When it comes to fourth-generation idols, IVE‘s Jang Wonyoung has definitely made her mark on K-Pop as the new “IT” girl. Since debuting as part of IZ*ONE and then re-debuting in IVE, the idol has made her mark, and netizens can’t stop talking about her.
Even on social media, Jang Wonyoung has always been praised for her visuals. Whether she is on a schedule, relaxing, or traveling, Jang Wonyoung has the aura of someone who attracts attention, and her charming personality matches that.
In recent months, fans have been raising concerns about the quality of the group’s makeup and styling.
Wonyoung has always been praised for her light makeup and effortless visuals in photos. Yet recent shots from the idol’s Instagram had netizens raising concerns after seeing Jang Wonyoung’s usual princess-like visuals being “overshadowed” due to a change in the style. In particular, netizens didn’t like how her eyebrows were being drawn on thicker.
On social media, many fans shared their own examples of bad styling for the members, and the hashtags #아이브_샵_바꿔 (change shop for IVE), #스타쉽_아이브_샵_바꿔 (Starship change shop for IVE) started trending.
According to a Korean netizen, the owner of the shop went live on Instagram to address the concerns and hate she was receiving from fans. In the broadcast, netizens claimed the stylist got very emotional about the issues but emphasized that it wouldn’t change her path.
Look at this, she turned on Instagram live after being criticized and for IVE to change makeup shops. She apologized to the IVE members and said she’s never had a harder time in this industry in the twenty years she’s worked..but it was her first time to ever think about turning on Instagram live and thanked everyone for their kind words and decided not to waver and continue on her path.
— OP description of IVE’s stylist’s live broadcast
이거봐 아이브 헤메 샵바꾸라고 욕하니까 라이브 방ㄱ송켰대
아이브친구들한테 미안하다고 자기가 이렇게 힘들엇던적이없는데 20년동안 이 일하면서..근데 처음으로 라이브 켜야겟다고 생각햇다먄서 좋은말해줘서고맙다고 흔들리지않고 계속 자기길을 가겟대 pic.twitter.com/K9NN9tmHPq
— 김양 (@Iinxxfe) August 15, 2022
Many netizens criticized the reaction, adding that the owner should be taking on criticism rather than trying to defend the shop. When the posts went viral, IVE’s next appearance was on the way to film Knowing Bros, and the style of the members was scrutinized once again.
As expected, the members all looked amazing in their uniform-styled outfits and shined with their visuals and personalities.
Of course, netizens paid extra attention to Jang Wonyoung’s look. At first glance, the idol looked absolutely amazing in a red vest and plaid shirt, adding her own twist to the traditional look. With her cute accessories, Jang Wonyoung looked like something out of a fairy tale.
Yet, her hair and makeup styling once again came under criticism, with netizens having mixed reactions to the look. In the close-up images, Wonyoung’s makeup seems lighter, but many pointed out that the eyebrows still looked chunky and thick, and the shaping looked a lot less natural than expected.
Others raised concerns about the styling of her hair. While it seemed natural and worked well with the concept, netizens criticized it for not showcasing Jang Wonyoung’s visuals enough and almost seemed rushed and basic.
When the photos were released, netizens shared their views on the look. Considering it was so soon after the criticism was acknowledged, many shared their anger that nothing had changed. Whereas other netizens believed that the makeup was lighter but hadn’t changed enough.
For an idol like Jang Wonyoung, who is so known for her style in K-Pop, many netizens believe it is unacceptable to see the quality of styling and makeup on show. Although it might seem like a trivial topic to many, there are strict expectations for idols to look a certain way.
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