Five Things I Learned From Admiring K-Pop Star IU





IU is one of the most successful celebrities in the K-pop and Hallyu entertainment. She is a singer, songwriter, and actress. Her real name is Lee Ji Eun. She was born on the 16th of May 1993 (26 years old) in Songjeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea. IU begins her career as a singer in 2008. She was only 15 years old back then. IU then ventured into acting in 2011 by making her debut in Dream High. Dream High is a popular South Korean teen drama. The drama is about performing arts. In Dream High, IU stars alongside South Korean cute actor - Kim Soo Hyun, the super charismatic Ok Taecyeon, and South Korea's goddess- Bae Suzy.

As a singer, songwriter, and actress, IU has won various awards. In 2012, Forbes Magazine has listed IU as one of the Korea Power Celebrity. The American Billboard has also recognized IU as the all-time leader of it's Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart with the most number-one hits and the artist who held the number one position for the most of weeks.

IU just released her fifth mini-album called "Love Poem" on the 18th of November 2019. The album has seven tracks - Love Poem, Happy Ending, The Visitor, Lullaby, Above The Time, Unlucky, and Blueming. I will share the links of these tracks with you guys at the end of this post. So you need to read this post till the end ^_^

My illustration of IU (Image: My Instagram @mughunghwa)


IU is adored for her talent in singing, songwriting, and acting. IU is also adored for her beauty, charisma, and kindness. IU's fangirls see her as a role model, while her fanboys see her as their dream/ideal woman. To me, IU is more than just a talented artist, a beautiful face, charismatic, and a kind-hearted celebrity. I am a big fan of IU. Besides listening to her songs, watching her dramas, and supporting her, I also read and conduct research on IU. IU's stories fascinate me. Her stories are similar to my all-time idol and Hollywood legend- Audrey Hepburn. That's why I named IU the new Audrey Hepburn. Reading IU's stories makes me admire her even more. Her stories are so inspiring. I also learned a lot of things from admiring this beautiful Hallyu star.

In this post, I am gonna share with you Five Things That I Learned From Admiring IU. These five things also make me adore IU. Before I start my list, I need to be honest to you guys that this is my sixth post on IU ^_^ Yep, before this, I have written five posts about IU. For those of you who haven't read those five posts that I wrote before, I will share the links with you guys at the end of this post. Again, you need to read this post till the end ^_^ For now, let's get started with the list...


#1 IU Appreciates Her Friends


IU and her BFF, Yoo In Na (Image: Koreaboo.com)


If you are a fan of IU, I'm sure you know that she is BFF with actress- Yoo In Na. Yoo In Na and IU met and become good friends after they both star in You Are The Best! (South Korea 2013 weekend drama). In You Are The Best! Yoo In Na plays IU's big sister - Lee Yoo Shin. These two galpals have a heartwarming friendship that melts our hearts. Besides Yoo In Na, IU is also good friends with Bae Suzy, Lee Hyori, Lee Joong Ki, Kim Soo Hyun, Kang Hana, the late Sulli, and many more. Most of IU's fellow celebrity friends love her for her kind and humble personality. IU also appreciates her friends' friendship and kindness to her. She wrote some songs for her fellow celebrity friends to show appreciation to them. The songs that IU wrote for her friends were "You" for You In Na, "Peach" and "Red Queen" for the late Sulli, and many more. The way IU shows appreciation to her friends really melts my heart. I also try my best to show appreciation to my friends by drawing cute illustrations of them, write testimonial for them in my blog or other socmed accounts (it's to tell my friends how I feel about them), give them birthday presents, buy small souvenirs for them every time I travel overseas, and of course, support them and root for them in whatever they do and wish to achieve.


#2 IU Makes Me Believe In Kindness


IU during her 11th Anniversary (Image: allkpop.com)


IU is also known as the "donation goddess" of South Korea. IU has contributed to a lot of charity since she became a celebrity. Overall, IU has donated $496,359 over the last four years for children's charity. IU once contributed to her alma mater (the high school that she attended) by donating books and gave education funds to students. She has also given scholarships to four outstanding students from poor families in need of collage. This year, IU donated $8, 3000 to the Seocho District Office to help elderly people who are in need. Besides doing charity, IU is also generous to her family, staff and fellow celebrity friends. Latest, IU gave Twice's Sana an iPhone. Wow! I wish I can give my BFF - Maddie an iPhone too for her birthday this Dec.  She also gave all Twice members Chanel shoes and Gucci rings each. Reading stories about IU's kindness makes me believe in being kind. I also love being kind. Being kind makes me feel good. It's always better to be the giver than being the receiver. 


