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What does a picture mean for ‘Selfie Mania’ Dara?
A picture is a memory. People take pictures because they want to keep the pictures of a lover, favorite scenery and also the memories that they wish to keep forever. For that reason, the picture resembles the career of a singer. A record is a memory and the album is a job to contain those memories. It is a task in which we want to share the work we love with people we love.
To Dara, a picture can be considered as something that i sthe same as a singer. Dara from a girl group 2NE1. Not only herself, but also the fans call her either 2NE1’s promoting captain or YG Entertainment’s promoting captain. Dara is referred to as a selfie maniac as she restlessly uploads pictures on SNS such as Twitter and so on.
Dara waiting for a meal while standing in a line at YG’s cafeteria, Dara preparing for a performance, Dara with 2NE1 while making funny facial expression and Dara getting her hair done at a hair shop.
WHY IS DARA TAKING PICTURES? WHAT DOES A PICTURE MEAN TO DARA?
We have visited YG’s private company building in Hapjeong-dong, Seoul, to meet Dara. YG’s private company building became famous through MBC ‘Infinite Challenge’. It was just time for dinner. The moment when we were about to enter the building thinking ‘is the cafeteria here really a ‘gourmet place’’, we decided to check it out at a later time because the guard on the 1st floor asked the reason we are here and also to write the person whom we are going to meet.
We waited for Dara at the recording studio on 3rd floor. In the recording studio, there was a big teddy bear doll, Mazinger Z big hangar model and a gundam robot that is a size of most babies greeting us, which are all based on the taste of Yang Hyun Suk YG CEO, who is known as a teddy bear maniac. On the billiard table outside the recording room, YG trainees were having conversations. This is the place where Dara is always with the one she loves.
Dara opened the door of the recording room saying “Hello” and gave a drink that has the wings (Editor’s note: Redbull). The drink that has the wings and Dara, they matched well. Dara has the feeling of staying about 30cm off the ground with her small wings.
When we asked “Why do you take pictures”, an answer that says “I came to think that I really wish to share lots of things with the fans after making a debut as 2NE1. That is why I take pictures and upload them” returned.
It is a standard answer, but it was not an answer to the question “Why”. Dara said “(To me), taking pictures is just what I do and the fans are also curious about my private life so I wanted to share such things” and conveyed.
Then, we asked when she started to take pictures. We asked about whether it was before or after making the debut if she wanted to share with the fans.
Dara said that she thinks it was since when the camera function started to be added to the cellphones. It means that it was even before she immigrated to Philippines and became a star in no time through ABS-CBN ‘Star Circle Quest’.
Dara took pictures again and again with a Polaroid and cellphone. She took a picture with her dear friends, a picture when eating delicious food with the family and all the pictures she took in that way is all stacked in the album. They are in lots of albums and some of them are even in CDs. Just with the albums and CDs, it completely fills the space in the room.
Even now whenever she has time, Dara takes out the albums and thinks of “Wow, I was like this back then” and “What would this kid be doing right now”. To Dara, pictures are still a part of building up memories that is still ongoing.
Dara was active as a singer and an actress in Philippines and she was introduced in Korea through SBS ‘Experience! Global Village Homestay’ in 2004 and made her famous through ‘Human Cinema’ and so on. In 2007, she signed a contract with YG. Until she made a debut as 2NE1 in May 2009, it was only the days of waiting in which it was not possible to know when she will be given the opportunity. It was possible that she might be forgotten, unsure of whether she will be able to make everything become a reality and it was the days in which even made her have doubts about the talents that she thought she had.
Dara left all those moments as pictures. She took a picture of herself sitting at the practice room alone, and took a picture of dark Han River that is seen outside the window of a practice room. The reason that she takes out and looks at those pictures sometimes even now is because she does not want to forget about it. She does not want to forget about how she felt back then.
Dara said that she uploads the pictures on SNS because she wanted to share with the fans. Why does Dara have to do that kind of task? Dara said “It is something I can’t do if somebody made me to do it”. She said “I think I am doing what I can do. The agency gave me a nickname of promoting captain so I am spreading the information about the new album and performances and so on”.
We asked again. Why do you do that kind of thing? Since the debut, Bom was in charge of vocal, Minzy was in charge of dance and CL was in charge of rap in 2NE1. Dara often heard that she is in charge of the beautiful look in 2NE1.
Dara said “It is the part I am worrying about from the debut until now”. Dara said “I especially worried about it a lot when it became 3 years since the debut”.
“I was upset about it and other members definitely have lots of things to show on the stage but what could be the thing I can do and I worried. I also thought that I need change.”
Dara said “My age is not that young so I even thought that do I have to look mysterious or something like that. But then, the answer I found is “To show the side that matches well with me, something I can be good at and just to show who I am”.
Dara showed a dramatic stage during the performance. She did acting and singing at the same time. She showed the moments that made her most happy when she was little when on the stage. She brought the good memories to good times of now. To Dara, memory is a record, the record is in an album and the album is to be shared with people she loves.
“Since we have been talking for a while, I think that might be why I cried so much when recording ‘Missing You’.”
Dara said “I always want to be consistent”. When I upload some picture, the fans say it is fresh and if I don’t upload a picture, they ask me why I don’t upload them. Dara said “(Taking pictures and uploading them on SNS) it was the thing that I simply did without thinking about interacting with the fans and stuff but I feel joy and hope when I am keep doing it”. When the fans feel happy, when someone says I get energy for the whole day with Dara’s picture, Dara says that is when she also gets energy.
There are times when I think “Do I have to keep doing this, until when. However, when the fans say I get to forget about bad things that happened today when I see your message, then I also get the energy.”
We asked isn’t taking a selfie a thing for people who have strong affection towards themselves. Dara said “I want to love myself a little more”.
Dara is a professional. When uploading the pictures on SNS, she looks again for many times just in case. When uploading a post, she uploads it after reading it for 100 times. It is because she wants to give good influence to people she love. It is because she wants to share the memories in a happy way.
During the interview, Dara frequently used the phrases “Because I am old” and “Since I am getting old”. Her physical age might be a little older than other girl groups, but we think Dara is really the one who is in charge of positive and young energy in 2NE1. We thought that Dara, who looks like she has wings, is really an important center in 2NE1 but it looked like she was having a sense crisis toward herself.
SO, DARA TAKES GOOD PICTURES.
“I want to sing and dance while wearing the jeans that have studs even when I get really old. I don’t know how long I can do this for but I want to be YG promoting captain. I want to take pictures and share.” Dara said “I love this job”.
Whenever going on overseas performance, she never forgets to take the camera. She takes pictures again and again. She enjoys and takes picture of herself and colleagues. She even made the video by gathering the pictures of the cats she has been taking so far to celebrate the birthday of her cat not long ago and gave it as a present.
Even now, Dara still builds memories. She said “I think I like to get pictures taken rather than taking pictures myself”. It means there are still lots of pictures to be taken from her rather than her taking pictures.
The fact that she likes lots of people taking pictures of her more than her taking pictures also means that she is enjoying her being a star that is currently ongoing.
When about to wrap up the interview, she still did not forget her obligation as the promoting captain.
“It is still a secret but 2NE1’s album will be released soon and we will begin the world tour from March 1st in Seoul. I will keep uploading the pictures on SNS so please look forward to it.”
She also did not forget to say people can look forward to the special stage that she will present in this performance. Dara says that she wants to start acting again. She said it will be a big challenge as she is an introvert.
It looks like Dara building memories, record and album will continue forever along with taking pictures.
Source: Naver Starcast
Edited by firstname.lastname@example.org
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