him everywhere before his sister went all “Hannah Montana”…though he still acts as Sora on Kingdom Hearts, which is all I care about.

What has happened to the Entertainment Industry for youth?

14 Jun

I just have to address several issues that I am having with the entertainment industry. I know many people won’t agree with what I have to say, but this has been irritating me to no end. I am still fairly young, I’m only 20. BUT I feel that gives me an edge on seeing the entertainment industry for what it is. The American youth are the biggest supporters of today’s entertainment industry. I just have several concerns about them that I think are ruining the industry.

Music

While music has been sucking more and more due to the introduction of new age pop music in the 80s, and more “electrified” sounds have entered into the music (nearly replacing good old instruments), and over-exposure with music videos, but nothing could compare to the over-use of it in today’s pop and hip-hop music. These “synthesizers” have always been around, and meant to improve the voice, but they are getting out of control. They sound like aliens. This is not improving their voices, it’s making it sound worse. It sounds like the computer is doing all the singing. Take this song for example:

This is the problem. We can’t hear his real voice, so how do we even know he knows how to sing? People tell me to look it up on youtube, and you’ll see his real voice. But you shouldn’t have to go on a website to see if he really has a voice and can sing. Isn’t that what being a singer is all about? singing? And some people have the nerve to say, “It doesn’t matter, he can use autotunes to do it.” Let me tell you why that ruins the entertainment industry. Now, no one needs talent to become a singer anymore. So guess what that means? Everyone in the world can become a singer without even knowing how to sing. How? Autotunes will cover up your imperfections, so you don’t have to try at all. I rarely see anyone hitting high notes anymore. Some people say it’s the sign of the 21st Century, but everything we invent is not progress. We might as well let robots dance in our videos instead of us, because that’s what it sounds like. In fact, this may decrease the quality of the industry, and decrease the pay because if everyone can get paid to sing, who will be famous?

Let me not get started on the lyrics. It makes no sense anymore. I don’t think people care about music anymore. They care about money and fame.

Another thing I don’t like is this “Gaga” craze. Now i have nothing against the singer personally. I think she’s talented, she knows how to sing, and she is entertaining. However, what I do have a problem is that she is a craze. The problem is the fans, the young fans (which I’ll discuss at another time), KEEP comparing other artists to her. Even other artists that have been here LONG before her. Take Christina Aguilera for example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt-tHcQR67Y

Guess what some people in the comments section had the nerve to say? She is trying to be like Lady Gaga! WHAT THE FOOL! Everybody is not trying to be like that woman. In fact, Aguilera has been here 10 years longer! To me, Lady Gaga is not original. Though I know Aguilera has never been creative, and has always imitated other people’s trends, everyone is a rip-off. Gaga person? She is another rip-off Madonna, another rip-off Gwen Stefani. But this young and naive generation can’t remember that far back, so they think she is the most creative talent on the planet. And now, no other pop artist has a shot. Not even Britney Spears can come out with an album without being compared to Gaga, which doesn’t make any sense! Though Britney is partially to blame, as she made the idea of “craze”. But it didn’t hold back other artists.

Another problem I have with youth and music industry, which has always been a problem since the days of Elvis, but now more than ever it’s a concern, is the fact that people get famous just for being “cute” *cough Beiber cough*. Unlike Elvis who actually produced unique music, and a new form of dance, Beiber has not contributed anything to the music industry. He uses synthesizers in his music, which is putting all of his singing talent to waste, because we don’t even know his highest potential, and his lyrics are so cliche they make me ignore his songs altogether. Not to say that we haven’t had that in the 21st Century before, what with Jesse McCartney and Aaron Carter, but at least it was blatantly obvious that they were cliche. Aaron Carter didn’t last long. Jesse is struggling, hanging on to Kingdom Hearts. But Beiber? I went to all kinds of message boards that say he is cute, and for the first time I began to ponder, since when did music become a modeling industry? People are so concerned with looks, that they pass up people with real talent just because they don’t look good, but choose this “Beiber” guy who is not unique, not original, and his talents are not uncommon. Another way to ruin the music industry is for it to be solely judged on “looks” and not the key word: music!

The result is…I’ll give you a scenario. My cousin, who is a poor singer, said this to me, “I want to be a singer, so I can be famous.” And I laughed. I said, “Well first you have to know how to sing. you should take some lessons.” What does she tell me? “No you don’t. They have autotunes. I downloaded the software and people said they liked it…” This is the sad reality of our music industry. Not to dog my cousin out, but that’s pretty sad.

Take into consideration this scenario: Paris Hilton

I’m doing a part-two…..I’m too annoyed to continue…

It’s no wonder why I’ve gone international in AFRICA! At least those people don’t fall into mainstream…

And take a look at this:

This is what I feel about him and all the other artists of today’s generation: BULL CRAP!

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