[Interview] Brave Girls Exudes Tough Girl Charm
Six months after their return to the stage, the members of Brave Girls can no longer be described as ′pretty′ but ′cool.′ So, what was the reason behind their transformation?
Brave Girls, who was previously known for its revealing costumes and sensual dance, exhibited a 180-degree change with its most recent performance. Read on if you would like to know why.
The Brave Girls members, donning masculine suits that hid their waists and hips, looked as hot as ever during their intense dance routine. It seems it is no longer necessary for them to show skin in their performances.
Making a comeback with its new mini-album Re-Issue, the Brave Girls showcased its improved choreography, vocals, and stability through the title song Nowadays You. The members showed their steely resolution and proclaimed, “At least this time.”
Brave Girls don’t show any skin. What happened?
“After the showcase, many male fans asked if we were going to continue wearing [something similar]. In fact, it seemed like even our male directors were disappointed in the fact that there were no revealing costumes. Some fans have even commented that it is a crime to cover up the voluptuous body of Yejin, haha,” Eun Young said.
“[We are wearing] male suits that hides our body lines. We actually got our suits tailored at a male clothing store. While there were many people who were dismayed [with our suit selection], I hope they weren’t too disappointed. In the future, we would like to show a diverse change with our outfit selection,” Seo Ah said.
You all looked very pretty even while wearing men’s suits. What was the secret behind the successful transformation?
Hyeran said, “Covering our flaws was our biggest key. My chubby cheeks have always been my biggest complex, but many people have told me that I changed a lot, thanks to my rigorous diet.”
“In the past, I didn’t know what ‘getting a camera massage’ meant, but now I sort of understand [what it means]. When I was new, I was always worrying about looking pretty in front of the camera, but now that I have more experience, I am able to smile and act naturally in front of the camera. I also got better at smiling with my eyes. That’s probably why people are saying that we look prettier,” Seo Ah added.
Yejin replied, “Maybe it’s because we saw each other every day, but it’s hard to believe that we got prettier. It’s probably because fans are looking at us more favorably.”
You commented that male idol groups are Brave Girls’ biggest rivals. Is that because of the suits?
“Our suit costumes played a big part," answered Hyeran. "We did, in fact, get men’s suits and didn’t tailor them to fit our curves. Even our choreography was a group dance (which is the predominant format of male idol groups).”
Yejin added, “We wanted to show a powerful performance like the performances of male idol groups. Therefore, we prepared ourselves by imagining that we were competing with other male idol groups. In fact, if you look at us from behind, we really do look like guys. Maybe that’s the reason why we gained a lot of female fans.”
Even still, there’s no way to avoid the competition with the other girl groups. It seems like a new girl groups appears every day, with no end in sight.
“That feeling always seems to appear during our stressful times," sais Yejin. "We just have to continue doing our thing. While it may be difficult at times, competition will ultimately help us improve our music abilities.”
“Actually, there are some advantages to having many girl groups. The variety [amongst the girl groups] attracts more music fans and will only help in increasing the publicity of each group. Furthermore, it’s nice to see all of them working hard,” Seo Ah added.
What are your goals for your current promotions?
“All singers dream of being number one [on the music charts]. In 2012, I really want to be number one and see our CEO, Brave Brothers, cry,” Seo Ah replied.
“It would be nice if Brave Girls was immediately recognized by the public whenever we make an appearance. Fortunately, we are in a good position with many music broadcasting opportunities and have also received a lot of support from our fans,” Eun Young said.
You mentioned wanting to make Brave Brothers cry. Seeing as how Brave Girls was his first girl group, do you feel any pressure?
“Our album title is called Re-Issue. We want a fresh start [just like our album title]. In the beginning, we received a lot of attention due to our CEO [Brave Brothers]; however, in the future, we would like to be recognized as Brave Girls,” said Eun Young.
“Not too long ago, we went to Lotte World with our CEO. A lot of students were making a fuss nearby and, at first, we thought it was because they recognized who we were. Then they said ‘Look, its Brave Brothers,” showing their awestruck expressions. It was embarrassing, to say the least. If you think about it, we were the actual celebrities.. From now on, we want fans to notice us instead of our CEO,” Yejin said.
Beyond being first [on the music charts], what are your long-term goals as a singer?
“Although we are an idol group, I would like to become more of an artist," said Seo Ah. "Fortunately, there are many composers and songwriters in our agency. Through my continued music study, I would like to showcase my improved image to the public. We will continue to work hard and make the public realize that we are the face of Brave Entertainment with good reason. On top of that, it would be nice to be known globally, [since a dream can’t really exist without] greed," added Seo Ah with a laugh.
Photo credit: Brave Entertainment
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