Seoul sisters: 2NE1's similarities with Western pop's biggest stars

Seoul sisters: 2NE1's similarities with Western pop's biggest stars
Korean girl group 2NE1.

Earlier this month, the UK's Dazed & Confused, one of the top dogs in fashion publishing, referred to 2NE1 rapper-singer CL as "K-pop's Rihanna".

According to the magazine's dissection of their dressing styles, the feisty leader of South Korea's top female quartet bears a striking resemblance to the Barbadian pop queen - they both rock the hyper-masculine look, pulling off emerging menswear designs with oomph and are stunningly attractive in denim dungarees and basketball vests.

If you ask us, it's a lazy and facile comparison.

While part of 2NE1's charm lies in their members' non-conformist get-ups, CL (Lee Chaerin), 23, Bom (Park Bom), 30, Dara (Sandara Park), 29, and Minzy (Gong Minji), 20, are not just fashion icons, they have talent in spades too.

Ahead of the group's upcoming All Or Nothing World Tour concert here, M tells you which A-list stars from the Western pop world could be kindred souls with the members of 2NE1.

And yes, we're leaving RiRi off the list.

CL IS K-POP'S...

NICKI MINAJ

How similar are they? Both are bad girls.

Like her ambitious, straight-talking US hip-hop counterpart, CL exudes an image of toughness. Her solo material consist of female-empowering anthems that wouldn't be out of place in Minaj's catalogue.

Minaj, 31, has a wicked number Baddest Bitch, with lyrics that go "Been around the world, I still can't find another girl that can steal my shine".

CL sings the same confident tune in her debut solo hit, The Baddest Female. Lyrically, it is equally boastful: "I'm the queen bee, I'm the heroine".

Both are magnets for controversy.

Minaj is used to making headlines, from her feuds with fellow American Idol judge Mariah Carey, to her "deeply offensive" usage of revered civil rights leader Malcolm X's picture as the artwork for her latest song Lookin' A** Nigga. (She has since apologised for the insensitivity.)

CL is beginning to feel the heat too. In March, Muslim listeners objected vehemently to a verse from the Quran being included in her solo track MTBD. CL's label, YG Entertainment, promptly removed the portion.

MINZY IS K-POP'S...

IGGY AZALEA

How similar are they? Both are highly evasive.

Ever since bursting onto the scene, sexy Australian hip-hop upstart Iggy Azalea, 23, has been slammed for rapping with a put-on American accent and "trying to sound black".

(Azalea has since hit back at her critics in an interview with Complex magazine, saying: "Voice is my medium. I should have the creative rein to do whatever the f*** I want with it.")

Similarly, when Minzy appeared in public last November looking prettier than before, she caused a major stir by first denying that she had gone under the knife, then retracting her original statement and admitting she had "received cosmetic surgery on her nose to recover from rhinitis".

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