Sweet, sexy and on their own

Sweet, sexy and on their own
K-pop girl group Secret's Hyosung.

Bare midriffs. Ample cleavage. Swivelling hips.

Be prepared for a nosebleed-inducing visual onslaught as K-pop's sexiest, most gorgeous girl group members launch their highly-anticipated solo debuts.

Five years into the job as reliable team players, T-ara's babes Jiyeon and Hyomin, and Secret's curvaceous bombshell Hyosung are finally ready to make splashes in showbiz on their own terms.

Unlike predecessors CL (2NE1), Hyorin (Sistar) and Taeyeon (Girls' Generation) who have carved out individual careers on the strength of their vocal prowess, the trio here are more likely to win us over with perfectly-sculpted bods, snazzy dance moves and edgy fashion styles.

M checks out the girls' X-factor and predicts how well each will perform.

JIYEON - THE UNPREDICTABLE CUTIE

WHO'S SHE?

As T-ara's maknae (Korean colloquial term for youngest member), 20-year-old pixie-faced, doe-eyed Jiyeon has always been the group's centre of attention.

In almost all of T-ara's music videos, she snags the lion's share of screen time.

Strikingly pretty, Jiyeon has the charm to win over both male and female fans - this lass can look sweet and strong, fierce and vulnerable, pensive and aggressive all at once.

HOW'S HER SOLO EFFORT?

Jiyeon released her debut EP Never Ever two weeks ago. The music video for the groovy R&B 1 Minute 1 Second has garnered more than 1.3 million views in less than a week.

It's interesting to note that there is no overt sexuality in the video, aside from her baring her toned midriff and thighs.

In an interview with Korean magazine Arena Homme, Jiyeon said it was a deliberate decision and credited South Korean veteran singer Kahi for inspiring her new "gender-neutral" image.

"Sexy can be achieved without showing off skin," she said. "Senior Kahi showed off her six-pack abs in one of the promotional pictures for her album, but she was wearing masculine clothes in the photo. I think that was cool and sexy."

OUR VERDICT:

Jiyeon looks fantastic in practically anything. Some of her best moments in 1 Minute 1 Second are of her wearing a plain white T-shirt. With her versatile, multi-faceted looks, she should be able to go far, not just as a singer but also an actress.

SUCCESS RATE: 9/10

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