Fun Friday: Kpop Then and Now

Posted by Stephanie on June 24, 2016

Fun Friday

When we previously did this post with Kdrama stars, we noted just how much over the years from debut to now, the stars haven’t changed at all. In Kpop, that’s not really the case. It may be the frantic pace, it may be that the industry starts idols out so very young, it may be the crazy hair. Whatever it is? The differences between then and now are pretty epic. Or should we say Epik?

Epik High

Then 2001

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Nice highlights there, Tablo. And what up with those props? Think someone just shouted, “Quick, just look natural”?

Now

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Smooth boys, smooooth.

F(x)

Then 2009

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That is possibly the most girly I’ve ever seen Amber ever look.

Now

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The loss of member Sulli hasn’t held these ladies back!

Shinhwa

Then 1998

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Well. That’s a whole lot of unfortunate. Do you think any of them looked in the mirror and said, “Damn, I look hot.”

Now

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Nice recovery. That is a collection of age appropriate man-ness.

Brown Eyed Girls

Then 2006

 

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Not going to lie, I had to double check this picture a couple of times as I thought I had the wrong band picture. This doesn’t look like the Brown Eyed Girls we know, do they?

Now

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There they are!

BigBang

Then 2006

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Gah! I can hardly look at these babies with bad hair. They are so little!

Now

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That’s more like it. Although Taeyang’s hair is still a little cringe worthy. Check it, T.O.P is showing full on skin! Neck skin, but a fangirl will take whatever she can get.

Miss A

Then 2010

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Look at that Suzy, so adorable.

Now

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Hello Ladies!

Shinee

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Babies — all of them! I hardly recognize Key!

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It’s like all new shiny people!

Super Junior

Then 2005 (Are you ready for this? You may want to sit down.)

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Oh. My. Junsu. THE HAIR. Oh, the hair. I can not take my eyes away and yet, my eyes now hurt. That’s a whole lotta hair product. Only Heechul manages to come through unscathed.

Now

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Actually, this picture is a lie. Donghae, Eunhyuk and Siwon are all off doing their military service so their hair is a lot…less.

Wonder Girls

Then 2009

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What a cute group of girls.

Now

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They certainly seem to have shed the cute girl off them — and we’re not just talking the missing member. (One of the girls left the group to get married.)

TBXQ (DBSK)

Then

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Look at that collection of pure, innocent guys. They had no idea what would happen to them in the future…

Now

As we all know, TVXQ isn’t around as a foursome anymore. We’ve got TVXQ the duo. (Both in the military now.)

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The remainder of the group broke off and became JYJ.

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APink

Then 2011

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Yep. That’s a girl kpop group. Nice sneakers, ladies!

Now

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This picture proves that Kpop girl group members have never actually eaten ice cream.

Seo Taji and the Boys

Then 1993

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Wow. Yeah, there aren’t really any words to describe this.

Now

Seo Taji and the Boys aren’t actually together anymore. Though crazy popular they were only together for a band for about 3 years. Seo Taji though continues on to be a crazy popular and mysterious artist which periodically pops out of obscurity to put out a hit CD.

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Recognize one of those boys? No? It’s none other than the head of YG Entertainment Yang Hyun Suk!

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BTS

Then 2013

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Okay, so they haven’t been around for that long, but they are young enough that just a few years can make a difference. Look at Rap Mon, look at that hair! Jimin looks so young! Jin looks completely different! Suga looks really good in black hair! V? Well, V looks exactly the same.

Now

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Girls Generation

Then

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Okay, I’m surprised here, I thought there were more members than this.

Now

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The loss of a member hasn’t slowed this group down.

CNBLUE

Then 2009

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Look how little they are!

Now

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Awww….our boys are all grown up!

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