Here is the list of K-pop idols who have been involved in controversy over their outfits.
K-pop idols are known to place importance on visuals and choosing what to wear. However, there are also many times when their outfits spark controversy and have to face criticism from netizens.
After Lovesick Girls MV was released, BLACKPINK’s Jennie and YG Entertainment faced backlash due to the female idol’s nurse outfit consisting of a short skirt, tights, a heart-shaped cap and red high heels. Jennie’s outfit was criticized for being provocative, and “sexualizing” the nurse image. The incident got so serious that even Korea’s Health and Medical Workers’ Union had to speak up.
Not long after, YG had to remove this nurse scene of Jennie from the MV.
Before debuting with Twice, Dahyun once caused controversy when wearing a shirt with a print of an animated character flaunting her bottom. This erotic shirt is completely different from Dahyun‘s soft and innocent image.
Dreamcatcher’s E:U once went on stage wearing a crop top with the word “H***ai” printed on. The girl group’s stylist had to deal with complaints from fans after this performance due to E:U’s outfit.
Some members of EXO used to shock fans by wearing hoodies with this rude phrase printed on: “I’ve never wanted to p** on someone’s face more than I want to on yours”.
VIXX’s N once wore a T-shirt with the line “P*rn is the new black” printed in large fonts when attending an event with fans. The fans must be startled to see their bias wearing this shirt at the fansign.
Looking at the front, NCT WinWin‘s outfit seems normal…
… but when looking at the back, netizens are startled by a nude photo stuck to his pants. It is not clear whether this “detail” on WinWin’s outfit was accidental or intentional, but it clearly made fans freak out.
INFINITE’s Sunggyu once wore a T-shirt with a curse word printed on it in public, making the audience uncomfortable.