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  1. 2017.06.23 Fri GFRIEND Yerin's Beauty Secret Women always dream of 'skin that goes well with makeup'. Such skin is even more sought after during the hot and humid summer days! Could it perhaps be possible to maintain a fresh skin condition throughout the day despite being under the scorching sunlight? It's important to pick the correct skin care to strengthen the skin! Like GFRIEND's Yerin, whose base makeup never falters even when she performs powerful dances on stage. Do you remember how we often met in our washroom during trainee days? That's right! The building right across from our practice room was Cosmo's building, so we often used that washroom. When I was a trainee, I also did so much laundry there. Haha. The washroom there was much better than our practice room. You're actually pretty tall, but you appear relatively short on screen. Maybe it's because all of our members are tall, but many people do tend to think I'm short and small. Do you take special care of your body? This is pretty cool, but I don't get much fat on my arms and thighs whereas I start growing a belly as soon as I eat. I don't know why. So when I have to wear an outfit that reveals my tummy, I drastically reduce the amount I eat. I stayed away from exercise for a while because I didn't like it, but I plan on attending pilates sessions starting next month. Is there a reason why you are looking to start pilates despite not being a fan of exercise? Personally, I don't prefer having a skinny/thin body. But having fat hanging down isn't my style either. I could successfully diet by starving, but I realized that I have to exercise to get a well-toned body. After knowing this, I just couldn't not start exercising. It's a tall task to go on a diet in the early 20's when you aren't yet familiar with your body. It's also a time when you get hungry all the time. I definitely agree! Immediately following debut, everything related to going on a diet was difficult, not just restraining myself from eating. But if you think about it, going on a diet is an effort for myself. Because I'm the one who benefits from losing weight. Thinking about it this way, going on a diet became a happy thing. So now I endure the process, hoping for a good result. And if night eating binges start to taunt me, I can just go to bed earlier. Haha. I didn't think I would get such a mature answer from a 22 year old! Do you have any other personal weight management techniques? Anasarca on my legs is pretty bad. So no matter what, I lie down on the floor before going to sleep, lean my legs against the wall, and do a L-shaped stretch. I also never eat to the point where I'd feel full. Do you also actively take care of your skin? Nope. My skin is still relatively healthy, so I don't bother too much. I also take the least time to wash my face compared to the members. I heard you brought your pouch for Cosmo today. If you could tell us your favourite item? I really love YSL's orange lipstick. It goes well with my skin, and I especially like it because it looks natural. So I tend to buy two or three of those at a time. Also, The Face Shop's perfumes and MAC Sculpting Powder are also essentials that I can't leave out. Being fairly young, I don't think you would be too concerned about beauty.... My lower body is prone to scratches. I get a scar even if my skin just grazes some surface, and regularly applying skin refining ointment doesn't seem to heal that. I'm also concerned about my face appearing bigger on screen due to my pale skin. Please tell us your future promotion plans. I guess a GFRIEND album will be released this year? Because we love each other so much, I'm happiest when I promote as GFRIEND. I dare say with confidence that our teamwork is second to none among girl groups. In the future, we'll be working hard to promote, so please wait for us! Source: Cosmopolitan Korea Credit: Editor Ha Yun-Jin Translated by Albatro
  2. [ PEOPLE ] ARENA Idol GFRIEND Interview June 2016 We met them again. Since the interview last May, GFRIEND had slightly changed after running through precisely one year. Yuju, 20 Our fan cafe member count grew. That's a change we can feel. Also, our fans say they get energy when they watch our performances. I realized I'm someone who can provide energy to others. For sure, we are sleep deprived during promotions. But we huddle around, 'fighting', and recharge. That's still the same. Because we have to promote even when we are not feeling well, I try to suppress any activities that could damage my throat. I have to hold back chit-chats or swallow any big laughters. When I go to sleep, I wrap a handkerchief around my neck. I'm now used to the busy life. We've gotten faster at changing outfits before performances, and we are better at waking up in the morning. Appetite? Haha, nothing has changed. There aren't many opportunities for a filling meal due to weight control. That's why my wish is to visit a buffet with our members. How much do you think we'll be able to eat? As of now, I'm confident that I'll be able to eat 3 plates of appetizers. SinB, 19 I used to be able to confidently say that I have a 'reverse charm', but I don't think that's the case anymore. I'm becoming more of a lady. Haha. Also I've somewhat mastered how to control myself. Before, I could see for myself that I had areas that I lacked in, but I didn't know what to do. I was lost and overwhelmed with my concerns. Now, I found a way to fill in the gaps for the areas that I lack in, as I move forward. The memories from the past year are winning the Rookie Award and getting our first win. I believe all of our members will agree. We were not expecting it at all. And it's not like we planned in advance, but everyone started crying. I recently saw the video again, and it was hilarious. I should have at least kept a pretty face. Haha. If I was given time during promotions, I'd love to go somewhere quiet and walk by myself. I like being alone. If the scenery is good, then I'd be willing to go anywhere. Of course, we're not yet at the stage where we can take a break. Yerin, 21 I learned about the things I didn't know, and I even learned about myself. I improved a lot. Watching myself work hard, I feel proud. We tend to be unaware of our usual looks. Watching myself through the camera for a year, I realized things like 'I shouldn't smile like that', or 'I shouldn't make those faces'. I tried to fix my not so positive looks. I often search my name on the internet, and there were related keywords like 'forced tears' and 'forced smiles'. I've been smiling like that for my entire life, but watching myself smile like that on camera looked unnatural. And I used to not be aware of how each day passed by. One day, I couldn't even remember what I ate the day before. Every day is precious, and they are probably filled with lots of good memories. I'd hate to forget about them, and so I'm thinking about keeping a diary. Oh, I'd also love to visit popular restaurants. I've never done that before. I guess my dream is to appear on a show like 'Gourmet Road' with our members? Eunha, 20 It's always exciting. Even when I'm at home for the holidays, I miss our members. We are always loud and having fun. We chat and laugh like any other high school girls. And when we get bored, we play games on our tablet PCs or listen to music. I've recently been listening to 'I Am You, You Are Me' by Zico, a song released on the same day as ours. I also listen to Dean-nim's entire album. Our fans think that I'm really short, but that's only because our members are tall. I'm the average female height. In the past year, we achieved a goal of winning first place, but that's not all. Our biggest goal is to maintain a friendly relationship between our members. It might not be possible to have success with all of our future comebacks, but I'd like to continue promotions without having to worry. My goal? Living a happy and enjoyable life. I know. It's the hardest thing in the world to do. And this is a little embarrassing, but during last year's interview, I said that I'm the cutest member in GFRIEND. It's true. Haha. Umji, 19 First of all, I cut my bangs, and pretty much learned most of the things that I should be aware of. I started to be more careful, and I'm now aware of things to watch out for. Our manager used to be responsible for doing final checks before stages, but we've learned to do that ourselves. I suppose being self-sufficient is a sign of being more mature? There are times where I miss school. I have memories of running to the cafeteria after 4th period, quickly eating lunch then hanging out with friends in front of the school, and also sneaking out to nearby snack bars on days when cafeteria food wasn't tasty. Also, I'd love to try voice acting for animations. Not only do I like it, but our fans recommend it to me. These days, I get happy when I find and listen to songs others may not know. I autoplay the entire recommended playlist filled with tens of songs. When I skip through the songs I don't like, I always pick up two or three songs that I do like. Out of our side tracks, the 'Intro' is the best. You have to listen to our 'Intro' with your eyes closed. That is when the scene and story unfold. Sowon, 22 We had an interview last year after our first promotions, right? We then released 'Me Gustas Tu' and received lots of love. We went through a lot. Especially when the crowd sings along with us, that's called 'singalong', right? That's the first moment that comes to mind. I still search for 'GFRIEND Singalong' on YouTube these days. When I watch it, it makes my heart warm and get goosebumps. That makes me feel good about my decision to debut as a singer. And I don't think 'Rough' is the end of the school series. It's more like moving onto the next grade rather than graduating. But that doesn't necessarily mean we'll insist on sticking to the school concept. We'll perform the songs that fit us the best given the situation. We don't want to disappoint those who love our music. It's our ambition to provide quality music for them. I'm not ferocious or wild at all. In fact, my charm is being slightly cute and dumb. Haha. Editor Jo Jin-hyuk Photography Park Jung-min Stylist Lee Jun-mi Hair Jo Young-jae, Jang Hye-yeon Make-up Lee Suk-kyung, Lee Ah-young Cooperation Dover The Flower Boutique Source: Naver MagazineCast Translated by Albatro
