Nice body? Bad image

Nice body? Bad image

A nice body never fails to get people talking.

And for K-pop idol Hyomin's new track, Nice Body, the talk has come fast and furious.

In the song, which is part of her first solo debut album, the 25-year-old member of Korean girl group T-ara, sings about going on a diet and enduring pain to achieve a nice body so that she can get the guy she wants.(See report below).

The chorus of the song from her newly released EP, Make Up, goes: "I take note on everything I want to eat/ I live noxiously everyday/ I endure all the pains/ I'm going to be prettier".

The lyrics did not sit well with listeners, with many netizens slamming her for propagating the wrong values to her young fans. YouTube user Kelly Nguyen commented: "What happened to idols being role models."

Another online user ageekinthecommunity added: "Body image is something you do for yourself, not for the pleasure of others. "Unless you're at a point where it's life-threatening, you shouldn't change your body for the sake of pleasing others."

He added: "The video felt very superficial and though I admire Hyomin as a talented K-pop idol, this is just uncomfortable to see." The music video to this song has so far received 7,500 likes and 5,300 dislikes, indicating that there are many fans who do not agree with the song.

K-pop music videos usually receive far more likes than dislikes.

T-ara's previous hit Roly Poly, which was posted on YouTube in 2011, garnered 44,300 likes and only 3,000 dislikes, while Girls' Generation's recent song Mr.Mr. has more than 350,000 likes and 30,000 dislikes.

The music video for Nice Body starts off with a fat woman stuffing her face with doughnuts while daydreaming about being slim.

A lean-looking Hyomin then shows up in a tiny outfit with the numbers 34, 24 and 36 labelled on her bust, waist and hips respectively. She performs a sultry dance while holding a measuring tape and steps on a weighing machine which reads "Nice Body".

Hyomin told Korean media that she felt "really pressured" by the song's title, which is why she went on a strict diet and also exercised to prepare for the music video.

She said: "I did crossfit exercises and diet side-by-side... I also did the lemon detox diet and lost 4kg in seven days."

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