#3 IU Is Hardworking And Always Enthusiastic To Learn New Things


(Image: allkpop.com)


In the K-Pop industry, IU is known as one of the most hardworking celebrities. IU always works hard to improve herself as a singer, songwriter, and actress. Being hardworking is one of IU's secret to success. Besides being hardworking, IU is also enthusiastic when it comes to learning new things. I am impressed with IU's English proficiency now. She improves a lot in her English. IU said that being able to converse and write in English is one of her goals. IU wants to communicate and show appreciation to her international fans. She also wants to go further in her career. Babe, you make us proud ^_^ As a fan, I hope to see IU making her debut in Hollywood in the future. Yes, I am rooting for IU. I know she will do her best in Hollywood and make Asia standing in the eyes of the world. IU always does the best in anything do, and that inspires me as a fan.


#4 IU Is An Alpha Woman


She's Snow White and Captain Marvel role into one. (Image: CNP cosmetic website)


Before I admire IU, I always thought that an alpha woman is a woman who is as macho as man, tough, unladylike, loud, brutal, dress in dark biker clothes, rude, and doesn't need a man at all. But when I learned about IU, I realized that I was wrong. An alpha woman doesn't have to be tough and macho like a man. An alpha woman is a woman who is strong and tough inside, knows what she wants and fights for it, patience, not scared of rejections, stays away fro dramas, polite, kind-hearted and ladylike. To me, IU is an alpha woman. I believe she has all the qualities of an alpha woman. That's right, IU is Snow White and Captain Marvel role into one. This kinda woman can fight their own fight, but it doesn't mean she doesn't need a man by her side. It's just that she isn't the vulnerable type. This kinda woman doesn't run around screaming for help. If someone offers her help she just accepts and appreciates it.


#5 IU Is Patience and Never Gives Up On Her Dreams


(Image: koreaboo.com)


Although IU is one of the most successful K-pop celebrities now, her road to success wasn't a smooth journey. IU faced various types of difficulties before she becomes a celebrity. IU had a difficult childhood and failed her first audition. She was once swindled and conned by a recording agency. The agency promised IU that they will offer her a training program and help her to appear on TV in exchange for the money. But unfortunately, IU  didn't get anything that the agency promised. The culprit fled with the money and left IU with nothing. IU was heartbroken. The money that she lost was her grandmother's saving. Her grandmother saved some money from selling small handmade accessories at the market to help IU in pursuing her career. IU also didn't get any applause from the audience when she first made her debut. After IU made her first performance on stage, she didn't have a single fan cheered or clapped for her. There was no reaction at all. The audience totally ignored her. In show business, being ignored by the audience is also the opposite of love. This is totally a scary feeling. If we know IU before she became famous (maybe if she's our friend), we might think that IU isn't born to be a star. We might also think of the same thing for us if we face the same difficulties. We might say that this dream isn't for us, we might just give up and make a new dream. But giving up doesn't exist in IU's life dictionary. The pretty girl keeps on swimming to achieve what she wants most. IU knows that she is born to do it. IU's patience, courage, and hard work make her the woman she is today. This is what I like most about IU, and this is what she inspires me most. As a human being, I also had broken dreams. I gave up on some of my dreams due to the difficulties I faced during my younger days. I wasn't as patience as IU during my younger days. Reading IU's stories makes me realized that we should not give up on our dreams, even tho we face difficulties during our journey. Yes, anyone can achieve their fairy tale if they work hard and prove it. So I decided to continue my dreams. All I need is to have courage, be patience, work hard, and be brave to take any risk. Insya'Allah, I will achieve what I want someday. Beautiful things are about to happen ^_^



Image: kpopmap.com


Ok, that's all I'm gonna share with you. These are the five things that I learned from admiring IU. These are also the five things that IU inspires me. Before I end my post, I would like to ask you guys 2/3 questions. Is there any celebrity that you guys love and admire? If yes, who is the celebrity? And what did you learned from admiring him/her/them? Pls, share it with me in the comment below. I am interested to know awesome people that you guys admire and what have they inspire you?

