Here Are Kim Jong-dae’s Transformations From EXO M To His Solo Debut!

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Transformations of Kim Jong-dae From Pre-Debut Up Until Now

Are you a fan of EXO? If you are, you must be familiar with EXO’s vocalist who has a wide range of notes and a strong voice, Kim Jong-dae, or commonly known as Chen. Right now, EXO is promoting as one group, but they used to promote in two groups: EXO K and EXO M. Kim Jong-dae is one of the EXO members who used to promote as EXO M, and now he’s active as a member of EXO, even debuted as a solo artist as well. Are you curious how much he has changed from the time he promoted as a member of EXO M until he finally had his solo debut? Today, Channel-Korea will explain everything about Kim Jong-dae’s transformations from his EXO M era to his solo debut era. So, stay tuned!


Before we get to Chen’s appearance while being active as a member of EXO M, we will look at Chen’s appearance before he even made his debut!


Kim Jongdae Predebut Photo

As you can see, while he was still a student, Kim Jong-dae used to wear glasses. On the other hand, it seems that he still has a bit of baby fat so he looks more chubby than his current state.

Kim Jongdae Teenager

However, as he got older, he lost the baby fat and his features started to shape and get sharper than before. Moreover, he also started to not wear his glasses, and his hairstyle changed so he looks much neater.

Kim Jongdae Trainee

While he was a trainee, Kim Jong-dae used to wear simple clothes, such as a hoodie and sweatpants, in order for him to move easily while he trains. His hairstyle also hasn’t changed much since his school days, and his facial features have gotten more refined than before.


Kim Jongdae 2012

When he made his debut as a member of EXO M, his hair started to get styled and dyed. In this photo, it looks like he dyed his hair with reddish-brown.

Kim Jongdae 2012

Meanwhile, in this photo, we can see that Kim Jong-dae had much darker colored hair. In addition, he also had shorter hair than his pre-debut era and got a perm on his hair.


Kim Jongdae 2013 MAMA

Moving to 2013, Kim Jong-dae had his hair dyed with a light brown color. He also had his hair permed, but his hair has grown a bit longer than it was in 2012. Also, if we look closely, we can see that he got a piercing on his ear!

Kim Jongdae 2013 Gayo Daejun

While in MAMA 2013 he had a light brown colored hair, in the 2013 Gayo Daejun Kim Jong-dae dyed his hair to a darker brown color. He also wears a hat tied with a bandana that makes him look more stylish.


Kim Jongdae 2014 Ivy Club

While he appeared fashionably in 2013, Kim Jong-dae showed us a fresh look through a photoshoot for Ivy Club. In this photoshoot, he wore white clothes and shorts with burgundy colored hair. Not only that, but his hairstyle also changed so that we can see his forehead for a little bit.

Kim Jongdae 2014 Ivy Club


Kim Jongdae 2015 MAMA

In 2015, we can see that Kim Jong-dae wears heavier makeup than the previous year. Of course, it is not that heavy, but we can see that he started to wear a smoky eye shadow while in the previous year he only wore eye shadow lightly.

Kim Jongdae 2015 MAMA

Not only that, but we can also see that he wears colored eye contacts that make him appear more gorgeous than before. He also has shorter hair with his forehead showing this time.


Kim Jongdae 2016 Suwon K-Concert

In 2016, we can see more of his masculinity while he is promoting for EXO’s Monster. While he wears eye shadow with a bolder color this time, he also has his short hair slicked back so that his forehead is showing again.

Kim Jongdae 2016 Seasons Greetings

We can also see that he looks more mature on EXO’s 2016 Season’s Greetings. It seems that this year, Kim Jong-dae preferred to have his hair dyed in a dark color.


Kim Jongdae 2017 Singles Magazine

Quite similar to the previous year, Kim Jong-dae still had his dark-colored hair, and he also wore a turtle neck shirt with a black coat over that suits him very much.

Kim Jongdae 2017 EXO Fan Festival

He also maintained his short hair and slicked it back so it shows his forehead. In this photo, we can see his refined facial features and perfect side profile!


Kim Jongdae 2018 Seasons Greetings

In 2018, Kim Jong-dae chose to dye his hair to a lighter color. Quite different from the previous year, he also wore more colorful clothes. Meanwhile, Kim Jong-dae also wears his glasses again in this photoshoot, as if to turn back to his school days. However, we definitely can spot the difference in his aura while wearing the glasses, right?

Kim Jongdae 2018 Seasons Greetings


Kim Jongdae 2019 Seasons Greetings

In 2019, Kim Jong-dae has light brown colored hair and has grown it longer than the previous year. Unlike before, where he often showed his forehead, this time he doesn’t show it too much and has a part of it hidden. However, the hairstyle suits him just as well as the previous hairstyle and shows us how mature he has become!

Kim Jongdae 2019 Beautiful Goodbye

What do you think about Kim Jong-dae’s transformations up until now? Do you like how he has transformed over the years?

Latest News

Kim Jongdae Dear My Dear

Recently, SM Entertainment revealed that Kim Jong-dae will make a comeback with his second solo album titled Dear My Dear! The second solo album will include a total of six songs and is expected to be released in early October 2019. What kind of music will he present this time? It seems that we have to wait for just a little bit more until we can find the answer on the release day of his second album!

If you want to find out more about Kim Jong-dae’s latest activities, you can visit EXO’s Instagram account @weareone.exo for further information.

So, what do you think about Kim Jong-dae’s transformations since he is active as a member of EXO M up until now, where he is active both as a solo artist and a member of EXO? Which era do you like Kim Jong-dae the most? Don’t forget to share your thoughts about Kim Jong-dae’s transformations from EXO M to his solo debut in the comment section below!