  3. [Series] Handwritten Interview [Handwritten Interview] Fans Ask 'GFRIEND'... From Their Favourite Songs to Memorable Fans 2016 June 13. 22:46 | Read by 1,187 [Issue Daily, Byeon Jin-hee Reporter] From the fans 'Buddies' who have deeply fallen in love with girl group GFRIEND's charms, we have received questions through Issue Daily's official SNS. GFRIEND then gave handwritten answers to the questions asked by the fans. Let's read GFRIEND's honest answers through the questionnaire interview. #Sowon If you could 'Run Through Time' like the name of your title song and go back to the past or into the future, when would you want to visit? "I would like to go back to the past as a student and make memories with friends." Of all the songs you've promoted, which song's choreography was the hardest? Please tell us the reason too. "Me Gustas Tu! I didn't really realize it during promotions, but I found out how difficult it was while performing it with other songs." A bucket list item you really want to achieve? "Volunteering at a nursery school~!" Please tell us a song you like, and recommend a song for the fans to listen to. "Lalila by Sung Hoon & Yeon, If You Love Me by NS Yoon-G." How would you want GFRIEND in 10 years to look like? "GFRIEND's world tour concert in 10 years!" What do you think your 'ipdeok' point is? "Uhm... unnie charms? Since I'm the oldest." If you could live as another member for a day, who would you choose? Please tell us the reason too. "Eunha. I want to live as a short kid for a day." Do you have a fan that you clearly remember? "During ISAC, one of our fans collapsed. We are very thankful, and thankful again that the fan came to see us despite not being in a healthy state." Please share your stress relieving method. "I actually don't have a stress reliever yet. I'm just like, 'let time pass by'" If you could hold a concert, is there a stage you would love to try? We'd also like to know if you have any plans for a concert. "We have no plans for a concert yet, but I'd like to try something that involves a dance. Or a rap stage.." If you went to a deserted island, what are 3 things you have to take with you? "Fire. GFRIEND members. Knife." Do you have a girlgroup you would like to get to know more, or a girlgroup you know well? "Twice?" #SinB If you could 'Run Through Time' like the name of your title song and go back to the past or into the future, when would you want to visit? "I'd like to go 10 years in the future and see if the future me is doing well." Of all the songs you've promoted, which song's choreography was the hardest? Please tell us the reason too. "Me Gustas Tu was the hardest. The choreo really drains our stamina and the big motions were hard to dance." A bucket list item you really want to achieve? "Travel around the world with someone closest to me" Please tell us a song you like, and recommend a song for the fans to listen to. "A song that I like these days is Younha sunbaenim's 'Pray'. Amazing!" How would you want GFRIEND in 10 years to look like? "Even if we are off doing our own stuff, it would be nice if we could get together at any time" What do you think is your 'ipdeok' point? "I don't really get this one, but it's apparently my dance line. And the innocence of a child?! Hahaha..." If you could live as another member for a day, who would you choose? Please tell us the reason too. "Yuju unnie. I'd like to feel how it is to be so versatile like her." Do you have a fan that you clearly remember? "Obviously I remember every fan, but there was a group of 5 brothers that once came to our fansign, and I remember them the most." Please share your stress relieving method. "I quietly listen to music sitting by myself in the corner, or daydream at some dark place." If you could hold a concert, is there a stage you would love to try? We'd also like to know if you have any plans for a concert. "I didn't really think about this one, but if we could even hold a concert it would be nice. I'd love to sing our fan song 'My Buddy'." If you went to a deserted island, what are 3 things you have to take with you? "Friends, Sleeping bag, Pepper powder." Do you have a girlgroup you would like to get to know more, or a girlgroup you know well? "I'd like to get closer to the members of Twice. We are similarly aged too...❤️" #Umji If you could 'Run Through Time' like the name of your title song and go back to the past or into the future, when would you want to visit? "To Middle School!! I want to eat warm school meal after a snowball fight with my friends ㅠ_ㅠ. I miss them~ I miss them~" Of all the songs you've promoted, which song's choreography was the hardest? Please tell us the reason too. "Me Gustas Tu!! It was very exhausting, and also difficult to learn moves like the vaulting horse or the windmill" A bucket list item you really want to achieve? "Sending mom and dad on vacation around the world" Please tell us a song you like, and recommend a song for the fans to listen to. "Blending / Will You Come To Me by Coffee Boy, Make You Feel My Love by Adele" How would you want GFRIEND in 10 years to look like? "I hope we don't change the way we joke around and play with each other! Let's take care of each other and share good music with our Buddies" What do you think your 'ipdeok' point is? "Maknae charms...? Unique voice tone...? Is what people say. Thank you" If you could live as another member for a day, who would you choose? Please tell us the reason too. "Yuju unnie. I want to experience the feeling of singing high notes, T_. And I want to try running at the speed of Yuju unnie. Zoom zoom" Do you have a fan that you clearly remember? "4th grade Yoon-ah! Your medical treatment is going well, right?! Unnie will be cheering for you" Please share your stress relieving method. "Listen to songs that I loved to listen to in the past" If you could hold a concert, is there a stage you would love to try? We'd also like to know if you have any plans for a concert. "I'd really love to hold a concert!!" If you went to a deserted island, what are 3 things you have to take with you? "A magic box that can spawn anything, a charger for the magic box, and a power source" Do you have a girlgroup you would like to get to know more, or a girlgroup you know well? "I want to get close to the other 98ers" #Yerin If you could 'Run Through Time' like the name of your title song and go back to the past or into the future, when would you want to visit? "I want to go back to high school and make memories with friends!" Of all the songs you've promoted, which song's choreography was the hardest? Please tell us the reason too. "Me Gustas Tu! All of those powerful moves make the dance really physically difficult for us" A bucket list item you really want to achieve? "Traveling alone" Please tell us a song you like, and recommend a song for the fans to listen to. "'Hold Me Tight' by Loco sunbaenim!!" How would you want GFRIEND in 10 years to look like? "Hope our friendship doesn't change" What do you think your 'ipdeok' point is? "Exceptional positivity" If you could live as another member for a day, who would you choose? Please tell us the reason too. "I want to be Yuju and sing brilliantly like her" Do you have a fan that you clearly remember? "I remember a Japanese fan at one of the fan signs thanking us for debuting. I'm more thankful" Please share your stress relieving method. "Fun times chatting and partying with our members" If you could hold a concert, is there a stage you would love to try? We'd also like to know if you have any plans for a concert. "I'd like to show our Buddies a Dancesport stage!" If you went to a deserted island, what are 3 things you have to take with you? "Food, Sleeping bag, Fire" Do you have a girlgroup you would like to get to know more, or a girlgroup you know well? "I want to get close to Twice!! (Let's get to know each other ❤️)" #Yuju If you could 'Run Through Time' like the name of your title song and go back to the past or into the future, when would you want to visit? "I'd like to go back to the days I took my elementary and middle school graduation photos and re-take those photos" Of all the songs you've promoted, which song's choreography was the hardest? Please tell us the reason too. "Rough. The choreography contained emotions and they were hard to express. I also had concerns about how to ad lib after standing up" A bucket list item you really want to achieve? "Visiting every member's neighbourhoods and eating delicious food" Please tell us a song you like, and recommend a song for the fans to listen to. "Someday. The song has a bright melody, but it tears me up for some reason. I think it's a song that can cheer Buddies up" How would you want GFRIEND in 10 years to look like? "I'd love to keep finding happiness in the small things as we do now, and keep being bright" What do you think your 'ipdeok' point is? "My sincere voice that sings for Buddies" If you could live as another member for a day, who would you choose? Please tell us the reason too. "Sowon unnie. I'd like to breathe in air from a taller spot and walk around" Do you have a fan that you clearly remember? "A pretty girl who got energy from our songs and supported us despite fighting a disease. I love all Buddies" Please share your stress relieving method. "Walk wherever. Sleep. Comfort and praise myself with kind words" If you could hold a concert, is there a stage you would love to try? We'd also like to know if you have any plans for a concert. "I want to sing 'My Buddy' with our Buddies. It'd be cool to go on stage with choreography made by our members" If you went to a deserted island, what are 3 things you have to take with you? "Blankets, Sweet potato, and Water" Do you have a girlgroup you would like to get to know more, or a girlgroup you know well? "Laboum sunbaenim" #Eunha If you could 'Run Through Time' like the name of your title song and go back to the past or into the future, when would you want to visit? "So that I could experience the sentiments of the 90s, back to my birth year, 1997! Reply 1997!" Of all the songs you've promoted, which song's choreography was the hardest? Please tell us the reason too. "Because I'm not good at dancing, every song's choreography was very difficult, but 'Me Gustas Tu' was the hardest because we had to hop around" A bucket list item you really want to achieve? "I never had a room to myself, so I'd like to decorate my own room when I get one. It's a fantasy that girls have!" Please tell us a song you like, and recommend a song for the fans to listen to. "Baby Baby by 4men! I'm so thankful for you~~ Oh Buddy~♬" How would you want GFRIEND in 10 years to look like? "Achieve our individual goals, yet still maintaining our GFRIEND looks being in our late 20s~30s" What do you think your 'ipdeok' point is? "My puffy cheeks" If you could live as another member for a day, who would you choose? Please tell us the reason too. "SinB. Sometimes, I internally turn into a dancing machine when I listen to exciting music, so I'd like to turn into SinB who's a great dancer, and be able to express my feelings by dancing" Do you have a fan that you clearly remember? "All of our Buddies! Every one of our Buddies are so special and precious. How should I express my feelings..." Please share your stress relieving method. "Empty my mind. Try not to think about anything" If you could hold a concert, is there a stage you would love to try? We'd also like to know if you have any plans for a concert. "A stage where I can express my sexy charms (which I myself don't even know about)!!!" If you went to a deserted island, what are 3 things you have to take with you? "Someone to talk to, Bedding (fluffy blanket is a must), and Hygienic tools" Do you have a girlgroup you would like to get to know more, or a girlgroup you know well? "Dal Shabet sunbaenim!! And all other rookie girlgroups like us.." Issue Daily, Byeon Jin-hee Reporter | ent@issuedaily.com Source: NAVER Post Translated by Albatro
