Stepping forth from the shimmering constellation of K-pop superstars, Hyunjin, of the sensation that is Stray Kids, stuns as the luminary gracing Esquire Korea’s June 2023 edition. The creative synergy between this multi-faceted talent and the acclaimed photographer, Go Won Tae, crafts an aesthetically indulgent feature that fans have eagerly anticipated.
Hyunjin, renowned as a magnetic musician, deftly explores the role of a model for this feature, becoming a vision in white gold jewelry from the celebrated house of Cartier. Pairing the radiant jewelry with a sophisticated fashion ensemble, curated by stylist Lee Min-gyu, Hyunjin’s cover appearance embodies an epitome of high fashion and elegance.
The interview that ensues this cover story unfolds fascinating aspects of Hyunjin’s life journey and artistic ethos. Known for his meticulous attention to visual detail, Hyunjin’s commitment to the aesthetic shines through, evident in the decision to dye his hair black for the pictorial.
Hyunjin’s hair transformations are unpredictable yet always congruent with the emotional texture of the song he’s embodying and the atmospheric ambiance of the season. Going beyond the aesthetics, he shares his performance philosophy, encapsulating and communicating the emotional kernel of a song with profound reverence for music.
Hyunjin is quick to highlight the integral role of the collective harmony within Stray Kids. Their impactful performances are a testament to this shared synergy. The recent world tour, as Hyunjin narrates, was a paradoxical blend of strenuous commitment and euphoric joy. The physical exertion of these performances was counterbalanced by the satisfaction of successfully rendering a heartfelt performance.
Hyunjin passionately expresses his hope that audiences might derive solace and joy from Stray Kids’ music, reflecting his own transformative experience at a Coldplay concert. His artistic persona is a captivating amalgamation of stage dynamism and an off-stage curiosity to explore diverse cultures and environments during his tours.
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Beyond his love for the stage, Hyunjin cherishes moments of cultural immersion. His Tokyo holiday, as captured in a well-loved vlog, had him delve into the city’s art scene, purchase painting tools, and visit the iconic Tokyo Tower. It is these experiences that enrich his perspective and undoubtedly feed into his artistic expressions.
Hyunjin’s stellar rise in the past five years is a testament to his relentless dedication. Rather than viewing this ceaseless effort as exhausting, Hyunjin perceives it as an essential element in his growth trajectory.
Hyunjin’s artistic aspirations have matured over time. Initially driven by the allure of ‘coolness’, his dreams have transitioned to a pursuit of self-improvement. Their new song, 특 (S-Class), as Hyunjin expounds, captures the unique charm and spirit of Stray Kids – celebrating their distinctive identity, no matter how it is perceived by the world.
As they bask in the global acclaim for their previous mini-albums, the pressure to exceed expectations is palpable. Yet, with their upcoming album “5-Star,” Hyunjin radiates an infectious optimism and confidence, yearning to convey the soul of their music through captivating performances.
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