Photos of Tanned K-pop Band Spark Controversy over Skin Colour

A K-pop idol band, Sistar recently came back from the Hawaiian Islands, where they were shooting their new music video. As it can be noticed from the above video, they seem to have spent a lot of time outside under the blazing sun, which gave all but one of them an ‘olive-coloured skin’ makeover. A netizen posted the teaser pictures titled, ‘Hyorin looks African, compared to White Dasom’, which sparked controversy over their skin colours.

From Daum:

Sistar clothing in marine look

Of course, the palest one is Dasom

Bora and Dasom

Dasom(left) and Bora(right)

Bora and Dasom

Bora and Dasom

Sistar singing in neon-clothing

Sistar in qipao

The second one on the left is Hyorin

Siatar is meeting its fans

Soyou, Bora, Hyorin, and Dasom

Comments from Daum:

passonist (gjdbrk*****) :

I watched Sistar’s performance at Konkuk University Festival, and Dasom stood out from the crowd. She’s the prettiest. Hyorin looked ugly in person, at least compared to Dasom.

wjsqjsRkqhk (mab**) :

When are they going to give up on those pervert-magnet looks?

노란연필 (mimos****) :

To be honest, dark skinned people look kind of unhygienic and smelly ke

안뇽 (this***) :

I can see a lot of mental case/trolls among commenters. ke ke ke Sistar seems like nice girls.

꽃잎 (dud_***) :

Hyorin is an attractive lady. She is also such a talented singer..

반도체 (starq****) :

Dasom and ugly girls.. Especially Bora and Hyorin are the ugliest.

sert243 (zaxs***) :

Ugly, dark skinned girls..

바카선조아 (belld****) :

Hey, 노란연필 (the 3rd comment)! What?! Dark skinned people look smelly? -_- You could get shot if you say such things abroad. You sounds like as crazy as some redneck racists saying Asians looks dirty.

편하게 살자 -_- (toso***) :

Hyorin is so attractive. She’s the prettiest!

스마일8D (akai***) :

Dark skinned people are not smelly; to imagine such a crap makes YOU a smelly person.. Can’t you smell yourself?

Kaylee (pyb**) :

Hyorin looks the best on those photos. I don’t understand why some people say pale skin is prettier than dark skin. When there’s an international beauty pageant, ‘Miss Korea’ is the only pale girl who looks like just a bathtub. You pay for tanning salon these days, so why such a praise for pale skin?

치차리토 (sinm***) :

Her skin looks more like Mexican than African. She looks nice and healthy.

한2L (baby***) :

Hyorin has natural dark skin..

괴기월 (these****) :

Screaming is not singing: some of you are confusing the two, which is a reflection of K-pop idol’s incompetence.

CaRdIuM (myour****) :

Tanning can be a camouflage for ugly faces..

페리토트a (7ghld****) :

I know Hyorin is dark-skinned, but some of you are going too far. Her skin is part of her charm. I can see there is a difference between Dasom and Hyorin’s skin, yet the title of this article seems insulting.

나 (qnrj***) :

Whatever shade of skin one might have, they are all beautiful in their own ways. You stupid. -_-

플라토닉 (ckckc****) :

There seems to be a lot of racists in Korea. Dark skinned people look smelly? ke ke ke ke ke This is 21st century, you know. You guys get fucking furious when Asians are discriminated tsk tsk, yet you have no shame on disparaging other races? tsk tsk.. And Daum is also out of its mind, letting the trash comment on the top.

네티즌 (wangt****) :

I hope they abandon the whole ‘sexy concept’ thing.. They look cheap.

이것저것 (from***) :

You’d be surprised to see Hyorin in person. She is so gorgeous. And Sistar can sing, especially Hyorin.

실버토미 (78081****) :

Thanks to Hyorin’s popularity, Sistar could make it this far.

진짜악마 (sanse****) :

Let me compare Sistar members with steak: Dasom (rare), Soyou (medium), Bora (well-done), and Hyorin (charcoal)

abmajo (riccik*****) :

Dark skinned people can easily tan^^ I’m the living proof.

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  • Goch… for the last couple years I have become rather infatuated and attracted to Korean males thanks to Kdrama but now I see that you guys are just as fucked up as every other nation/races. I guess I have myself to blame for thinking that you Koreans were “actually better”. Come to think of it, you guys are a little more jacked up… really comparing skin color among Koreans?!?!?Teacher masturbating in plain sight amongst students??? Sigh… gullible me. Back to reality.

    • SorayaVonDerAlm

      u weren’t the only one who thought this way. I was also fooled.

    • Puk

      You cannot judge an entire country and its people based on one article and a few uneducated, racist fools.

  • icarus

    Not all dark-skinned people smell. I’ve met several fair-skinned people who seemed clean. But that’s all there is to it, they just look clean. But get closer and you’ll have to pinch your nose from the smell. some people look good fair and some look better when tanned. I love Hyorin. Sistar won’t be as popular without her and Bora. I say smooth and soft skin (whether dark or fair) without blemishes is ideal.