  4. [ PEOPLE ] ARENA Idol GFRIEND Interview June 2015 Why didn't our class have girls like them? We met 6 GFriends. Sowon, 21 Sowon is the eldest of the team. She spent 5 and 1/2 years as a trainee. She visited the company for her first time when she was 16. As a self-proclaimed country girl who only knew home and school, and as the loved maknae of her house, the real world was harsh for her. She was even scolded at times for not being mature. Despite all of that, Sowon didn't give up as a trainee. Her friends either debuted or disappeared. But she remained and grew uneasy in wanting to debut before she became an adult. She says her debut was "luck", but Sowon is very noticeable even from far away. Her height is way above that of the average Korean women, and she's responsible for the team's 'Golden Ratios'. Sowon's complex is her smile. She says her smile isn't pretty, but I can't agree with that. Umji, 18 "It's good that we are being viewed as kids. We are still kids after all." Umji is in her second year of High School. She doesn't necessarily dislike studying, but she prefers singing and dancing much more. Umji said she could tell the age of someone else by his/her reaction to her name. She's the team's maknae. For some reason, maknae and Umji is a familiar combination. But she's not a childish maknae. At times, she takes on the role of a counsellor for the members. Her team members say talking to her comforts them. She's fairly reliable too. Umji had similar concerns as other 18-year olds. She didn't have a clear goal, and only had an idea of what she liked to do. Debuting as a girl group was an awkward transition for her, and it was hard to realize. She couldn't afford to realize that. It was only after the end of promotions when Umji realized how big of a change her life had gone through. SinB, 18 SinB danced. She attended a dance academy and was recommended by the academy to prepare as an idol. As of now, she confidently claims that she is the best at handicraft of all GFRIEND members. She enjoys fixing broken items, such as replacing the shower head, or taking care of any other minor issues in their dorms. Her original hobby was watching movies. However, she couldn't spare the time for her hobbies due to her busy schedules and school. But that doesn't stress her out. SinB rarely gets stressed over anything, and forgets it quickly even if she does. She claims that she'll get her driver's license when she turns 19. Influenced by her dad who's dream is to be a racer, SinB has lots of interest in cars and racing games. Born on 1998, she's the same age as Umji. Eunha, 19 She laughed it off at first. Eunha thought the name 'GFRIEND' was just a silly joke. But she debuted as GFRIEND, and became responsible for the 'Voice of the Group'. Eunha wanted to prove her vocalist skills. She vowed to train her skills and perform on stage with a unique song. Her role model is Ariana Grande. She often searches for Ariana's songs and watches her videos. Eunha is 19 years old this year. Meaning, she's a CSAT candidate. She's promoting as a girl group while studying for CSAT. Within her busy schedule, she found reading as a hobby. In their dorms, they have the 'Twilight' series. Eunha reads SinB's books. And she whispered as if she was telling a secret. That if you get to know her, she's the cutest in the group. Yuju, 19 Yuju's GFRIEND's main vocal. Her realistic concern is having to sing difficult lines every day. She didn't practice only bright and rhythmic songs. It was hard to adjust for her when she first received songs for GFRIEND. She had to adjust to them while promoting. Yuju is also responsible for livening up the team's mood. When someone is required to volunteer, she livens up the mood. Like singing the main parts. GFRIEND's average age is lower than that of other girl groups. Having lots of members in their 10's is also a positive. Yuju wants to demonstrate the innocence and the youthfulness that only girls her age can show. She admitted it. That they tried sexy concepts like other girl groups, but it did not fit them. Yerin, 20 Yerin is the 'Red Ginseng' of the team. She wants to give energy to others. She turned 20 this year. Right between the bounds of adult and girl. And like a gift on coming-of-age day, she debuted as a 20-year old. Knowing that there are fans who recognize and support her makes her happy. She also wants to abuse all of the privileges of a 20-year old, and be on variety shows that don't have scripts. Reality shows have freedom and make her day enjoyable. Yerin's goal is to make everyone in the world recognize her. She wants to let her name be known, since she only gets one life. If she had to pick things that bothers her at the moment, they would be diet and cleaning. Yerin loves to eat and so it's difficult for her to hold back, and being sensitive, she can't stand messy surroundings. Editor Jo Jin-hyuk Photography Park Jung-min Stylist Lee Jun-mi Hair Nam Hyun Make-up Seok Min-hee Source: Naver MagazineCast Translated by Albatro
  5. GFRIEND Interview. I Wish I Had Female Friends Like Them I wish I had friends like them too. 2015 . 10 . 05 GFRIEND - Umji/Sowon/Yuju/Eunha/Yerin/SinB (from the left) While watching TV, I just felt like bothering them for some reason. "Are they really pretty in real life?" "Are they truly bright and cheerful?" I recently had an opportunity to satisfy my curiosity. I got to meet the 6 members Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, and Umji of the 9 month old group 'GFRIEND'. When I told my friends that I would be meeting GFRIEND, they were jealous and were telling me "Really? Daebak." To be honest, the public interest for them seem to be much more special compared to the interest for other rookie girlgroups. They made their way onto the public scene with 'Glass Bead' and gained popularity with their 2nd Mini Album title song 'Me Gustas Tu'. Recently, while performing powerful choreography during a stage on open radio broadcast, GFRIEND fell on stage and proceeded to get up several times in a row. A video of the stage went viral on SNS shortly after. How were they when I saw them in real life? Not sure if this is the response you wanted to hear, but they are pretty. Well, perhaps 'energetic' is a more accurate description for them than 'pretty'. They really are just girls when you listen to their playful voices and laughters, but thinking about all of their efforts and patience behind the scenes made me wonder how strong they actually might be. I wish I had friends like them too. Girl friend 01 Wouldn't every moment spent with our members be a fun story? "Did I look fragile / Were you always worried / Like the dewdrops that reflect the moonlight / Did you think I would disappear“ These are some of the lyrics from GFRIEND's debut song 'Glass Bead'. However, the six members of 'GFRIEND' that I met myself were as spirited as anyone else, needless for us to worry about. How is every day like for a girlgroup? I would like to ask about your daily schedules. Sowon Our schedule is different each day. We wake up either during dawn or early morning, visit the salon, and continue with our schedule then. If we have time left over, we always come back to our company and exercise. We usually go home at around 1am. It's been 9 months since your debut. Did you have anything like 'I want to try that when I become a singer' before your debuts? Yuju I wanted to compose and write a song myself and include it in our album. When I used to compose or song-write as a hobby, my only audience was family or friends. So their opinions weren't objective enough. I would like to be able to get evaluated in front of the public one day. Umji I wanted to see ourselves appear on music shows. Our song really did air on music shows once we had an album. It was fascinating. If I was a member of a girlgroup, I think I would have wanted to date another idol…. All Aah…. Sorry. How about everyone else? Sowon I wanted to try a photo shoot. And you do in fact have lots of opportunities for photo shoots after debuting, right? Sowon I majored in being a model at my high school (Hanlim Multi Art School). It's really tough to get a chance to take part in a photo shoot. You have to go for auditions, and to appear on famous magazines is a really tall order. But now that I have debuted, I got opportunities to take part in them. I'm really glad to be able to take part in photo shoots, and I'm always thankful for the opportunities. How long were your preparation times as trainees? I heard Sowon spent about 5 years as a trainee. Yuju We all vary, ranging from 1 year to 2~3 years. It's been about one and a half years since we've gathered as a group of 6 and started practicing. You're also famous for your knife-like choreography. You guys seem to have great synergy between the members. I'm sure there were huge amounts of practice there. Eunha To be honest, we only started having synergy with each other recently. Our choreography teacher had pointed out our lack of synergy quite a number of times. We still struggle these days. If your dance styles are different, how are they different? Yuju We don't necessarily dance to our own 'style'. (laughs) I had lots of interest in figure skating, ballet, or modern dance, and perhaps that's why I stood out to be different when we danced together. Regardless of whether we dance well or not, we need to be naturally unified when we dance together. I lacked in that aspect, so I worked hard on it. Yerin Yuju had moments where her arms would be stretched out. Like this! (laughs) Yuju She's right. I placed emphasis on soul. (laughs) And so now I'm focusing more on the harmony rather than individuality. When I watch your stages, you sometimes have bandages on your knee. Yuju These bandages aren't there because I was injured. They act as a protection tool for dynamic moves such as when I do the splits. I once failed to hop over on stage before. I slipped while running and our vaulting horse collapsed. Thankfully, I wasn't severely injured, and I've started wearing bandages since then. When I saw a stage from KBS <Music Bank>, Yuju's shoes flew away while she was dancing. She seemed very energetic. Are the members always energetic on a regular basis? Yuju We hear lots of comments like "They seem like high school kids fooling around.“ If you don't mind, I would like to ask something. Seeing how you live as a group of six energetic school girls, do you have any fights? Sowon We haven't physically fought each other yet. For sure though, if we said that we didn't have any complaints, that would be a lie. We live together in our dorms, and we are always with each other for the entire day besides when we go to the washroom. When two members have a conflict, they don't fight, but rather they don't hesitate to go off somewhere and just talk it out between just the two of them. Then everyone else just thinks to themselves 'Ah, I guess they are going to talk it out'. It's nice. How we talk it out and quickly get rid of our conflicts. Yerin Since I show them every bit of me when we are together, I think I'm more comfortable being around the members than when I'm around my family. (everyone laughs) Eunha I'm going to tell your family that! Umji Recently, Eunha unnie jokingly said this. She said "I don't think I'll be able to make friends anymore…." So I asked why, and she was wondering where she would be able to find someone else who she could show 100% of her to. Yerin We know too much about each other. (laughs) What are everyone's favourite activities? Yerin Watching TV! Yuju SinB and I are pretty active. This was before debut, but we took the members out at dawn and escaped when we were supposed to be practicing. Our manager-nim urged us "I'll be recording you, so just wait a bit" and left, but we didn't wait and instead just went outside. That was our first and last revolt-like rebellion, but all we did was go to Han River and play dodgeball with bouncy convenience store balls. Yerin It was cold and exhausting~ Yuju I managed to talk the kids into playing dodgeball, and they really played hard. Umji I was thinking 'We'd get in trouble if we escaped and gained weight, right?' and so I really played hard. Yerin That was when we were actively practicing our song 'Glass Bead'. We escaped by singing and getting courage from the "We won't break that easily" part in our song. Umji There is also the part that goes like "Don't worry." (laughs) Eunha This story is already over a year old. But during our fansign, one of our fans gave us a bouncy ball and said "Noona, doesn't seeing this remind you of last year's incident?" Since you've spent lots of time together, you must have lots of fun stories. Yerin Wouldn't every moment spent with our members be a fun story? All Heyyy! What was that! (laughs) Girl friend 02 We want to stay together for a long time, like Shinhwa sunbaenim. Even though they say harmony over individuality, the members I see in my eyes all have distinguishable characteristics. The eldest Sowon is chill and honest. Yerin's laughter is full of energy. Humourous Yuju seems to be a fun friend to hang out with, and delicate-looking Eunha is spirited and tough. SinB has her own unique aura. Maknae Umji is so cute that I wish I could have her as my younger sister. Ah, was I like this too when I was 18 years old? Besides Sowon, you all attend the same high school (School of Performing Arts Seoul), right? Do you see each other in school? Umji To be honest, we often don't attend school. Thankfully, our school