K-pop is turning away from the very thin tall girls and being more open about different body types, but boy have we got a long way to go.
Even the girl group the Piggy Dolls debuted with the concept that all the members were "chubby" but when they didn't get popular they all went on a diet and are typical skinny idols...which shows how vicious this industry is.
So where does K-pop draw the line between perfect curves and "too big?"
This is Hyosung from Secret, arguably the curviest, sexiest k-pop idol out there.
(excluding Hakyeon's curves OBVS)
Her hips and boobs have gotten her countless lingerie sponsors and she's pretty famous for her killer body. In a world of tall, skinny girls with no fat on their bones, Hyosung is a stand out. She was one of the first idols break that mold!
She's celebrated for her body (its actually the main focus of her concepts...) but also for her pure talent - she basically rules!
This is Jung Yook Hye from Rainbow.
You've probably seen her looking adorable with pink hair in videos like this:
Only one thing:
Notice the cute belly-showing outfits they're all wearing?
Notice how Yoonhye ISN'T SHOWING HER STOMACH?!
She's less curvy than Hyosung but for some reason Rainbow's team decided it was better to hide her tiny tummy.
Not only is she the only one not showing her midriff in the music video, there are fan accounts of her shirt being pinned to her pants so it wouldn't rise up while she was dancing. Her outfits would always be slightly modified to hide her stomach and to be honest she looks the same size as most of her fellow members.
Scroll through some live performances too and try to see if you can pick her out.
Because of this, she came to be thought of as the chubby member of Rainbow, and if she's considered chubby than I must be a beluga whale! These girls are TINY!
After their "Tell Me Tell Me" promotion, they came right back with "Sunshine"....
and a much tinier Yoonhye.
Yoonhye was noticeably skinnier for this promotion cycle - probably because of the pressure put on her last promo when she had to cover her body.
Where is Kpop drawing the line between chubby and curvy? Does one company celebrate other body types differently for another company? Why is someone as tiny as Yoonhye being shamed for having a little meat on her bones?
This is the promotion only a few months after Tell Me Tell Me.
(she first shows up at 0:08 with the phone in her hand)
Yoonhye, you're slammin'
Think of Sistar's Soyu and her diet - she thought of herself as the 'fat pig' of the group until she went on her insanely unhealthy diet. (pictured above - broccoli, 2 eggs, and 1 sweet potato for an entire day)
Think of the crap people put Suzy through after she gained a little weight while filming Dream High?!
In all entertainment industries there will be pressure to be perfect physically, but its frustrating when one curve is considered worse than another.
Can you think of other idols that went through crazy weight loss because of their image? Who are your fav curvy idols?!
This extends to guys too - Xiumin and Sandeul have definitely had issues being called the 'chubby members' when they're totally healthy boys!