There’s a new law in town, and its got your favorite idols in mind. An ‘overexposed’ law went into effect on March 22, 2013 in Korea, that will subject anyone in who is deemed as too trampy to a $45 fine. With the passing of this new law, the number one question on everyone’s mind is, what is to happen to Kpop, and more importantly, its female artist?
So, what will happen to Girls’ Generation, After School, Sistar, 4minute and the countless other? Well, it depends. Female artists in Kpop have but 3 options. Cute, Sexy, Tough. Not everyone can go the tough route, and being cute can only get them so far, so a sexy concept is the reliable favorite. Unlike the male artists who can hypnotize us fangirls to buy everything with their names on it by just flashing an ab or two, and busting out their
falsettos, woman artists arguably have it tough when attracting fans. For the girl groups to grab the attention of fanboys, its a silent battle of who can have the longest legs, the best cleavage, and shortest skirts. This new law will force female groups, and solo artists alike to stop parading their fanny cheeks, and excessive cleavage, to the world, and for some this could be detrimental to their futures.
Most obviously, the law means more conservative stage outfits for idol girl groups, and solo artists but this law could also bring about big changes in quality of music. This law is a scary one for the female artists and groups, whose entire careers have been based on how short they can get their hot pants. If they can’t use their lumps, and humps to attract fans they’ll need to rely on their skills, and talent, which could mean an ugly realization for some. It is interesting to think that the Hyun Ahs, Ga Ins, and Ranias of the industry could be at risk of losing their fan base because of this new law.
I believe that the real artists of Kpop will emerge with the passing of this new law. We will see who can reinvent themselves, and who can give us consistently good music when they don’t have their scantily clad bodies to hide behind.
2 thoughts on “The ‘Mini-Skirt Ban’: What It Means for Idol Korea”
That is actually so awesome. It’s very possible to wear pants (like SNSD’s “I Got A Boy”) and still have a cool, sexy performance. This rule also means that the leaders of Korea actually care about the well being of the mentality of teenage girls and what the Korean society thinks about image.
For the general public this law is definitely infringing on infringing people’s rights to wear what they please. I think it should have been limited to media/entertainment only.