lets us go and so we visit school during exam season. We attend school as a group during that season and come back. And we promise to see each other during breaks. Eunha Did we not have friends? (laughs) SinB Perhaps it's because we had long trainee years. Yuju If we finish exams early, we wait in front of the classrooms of the others who are still writing. So even if we may be in different classes, it feels like we are always together. Yerin I'm always peeking inside through the windows. From what I heard, the name 'GFRIEND' entails being friends to everyone regardless of their gender. I would like to know what kind of 'GFRIEND' everyone was during school days or everyday life. Umji I think I was an active and cheerful child in middle school. I liked to actively participate in school festivals. During breaks, I was a child who had fun with friends. Lunch time was the most important for me. (laughs) During school trips or retreats, I liked to pretty myself up. Yuju I also liked attending school. Me and my friends shared similar ways to have fun, which was nice. Although I would extensively see my friends during weekdays, I would sometimes miss my friends on weekends. And so one time I made a song that highlighted everyone's characteristics and sent them over SNS. They memorized the song in a single day. We sometimes sang that song as soon as we met. How do you characterize them? Did you give them nicknames? Yuju For example, being late, or only wearing gym clothes to school. I pick out the unique details and make them into a song. Yerin I'll be looking forward to a song for our members too. (laughs) Eunha Homework for tomorrow! I'm curious about your popularity amongst male students at school. Yerin I think the boys at school didn't like me too much. SinB I think I was more popular among girls than boys. All Who says so? (laughs) SinB They didn't treat me as a girl. They rather treated me as a boy. On the stage, you are really innocent and energetic. But I feel like 'GFRIEND' would also have times when you feel lonely and exhausted. In your personal opinions, who really are you? I would like to know more about who you are, something that fans don't know about. Eunha To be honest, I really don't know myself either. Yerin When I first met Eunha, I thought she would be a fairly reserved person, but with a strong opinion. However, she's actually the opposite of that. She's very chatty and bright. How about Yerin? Yerin Maybe because I tend to smile a lot, many people think of me as a bright person. So when I have my neutral face on, they ask me if I'm all right. Yuju Yerin unnie has an interesting dimension to her. If someone asks me to pick between a quiet park and a packed street, I'd pick the latter. Yerin unnie chose the former. Yerin I prefer quiet over noisy. Eunha Yet Yerin herself is noisy. (laughs) How about Umji and Yuju? Umji I'm often lost in thought. When I realize that my family is not around when I'm sick, I feel empty, and I have lots of things I'm careful about. Yuju I often reflect back on myself and have lots of concerns. And I express myself a lot. But people around me know even that part of me. So I don't think I have a characteristic that nobody else knows. (laughs) Umji Yuju unnie fits the word 'mature' really well. She tries not to act tired. Sowon But it's sometimes very obvious. She goes to our veranda when she's tired. (laughs) We know because we're always with each other. Yuju Our dorm's veranda is very cozy. Clothes are everywhere, so when I'm at our veranda, I feel as if I'm in a forest. How about SinB and Sowon? Yuju SinB hides in her blankets when she's feeling tired. Sowon I'm a hermit. Yerin We are all children of the dark. (laughs) Time for something the fans might be curious about, your ideal types. Sowon Someone that likes my height. Some don't necessarily like tall woman. And someone who only looks at me. It's okay to be a little obsessed. Yuju Someone that is good at finding directions! I get lost very easily, so I need someone with me wherever I go. Is directions really the only thing? Yuju It's one of the characteristics I like. (laughs) SinB I'm a little shy, so my ideal type is someone who I'm comfortable around, works hard in his own job, and only looks at me. Eunha My ideal type is also someone who I'm comfortable around. And someone who really likes me. If I were to pick a person, my explanation thus far becomes sorta meaningless, but I like Crush sunbaenim. Yerin Someone who is mature in thought. Not a lot of words, takes care of me, and is considerate. Umji Also someone who thinks of me specially! Similar to Yerin's ideal type. (chuckles) Members are currently in their late 10's or early 20's. How would the 30-year old 'GFRIEND' look like? Eunha At that point, I think we'd be 'WIFE' rather than 'GFRIEND'. Umji Wives! Yuju I'd like to be able to stay together for a long time, like Shinhwa sunbaenim. Wouldn't we still be releasing albums? Yerin A 30-year old Glass Bead, a 30-year old knife-like choreography! Editor Jo Ah-ra ahrajo@univ.me Photographer Bae Seung-bin Source: Univ20 Translated by Albatro
  6. [Seoul Economy] Girl group GFRIEND has mentioned about 3 things they want from President Moon Jaein to Seoul Economy on the 10th day. GFRIEND firstly said "Congratulations on winning, Mr. President Moon Jaein" and "Please make us a country that our friends can achieve their dreams". And they earnestly advised to "Make South Korea, a country that everyone can grow up together and the country that make Koreans proud." Source: http://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=011&aid=0003029420
  7. Rookie girl group GFRIEND released their debut album ‘Season of Glass’. The title song ‘Glass Bead’ describes the girls’ wish to stay strong and shine on people they love and the world around them, though they might look weak and fragile as glass beads. Though not being from one of the big name productions nor having any trainee who’s well-known even before the debut, they are already claiming their spot on various music charts and music programs since their debut just 12 days ago. It is said their first step as a rookie and their bright and healthy image in particular resembles the early days of Girls’ Generation. In this recent interview with Newsen, GFRIEND unveiled some of their behind-the-scene stories about their debut. The Q&A are as follows: ★What was the idea behind choosing ‘Glass Bead’ as the title song? (Umji) Actually the debut song was supposed to be a different song. But one day our manager came to us with this song (Glass Bead), saying ‘Try this song and tell us your thoughts’ and the moment we listened to the opening part of the song we absolutely loved it. (Sowon) The initial debut song felt refreshing, but had more of a soft, gentle feeling. But with ‘Glass Bead’ we felt it suited us more, being livelier, feels like when you run and jump around on the school grounds. ★Isn’t it tough to perform live while doing those big dance moves on stage? (Yuju) We had to put in so much practice to keep our voices steady when we were singing and dancing at the same time. We practiced live singing as we were constantly jumping on our feet, and sometimes we purposely held our breath as long as we could and then began singing. (Sowon) Our live performance was not the best on our very first stage, as it felt somewhat awkward. It lifts our spirit to hear we are getting better and better as we get more familiar to everything. It feels good to be ‘misunderstood’ by others of using AR, while we were actually using the same MR every time. (Umji) We should try harder to keep such ‘misunderstandings’ go on. ★People say that you resemble the early days of Girls’ Generation. (Umji) We tried to express our cheerful side, something that’s natural for girls of our age. Then such comparisons were up on the internet. Frankly we are grateful to be resembled of such a great, top class idol group like Girls’ Generation sunbae-nim. Once you get to hear such things you can only try your best to reach higher up just like them. And we will definitely try to show what only we cheerful GFRIEND can do. ★Did the members think they might somewhat be similar to Girls’ Generation? (Sowon) Actually when I first was introduced to ‘Glass Bead’ I felt it was more like early Fin.K.L or S.E.S. It means people who listen to our songs feel not just one but many various different things, which is amazing and feels nice. (Umji) I can see that some might feel we are similar. I have felt some of it myself too. We are still young and we will try harder to show what rookies can do. So we could make Girls’ Generation sunbae-nim proud. ★Girl group members tend to go through tough competition and tension. (Umji) To be honest we have none of it. We do share advices during our practice sessions but we don’t compete or create tension of any sort. Our manager even had to tell us that we ‘should feel a bit more competitive (in a good way)’. (Sowon) These six members were the original debut team right from the beginning. If we had to go through those seemingly endless days as trainees and had to compete to get ourselves into one of those debut teams, we might have felt somewhat different. But we only had each other to rely on as a team. Naturally there couldn’t be such tension. It really feels like we are family ★Any celebrities you would like to meet someday? (Yerin) Yoo Jae-suk sunbae-nim! He’s gentle and so kind to others. If he knows of our song I will be so happy. I’m a huge fan. (SinB) Me too, Yoo Jae-suk sunbae-nim. (Eunha) IU sunbae-nim. I listen to her songs a lot, I love them. I really wish I get to meet her someday. (Yuju) I’m a big fan of Shin Dong-yup sunbae-nim. And I really want to be on ‘안녕하세요(Hello Counselor)’ one day. I like listening to other people’s stories and talking about it, and I wish I could meet him there. (All) We wish we could be on ‘런닝맨(Running Man)’ someday. We were all once relay race runners for our class in school, except for Umji. SinB was close to going pro as a sprinter. We are all really fast, just give us a chance! ★Is there a role model that you look upon? (Sowon) Shinhwa sunbae-nim. We had a chance to introduce ourselves during SBS ‘Inkigayo’ recently. We know that it is not an easy thing to stay as one and be active for well over 10 years. To be on the stage, singing and remembering the songs of the past days, it’s great. We wish we could sing our songs all together in the far future, just like them. [Newsen Jung Ji-won Reporter] Source: http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=201501271730251210 (NOTE) Below is the second part of the interview from the same reporter. The second article has some parts that are identical to the first article, so below are Q&As that do not overlap. ★The group name is something unusual. (Sowon) When we first heard the name we got ‘tilted’. We thought to ourselves that “Are we actually going with that name?” In fact there were other candidates such as ‘Guardian Angel’, or ‘Hug Hug’. But our CEO really liked this team name (여자친구) so that’s how we got our name. (SinB) To be honest it was shock at first. But we got more used to it and we are now playing funny things with our team name. ★Describe GFRIEND’s strength/characteristics (Yerin) We are so lively compared to others. Rather than dancing gently we have a feeling that everyone sees us as energetic, healthy and lively. (SinB) Being young, there’s freshness, and because of that our image is brighter. Actually we are too bright sometimes and our manager has to calm us down in the waiting room. (Eunha) There’s freshness indeed, but aren’t we closer to charming? (Sowon) I think wearing little makeups, which suits our age, makes us distinctive. Nail polishes are rather transparent and we don’t wear too much makeups. We try to be give fans sense of friendliness. (Umji) The members are so close to one each other. We’ve been in the same house for more than 8 months and we’ve never had any trouble. It feels like we are on some kind of a retreat so it’s fun every day. (Yuju) We have same hair colors and wear uniforms. Some might say it might be a little tricky to tell one from the other but I believe it appeals ourselves better this way. ★(To Sowon) You are the leader and the big sister. Isn’t it tough sometimes? (Sowon) It is not the easiest thing, but I told the members “There’s no one of same age as me and I’m the oldest so please help me out”. The girls are taking really good care of me. I was a trainee for 5 years and met many other trainees but the members are particularly pure and nice. I don’t feel any sort of rivalry, we feel like we are real families, always supporting and having each other’s back. Source: http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=201501271730381210
