Kim Samuel, Jeon So-mi, Seventeen’s Vernon, and Other Half-Korean Idols in the K-pop Industry

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The Perfect Blend of Korean-Western Face

It is already common sense in the K-Pop industry that beautiful visuals sometimes should be considered to be an idol, although there are so many idols who are known for their amazing talent in singing or dancing. Being pretty is a kind of privilege that would make anything easier because people love someone who is close to the beauty standard in social life.

Koreans are known for their typical face with small eyes, nose, etc. If a Korean married a western person, their kid might be born with the perfect blend of Korean and western facial features by having the small Korean face but with western features. There are a lot of idols who have this kind of gift. Not only talented in singing or dancing, but they are also known for their amazing visual appearance! Curious about who are they? Let’s check them out because your bias might be here!

Kim Samuel

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Samuel Arredondo Kim, or commonly known as Kim Samuel, is a talented 17-year-old idol who has been going through hard work to debut with his amazing skills in dancing, choreography, singing, and rapping. He used to be a Pledis Entertainment trainee and was supposed to be a member of Seventeen, but he left the agency in 2013 due to personal reasons. He debuted in 2015 as a member of the rapper duo 1PUNCH with ONE, but the group only lasted for eight months because ONE was scouted by YG Entertainment.

He then joined Produce 101 Season 2 but unfortunately, he couldn’t join WANNA ONE because he was ranked 18th. After that, Samuel released two mini-albums as a solo artist under Brave Entertainment. Then, on June 8th, 2019, Samuel said that he would promote as an independent artist from now on.

Kim Samuel has features of western people as you can see. His mother is a Korean and his father is a Mexican. Kim Samuel is of American nationality because he was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Jose Arredondo is a successful businessman who is in charge of Family Motors Auto Group, a real estate agency, and a golf park. Sadly, in July 2019, Kim Samuel’s dad was found dead in his house as a result of a robbery gone wrong. Due to this sad news, Kim Samuel needed everyone to keep supporting him and keep his spirit in music or whatever he wants.

Jeon Somi

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“Imma shake it shake it shake it like it was my birthday…” the most memorable lyrics from Jeon Somi’s solo debut song titled “Birthday.” Ennik Somi Douma, or commonly known as Jeon Somi, is an 18-year-old female idol who recently debuted under one of the sub-companies of YG Entertainment, The Black Label. Somi used to be a JYP trainee, she joined the SIXTEEN survival show which formed Twice, but couldn’t get into it.

She then joined Produce 101 Season 1 and came out as the first ranked in Produce 101. She debuted with I.O.I and became the nation’s center. After I.O.I’s contract was terminated, Somi was rumored of debuting with ITZY, but she surprisingly left the agency and Somi’s position was filled by Shin Yuna.

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Somi’s mother is a South Korean woman Sunhee, while her father is Matthew Douma, a Dutch-Canadian man. Her family moved to South Korea when she was one year old. Somi used to be bullied because of her half-blood, and even wanted to do plastic surgery to make herself look more like a Korean. She then had Taekwondo training to raise up her confidence, until she got to the 4th degree of Taekwondo’s black belt. Her father is also popular like her, as he appeared as a cameo in the drama Descendants of The Sun, also in The Unnie’s MV, and was cast in the show Real Man 300. 

Seventeen’s Vernon

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Vernon has two names, Choi Han Choi for Korea and Hansol Vernon Chwe for his real name. Vernon was born in New York, the United States, from an American mother and Korean father. He and his family moved to South Korea when he was 5 years old, so he has two nationalities, South Korean and American. Vernon adores his parents very much, so much so that he made them his role models. He has a younger sister named Sofia, which has been seen in the offices of JYP, Pledis, and FNC Entertainment. His sister might want to follow in his footsteps and become an idol.

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Vernon is part of Pledis Entertainment’s boy group Seventeen, and is a member of the hip-hop subunit because he is the main rapper of the group. He is also the vocalist, visual, and face of Seventeen. Sadly, Vernon was rumored of taking a break from his idol activities due to personal health issues.