Irene for Monster album teaser

5 Most Powerful Female Idols in K-Pop

Celebrate International Women's Day by getting to know the strongest female personalities in the K-Pop industry. The five most-loved female idols are Red Velvet's Irene, Blackpink's Jisoo, Mamamoo's Hwasa, Lee Jieun, and BoA. What makes these women great role models? Read below to find out!

  • Irene donated 100 million won to the Community Chest of Korea to support everyone battling Coronavirus in 2020. 
  • Blackpink's multitalented actress and singer Jisoo has a net worth of $10 million! 
  • Lee Jieun celebrated her 28th birthday by donating 51.6 million won to the 'Green Umbrella Children's Foundation' in 2020.

1. Irene from Red Velvet

Red Velvet Irene Teaser

One of the biggest household names in South Korea is 'Irene'. Members of the K-Pop girl group 'Red Velvet' named her the 'Best Woman of this Generation' for always taking care of them. Irene is loved for her doll-like facial features and powerful stage presence.

She is mostly popular among Korean women in their twenties as a celebrity figure people find themselves looking up to. The star is also the first Asian muse for a luxury brand named 'Damiani'. Isn't that amazing?

2. Jisoo from Blackpink

Jisoo at an award show

Knowing how smart she is, Jisoo's fans call her the 'backbone' of Blackpink. In 2018, the 4-membered girl group donated the prize money of 20 million won from Elle Style Awards to single-parent households in Korea. It's nice to see that the biggest female group in the world is using their platform correctly!

Jisoo is widely admired by people of all age groups! She is a woman with a great work ethic and a sharp mind. How can anyone not love her?

3. Lee Jieun 

IU for a photoshoot

In 2019, Forbes added Lee Jieun to the list of influential figures named 'Asia's Heroes of Philanthropy'. The singer-songwriter and actress has a net worth of $28 million! The star is loved for her soothing vocals and was the first female soloist to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify.

She also collaborated with the BTS member 'Suga' for a track called 'Eight'. Isn't it a wonderful song?

4. Hwasa from Mamamoo

Hwasa in a concert

While women in the K-Pop industry are pushed to lose weight and get skin whitening injections, Hwasa does not follow any of that! She is confident in her own skin and preaches fans to love themselves too. During her audition at'RBW Entertainment', she was told by the judges that she would never be famous.

The star has more than 40.5 million Spotify streams on her solo debut called 'Twit'. She certainly proved those judges wrong, didn't she?

5. BoA

BoA at a fansign

Kwon Bo-Ah debuted under 'SM Entertainment' on August 25th, 2020. She is one of the greatest female K-Pop idols of all time. BoA made history by being the first female K-Pop soloist to debut in Japan. The star also promoted her single 'Eat You Up' in the United States in 2008. Listen to the catchy song here!

Her latest album titled 'Better' was named as one of the best K-Pop albums of 2020 by Billboard. Surely, it's a great achievement to celebrate her 20 years in the K-Pop industry with!

Conclusion

Irene for Elle Korea

Women should be thanked and celebrated even when it's not International Women's Day. All the women listed above are dedicated to following their dreams and making music for their fans. In my opinion, Irene is a great role model and admirable in every way possible. I love the way she takes care of everyone around her and is so hardworking! 

Which woman from the list above is a personality you would look up to? Comment below!

Estefanía Martínez

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