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IVE is being mistreated by Starship despite their massive popularity 

While the famous Kpop girl group IVE enjoyed great popularity, they are not receiving proper treatment.

With the 2 former IZ*ONE member Jang Wonyoung and Ahn Yujin, Kpop girl group IVE has attracted attention even before their debut. Then, the group would be hailed for having “all visuals” and promptly attained huge successes. However, despite their outstanding popularity, their agency, Starship, is not treating IVE well.

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IVE has been gaining massive popularity in the Kpop industry

Recently, a footage of IVE preparing for their comeback with “After LIKE” is drawing attention for a not-so-good reason. In particular, during the recording for their dance practice video, IVE members have to do everything by themselves, without receiving any help from the staff. As a result, Jang Wonyoung and Ahn Yujin, who had experience as IZ*ONE members, had to step up and direct the remaining members to practice, arrange, fix their mistakes, and even filmining. 

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Netizens feel troubled that IVE had to record their dance practice without any staff support

In addition, the hectic schedule of IVE rouse a lot of worries from netizens. Other than promotion stages, offline and online fansigns, IVE also have to perform at so many university festivals that they are basically running a “nation-wide tour”. 

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IVE barely have any time to rest

IVE member Jang Wonyoung also seems to be buried in personal schedules, and she had to travel to France, prepare for her MC position at Music Bank, and film commercial deals amidst group schedules. Recently, Wonyoung returned to Korea with clear exhaustion on her face, invoking worries among her fans. 

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Jang Wonyoung is buried in all sorts of schedules
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The female idol hasn’t got any break since September 
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Jang Wonyoung invoke worries among fan when she showed up with clear exhaustion 

Furthermore, many people believe that Starship is “milking” the popularity of IVE without giving them proper treatment. 

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IVE’s popularity doesn’t translate to them getting good treatment at Starship 

Despite having extremely gorgeous members, IVE’s visuals are being hindered by their makeup artists and stylists. In particular, IVE would often wear old outfits from previous promotions with “Love Dive” and “Eleven”, while the “remake” outfits would progressively look worse under their stylist’s hand. 

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IVE reuse a lot of their outfits from old eras
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Despite being remake by the stylists, IVE’s stage costumes became worse

On top of all this, the makeup of IVE members are not properly done either – with mismatched skin tones, bad color applications, and in Jang Wonyoung’s case, badly-done eyebrows that almost look like caterpillars. 

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IVE’s visuals suffer under the hand of their stylist
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Jang Wonyoung’s huge eyebrows received the ire of many netizens
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Gaeul was also a victim of bad make up

Not long ago, a prank camera video of IVE was published, where a staff member would pretend to drop a cake and ask a member to cover for them. Here, Leeseo was shocked to see the staff’s accident and did not know what to do, before leaving to another spot instead of helping. While her reaction is pretty normal, it still stirred up controversies, leading to many people wondering why Starship sees it fit to not edit out Leeseo’s segment and protect her. 

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Leeseo was criticized for not helping the staff in a prank camera video 
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Fans believe that Starship should have edited her part out to not stir controversies 
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