"I want people all around the globe to know that there are girls in Asia, like me, who like hip-hop and dress uniquely."
Her fans are fanatical. CL is the snazzy leader of K-pop's famous girl group 2NE1 (under YG Entertainment, home to PSY, BIGBANG, Se7en and more). But why wouldn't anyone be crazy about her? The 22-year-old exudes freedom, power and confidence. She stands out among many adorable female K-pop artists.
On May 28, CL released her hugely-anticipated solo project, "The Baddest Female" (which peaked at No. 4 on the K-pop Hot 100), and proved her ability to do her thing on her own. In the midst of her busy schedule, CL sat down exclusively with Billboard at YG's equally-snazzy studio in Hapjeong-dong in Seoul, to talk about her solo career, the importance of women empowerment and what a girl like CL looks for in a man.
"I want to change the [general] image that people have of Asian women. I want to express my ideas through my music and on stage because I'm a musician," she says when asked about the concept for her premiere single. "I want people all around the globe to know that there are girls in Asia, like me, who like hip-hop and dress uniquely."