Taeyeon's Elle Magazine Interview - September 2021


Taeyeon's first Sulwhasoo


ELLE: For the first time, the collaboration of Taeyeon and Sulwhasoo. How was the first filming with Sulwhasoo? 

TAEYEON: I want to thank the staff for approaching me kindly and welcoming me. The imagery and the directionality that Sulwhasoo is aiming for was also what I loved. ♥


ELLE: You look relaxed now. Even at this filming site and the appearances you show during your album activities.

TAEYEON: Anyhow, from the time I started to appear in entertainment shows on TV, the bright side of me tends to show a lot.


ELLE: You stepped into your 30s even before you knew it. What’s the biggest difference with Taeyeon from the 20s and 30s?

TAEYEON: The relaxed vibe, I guess. Compared to the past, now I have more time to look around and take care of my surroundings.


ELLE: I heard that you are trying hard to put minimalism into action. Is there anything you gave up on for the life of minimalism? During the process of emptying out, I’m guessing you rather had time to reminisce precious things.

TAEYEON: Clothes are the ones I gave up on the most. Also, make-up products. There were so many new products that I thought I would use someday in the future. From the moment I promised to live a minimalistic life, rather than giving up on something, I tend to have caution before purchasing.


ELLE: I attempted to be a minimalist once, but it was so hard to clean up my make-up table. It was so hard to throw each thing out! I’m just wondering how your make-up table would look like. Also, I'm curious about what make-up products you kept.

TAEYEON: The anti-aging cream! As people know I’m a ‘Cosmetic Guru' who has a lot of interest in make-up products. To be good at applying coloured make-up, the health of the skin itself and the flexibility of the skin is thought to be the most important. For that, I focus on what is said to be the basic of the basics, skincare!


ELLE: ‘Homebody’ is a famous description of you, but because you have a lot of activities these days you would have make-up on often. Nevertheless, you have beautiful skin, is there a secret method that you have?

TAEYEON: I spend a lot of time on cleansing. Cleansing three times is what I try to do every day to get my make-up off precisely. Also, I put the most effort on the basic make-up steps (like toner, emulsion, cream etc.) for the skin to recover by itself.


ELLE: Will there be a change after you have experienced Sulwhasoo?

TAEYEON: I got the feeling of my skin becoming softer and younger most of the time! Like the feeling of nicely applying a fresh cream on my face. ♥


ELLE: Sulwhasoo is progressing a brand campaign called ‘Beauty Grows’. The title seems to describe Taeyeon. As time goes by, you are getting more beautiful every time. What do you think about that? Every person has their own beauty in themselves. I want to ask of you, what part of yourself is considered as your own personal beauty?

TAEYEON: The beauty of me is the naturalness. Since birth, my personality seems to let everything flow like water and cannot stand contrived situations. The feeling of just being original and not overreacting but also not underacting according to the circumstances we face. Keeping calm and cool!


Source: Elle Magazine

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Melon's K-POP TOP 100 Masterpieces

Melon's K-POP TOP 100 Masterpieces


#79 - I (feat. Verbal Jint) - TAEYEON



The official solo debut of Taeyeon, who was recognised early as the group’s vocal member, took 8 years to happen. As a soloist from a girl group, her choice was not the orthodox ballad route to be recognised for her singing ability, nor putting forth the so-called ‘from girl to a lady’ charm, nor the ‘transformation’ cliché. Solo Taeyeon’s first step was to sing her dream and will. The guitar riffs that create grand tension, the melody’s theme which is like the wind that collates the power and roars, and the rhythm that seems to be hasty, reminded me of an adventurer who travels through mysterious landscapes. Starting from a somber and unstable space, to a legendary rapper’s feature that seems effortless, the singer stands out more and passes through the shining path. The moment she sang the chorus with a brilliant high-note embraced me with an indescribable catharsis. The song was about Taeyeon’s existence of being me, myself and ‘I’. The title ‘I’ was rather more significant and confident compared to a self-title.


‘I’ speaks out about K-POP idols being human before showing themselves as attractive women only and being people who live with a bigger vision and ego than anybody else. While some sing with a warm or a stubborn voice with the ordinary topics of their dreams and disappointment, Taeyeon brings the audience into a mythical world with her self-love language, combative beats and a confident and firm voice. Taeyeon’s thought of ‘herself’ is of an ordinary person but at the same time, one that is highly exceptional. The coexistence of messages of admiration and empathy. Solo artist Taeyeon, who is supported by a stronger fandom than anyone else, but at the same time is loved more widely than anyone else, is made up of those things.


Since then, many K-POP idols have used the theme of ‘Me’ as their title for their solo album. However, it was rare to achieve a result as successful as Taeyeon’s ‘I’. This is because it has more meaning to it than just being a song of a ‘successful K-pop solo artist’. This album was even before the mainstream media connected idols as ‘dreaming girls’. It was a time when idols were only people who showed off their appeal to the public. However, this was also the time when the K-POP industry was also transformed into a fandom culture as a ‘supporter’ with no limits of gender when being a fan. Based on the background and foundation from the supporters that Taeyeon built up from being an idol, she pushed her words of what needed to be heard in this industry and what she also wanted to say to herself. ‘I’ is a proof of transformation of the K-POP idol industry, and a declaration that idols from now on will be different to the past. Idols will be recognized as human beings and professionals, thereby I believe that they will be exploring various domains with more 3-dimensional faces of themselves. For example, we will now be seeing girl groups that will go beyond the 10th anniversary of their debut, and there will be idols who will go beyond just being an attractive person with their looks - they will now attract the world with rich stories of their own.


By Mimyo



Source: Melon

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