  8. Rookie girl group GFRIEND delivered their feelings on their debut. On 23rd (Jan. 23rd 2015) the rookie girl group GFRIEND was interviewed as they were getting prepped for their debut stage on KBS2 ‘Music Bank’. GFRIEND’s leader Sowon said “It’s been only a week since our debut and we are always nervous and thrilled at the same time” and “Now we are slowly starting to find the cameras (on stage) and we are having so much fun”. As a rookie, it’s only been less than a month since their debut, but the reactions from the public are already noticeable. On various music shows they are ranked high up on the charts as they are getting recognized. Regarding such recognition, Sowon said “We don’t have SNS or any personal electronics so frankly we can’t feel it yet”. Another member Yuju added “It’s amazing to see the fans showing so much love, but we are still trying to focus on the stage itself”. and showed some professionalism, despite being a rookie. When asked on the spot, ‘It looks like there are so many fans already. What do you think is the reason?’ Sowon replied “Rather than trying to overly express or force ourselves to show our characters we just show what girls of our age can do, along with our makeups and stage costumes, and I guess that’s why we are getting such favorable response”. She also stressed “We are so grateful. It looks like there are more girl fans (than boy fans).” On their practice schedules, leader Sowon elaborated on their tough trainings: “We’ve been practicing our title song “Glass Bead” for 8 months. We really focused on this song, since it hurts the whole scene if even a single member has her fingertip pointed to a slightly different angle.” And Yuju added “Our choreographies are physically demanding and because there is live singing at the same time, we are constantly working on improving our fitness. We have to go back to our training room and practice once today’s recordings over.” The rookie girl group GFRIEND, being listed No.3 in the SBS MTV ‘The Show’ which was on air last 20th, went on to be listed 6th place in Mnet “M Countdown” last 22nd and on 25th SBS “Inkigayo” was ranked 9th, claiming a solid spot on the K-pop charts and proving their popularity. GFRIEND with their fresh and healthy charm as teenagers, presenting a reverse charm between girlish lyrics and powerful, inch-perfect group dances, are bringing novel sensation among the K-pop scene. They are expected to actively keep on with the promotions of their debut song “Glass Bead”. Source: http://news.newsway.co.kr/view.php?tp=1&ud=2015012709445679533&md=20150127104346_AO
  9. Note: In case you missed the first part of the full interview, please read Part 1 first! Rookie girl group GFRIEND picked Shinhwa as the group that they look upon. On 23rd (Jan. 23rd 2015) the rookie girl group GFRIEND was interviewed as they were getting prepped for their debut stage on KBS2 ‘Music Bank’. When asked ‘Is there an artist that you admire and like as a fan?’ Umji answered “We are so honored to be on the same stage with all the sunbae-nim that we respect so much and we are doing our very best to follow them and improve on anything we do”. And added “We like all sunbae-nim and recently Davichi made their comeback, I really loved it since I have enjoyed and had respect for Davichi”. Today Davichi had their comeback stage on ‘Music Bank’. When asked ‘Did you have a chance to meet them?’ Umji smiled and said “Actually we visited them to introduce ourselves and they tried to copy our tones for us” and “We were so grateful for their words of encouragement”. To the last question ‘What kind of group do you want to be?’ Sowon answered “We want to be a group like Shinhwa, a long living group”. And also showed her determination to “Deliver our music for many years to come”. (The next two paragraphs are the same with Part 1 of the interview) The rookie girl group GFRIEND, being listed No.3 in the SBS MTV ‘The Show’ which was on air last 20th, went on to be listed 6th place in Mnet “M Countdown” last 22nd and on 25th SBS “Inkigayo” was ranked 9th, claiming a solid spot on the K-pop charts and proving their popularity. GFRIEND with their fresh and healthy charm as teenagers, presenting a reverse charm between girlish lyrics and powerful, inch-perfect group dances, are bringing novel sensation among the K-pop scene. They are expected to actively keep on with the promotions of their debut song “Glass Bead”. Source: http://news.newsway.co.kr/view.php?tp=1&ud=2015012709482290386&md=20150127103118_AO
  10. [MyDaily = Lee Seunglok Reporter] "I want to eat Yukgoe and Aguizzim after we finish this promotion!" Girl group GFRIEND will be wrapping up their promotions of 4th mini album 'The Awakening" on the music broadcasts in this week. On the 13th, GFRIEND said, "It was a lot of experiences to learn during this promotion" They said, "Not only we GFRIEND, but also each of members was able to grow up and to stand on tiptoe to a higher level." "The Awakening''s title song 'Fingertip' was GFRIEND's unprecedented change. Starting from their debut song 'Glass Bead' in 2015, they succeeded 'Me Gustas tu', 'Rough' and 'Navillera' in a row with groundbreaking change to the 'Power Innocence' concept they accomplished. For this promotion, they focused on the chorus's addictiveness 'Tang Tang Tang fingertip!' and turned their innocent image into a chic atmosphere, widening the limit of music. Umji said "I've got questions about charts even from the beginning of the 'Finger Tip' promotion". "Receiving praise about 'GFRIEND is able to pull various concept off' was our goal for this promotion rather than the grades in numbers and it was a grateful promotion because we've heard lots of good words." Umji answered it with a smile. During the 'Fingertip' promotion, they made precious memories in their first fan meeting with the fans that have been supporting GFRIEND through times as a reliable props. The leader Sowon said, "It was the first time I've ever been so nervous on a stage but an excitement and tensions I had were so enjoyable. I did not know how the time flied and I had fun. "I was singing 'Glass Bead' for the first stage and when I saw the fans, I could do nothing but smile.", Yerin also smiled while thinking of that time. Now the public's attention is focused on the next song as they showed their music is unpredictable with 'Fingertip'. Sowon promised "No matter what song we are going to do, unless we are changed, we would always have 'GFriendish' in us" "We would show the songs which sounds like Gfriend'." Yerin then flashed her face with a shy voice. "I've always said, I want to try the dreamlike concept' ".....but I dont think it would be possible" Next would be GFRIEND Members' closing thoughts on "Fingertip" Comeback Sowon: "It feels like it was shorter than our previous comeback. For last promotion, It was like 'We already came this far' but for this promotion, I didn't realize it was already last broadcast as our fans do. However, it was exciting to show our new side and I think that's why the time flew past so fast" Yerin: "I can not believe it's over already. Every previous stages gave me bittersweet feeling. I'll be back quickly! I'll be back, haha." Eunha: "It was an unusual promotion because we showed a new side of us. I am happy since we could finish it with a good experiences." Yuju: "We held a fan meeting, got a new cheer stick and also had a lot of changes in costumes, and many new things started so It feels a like restart since we tried many new things. I appreciate all the members who worked hard without getting hurt. " Umji: "Our comeback was also fun, but this comeback was full with a lot of valuable things and I enjoyed it. I had many opportunities to communicate with my fans.. our first fan meeting would be the most memorable one." SinB: "It was my first promotion as an adult and I think I worked with a new attitude and mind. All the member's appearances changed a lot and we had a change of concept, I enjoyed it. This promotion was especially great because I had lots of time to meet my fans." Translation: ADEL&Kim Source: http://entertain.naver.com/read?oid=117&aid=0002898825
  11. [MyDaily = Lee Seung-Rok Reporter] Girlgroup GFRIEND (Sowon Yerin Eunha Yuju SinB Umji) revealed their thoughts regarding the comeback.GFRIEND held a combined interview at a café in Seoul Seongdong-Gu on the 7th, in celebration of the new album 'THE AWAKENING'.During the interview, GFRIEND stated that even though they may be getting more popular, "We won't lose the way we were at the very beginning" and "We are still thankful for everything, even the smallest things."Specifically, Yuju let out tears - "It's emotional" - while reminiscing of the day GFRIEND went through the 'falling incident'. Yuju then added "To be honest, how painful can falling down really be," which set off the tears of other members such as Sowon and Umji.The new album's title song is 'FINGERTIP', which showcases the dramatic change in GFRIEND. Thanks to the catchy chorus of "Tang-tang-tang FINGERTIP!", the song is receiving lots of love since its release on the 6th. Below is the Q&A. - Thoughts on achieving #1 on music charts with the new song?Sowon: "Preparing for this album was half worry, half excitement. It's because there were lots of changes in our concept. Fortunately, many people showed interest ever since the teaser release, and this was the first time we appeared on the real-time search rankings during the teaser phase. I wasn't able to sleep very well worrying, but all of the public interest is gave me energy for me to work hard and start promoting."- Thoughts while you were checking the music charts?Umji: "This time, our goal - while it would be nice to have a good record - is to receive positive feedback from the public such as 'Ah, they can excel with this kind of concept too' because we had a concept change. And so I didn't bother paying too much attention to the charts." - What was the reason for the concept change?SinB: "Me and Umji became adults following graduation, and there was a change of concept to match that. I think the timing was pretty good as we needed a concept change after our 'School Trilogy.'"- Do you like the new concept?SinB: "We took off our school uniforms to be able to demonstrate a variety of looks, and I really like how we were able to change into a chic style."Sowon: "Just because we changed, it doesn't necessarily imply 'we are no longer young girls'. There is a lot we can show, and we wanted to show everything. During the earlier stages of debut, I once said 'I would like to try whatever fits us at that moment', and I would like to try this and that. Perhaps we can go back to our innocence, and have variety like that."Yerin: "Like a chameleon?"(laughs) - The changes are?Yuju: "From the outfits to hairstyles, they all changed. Originally, our concept was to not dye our hairs, but we went through a dramatic change. As for our outfits, we changed from school uniforms to military uniforms."- Any point dances?SinB: "'Tang-tang-tang' We paid a lot of attention to detail in firing the gun. We even considered the recoil."Sowon: "Our CEO-nim sent us a photo of a real soldier and asked us to pay attention to how we see, like such."