Before her American debut in 2016, let’s learn more about South Korea’s own Ceyoncé
"Not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good, you know", as one of her lyrics go. If you haven't heard of Chaelin Lee — who goes by CL — you're about to. Hit play and have a listen to her latest single Hello Bitches, a fine introduction to who this five feet three ball of fire is.
Intrigued? Here are five things to satiate your curiosity:
1. Leader of 2NE1 Before gunning for the American stage, CL was already paving history in South Korea's music industry with her group, 2NE1. She was the leader of a four-girl combo that debuted in 2009 and has since garnered immense popularity worldwide. From electronic hip hop to dubstep and reggae, this experimental bunch dabbled in a plethora of genres to pique your interest everytime.
2. Fashion envy Besides spitting sick raps in singles like Doctor Pepper and Baddest Female, CL is steadily gaining presence in the fashion and beauty industry. Front-row seats at Chanel shows, an Elle x Maybelline beauty spread and numerous Moschino shoots — need I say more?
3. Styles like a pro Being around so much creativity, the fashion bug has infected the lady. The Hello Bitches music video sees her crew rocking a fiery all-black gang-wear: Leather moto jackets, hot pants, fishnets and neon hair. With little help from 2NE1 collaborator XIN, the ensemble was styled by CL herself. It's streamlined and sexy, which we love.
4. More than meets the eye... liner CL may look catty with her signature bold liner and mad-ttitude, but this "bad" girl is actually a sweetheart. Her recent Grazia cover and spread was dedicated to Operation Smile, a charity organization that provides medical fees for children with facial deformities.
5. Fans in high places From kissing Karl Lagerfeld for a photo to having Jeremy Scott as a date to the VMAs, CL has friends and fans in high places. The seemingly redeemed Justin Bieber and CL have been showing mutual support through Instagram posts, while alternative pop sensation Lorde has expressed her obsession with Queen Cey. Do we smell collaborations brewing?