HYBE’s girl group LESERAFIM suffered a hard time taking care of their bodies before debut.
On September 17th, the 3rd episode of the documentary “The World Is My Oyster”, which reveals LE SSERAFIM’s debut process, was uploaded on the official Youtube channel of HYBE Labels.
In the video, LE SSERAFIM members were seen practicing passionately and enduring the great pressure of making their debut as “HYBE’s first girl group”.
In episode 3, HYBE’s artist management team leader Kim Hyeong-eun brought up the story of diet control and said to the members, “Those of you who’ve debuted before would know how important self-management is when an artist is in promotions. In that aspect, I don’t think you were at one hundred percent.”
Team leader Kim Hyeong-eun continued, “As a company, we will do our best to provide you with the means but in the end, self-management is all up to you. I think you need time to rethink how important this is and for you strictly manage yourselves”, emphasizing that the members needed to lose more weight.
He continued to advise LE SSERAFIM members, who were about to make their debut, to make themselves look more beautiful on the screen.
Upon hearing the words from team leader Kim Hyeong-eun, the eldest member Sakura shed tears and said, “I’m a bit upset”.
She said, “We’ve been working so hard. I don’t want us to have stress about something like this”, confessing the difficulties of dieting.
Sakura continued, “I’ve seen members struggle and be criticized for these things”. She pointed out that she felt upset when the group was scolded by the company even though the members had been working very hard on dieting for the debut preparation. However, Sakura humbly accepted the criticism from the company’s official.
She said, “I think we’ll have to bite the bullet and try really hard, much harder because we really can’t waste time and we have to bring results”.
Leader Kim Chae-won also expressed her opinion. She said she had no complaints about how the company was helping them with self-management and dieting. She accepted the advice from team leader Kim Hyeong-eun and comforted other members. Thanks to Kim Chae-won’s warm words, Sakura was determined once again.
Sakura recalled the days when she was an idol in another agency in the past. She revealed that she tried to manage her body by herself if she felt that she had gained weight at that time, and that the agency did not do much to help her.
She then thanked HYBE for helping her control her weight and stay in shape as well as making LE SSERAFIM look more beautiful on the screen.
Sakura stopped crying and confidently shared, “The members know the company has been so supportive in that sense. It’s something we should be taking care of on our own”.
Fans who watched this video responded, “They were already so skinny. Should they need to be criticized for dieting?”, “Being an idol is such an ‘extreme job’”, etc., expressing concerns.
Meanwhile, LE SSERAFIM successfully left a great impression on the public through their debut song “Fearless”. They are currently practicing hard to prepare for their comeback this October.