The Future of Black Kpop: 이미쉘 (Lee Michelle)

Lee Michelle

Lee Michelle, 21 years old, and was born and raised in Korea to a Korean mother, and African-American father. She was raised by her mother along with her two sisters. Michelle was a trainee under major Korean music agency, YG Entertainment, and was set to debut in girl group, SuPearls, but it was recently revealed she and the other SuPearl members have disbanded, and had their contracts nullified. This news follows denied rumors of conflict with Lee Michelle and YG.

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Lee Michelle caught the attention of views when she participated on the first season of hit talent competition show, Kpop Star. She was first introduced to the public when she blew away judges BoA (SM Entertainment), Park Jin Young (JYP Entertainment), and Yang Hyun Suk (YG Entertainment) with her performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools.”

She continued to wow viewers with her performances like her cover of Gummy’s “날그만잊어요 (Forget Me)” and Beyoncé’s “Halo.”

Lee Michelle managed to make it to the Top 5 of the competition before she was eliminated.

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Michelle Lee comes from similar backgrounds as Yoon Mirae, and Insooni, but if/when she debuts, she will be the first half-black, half-Korean artists to debut in mainstream entertainment. Becoming a member of a Kpop idol group will allow Lee Michelle to break down barriers, and help others of mixed backgrounds to follow in her footsteps, and play a more significant role in Kpop, as well as Korean Culture.

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