- Aren't there reactions with the 'unfamiliarity' of the change?Sowon: "We are actually looking forward to this. A verse from our lyrics I like is 'I was already prepared'. If we had a concept that didn't match us, we wouldn't have came back with the concept. I'm not sure how others might perceive us, but we came back because we were prepared. I'm thinking when we have our first comeback stage, more people will like us. So we are greatly anticipating for the first music show. Between us, we're excited. Despite the said reactions, we don't even have regrets such as 'Oh no, should we return to our roots'. Instead, we are thinking 'Okay, let's just be even more awesome'.- Did you gain confidence?Sowon: "When we received the guide for the song, we were 50/50 on it. However, all of our members got assurance when we filmed our choreography scene in the M/V. The atmosphere was amazing, and we thought 'Ah, we need to go on a music show.'"Yerin: "That was the first time wearing our outfits, after weeks of wearing practice outfits in our practice room. The members were like, quite amazing." - Everyone is in their 20's now, and so what path do you think GFRIEND will be walking on from now on?Sowon: "It's not like we were set on going forward with the 'School Trilogy' ever since debuting with 'Glass Bead'. We just performed songs that fit us the best at that moment, and there were lots of other song candidates while preparing for 'FINGERTIP'. I think the song quality and the seasonality are also aspects we can't leave out. I expect us to be coming back with songs that are most appropriate for the corresponding season."- Aren't there lots of reactions praising Umji's beauty?Umji: "I think becoming 20 years old and growing up a bit gave me a little bit of that mature beauty I didn't have before. I'm really happy thanks to everyone telling me that I fit well." (laughs)- Who became the prettiest since 'Glass Bead'?Members: "Definitely Eunha. The bobbed-hair was a godsend. She also lost lots of her baby fat. Her pretty face features are now well revealed." Eunha: "(laughs) I feel blessed thanks to everyone complimenting me with my beauty. I'm happy because everyone had an unified opinion of me."Sowon: "We're not saying you're the prettiest of us 6, it's that you improved the most."Yerin: "I hope Eunha keeps her bobbed-hair for 3 years." - Confident on the music show rankings?Sowon: "It would be great if we could achieve a great record, but more so I would like to hear 'Ah they can digest that concept without feeling out of place'. I take a look at a lot of comments, but the reactions still seem 50/50 for now. Our goal is to perform on a music show and hear 'They're good, blended in very well'. Rather than our report card, we are focusing more on those aspects. - You are often picked as the Top 2 girlgroups with Twice. You will now be promoting at the same time, how do you feel?Yerin: "I've known friends in Twice since a long time ago. I was wondering when we would be promoting at the same time, and we happen to have overlapping schedules this week. We'll be meeting them in broadcasting stations. Twice's song is good and their choreography seems nice too.Sowon: "We are good friends with Twice. We also KakaoTalk each other a lot. The reason we got close was because we wrote 'We want to be friends'. While doing the collaboration stages, there were members of the same age and so I was able to get closer to them. When each other's teasers get revealed, we always support each other, take capture photos and cheer each other on, encouraging: 'The song is so good, we saw the M/V'. We are good colleagues. - Any chance you'll be returning to innocence?Umji: "Of course!"Sowon: "If we get an opportunity to come back in the Spring, we'll probably consider it. And I think all of us look innocent." - Some fans are concerned that you might gain too much ego because you got so popular, so quickly.Umji: "We still take capture photos of each other when we rise in the search lists. We are still amazed at even the littlest things. We talk about the words we shared during our trainee days. The love we are receiving right now shouldn't be taken for granted, and that every bit of it is precious. We will always be active without losing our original hearts and intentions."Sowon: "I still can't believe that we are receiving so much love. Because our agency isn't a big one, we weren't expecting this much attention towards us. At this point we rose on the real-time search rankings even with teasers, but we still feel like trainees when we aren't actively promoting. We don't even know how to decorate ourselves. We had our photos taken once while walking around nearby streets with weird visuals. Yerin got a photo taken wearing slippers, training uniform and hoodie. We were told 'don't do that,' but we really just don't care too much. We don't wear masks or hats just because we became a celebrity. We still feel too much like trainees."Yerin: "Every bit is precious, and we are aware that none of what we have came by easily. So we won't be able to forget that." - Some say you gained popularity off of the 'falling incident'?Sowon: "Actually it's also thanks to Yerin doing well on 'Running Man' prior to that. For sure, more of the public heard of us thanks to the 'falling incident', but hearing about how that incident "saved our lives" is a little upsetting.Umji: "We are famous for the 'Falling FanCam', but I think we received lots of support not because we fell, but because we got up again and and finished the stage. Words like 'Lucky you fell' upset us. We think the love we received was thanks to us getting up and finishing the stage despite falling multiple times." Yuju: "It's pretty emotional. To be honest, how painful can falling down really be." (Yuju, who fell the most during the 'falling incident' showed tears while reminiscing of the day, and members also let out tears seeing Yuju.)Eunha: "I'm thankful for Yuju getting up and still trying her best despite falling, it gets me emotional." Yuju: "The falling itself isn't really painful. My thought is that getting up was definitely the right thing to do. When people compliment me for that, I wonder if I even deserve that praise anymore. I try to never forget my attitude from that day. It's an unforgettable stage." - Goals for this promotion and final statements?Umji: "I'd like to be able to promote healthy and not get hurt. Personally, I'd like everyone to watch our stages and be overwhelmed with emotions." Sowon: "We came back after having our longest break yet. Although there may be a new chance, we also worked very hard for this comeback so I hope lots of people will support us for our upcoming promotions."[Photo = MyDaily Photo DB](Lee Seung-Rok Reporter : roku@mydaily.co.kr) Interview Source: Naver TVEntertainment Article Translated by Albatro
  12. [DIRECT INTERVIEW] GFRIEND, "Comeback date not decided.. preparing hard for new album" 2017.02.07 Source: MY DAILY via NAVER "Comeback date undecided...Graduation interview revealed" "Yerin, tears of joy on Umji and SinB's Graduation" [MY DAILY Lee Song Rok Reporter] Girl group GFRIEND directly said about their comeback "We are diligently preparing" 'Maknae Line' SinB and Umji attended their graduation ceremony at School Of Performing Arts Seoul (SOFA) this 7th, Other members Sowon, Yerin, Eunha and Yuju also visit the school and congratulated them. GFRIEND members had their interview with MYDAILY this day about the news regarding their album release in March. They said, "We also saw the news" and "Although we didn't have a proper (Comeback) shedule yet, we are working hard on preparing it." GFRIEND who made their debut last 2015 with "Glass Bead", "Me Gustas Tu", "Rough" "Navillera" they are making series of hit songs. The timing of the release of their new album is a matter of concern. In additional, SinB and Umji who graduated this day became adults and been asked if what they want to do with their members said "I want to eat ChiMaek (Chicken + Beer)" In commemoration of their maknaes' graduation, eldest unnie Sowon said "I want a vacation between ourselves" and "I want to get my driving license fast and drive" Especially their member Yerin who teared up while saying her thoughts about SinB and Umji's graduation. Yerin while shedding tears said , "I've seen all these kids' school admission...Graduation" The members are laughing with her appearance and said " So cute" Umji said while staring at Yerin "Seeing unnie like this It shows her sincere heart" and " I think again when the three of us were trainees we ride in the subway together, we are going to school together, we went to practice room together. " Meanwhile GFRIEND is expected to make their comeback in the first half of the year and the timing of the announcement of their new album is undecided yet. Translations: Haechi (express999x) GFSS Crew
  13. [ISSUE IS] GFRIEND SinB·Umji Graduation Thoughts "We'll be 20 years old" 2017.02.07 Source: ILGAN SPORTS via NAVER [ILGAN SPORTS Hwang Jee Young] 20 years old SinB and Umji revealed their fluttering hearts. SinB and Umji attended the graduation ceremony of School Of Performing Arts (SOFA) and received their diploma this 7th. The two are amazed and said "Last year we gave a bouquet of flowers and celebrated Yuju unnie and Eunha unnie's graduation, this time it's our graduation." On the graduation of the maknaes Umji and SinB all the GFRIEND members turned into adults. Determined SinB said, "I am surprised and I also laugh because I really have a desire to be an adult. I will show to you a growth look." Umji make a promise and said, "It is strange to remove the status of being a student." and " To all my friends and teachers who supported me thank you so much. I will repay you with my growth appearance." GFRIEND is gearing for their comeback, Hwang Jee Young Reporter hwang.jeeyoung@jtbc.co.kr Translations: Haechi (@express999x) GFSS Crew
  14. "We Realized Again. None of the six members should be left out" - GFRIEND Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, Umji. GFRIEND Found Dazed Again After 1 Year 01.31.2017 Source: http://kr.dazeddigital.com/2017/01/31/다시-깨달았다-우리는-여섯-명-중-한-명이라도-빠지면/ Sowon's full outfit by Kye, SinB's full outfit by Munsoo Kwon, Yuju's Outfit Velvet material pleated dress by Rocket X Lunch Text Ruby Kim Fashion Bebe Kim Photography Yeong Jun Kim Eunha's full outfit by Fleamadonna, Yerin's Outfit Ruffle detail stripe shirt by Mag & Logan, Salon De Yohn, Umji's shirt by Amberjack, Skirt by Recto It's the second time meeting since last year. You established yourselves as a prominent group. How do you feel about your 2nd debut anniversary ? UMJI: Earlier while we are inside our car I told to the members that I didn't realize that it's 2 years already. It seems like time flies fast that last year seems like a couple of days ago. SOWON: In 2015 we did our debut and ran blindly, 2016 was the time when we were able to grow one step further. We want to show you that we will work hard this year in 2017 like we did last year. YERIN: I'm so happy about receiving everyone's big love. SINB: I felt so weird on greeted by Juniors when we are going to broadcast stations. It's a strange feeling. EUNHA: Right. It's fascinating. YUJU: We were always the maknaes (youngest)... So puzzled. You went to Taiwan last week. Your popularity isn't it great? SOWON: We were invited in Taiwan's 'Superstar Red and White Entertainment Awards' ceremony. In some way, it's our first appearance in a Taiwan entertaiment program, I'm surprised that many people welcome us than I expected. YERIN: We prepared a simple greeting in Chinese language, I was struggling a lot to memorize it, I was really touched by the Chinese fans that are singing along with Korean lyrics. EUNHA: We are not really starting overseas activities yet, thank you for the fans who know and love us. This year all