Fans were thrilled when aespa‘s Ningning was announced as the cover star of the March edition of VOGUE+ China. She showed off her beautiful visuals in a series of shots along with her cover story.
As part of her VOGUE+ cover shoot, she was interviewed by the magazine in a special “In The Bag” interview, where she gave fans a look into what is in her bag.
The star showed off run-of-the-mill items, including scrunchies, facemasks, and several perfumes. She also hilariously figured out that she had lost her AirPods yet again.
While going through a smaller toiletries-type bag, she pulled out some eye drops and explained why she carried them. According to Ningning, she carries them because her “eyesight is not very good” and she underwent eye surgery when she was younger.
She continued, revealing that she can “barely see anything” from her right eye, which she had previously kept a secret.
Many fans were unaware that Ningning suffered such severe vision loss and were very concerned with how vision loss can make one sensitive to light. Being an idol, Ningning is exposed to harsh lighting on stage and during events like airport departures and arrivals.
but the fact that ningning performs on high stages with limited vision from one eye, the hardwork and dedication.. i remember when d*mi talked about performing after some of her vision loss and how hard it was.
— .ᵃᵉ¹ (@aefenty) March 14, 2023
Fans also noticed that in her drawings, Ningning would sometimes draw an X over the right eye of the characters with faces. These drawings have taken on a new meaning for fans, as well.
Ningning always draws something related to eyes for a reason, sometimes the right eye in her picture is an “x”.🥲 pic.twitter.com/4MF1tdm3DV
— LemonJuice (@AllForNingee) March 15, 2023
Overall, fans are proud of Ningning for being the amazing idol that she is and wish her nothing but good health!
i could not imagine having limited vision & sensitivity to flashing lights while being an idol, ningning is so incredibly strong
— chloé 🔥 #settledown (@itsgiselle_btch) March 14, 2023
idk i feel so emotional now knowing about ningning’s eye condition, i feel so sorry and i just love her so much. i just want the best for her pic.twitter.com/qFdYBQ9j9K
— 🦢 ₊˚⁘ ࿐ (@yizhuoverse) March 14, 2023
so much of ningning’s career depends on factors that may not be the best for her such as wearing contacts and eye makeup, constant flashes and bright lights, and so much more… i hope she’s always healthy and happy truly
— ؘ (@ningcentric) March 14, 2023