Meet K-Pop Megastar Tiffany Young, the former Girl Group star turns out on its own


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Do not lose it: Tiffany Young is not the new girl. The Los Angeles-born 29-year-old artist has collected a big successor (like 6.7 million Instagram followers and tens of millions of YouTube views huge) since moving to South Korea for K-Popstardom at fifteen years old, spending eleven years devoting her life as part of the National Girl Group Girls Generation (GG) or So Nyu Shi Dae (SNSD). But thanks hallyu-The global wave of the Korean cultural race-her name has never really left stateside zeitgeist. And now she has made her home to dominate our playlists and our screens.

You can expect someone who gifted and spice a star like Young to have an obnoxiously dazzling shine, but think of her feel like more of a warm, approaching glow. She shakes hands with everyone in the room, introduces herself every time because she does not assume you know her. She asks for your name and tries to really remember it. And she's charmingly chatty so much that her makeup artist just has to finally cancel her to make the other look for her cOSMOPOLITAN shoot.

"About my 13 years in K-Pop my track was ready to wear, I'm preparing everything as a couture now."

When the photographer lifts her lens, she instinctively meets all her angles as she has done forever. (She has.) What's she like when she cheeses for those cute smiley pictures? Chadwick Boseman, AKA Black PantherAs she suggests, everyone's phone background should be for maximum happiness. See, she's also wise.

Young moved from California to Korea to pursue her dreams and was prepared by her former SM Entertainment brand, which means that she went through two years of intensive training before officially launching with the rest of her GG bandmates in 2007. "I've been a fan by K-Pop since I was a little girl, and I definitely got to Korea, she says. "The work ethic, the production, the fans-it's amazing wherever it is and where it continues."

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But despite moving from Korea, as well as from her previous label, Young, currently working on a new EP, releases new bops along the way, is not in any way distant from K-Pop. "The first song" Over My Skin "and even" Teach You "and my music generally as I create right now is not something that differentiates or changes or wants to take it away."

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Her sound: catchy choruses, an irresistible dance-style layer of synths that sounds futuristic and vintage at the same time, every lyrical oozing with feeling and of course fun theaters. But instead of singing unconsciously about general cutesy crushing and falling in love, young bells out her big girl chicks for more personal yet related story-driven songs.

Now that she has full creative control, she wants her work to be tailored to a T-Tiffany. "About my 13 years in K-Pop my track was ready to wear," she says, "I'm preparing everything as a couture now."

Young wants to make sure her work includes everything she is, and all women. She also wants further representation by integrating styles of both her cultures into her artistry. "I mean, the response I've received from my fans is" Oh, that's so different! But that's so Tiffany! "And I think it's best to hear that it's an adult version."

Below, Young talks about embarking on her new solo career, taking the girls for the trip, and why do not you be surprised if you take her on TV doing a lot of bad things


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"Family is still here, my childhood, all things I grew up with, friends. California is home. I moved to Korea when I was 15 years old and I started my career at 17. So I think even before I became true, really comfortable, or thought I was local, we started traveling very. I was lucky enough to travel the world and live in Korea part time, stay in Japan part time. But when it was time for rest, I came to California every chance I got, so it was home to me in that sense. "

On the go solo:

"I really asked, Like a human, what are you doing? really want now? "

"I really asked, Like a human, what are you doing? really want now? against "What do you think you have to do?" Because I think so often, not only me, but all my girls we would ask "OK, what must we do?" against "What do we want?" And we set the time and effort to ultimately live our hearts' wishes. "

On what has changed:

"The first ten years was about living out what my heart wanted, but now I take it as a responsibility to talk about becoming a woman, embracing beauty of all ages and conversations that have not been talked about in Asia, and Asian-American representation.

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It's so important because stories, media, narratives are the way to see the world, how we see others, how we see ourselves and how we want to see things. I take it as an obligation to make sure everything I say, write, or sing, or act, or whatever I chose to do, means something every time now against "I did not know" or "I'm trying new things out." "

At work with her GG girls Sooyoung and Hyoyeon:

"It was so funny!" Learn the text, how nice to put together. I wanted it to be as animated and dramatic as how I wrote the song. One of the best things to make you feel better when you go through heartbreak are your girlfriends. So I wanted to be authentic, with my real girls on the set. Who better to bring than your girlfriends, when your girlfriends are also experienced actors?! "

When playing a serial killer?

"The school is intense! It leaves you in a pile of mush every day. When I started acting, I thought, Oh, I want to be in a rom com or romantic drama. I want to be a Disney princess. These were the first thoughts that flew through my brain. But when I get deeper into it, really the craftsmanship in it is nothing but the truth of the story or the character that you play. I realized it does not matter as long as I believe in the truth.

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Someone once asked, "Are you open to a serial killers role?" I'm like, & # 39; Yes, if the story is meaningful. & # 39; I could have been hurt and become a serial killer. I'm open to it. But I do not say that serial orders are OK-that's terrible! "

Photographer: Ruben Chamorro. Fashion Stylist: Tiffany Reid. Makeup: Seonah Bang. Hair: Korey Fitzpatrick uses IGK. Creative Director: Abby Silverman. Senior Visuals Editor: Raydene Salinas Hansen.

On Tiffany (white look): Top and dress by Cinq a Sept, Lady Gray necklace, earrings by Ryan Storer, bracelet by Ming Yu Wang, Ellie Vail and Arme De Lour; rings by Ming Yu Wang, Chloe + Isabel and CosmoStyle of Cosmopolitan. On Tiffany (black look): Top of Juicy Couture, Aerie Shorts, Nike BH, Midnight 00 Heels, Rings of Dinosaur Designs, The Last Line and Sarah Chloe; Earrings of Salvatore Ferragamo.