(G)I-DLE just made a comeback with their latest mini-album, I Love, and the title track, “Nxde,” is sweeping the charts with its powerful message. The song speaks out against the stereotypes and sexualization that reduce women to nothing more than pretty faces.
nxde by (g)i-dle (2022) pic.twitter.com/FDaOPe834y
— rahima⁷ (@uwuidle) October 17, 2022
An ode to Marilyn Monroe, most famously remembered as a sex symbol and for playing “dumb blonde” characters, Soyeon wanted this song to reflect who Marilyn truly was: an intelligent and strong woman who deserves respect and admiration.
The inspiration “Marylin Monroe”#SOYEON:
This is a tribute to her with dignity and respect, taking her story and her image of “Beautiful blonde and stupid” that was created by people, but behind all of that there was an intelligent strong woman.#GIDLE
— 아이들 Updates (@Gidle_updates) October 17, 2022
(G)I-DLE with Marilyn Monroe reference for Nxde MV pic.twitter.com/6Rwtkjk5od
— 𝐤𝐲 | 𝓷𝔁𝓭𝓮 (@sysaja_) October 15, 2022
There was another connection fans couldn’t miss: Marilyn Monroe was former (G)I-DLE member Soojin‘s role model, and she was loud and proud of it.
this one was for you soojin pic.twitter.com/fyQQWD7bWg
— daniᥫ᭡ (@lovesfromsoyeon) October 17, 2022
soojin has marilyn monroe as her lockscreens, yess the two sexiest icons pic.twitter.com/O42dRLtqCm
— soojin pics (slow) (@soojinpic) December 13, 2019
On top of that, fans speculate that the animated blonde woman in the music video of “Nxde” is a reference to Soojin herself.
With the mole and the big red lips, both of which are signature features of Soojin, it’s impossible not to think that the character is designed to represent her.
THE MOLE UNDER HER EYE 👁️👄👁️ pic.twitter.com/FZIyiLrtyQ
— shon ♡ NXDE 3RD RAK 💋 (@teokbokkiSoojin) October 17, 2022
And while Marilyn has a mole near her upper lip, the animated character’s mole is right under her left eye, making it even more obvious to fans that the character could very well be Soojin.
— Swan ᥫ᭡ (@cherrypinkidle6) October 17, 2022
“Nxde” is all about embracing the beauty of your inner self and letting it shine regardless of what others say about you, and that message coincides with Soojin’s signature tattoo that says, “Self love is the best love.”
“self love is the best love” -seo soojin pic.twitter.com/yWq3JGTsmI
— soojin💭 (@soojinzone) March 27, 2022
Every member of (G)I-DLE shares the vision of female empowerment, and as their main producer and leader, Soyeon has never shied away from conveying bold truths in their music. While it’s unclear what plans lie ahead for Soojin, what is clear is that the members dearly love and miss her, and they still give homage to her wisdom and vision.
For context, here’s the latest update proving Soojin’s innocence and the full story of the bullying allegations against Soojin that resulted in her removal from (G)I-DLE.
English language version of Soojin’s lawyer statement pic.twitter.com/QIuw7OgpsK
— Dar (ia until comeback!!) (@darderdork) September 8, 2022