When debuting with AOA, Seolhyun became a victim of body shaming because her body was considered too heavy to conform to South Korean beauty standards, according to some netizens. After being bullied because of her body shape, Seolhyun tried to lose weight and now she has become an icon of body goals in South Korea. Known for her sexy image because of her body shape, it turns out that Seolhyun is also one of the tomboyish idols. Along with the comeback concept carried out by AOA, she was transformed into a tomboyish girl figure, but that didn’t diminish her sexy side. In this article, Channel-Korea will show you Seolhyun’s transformation from a sexy girl into a tomboy, so stay tuned!
2012 – Debut Era
Seolhyun debuted as a member of AOA in 2012. In the early days of her career, she had been a victim of body shaming. At that time, she was considered to have a large body and her weight was around 60 kg. Consistent on a diet, she lost more than 10 kg. At the beginning of her debut, Seolhyun appeared very feminine. AOA first debuted by releasing the song Elvis. In the song’s music video, she appears as a beautiful angel with wings. In addition to her debut with AOA, in 2012 she was also cast as in a supporting role in the Korean drama My Daughter Seo-young. She played Seo Eun-soo, an acting coach.
After getting bullied about her weight by netizens, Seolhyun started to lose her weight by dieting and exercising. In 2013, she looked thinner than when she debuted in 2012 with AOA. Since her weight loss, she appeared more feminine and more elegant in several photo sessions. In April 2013, Seolhyun got a role in the drama Ugly Alert. She plays the youngest child of the family Gong Na-ri, a girl who has a story and dreams of becoming an actress. That was her second drama, and she became the main character for the first time.
In 2014, Seolhyun got the public excited by her newest appearance, which was getting thinner. Even this year she managed to show off her ideal body which, was considered sexy by netizens. The same year, she was also chosen to be a model for the ‘Buckaroo’ denim brand and the sports clothing brand ‘Mizuno Snow Gear’. Her appearance looked increasingly sexy when AOA made their next comeback by releasing the music video Miniskirt, despite the fact she wasn’t on the comeback stage with other members due to injury.
2015 was a busy year for Seolhyun. In 2015, she received many offers for advertising and dramas. That year, she starred in the film Gangnam Blues, making her debut on the big screen. She defeated the 500 others who auditioned for the role of Kim Seon-hye, the younger sister of the main character, Kim Jong-dae (played by Lee Min-ho). Also in the same year, it was announced that she would be playing the female lead in the KBS2 drama Orange Marmalade. The offers continued to come in. In April 2015, Seolhyun became a new model for the fashion mall Enter 6. Then, in the same month, it was announced that she would star in an ad for SK Telecom, a drama titled Let’s Be Strange. In May, she played the main character for N.Flying’s debut music video, Awesome, which was released on May 20th. In August 2015, she got the role for Murderer’s Guide to Memory.
In 2016, she became a model for several advertisements ranging from sprites and clothing models to beer advertisements. Seolhyun was chosen to be a clothing model because of her very sexy body shape.
In 2017, Seolhyun was increasingly invited to reality programs. One of them was the tvN program Three Meals A Day, which managed to get a high rating because one of its episodes was starring Seolhyun. Three Meals A Day is a reality show program starring Lee Seo-jin, Eric Mun, and Yoon Kyun-sang. Through this program viewers can see the activities of the three when eating, preparing food, and raising livestock to play water on an island.
In 2018, Seolhyun was named to the Honor Society, or became an honorary citizen of the Chest of Korea. The FNC Entertainment artist became the sixth singer to join the Honor Society in the Chest of Korea. She is known to often make donations to the Chest of Korea community, the only non-profit organization of the South Korean government to maintain the welfare of its people. Also in 2018, she became one of the celebrities who won awards at the 2018 Asia Artist Awards award ceremony.
2019 – Mnet Queendom and New Moon Album
In 2019, AOA made an appearance in the Mnet’s survival program, Queendom. AOA’s appearance in the survival show stole a lot of attention. The girl group successfully bewitched the audience with every appearance they brought. Queendom was Mnet’s survival program starring several girl groups, including AOA, Oh My Girl, (G) I-DLE, Lovelyz, MAMAMOO, and Park Bom. After Queendom ended, AOA released a new album titled New Moon, which was released in November 2019. This is the first comeback from AOA in 2019. The group is entrusted with Jimin and the other members, and made its last comeback with Bingle Bangle, which was released in May 2018.