Love­lyz’s Kei goes solo with­out her sig­na­ture bangs

The Korea Times - - CULTURE - By Dong Sun-hwa sun­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Bangs have been the trade­mark of Kei of K-pop girl band Love­lyz. Since the group’s de­but in 2014, few have seen the singer, 24, with­out her bangs, al­though a le­gion of fans has longed to see her­fore­head.

But now, their wish has come true.

For her first solo al­bum “Over and Over,” Kei got rid of her fringe and dyed her hair blonde.

“My man­ag­ing com­pany (Wool­lim En­ter­tain­ment) didn’t al­low me to go with­out bangs at first be­cause the of­fi­cials were anx­ious about re­veal­ing my big fore­head,” Kei told The Korea Times and other me­dia out­let at a cafe in Mapo-gu, Seoul, on Mon­day.

“They also be­lieved I needed the fringe to look more like a high school stu­dent, fit­ting into the Love­lyz im­age.

“But I be­gan re­veal­ing my fore­head bit by bit and later re­al­ized that many of my fol­low­ers ac­tu­ally were fond of me with­out bangs. Thanks to such pos­i­tive re­ac­tions, the of­fi­cials also changed their thoughts and sug­gested that I try off­beat hair­styles.” Kei said.

She also had a fear of trans­form­ing her­self and felt awk­ward see­ing her­self in the mir­ror. But her chal­lenge has turned out to be a suc­cess.

“My fans and Love­lyz mem­bers were sur­prised at first, but later praised my new style, say­ing it matches me well,” she said. “That made me feel re­laxed.”

Hairstyle is not the only change. She also used a dif­fer­ent vo­cal style for the al­bum’s lead track “I Go.”

“My voice was mostly vel­vety and soft when I sang as a part of Love­lyz. But for my own num­ber, I am more vi­brant and pow­er­ful,” Kei said. “I also added deeper tone, which was hardly heard on Love­lyz’s pre­vi­ous re­leases.”

She added that “I Go” de­liv­ered the lis­ten­ers a mes­sage that peo­ple can pro­ceed de­spite hard­ships, if they have other peo­ple sup­port­ing them.

“I hope my song can give strength to many peo­ple,” she said.

Cour­tesy of Wool­lim En­ter­tain­ment

Kei, lead vo­cal­ist of K-pop girl band Love­lyz, re­leased her first solo al­bum “Over and Over” on Tues­day.

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