Netizens wonder if visuals are also criteria when SM picks the leaders for their groups 

From Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon to aespa’s Karina, leaders of SM groups all have outstanding visuals.

SM Entertainment is the top-tier K-pop agency when it comes to visuals as they are the home to numerous top visuals among idols across generations. Not only the official visual members in SM groups stand out for their beauty, but every leader of SM groups also gains spotlight for their looks. 

Netizens are stunned by the visuals of SM groups’ leaders after the company released teaser photos for “The Cure”. EXO’s Suho, Red Velvet’s Irene, Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon, NCT’s Taeyong, aespa’s Karina,… make netizens wonder if the standards to be selected as a leader at SM include visuals. 

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SM groups’ leaders are all beautiful 

Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation)

First, representing the 2nd Kpop generation is none other than Taeyeon (SNSD). Even though she has turned 33, Taeyeon still shows a youthful beauty that can easily compete with her juniors. In short hair and sharp makeup, Taeyeon looks even more chic and trendy, and over time, her visuals and style both age like fine wine.
Taeyeon turns 33 this year and has been in the entertainment industry for 15 years, but her youthful beauty stays the same. She is not a visual member of the group like Yoona, but Taeyeon is also famous for her beauty.
She may not have a tall physique, Taeyeon’s radiant beauty and bright smile always help the “tiny leader” stand out on stage. 

Karina (aespa)

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Karina is known to have an AI ​​beauty because her face is so sharp and surreal. There are not many female idols with the same aura as the leader aespa.
Karina herself is also aespa’s stan attractor thanks to her visuals that resemble graphic characters and captivating charisma.

Irene (Red Velvet)

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Irene is a top visual of Kpop’s 3rd generation, taking 1st place in numerous beauty rankings. Irene’s perfect fairy-like visuals are known as SM’s beauty standard.
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With a beautiful face and a shining aura, the leader of Red Velvet also takes on the position of visual in the group. 

Suho (EXO)

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EXO’s leader steals the hearts of fans with his handsome and elegant features like a prince
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Suho has an admirable golden ratio face that is compared to a sculpture. 

Yunho (DBSK)

Yunho is a veteran idol who has long been recognized for both talent and beauty. Yunho makes many fans fall in love with its masculine and elegant features. At the age of 36, Yunho still retains his youthful appearance like his heyday.

Lee Teuk (Super Junior)

Lee Teuk is close to 40 but Super Junior’s leader doesn’t seem to age. His handsome, charming face has stayed the same all these years. 

Onew (SHINee)

Onew is not at all overshadowed in the lineup of all handsome members like SHINee. In addition to his warm voice, Onew left an impression thanks to his gentle features and sunshine smile.


NCT 127’s leader Taeyong is known for his sharp features and cold aura that fit SM’s beauty standards perfectly 
NCT Dream’s leader Mark looks bright and youthful, but his features are also masculine.
WayV’s leader Kun has a warm aura but can also look fierce and cold in the group’s intense concepts.

Source: k14. 

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