Lee Chae-rin (better known as CL) is a South Korean idol singer, rapper and dancer. She is best known for being the leader and main rapper of K-Pop giant 2NE1 and the probable hybrid fever dream of Jeremy Scott and Skrillex.
I’m not sure if it’s possible to have a conversation about the future of K-Pop’s western success without talking about CL. The woman stands at a unique cross-section of being the leader of one of K-Pop’s most recognizable groups while also having enough crossover appeal to attract the likes of Diplo and Skrillex (having the ability to speak Korean, French, Japanese and English surely doesn’t hurt CL’s worldwide appeal either). She has been able to cultivate a brand and image -partially thanks to 2NE1’s bombastic concepts and mostly thanks to how much she owns the group’s swagger – that has allowed her to be much more daring in her pursuits than the average K-Pop soloist. It’s not always smooth and sometimes it’s ugly (I will never defend “Dr.Pepper”) but there is an in-your-face quality that CL brings to everything that she does that is undeniably captivating. She is practically the physical embodiment of fashionista “fierce.”
And, much to my surprise and chagrin, CL hasn’t been featured in this weekly segment yet so now, with the recent release of the enjoyable banger “Hello Bitches”, seems as a good a time as any to celebrate K-Pop’s self-professed Baddest Female.
CL is so flawless that she is wrecking heaven’s grading curve.
CL’s hotness could sunburn Superman.
CL’s star power can be seen by the naked eye from space.
CL spits hotter fire than Daenerys’ three dragons.
CL is so amazing that she parts oceans, not seas.