the members turned into adults. Congratulations. YERIN: Ohyu, I'm getting old (laughs). Still my mental age is a high school student. SOWON: As Yerin said, she's getting older, all the members are still playful and innocent. However, there seems to be a bit of maturity. Is there something you want to do together s a celebration on being an adult UMJI: At a fine day, I want to have 'Chimaek' (Chicken+beer) with the members at Han River. SINB: I want to go at the Sauna. Now we can be at the Sauna in the middle of the night without our guardians. (laughs) SOWON: Watch late-night movies, I want to get a driving license and travel together in a car. YUJU: I would like to share a sincere conversation while drinking beer with our choreographers who taught me so hard since my debut. SOWON: Me too! Since I'm the 1st minor I felt so sorry on sharing Yulmu Tea and Rice wine with the teachers in the practice room. I was worried about Umji's leg injury. Are you all right? UMJI: It is now fully recovered. I am sorry for the people who are worried about it. I worked hard during the treatment. SOWON: Thanks to Umji for recovering on it. In one month her absence was really big. I realized this opportunity once more. None of the six members of GFRIEND shouldn't be left out! YUJU: As soon as Umji back,it is so good that the team become lively. I heard that you're busy preparing on your new album nowadays, Is your preparation going well? SOWON: I can't tell you yet, but we are really preparing for it. I don't know if what color will comeout on album this time will be.However, I guess there will always a GFRIEND vibe on it. We hope you wait and believe. After the 'School Trilogy' The public is expecting a lot of new things on GFRIEND. Do you have a transformation that you want to try out from your company's plans? YERIN: Somewhat dreamy like concept! SOWON: Girl Crush UMJI & SINB: Something different visually! I want to try dyeing and color lenses. YUJU & EUNHA: I want to try something colorful in my make-up or costume. If you do a unit activity, who is the member you want to match? SOWON: Personally Umji, Eunha, Yerin vs SinB, Yuju, Me. I think it will be fun if we are divided like this. Divided into Cute team and Girl Crush team. SINB: I agree. Yerin unnie, Eunha unnie, umji, a good trio. Hoping to see an Orange Caramel cute concept unit. YUJU: Umji and SinB Seems like the maknaes will go well. EUNHA: I want to try with Yerin unnie. When we play together there's a bit similar code. It's a way of making your body or face look fierce. (laughs) If you are given to take a break for a month is there anything you want to do first? SOWON: In one month.... It seems so long. When I'm busy I'm eager to rest but when I rest I felt so ashamed. Even if I watch TV, I think I should be on that stage and I was like 'Why are you here?', A month is too long and it seems appropriate to take a week off. (laughs) YERIN: Really? I'm really happy to have a break time! I want to go on a trip even if it is not far away. EUNHA: Me too! I want to visit some famous places in our country rather than abroad. YUJU: It's a dream like story! I want tomeet my close friends who I have not seen for a long time. I want to talk cheerfully. SINB: I want to rest at home. I do not really want to do anything. I just want to spend some time with my friends in the neighborhood or shopping with my mom and dad. UMJI: Last time I had a break for about a month when my leg was injured. It was really boring. It would have been just in hospital and in house. Now that my legs are up, I want to go on a Hong Kong trip with my sister. While I'm doing the interview it feels like the members have different personalities. By chance, Do you have any usual way of speaking? SOWON & YERIN: Umji really says 'Now' a lot. (laughs) UMJI: I acknowledge it. (laughs) These days, my unnies keep making fun of me. SinB tends to speak quickly. Has many hand gestures. SINB: I think about it. It seems I'm saying 'little'. YERIN: Sowon unnie says 'So Funny' a lot YUJU & EUNHA: We don't have much. I think I'm just using a lot of monologues. I give a lot of 'Heh' sound when playing around with the members. Anything that's hit these days? SOWON: The drama ! I didn't watch until episode 7 now. YERIN: I'm stuck together with my doll Jibang these days. So cute. Originally, I don't have a lovely feeling when I see dolls but when I saw Jibang I'm really happy. There is a smile on my lips. SINB: I'm interested in interior decorations. These days, I'm going to decorate my room,.. UMJI: Diet! EUNHA: Cookie Run game! YUJU: Youtube videos! Looking for dancing videos. Someone who wants GFRIEND to be their girlfriend? Say your ideal type. YERIN: Kind person! SOWON: From debut I picked Park Hae Jin sunbaenim all the way. Recently I changed to Hong Jong-Hyun ssi. (laughs) YUJU: These days Nam Joo-hyuk ssi is really cool. In the drama Jung Joon-hyung's role is really my style. UMJI: Jeremy Sumpter who appear in movie ! His eyes are sad and I feel so fluttered. SINB: I'm attracted on guys with good voice. I prefer hard working person. EUNHA: Actually, I prefer a person who likes methe way I am. What a mature answer! For the ending, what are the goals of GFRIEND in 2017? SOWON: I want to show you more of our hidden selves through various channels such as Music programs as well as entertainment programs, radio etc. YERIN: Entering the charts and reaching the 1st spot! UMJI & EUNHA: We received lots of love in the past 2 years. Hoping that GFRIEND will receive more love this year and hoping that it will become good a year to be active. SINB: I want to give as much as I receive. Last year, I was worried about my fans with these and other things. I would like to meet fans often this year. YUJU: I want to stand on stage with new mind every time without losing tension. I want to be a GFRIEND who does not hesitate without losing our intention. Hair Il Joong Lee, So Hee Jo Makeup Bu Sung Kim, Hey Min Joh
  15. Interview of Eunha for her BNT Photoshoot. English subtitles provided by Yang AChi.
  16. [SportsWorld = Yun Gi-Baek reporter] Girlgroup GFRIEND successfully finished their promotions with their first studio album 'LOL'. With the title song 'NAVILLERA', they not only swept the Digital and CD music charts, but they also won 14 trophies on music shows, setting a grand feat of 29 music show trophies in just a single calendar year. And this is their 4th straight hit in a row, starting with the debut song 'Glass Bead', then 'Me Gustas Tu', 'Rough', and 'NAVILLERA'. Backed up by a sturdy fanbase, GFRIEND can now be called, without a doubt, 'Trendiest Girlgroup' and 'Korea's Favourite Girlgroup'. We met with GFRIEND after their successful first studio album 'LOL' promotions to hear about their behind stories regarding this promotions. - This promotions was yet another success. You set an impressive record. "While preparing the album, I had lots of worries. So rather than hoping for good records, I wanted the song to last long on the charts and receive consistent love like the songs released previously. But we received an impressive report card with 14 music show trophies on it. I really don't know how to respond to this gigantic love, and I feel like this promotions gives me both more responsibility and desire to present even better music in the next album." (Sowon) - From what I heard, 'Rough' was "meh" at first listen, but it became a huge success. How were your first impressions for 'NAVILLERA'? "Actually, this song was "meh" too (laughs). But for 'Rough', it was meh at first but at least it became progressively better. Meanwhile for 'NAVILLERA', I didn't really like it when I first heard it, and even when I kept listening to it. So we came back with worries and concerns, and I honestly didn't expect so much love from lots of people, even in my dreams. 'Do I have to get a new pair of ears? (laughs)', I'm seriously contemplating it." (Sowon) "Honestly, there wasn't anything that really stood out for me (laughs). So I had lots of worries for whether 'NAVILLERA' could receive lots of love or not, and I am at a loss of words seeing how much more love we received compared to the previous promotions. Maybe we really do have to get new pairs of ears." (Umji) - There are lots of comments on how well GFRIEND fits in with the retro concept. "The song itself doesn't really have a retro feel. But adding in the stage outfits and the concept, I think that created GFRIEND's own unique retro style. The song itself feels like something you'd hear at the old disco places, but I think the result came out great thanks to appropriate retro sentiments coupled with GFRIEND's own unique colours." (Umji) - This promotion's biggest winner seems to be 'bobbed-hair' Eunha. "It's embarrassing (laughs). Since many people have commented on how well it fits me, I'm now also thinking 'Aah, I fit well in bobbed-hair'. I'm thinking I made a good choice to go with bobbed-hair, and I feel really happy about it." (Eunha) - Is there a member you'd like to recommend bobbed-hair to for the next promotions. "I don't think the members want bobbed-hair as much as I do (laughs). But if I had to pick, wouldn't Yerin unnie fit well? Since she has a cute image, I think she would look nice in bobbed-hair." (Eunha) "I had to do bobbed-hair until graduation due to school policies. I really wanted to grow my hair, so I don't really want to cut my hair if I didn't have to (serious face). If I was told to do bobbed-hair, I would, but I don't really want to step up and do it myself (laughs)." (Yerin) - When we talk about GFRIEND, the intense choreography stands out. Do you feel any stress regarding it. "GFRIEND is in reality a girlgroup, and it is true that we get tired as we keep doing the choreography. But all of our members feel like something is missing if there is a break in the choreography. In fact, we even request our choreography teacher for intense choreography ourselves, such as by asking: 'Can we run here instead of walking?' (laughs). I don't think we can turn back. Intense choreography, I want to keep at it for as long as we can." (Yerin) - You won first place, and you're receiving lots of love. At this point, what's your goal. "We'd like to visit all of the year-end awards ceremonies. Last year, we attended all of the ceremonies but one, so we'd like to introduce GFRIEND in all of the year-end awards ceremonies this year." (Sowon) Photos = Provided by Source Music Source: Naver TVEntertainment News Article Comments: + 2320, - 244 When we talk about GFRIEND, indeed their knife-like choreography haha, so amazing + 1273, - 208 Yeochinnis~ You worked hard for this promotions, well done~! + 1190, - 214 GFRIEND is impressive, looking forward to them in the future even more + 1015, - 201 I love you GFRIEND!!! + 464, - 66 Every time I see GFRIEND's knife-like choreography, it makes me cheer for them even more when I imagine how much blood and sweat filled effort they've put in. GFRIEND fighting! + 257, - 36 My biggest wish is for them to complete each promotions without injuries, while laughing out loud like their usual selves + 260, - 38 Cheers for GFRIEND, let's see each other for a long long time~ + 252, - 38 Indeed, knife-like choreography for GFRIEND ♡ + 215, - 27 GFRIEND's knife-like choreography really is spectacular, it's a result of all their hard work practicing and all their efforts, keep succeeding + 206, - 24 For knife-like choreography to be possible, the members need to be in sync, and GFRIEND's members look to be really close to each other, so this is really good to see. Let's go for a long long time, and don't get injured
