Wonyoung is the most promoted member of IVE for a reason.
After she shot to fame 3 years ago thanks to her participation in Produce 48, Jang Wonyoung has now become one of most well-known female idols of Kpop 4th generation. After I*ZONE disbanded, the female idol still maintains her solid popularity. Recently, she officially debuted for the second time in IVE and garnered much attention.
Debuting on December 1st, Starship’s rookie is expected to become one of the top girl groups in the future. However, within less than a month of promotion, IVE has come under several controversies. The most notable one is related to Starship’s biased treatment towards Jang Wonyoung.
Typically in SBS Gayo Daejun 2021, Wonyoung drew the most attention as she was dressed in a completely different outfit from the rest of the group. When she showed up on the red carpet, she took all the spotlight with her white outfit, while other members were all dressed in black. This “fashion discrimination” got more serious during IVE’s performance, when the group’s backup dancers were also wearing black, making it look like Wonyoung’s solo stage.
Fans have been upset at how Starship is being obvious that Wonyoung is their favorite member. Still, according to many netizens, “everything happens for a reason”. The company pushes Wonyoung on purpose because of her outstanding popularity.
In fact, when she joined Produce 48, she became a new phenomenon among idols in Korea. With a pretty face and an ideal body, she excellently became the winner of Mnet’s survival show and debuted as the center of I*ZONE.
During her active years in I*ZONE, Wonyoung always captured fans’ hearts with her flawless beauty in every era. Whenever she appears on the stage, fans are blown away by her top-tier visuals.
With such a captivating aura, Wonyoung quickly caught the eye of many famous brands. Although she is only 17 years old, she already gets herself impressive modeling and endorsement deals. Earlier this year, she was announced as the new muse for cosmetics brand Innisfree, brand ambassador for luxury fashion brand Miu Miu and high-end jewelry brand Chaumet.
Aside from pretty visuals, Wonyoung also has a charming stage presence. Watching IVE‘s performances, fans are impressed by the female idol’s diverse facial expressions, alluring gazes, and clean dance moves.
Compared to the rest of her group, it is hard to deny that Wonyoung stands out. Having a lot of potential in the entertainment industry, Wonyoung promises to rise to new levels of fame in the future. All in all, it is understandable why Starship wants to push Wonyoung the most, despite the controversy.
Thanks to Wonyoung’s popularity, IVE will be more known to the public. However, Starship‘s current promotional strategy still causes many IVE fans to be dissatisfied because they believe the members deserve to get equal attention.