SINGER, writer, rapper, producer and all around badass female, CL or Chae Rin Lee is coming back with a big bang. Known for her cutting edge fashion choices, fierce make up and over all kick ass female vibe, CL the leader extraordinaire of the all girl Kpop group 2NE1 is finally returning to grace our eyes and our ears with her new music.
First making waves in the Kpop industry as the leader of the iconic Kpop all girl group 2NE1, CL had captured the attention of the country and the entire world. Known for her thick eye make-up and killer fashion style, CL is more than just a Kpop idol. She is a trailblazer.
For younger KPop fans, you need to know more about CL. Here’s a quick introduction!
Although she was born in South Korea, she began living the international life at a young age. During her early years, she lived in Tsukuba and Tokyo Japan with her father. When she was just 13 years old, she moved to Paris to study.
Her two year stay in Paris influenced her to become the fashion icon she is today. She lived in Paris until she was 15. When she got a chance to audition for YG Entertainment, she finally moved back to South Korea. CL then became a trainee of YG.
Debut Music Career
Even before debuting as a member of 2NE1, CL already collaborated with other artist such as Big Bang on the song “Intro (Hot Issue)” in 2007. 2NE1, where CL was placed as the leader and main rapper, debuted in 2009, and achieved recognition with their song “I Don’t Care”. This song won the group “Song of the Year” at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, an outstanding feat for a group who debuted the same year.
Although 2NE1 disbanded officially in 2016, CL already had plans to pursue her musical endeavors alone. It was in 2014 that she announced her aim to become a solo artist in the United States under Scooter Braun as her manager. In 2016, she kicked off her first North American Tour “Hello Bitches Tour” in New York.
Highlights of her Career
In an interview, she said that she used to wear boy’s uniform to school. Because they don’t have pants for girls. From an early age, CL had already demonstrated her flair in breaking stereotypes and pushing social constructs.
She refused to comply with YG’s request to get a plastic surgery. Her reason is that she still wants to become Chae-Rin apart from CL. Her refusal to alter her face is one bold move towards self-love and acceptance particularly in an industry that puts a lot of weight on physical appearance.
She made her acting debut in Hollywood when she appeared in the movie “Mile 22”, directed by Peter Berg and stars Mark Wahlberg.
She won the E! Most Inspiring Asian Woman in 2019 by the People’s Choice Awards. She bested other celebrities from all over Asia (Alia Bhatt from India, Zhou Dongyu from China, Raline Shah from Indonesia, CL and Jung Yu-mi from South Korea, Chutimon Cheungcharoensukying and Praya Lundberg from Thailand, and Yuna from Malaysia).
She performed at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, just one of the two K-Pop artists invited to perform. She performed her iconic solo single “The Baddest Female” and 2NE1’s “I Am The Best”
New Projects or 2020
Recently, she has been posting teasers of her much awaited comeback in the entertainment industry. She recently joined the Weverse platform that would allow her to interact with fans all over the word easily. Fans and spectators have been waiting for the Big Hit Entertainment announcement that CL is their new artist, since the agency’s social media posts and CL’s teasers are deemed to be the same image.
IF it is her or not, we are excited for The Baddest Female’s comeback and her much awaited album, which is said to be released this October. What an exciting month!