Being The Oldest Member of EXO, Take a Look at Xiumin’s Transformation Through the Years

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Find Out About Exo Xiumin’s Best Looks Since His Debut Days

EXO is an Idol group made up of Chinese and Korean members. EXO was formed by SM Entertainment in 2011 and debuted in 2012. Initially, the group debuted with two sub-groups, EXO-K and EXO-M. However, since 2014, the sub-groups united into one group, EXO, and continue to perform as one idol group.

Among all the EXO members, Xiumin is the oldest. He was born as Kim Min-seok in Gyeonggi Province on March 26, 1990. In EXO, he specialized in vocals, though he also excelled in dancing, as well. Since his debut days, he stood out from other members for his youthful looks. He has a pale, flawless skin and baby-faced appearance. His youthful looks have became the source of envy among the group’s fans. Let’s take a look at Xiumin’s transformation from his early debut days to recent appearance

In this article, Channel-Korea will talk about Xiumin’s transformation since his debut day. So stay tuned!

Xiumin’s Pre-debut Photos

In his early childhood days, Xiumin looked chubby, but cute. In elementary school, he looked extremely active and social. He stood out in group pictures because of his wide smile and active personality. After entering middle school, he started losing his chubby cheeks and gaining his cool looks. His eyebrows were thick and he looked manly with his sharp, pointed eyes. It is evident that he is born to be an idol with his good looks and active personality.

Debut with MAMA (2012)

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SM Entertainment announced the seventh and final member of EXO-M on January 25th, 2012. Before introducing the final member, the agency had already released pictures and information about Kai, Lu Han, Tao, Chen, Se Hun, and Lay. According to the agency’s statement, Xiumin excelled in singing and dancing. He was also a martial art practitioner in the forms of tae kwon do and kendo. K-pop fans admired his good looks, baby-faced appearance, and athletic body. On his debut pictorial, he looked like a teenager even though he debuted at the age of 21.

Wolf (2013)

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Wolf was released in Korean and Chinese versions on May 30, 2013. He dyed his hair a coppery color and started wearing head bands during stage performances. Since he wore a headband, his hair spiked up and looked extremely cool. Due to his hair color, his face looked very white and luminous. Fans were wondering about his stage makeup and wanted to follow his makeup style.

Growl (2013)

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EXO’s Growl was released in the repackaged studio album XOXO. SM Entertainment released XOXO on August 5th, 2013, and it peaked at the #1 position on M! Countdown on August 22nd, 2013. Growl became EXO’s breakthrough single and sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. To celebrate their achievement, EXO appeared on M! Countdown to receive the award. They were dressed in school uniforms. Xiumin looked very happy, and his spiky blonde hair stood out from other EXO members. He looked manly in neat, school-themed suit.

Overdose (2014)

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During the promotion for Overdose, Xiumin and the other EXO members applied more eyeliner to their pictorial and stage makeup. Perhaps it was used to emphasize or show the effect of an overdose and strengthened the image of the album. Xiumin transformed his hairstyle from spiky hair to straight up, and dyed it a silver-burgundy color

Call Me Baby (2015)

ON EXO’s Call Me Baby music videos, Xiumin sported a wavy, gold hairstyle. The music video was uploaded in early March 2015 to the SMTown YouTube channel, and received more than 256 million views in the five years since its release. However, when performing on M! Countdown in April 2015, Xiumin dyed his hair a slightly darker gold color.

Love Me Right (2015)

On EXO’s comeback stage in June 2015 on M! Countdown, EXO performed Love Me Right. Xiumin wore his trademark shorts, while other EXO members wore long pants and white jackets. Usually, his hairstyle is slightly wavy but on the stage, his hair style was neat and slick. He returned to his normal hair color, dark brown.

Lightsaber (2015)

Lightsaber was the EXO single released in 2015. The single was the result of a collaboration between SM Entertainment and Walt Disney for the promotion of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in South Korea. By the end of 2015, Xiumin started appearing regularly on Korean TV dramas. He returned to his trademark wavy, dark blond hairstyle.

Monster (2016)

When promoting EXO’s third album’s title single, Monster, Xiumin dyed his hair a light blonde and wore a wavy hairstyle. As usual, he also applied heavy eyeliner to create a more intense look on his face.

Lotto (2016)

Lotto was released as a repackaged version of EXO’s third studio album, Ex’Act, in August 2016 at the DMC music festivalXiumin sported a multicolored, side-trimmed hairstyle. His look was manly and cool. His multicolored hair consisted of green, blonde, and silver. Depending on the angle and his dance movement, his hair looked  ever-changing on the stage.

Ko Ko Bop (2017)

Performing on the stage while promoting Ko Ko Bop at the Ulsan Music festival in 2017, Xiumin returned to his original hair color: pure, dark black. He let loose of his hair, and it looked messy but cool on the stage. By the look of his arms and shoulders, he gained more bulk, and appeared more muscular in the concert.

Power (2017)

Exo performed at the Lotte Family concert on September 15th, 2017. At the concert, all the EXO members were dressed in striped pants and black-white patterned shirts. Xiumin transformed into a manly appearance with sleek, black hair and tucked in shirt.

Tempo (2017)

EXO performed on the program Music Bank in November 2018 to promote Tempo. EXO and Xiumin performed in casual shirts and black jackets. On this stage performance, Xiumin dyed his hair a silvery purple color.

Love Shot (2018)

Throughout 2018, EXO’s Xiumin maintain his appearance and hairstyle. He didn’t change a lot from the time the group was promoting Tempo in early 2018 to promoting Love Shot in late 2018.

Obsession (2019)

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Xiumin became the first EXO member to enlist for his mandatory military service. He enlisted on May 7, 2019. EXO released their sixth album, Obsession, with title hit single Obsession on November 27, 2019. Xiumin expressed his support to the other members and wished their promotional performance would go well. He looked masculine and manly in soldier uniform.

That was all the information about Exo’s Xiumin’s transformation since his debut days. What do you think about his looks? Which look best suits his personality? Don’t forget to share your opinion in the comment section below!