Although they seem charming on stage, many idols have been assisted in creating their images. According to image consultant Han Gyu Ri, celebrities she had consulted received assistance on how to magnify their presence on stage. From artists such as BIGBANG, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, Lee Hi, and Kang Seung Yoon, Han Gyu Ri has helped singers to shine on stage while complimenting their members.
Furthermore, image consultants aren’t only responsible for physical looks, but they help singers improve in cultural understanding, etiquette, and inner aspects. For instance, Han Gyu Ri revealed the story of Gong Minzy, who had to be helped in becoming familiar with performing in heels. As the 2NE1 member had practiced performing in tennis shoes from such a young age, Minzy was given ways in which she could get used to wearing heels while she danced.
When audition shows produced singers such as Lee Hi and Kang Seung Yoon, such contestants needed more assistance due to their lack of preparation as compared to experienced trainees. Thus, for Lee Hi and Kang Seung Yoon, their image making consisted of emphasizing the ‘singer’ image rather than that of an extravagant celebrity image. However, for veteran girl group Girls’ Generation, each member received advice to help shine on stage through their own charms, while at the same time being able to compliment the other members.
The efforts put in to create your favorite idols consists of behind the story work by image consultants who have successfully helped with forming distinct idol images.