As part of Billboard's Fan Army Face-Off 2015, we've asked people to write about what being part of the fandom means to them. Read below for an essay from a T-ara fan. Fans of the K-pop girl group are called Queen's.
Like any fandom, Queen's are fiercely loyal to our chosen idol, but T-ara inspires a special kind of dedication among their fans. It's more than just their insanely catchy music, good looks, and addictive choreography that makes us love T-ara so much. (Although those things certainly help!)
Queen's have watched T-ara persevere through contrived scandals and false rumors for over six years now, but instead of cracking under the pressure, it's only made us stronger. T-ara's hardships were ultimately a good thing; it weeded out all the fake fans, brought the true Queen's together, and created a much closer bond between the fan and the artist. If T-ara can overcome walls of adversity just to entertain us and bring some joy to our lives, then the least us Queen's can do is support T-ara by buying their music or helping them win online polls against Directioners and The Beyhive.