"This is for my bad girls all over the world. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good, you know?" -CL
Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Christina, Shakira... the top divas of the West all ooze sex appeal and confidence. The same is not true in South Korea as most top acts have an almost-unbelievable spotless record, sparkling charm and whole-hearted innocence. While K-pop stars display loads of sexiness, it tends to be modest than sexualized, cute over raunchy, innocent over dirty.
This week's K-Pop Hot 100 has three songs in the Top 20 all about bad girls. Lee Hyori’s former No. 1 “Bad Girls” sits at No. 3 this week while Bumkey's new hit "Bad Girl" shoots to No. 4. CL of 2NE1 made international waves with her debut solo track “The Baddest Female" at No. 20 this week.
There are some stars who just want to be bad and flawlessly pull off the role. Spanning decades of Korean pop, take a look at the ten baddest chicks in the game. While they can still rock the cutesy concepts these ladies are best bad.
In no particular order, K-Town brings you the 10 "Baddest Females" in K-pop.
In case anyone forgot Lee Hyori was a badass female after 10 years in the business, she reminded them by naming her comeback single “Bad Girls.” The bold single going No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100 solidified her slot as one of K-pop’s top divas. While her new material dabbles with a soul/jazz-pop sound, the music videos are filled with confident sass as she plays a sexy criminal in “Bad Girl” and pokes fun at beauty queens in “Miss Korea.” Longtime K-pop fans will remember her fierceness seen like when she stripped in a car in 2006's “Get Ya” or as a badass space invader in 2010's “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (below).
As a member of Brown Eyed Girls, Narsha rocked her way through femme fatale-inspired concepts like the sexually-charged “Abracadabra” and battle-themed “Sixth Sense,” along with her band mates. But Narsha doubled the spunk as a solo artist. The different looks, wigs and crazy faces she rocks in videos like “Mamma Mia” and “Bbi Ri Bba Bba” (below) rival Lady Gaga.
The "Gangnam Style" co-star and 4minute member has always been one of the most-confident K-pop performers. From breaking it down in her debut solo single "Change" to her suggestive "Ice Cream" single to the “Bubble Pop!” video and choreography (below) getting banned in Korea for its raciness, HyunA has always been shameless. And the public responds: a 21-second teaser clip for her "Ice Cream" video has earned over five million views!
Kim Wan Sun
In 1986, a 17-year-old Kim Wan Sun debuted on the K-pop scene and has since left a legacy leaving some to call her the Madonna of South Korea. Similar to Madge, Kim never heavily relied on her vocals but instead used sexy dance to keep viewers (and critics) talking. While she eventually gained further respect for polishing her vocals (as did Madonna), her legacy remains as a dance artist paving the way for similar dance-inspired divas like Ivy and Baek Ji-Young. Check out one of the original bad girls in a classic live performance from 1987.
Compared to most K-pop idols, Kahi was a late bloomer -- but always fierce. The 32 year old started her K-pop career in 2009 as the leader of successful girl group After School. The outfit hit the scene billed as the Asian Pussycat Dolls as Kahi led them through different images and performance stages like tap dancing and drum lines. Kahi released a solo EP in 2011 led by the EDM-ballad hybrid “Come Back You Bad Person” (below) giving her the limelight to show off her spirited rapping and dance skills. She has since graduated from After School (the group has an admission/graduation concept) and many anticipate a strong solo debut from her this year.
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