13-Year-Old Pre-Debut Idol Already Has A Dedicated Fansite

Some netizens are uncomfortable.

Barely teenage idols are, unfortunately, not an entirely new concept in K-Pop. Over the years, many idols like NCT‘s Jisung and ENHYPEN‘s Ni-ki debuted at young ages.

ENHYPEN’s Ni-Ki | BELIFT Lab
NCT’s Jisung

Netizens have often discussed their concerns for children in the sometimes harsh industry. All the things adult idols deal with, including stalker fans, are also points of concern for younger idols.

Recently, netizens felt uncomfortable over a young idol already having a dedicated fansite.

Starting last year, the survival program Universe Ticket introduced viewers to dozens of hopeful trainees competing to debut in a temporary group.

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The program ended in mid-January 2024, with the debut group UNIS comprising the top 8 trainees. This included K-Pop’s first Filipina line and the person who would be the youngest currently promoting idol, Lim Seowon.

UNIS | SBS
Lim Seowon

Seowon recently turned 13 on January 27 and has a ten-year age difference from UNIS’s oldest member, Jin Hyeonju (cignature‘s Belle). The young idol recently celebrated a big milestone — graduating from elementary school.

This led many to discover the fansite, who shared photos from the ceremony.

The fansite, One Of (@one_of_you___), has existed since the survival show and attended the graduation, photographing Seowon before, during, and after. Seowon does not appear uncomfortable, smiling and posing for some of the photos.

While not all fansites break the rules to photograph idols, some common assumptions present some concerning points.  Fansites must be able to take time out of their schedule to attend events and make enough to afford the often expensive camera equipment, leading most to believe they are usually adults.

If this is true, an adult committing this kind of time and effort to a barely teenage idol does not sit well with many.

 

 

Being a fan does not have an age limit, but some of the ways of “stan-ning” do in many cases.