Thank you for reading. Hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Khungang Haseyo,

Fadima Mooneira

#IU #Kpop #Hallyu #UlzzangGirl #LovePoem #Celebrities #PopCulture #FadimaMooneiraBlogspot


LOVE POEM TRACKS

LOVE POEM

THE VISITOR

ABOVE THE TIME

BLUEMING

LULLABY

UNLUCKY

HAPPY ENDING


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Comments

  1. I can't say I've listened to much K-Pop, but I do love a lot of K-Rock. Have you ever listened to any K-Rock bands?

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  2. Really neat! She seems like an incredible person.

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  3. This is a great article! I'm going to check out some of the tracks.

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  4. She is truly an inspiration thou I have never heard about her.

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    1. Yassssssss!!!!!!!!! I hope she’ll be. A legend like Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.

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  5. To be honest, I think she is doing very well as a solo singer and actor. I'm still in the middle of watching her latest series - Hotel de Luna and so far I enjoyed it so much! And God, she is soooo pretty in every dress she wore in that series. She has the whole package I must say!

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    1. Yes true. IU has the whole package as an artist. Insya’Allah she will go far.

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  6. Be in awe what makes a person great and follow their steps in making a mark in the world. A superstar's story has never been easy - they alse started from the bottom.

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    1. Agree with you Rawlins. That’s what I learned from admiring these people. Success doesn’t doesn’t come with a blink. Bak kata pepatah melayu la “bersusah dahulu bersenang kemudian”.

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  7. Oh, my God, your illustration is awesome! I think you should include more of those!

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  8. That's a good point of view from you! I'm glad you are taking the positive vibes from K-Pop. In addition you will learn more about others life too. Peace.

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    1. Yep, that’s what I am doing now. Seeing others positive side as an inspiration for me to be a better person. Tq.

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  9. Really gud article! Keep on writing . And bout ur question, Allahyarham Sudirman. AlFatihah.

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    1. I like the late Sudirman too. He is the first singer I admire.

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    2. Thank you for your compliments and motivation btw.

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  10. nice drawing.. keep it up. boleh buat collection k-pop star. wuu cantiknya.. teringin nak ada kulit macam artis korea

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    1. Thank you for your compliments on my illustrations BBL. Bro, Kalo nak kulit macam retis korea........ pakai serum/ampoule.

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  11. i really love IU since i'm in my college time. she is beautiful and have very beautiful voice tu. your sharing here are very inspiring and even love her more. anyway your drawing so pretty!

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    1. Yes, she’s beautiful, talented, charismatic, intelligent, have a good personality, and inspiring. Thank you for your compliment on the illustration.

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  12. Thank you for sharing Fadima :) I think after reading this article i need to watch video about IU more, because she is very beautiful. :) BTW i love your drawing style which is unique & pretty.

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    1. Yay!!!!!!! I highly encourage you to check her videos and songs on YouTube. You will fall in love with her. IU has her own YouTube channel too. Thank you for your compliment on my illustration.

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  13. Omg.. my husband keeps playing her song in spotify after he watched hotel del luna... i also like her style.. hahah thansk for writing about her

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    1. Hehehe....... lagu IU Kalo skali dengar memang trus akan suka.

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  14. Oh wow! I never expected these��I have never listened to these but you have done a good job in explaining..!

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  15. For me she is one of talented korean artist who always work hard to achieve her dream. Can be a role model to young generation

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    1. IU is already a role model to youth around d the world.

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  16. Baru kenal IU ni macam mana. Selalu tengok dalam drama sebab dia comel. Suka semangat dia yang tak putus asa tu. Bagus betul sebab dia sentiasa berusaha untuk mencapai cita-cita dalam industri hiburan ni.

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    1. Yes. Her life story fascinated me. People should write a book about her.

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  17. IU is so kind and humble I swear

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