  17. Translation : My name is Sowon, real name Kim Sojeong. Written from Beautiful "So" and Wish/Meaning "Jeong'. Maybe the means is to become a person with beautiful wish/meaning? My first dream is singer. The appereance of singer who breathing together with audiences on big stages look so cool. I become Gfriend because of my former agency introduce me to. When I heard we're gonna debut, thought like this come to me, this song that only us heard it before in practice room until we bored, at last we can sing this song to the world. When comeback with "Me Gustas Tu", honestly i'm more nervous than debut with "Glass Bead". We thought we have to do better so worried, burden, and excitement feels mixed. i'm a bright person and also do lot of mischiefs. of course not always bright for 365 days (laugh), but i'm trying to spend (days) brightly. I'm glad to be a singer when people said the songs is good, and fans said thank you for become a singer. I'm really happy when people said my efforts on stages are pretty. Hencefort, my goals is to keep delivering good music. I'm not gonna stop and want to become singer who keep growing/evolving even if it just small changes. My name is Yerin, Consist from righteous wisdom "Ye" and neighbor 'Rin" letter, my parents give me name with meanings Neighbor with Righteous wisdom. I want to become singer after watching SNSD and wondergirls sunbaenim activity when i'm in 5th Grade. Since highschool 1st grade i'm start to taking auditions and start as trainee, then in 2nd Grade i come to this agency. I thought i'm gonna be nervous a lot for debut stages, but actually i'm just blank trough it. Maybe i'm look so groggy there. It feels like debuting again when comeback with "Me Gustas Tu". I'm still nervous every stage because the powerful dance moves. I'm really bright if i'm with comfortable person around me. until it can't be holded. (laugh) but my personality is that i'm easily shy so when i'm quiet i'm really quiet. Member told me i'm "bipolar". Sometime when happily playing then i suddenly quiet. Fans told me that they get strength from watching us, the thought that I become an existence that giving strength to people, this thought make me glad become a singer. I'm building dream from watching sunbaenims and i hope someone gonna dreaming become singer from watching me. like that i want to be a wonderful singer. because make someone have a dream is hard. My name is Eunha, real name Jung Eunbi. The meaning is to become Graceful Queen, consist from letter Graceful "Eun" and Queen 'bi". Interesting that i'm always thought Son Dambi Sunbaenim's name is pretty, then my parents told me that they was worried to choose between Dambi and Eunbi. (laugh) i want become singer since in kindergarden. In elementary school start with become part of kid dance team, trying little bit acting too, and since then start living as trainee. In 2nd Grade middle school, i'm quit and focus on study and start learn to sing when i'm 18. My Manager now saw me practicing in 2nd Grade middle school before, he called me to become Gfriend member. Gfriend already practicing with 5 member, and i've been stop singing and dancing for 3 years make everything awkward and hard. Specially debut song "Glass Bead" dances are really hard, i'm really proud and happy since people acknowledged our "knife-like/sharp dances" after debut. I'm standing on "Me Gustas Tu" comeback stages thinking it as 2nd debut stages. Maybe i'm gonna feel the same with the 3rd song. Team image and my real personality not have big differences. All members are bright and lively. Thought that i'm glad become a singer come when i heard fans who giving us support and love. i thought, when a lot of people liking me like this, if i do not become a singer i'm never gonna feel something like this. My name is Yuju, although its a stage name, it consist of plenty "yu" and roots "Ju", means to become the roots of the team thats why the agency give this name. I'm grateful because actually this name is a name that our CEO always thinking if he have a daughter. Since i'm little, i'm always interest with arts, singing and dancing. I've keep training until 2nd Grade high school a chance come and i audition to become Gfriend member. We have up and downs until the debut song and dates decided. Members training really hard for "Glass Bead". i thought first stage gonna be so nervous but its not that nervous than i thought. but after the stage is done, my heart beating so fast. me and members still can't feel real about our popularity and reactions. It still feel strange when People around us usually told about it, or when people following us singing our song. We heard a lot that if we (members) togethers we look like energetic High School Students. well 4 of us is actually high school students. (laugh) then this energetic looks match well for us. Everyone personality is comfortable and we pretty noisy if we together. Until manager keep telling us to quiet. I wish to become happy singer and GFriend as a group keep going for long time giving people happiness with showing good songs and performances My name is Sinbi, real name Hwang Eunbi. Written with Graceful "Eun" and Queen "Bi" letter. The name is the same as Eunha unni, the Hanja letters is the same too. The name means to become wise and graceful queen. I've been dreaming to become singer since little and my parents know i like to sing and dance so they put me in dance academy and since then chances keep coming and i start to work. I'm in the same kid dance team with Eunha Unnie, and come to lot of variety show too. I'm accepted through GFriend audition. When i'm still trainee In my former agency and my agency now too the debut date doesnt means to debut. So i've a thought "Can i really debut?" and trough some depression. When listened to "Glass Bead" for the first time i really like it and have a thought, "Ah! Now i can really debut with this,". Comeback with "Me Gustas Tu" feels like debut again so my feels is for doing it with more efforts. and now is the same. Lot of people following our song and dance make me happy. Hencefort as Gfriend member, and as Sinbi first we need to let people know our tim and i want to become like our name, friends like gfriend. and more over if people happy because listening to our song, i'm happy. My name is Umji, real name Kim Yewon. CEO-nim give me Umji like the name it have meanings 'Thumbs Up', 'Umji cheok!'. In comic book "Magpie(Kachi)", his girlfriend name is Umji, i'm accepting this name after heard story from adults that in their ages this name is what usually they use to call their girlfriend. I like dance and sing since little, but only limited to like and not thinking to make it my job. One day at assembling day in my highschool i got casting to Gfriend audition, and i passed. I'm still remember when i listen to "Glass Bead" for the first time. Manager come to practice room and give us a piece of paper, he told us to write a simple appreciation after listening to the songs. I write that i really like the school bell part at song intro. (laugh) Debut stages and comeback stages feel different to me. Every stage always feels excited and nervous, but before i felt that i'm only need to work harder, and now I perform with thought that i want to make a cool stage performances. I think that since "Glass Bead" and "Me Gustas Tu" everything start from the song, dances, and concept really match well with us. All members actually talk and laugh a lot. I'm glad become a singer when i heard people said that they receiving energy from listening our song and watching our stage. I want to become a singer who give smile to people. like after i see and want to see again, if i doesnt see, i'll find it to see. Translation : Girlgroup who open 2015 with fire, 15th january Gfriend drop their first debut album. Active with title songs "Glass Bead" they slowly start to surfaced. Girlgroups who start to boring because of the same concept and can't find what is the differents for each group in publics but for finding Gfriend unique charm is easy. "thought like this come to me, In practice room only us heard this song until we bored, but at last we can sing this song to the world. I'm prepared my feeling to give more efforts."(Sowon) "I'm still remember when i listen to "Glass Bead" for the first time. Manager come to practice room and give us a piece of paper, he told us to write a simple appreciation after listening to the songs. I write that i really like the school bell part at song intro. (laugh)" (Umji) It become a "daebak", less than a month from debut date at 5th February, Gfriend debut album "Season of Glass" get 1st place on Hanteo chart real time. Its really rare this day for a fresh rookie to rise on top of music chart, Gfriend become more stand out between notable Sunbaes. After promoting "Glass Bead" for 3 months at 23rd July, Gfriend release their 2nd mini album and start acive again. The reaction is more hot than "Glass Bead". "it feels like debut again so my feels is for doing it with more efforts.and now is the same. We're gonna do it with more efforts and hardwork as much as people love our song" (Sinbi) To celebrate their comeback, Gfriend doing a nationwide fan sign so fans from regions can met them start from 1st August. Starting from Busan main city to met and with resolutions to repay the fans love. And also their new song "Me Gustas Tu" sitting on 1st place in music chart sites since released, between 10 girlgroup the only one who taking place on top chart, proving them as a "trend". "i'm glad become a singer when fans give us love and support. People loving me like this if i did't become a singer, maybe i'm never going to feel like this". (Eunha) In MBC Music "Show Champion" 5th August, "Me Gustas Tu" nominated as "Champion Song". It such a deep meaning To be The only Rookie who in the same shoulder with Beast, AOA, APink, and Infinite. 6th September, in SBS 'Inkigayo' they concluding their promotion after 7 weeks, Gfriend proving them as a "trend" and getting a spot as one of hot girlgroup this year. Specially during the 7 weeks, their song always in topping charts and maintain steady between notable sunbaes and definitely getting praise for their brilliant works. Even after writing a big records, they still can feel it yet. When asked "what is your biggest worries now?", their answer it with usual girl story, "i'm preparing for Entrance Exam, have to do it in short time is my worries."(Eunha) "My worries is entrance exam too. Me and Eunha are gonna be 20yo, that is a worries too. (laugh) Of course i'm excited too, it feels like mixed of 2 kind of feelings."(Yuju) "I'm worrying about how to change my hairstyle. (laugh) I can't damaging my hair so there is not much to do, is it to the side, or straight down, everyday is concerning."(Yerin) "I'm focus to take care of health. How i can take care my health while promoting so i taking medicine diligently, and consistently checking health to hospital."(Sinbi) They definitly concluding their promotion, they think its already done but "Me Gustas Tu" climbing again on charts. 7th Sept, Gfriend performances get covered by foreign media their analyzed how crazy the influences are. Gfriends got to perform on SBS Radio Public Broadcast at 5th Sept. At their "Me Gustas Tu" stages assumed GFriend fall 8 times. This stages is recorded by one fan (wa-nim), and the video quickly start spreading online. at that time the rain is falling, and the outdoor stage is slippery. They exceptionally decreasing their powerful moves as much as possible but still Yuju fall 5 times, SInbi 2 times, and Yerin 1 time. Even though they fall they rise again and naturally following their moves. Everyone who watch this video can't hide their sorry watching them doing their best. This aspects even through until abroad, Times America, Billboard England, Dailymail, and others introducing Gfriend video. Specially, Times said "There is Kpop Singer who fall 8 times which can motivate you to keep going on whatever you do". The video become viral through the world, Gfriend "Me Gustas Tu" made a record for rising until re-entering top 10 tier. Gfriend who debut less than a year, at this point really become one of 2015 hot girlgroup is not wrong. Translated by : jieblack91 credit for the scans : gfriendunited