Despite the passage of time since her debut, singer Lee Hyori’s influence remains exceptional. Whether she appears on variety shows or releases new music, she continues to capture the public’s attention. She is still regarded as a “trendsetter”
Lee Hyori debuted with girl group Fin.K.L in 1998 and gained immense popularity as an idol. In 2003, she began her solo career and produced numerous hit songs. From “10 Minutes” claiming she can capture someone’s heart in ten minutes to “U-Go-Girl” highlighting her unique style, she consistently made an impact with her music. Other hits like “Anyclub”, “Toc Toc Toc”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Bad Girls” further solidified her presence in the music industry.
One noteworthy aspect of Lee Hyori’s career is her success in the world of variety shows. In the past, she displayed great chemistry with Shin Dong-yup through KBS2’s “Happy Together” and garnered attention for her genuine and unfiltered personality on SBS’s “Family Outing”. Her contributions to “Family Outing” even led to her winning Grand Prize with Yoo Jae-suk in 2009.
Lee Hyori’s presence remains strong even until now. The show “Seoul Check-In” featuring her achieved the top spot in terms of paid subscriptions on TVING among all content on the platform on the day of its release. Additionally, her involvement in projects like SSAK3 (Lee Hyori, Yoo Jae-suk, Rain) and Refund Sisters (Hwasa, Lee Hyori, Jessi, Uhm Jung-hwa) received warm responses. tvN’s “Dancing Queens on the Road”, which ended last month, also delivered entertainment and emotion to viewers, achieving 4%+ viewership ratings.
Recently, when Lee Hyori expressed her desire to do advertisements again on her personal SNS, famous companies responded positively through their official accounts. Comments flooded her post, from a burger franchise’s pledge to develop a limited-edition menu under her name to various companies expressing their interest. Netizens once again realized Lee Hyori’s influence by reading these comments.
Lee Hyori has been loved for her candid and straightforward personality. She made a sincere confession on the web variety show “Zzanbro Shin Dong-yup”, stating that she had enrolled in a vocal academy to address her perceived shortcomings in singing. Her dedication and effort to improve in vocal skills shone brightly through her confession. She also shared aspects of her simple daily life with her husband Lee Sang-soon through various variety shows.
Lee Hyori’s sense of style has also been eye-catching. She showcased a sense of fashion that was more about aesthetics than trying to look pretty. At times, her fashion choices were bold and unconventional. In 2020, she wore a blanket dress and delivered her acceptance speech via video at an entertainment awards ceremony, leaving a fresh impact on many.
An industry insider praised Lee Hyori for maintaining her trendy yet unique style. They mentioned that she seems to fit into every era seamlessly. She successfully transformed the idol image from her Fin.K.L days into her distinctive style. As a solo artist, she continued to showcase her individuality. Even as she revealed personal aspects of her life as a wife, it still resonated well with the current era. They concluded that Lee Hyori has the ability to absorb trends into her own style, making her relevant to each generation.