  • Funny as. Back when my grandfather was in Korea in the 1950’s all Koreans where dark skinned. Much darker than these pale girls.

    • mr.wiener

      Probably because they were all farmers then. I wonder if Asian people will ever get into tanning?

      • fukai

        ur a faggot dont you?

        • mr.wiener

          You’re an English as a second language person aren’t you?

          • runningmanalways

            talk about yourself, your grammar is horrible…

          • mr.wiener

            That’s no way to talk about my granny, you swine!

          • runningmanalways

            bitch please, that is the way.

          • mr.wiener

            Certainly not, get your own bitch, I’m not finished with this one yet.
            I feel we are experiencing a failure to communicated.

          • runningmanalways

            oh my gosh. your “to communicated” should be “to communicate”. Are you really that dumb?

          • mr.wiener

            Irony, it’s the new metallic.
            Are we in agreemented?

          • runningmanalways

            gosh, you’re so dumb. I am left speechless.

          • mr.wiener

            Best news I’ve had all day.

          • runningmanalways

            me too.

          • Mighty曹

            biatch, plz… suck it this way…

          • Mighty曹

            Maybe a missing comma but nothing’s wrong with the grammar. But, writing “talk about yourself, your grammar is horrible…” is just atrocious.

          • runningmanalways

            a missing comma isn’t the only mistake. you are absolutely dumb. I admit my mistake, it should have been “speak for yourself”, but seriously, your English sucks balls.

          • Mighty曹

            When you try to educate someone and not write formally it makes you look like the fool. I’m curious. Let me see how you would write it. Enlighten us.

          • runningmanalways

            What irony, you yourself do not write formally “Go spread your legs elsewhere, hoe”. LOL. you are such a joke.

          • Mighty曹

            That wasn’t meant to be formal. Note: “Hoe” denotes ‘informal’. Comprende, hoe?

          • runningmanalways

            you spelled “comprehende” wrongly. what irony again.

          • Mighty曹

            LOLOLLLOOOLLLLLL!!! ‘no comprende, puta?”

          • runningmanalways


          • Mighty曹

            LOOOOOOL! Usted es analfabeta, puta.

          • runningmanalways

            LOOOOOOLL 你是疯了

          • Mighty曹


          • runningmanalways

            lol are you Chinese because you look Asian in your pic. Anyway, Anda buta huruf, jalang.

          • Mighty曹

            I thought you’re a prodigy. Can’t you see my surname? Bodoh.

          • runningmanalways

            Bitch please, my grammar is not atrocious and there is nothing wrong with my sentence except the “talk about yourself” part. Speak for yourself, don’t you know you cannot start sentences with “but”. My gosh, are you as dumb as mr. wiener?

          • Mighty曹

            I never said your grammar was atrocious. I merely indicated that your statement was not of a high level skill.

            Go spread your legs elsewhere, hoe.

          • gangnamstyke

            your sucking weiners cock now,, i assume you dont hafta push nemore when you take a dump

          • Mighty曹

            Seriously, I’ll let you suck me off just to satisfy your need. C’mon, bitch, suck it.

          • runningmanalways

            no one wants to you’re fugly

          • Mighty曹

            “no one wants to you’re fugly”. How are you going to attend college with writings like that?

          • runningmanalways

            i can clearly differentiate between serious education and internet bitching.

          • Mighty曹

            So why can’t you see that we’re doing the same?

          • runningmanalways

            right now, we are doing internet bitching.

          • runningmanalways

            high level skill? speak for yourself, you have no right to question my English skills. Are you admitting into a top prestigious University? NO. well, I AM

          • mr.wiener

            “Are you admitting into a top prestigious University? NO. well, I AM”

          • runningmanalways

            DA FUQ.

          • Mighty曹

            That’s the ‘top prestigious’ university you’re being admitted to. DAFUQ U

          • runningmanalways

            and that is my response to you (:

          • Mighty曹


          • Mighty曹

            LMFAO!!! Where exactly is this “TOP PRESTIGIOUS” university located?

          • runningmanalways

            Pembroke Oxford College, Oxford, UK. I am 19 this year and going to fly there in September.

          • Mighty曹

            It’s not exactly University of Oxford. And at 19 you’re already behind an average “Admittee”. Are you sure you don’t want to try to swim there? It’s much more fun.

            Are you in Korea, may I ask?

          • runningmanalways

            It is Oxford University and Oxford has many different campuses. I am going to do Economics and my campus is the Pembroke one, which is opposite the famous Christ Church (where Harry Potter was filmed). 19 is not behind average. I am from Singapore. We have primary school (age 7-12), secondary school(13-16), Junior College(17-18) and University(19+). I am going to Oxford University instead of a local one and the Oxford school term only starts in October. My Junior College has like 70 other people accepted into Oxford so I will be with my schoolmates too.

          • Mighty曹

            Okay, I’m proud of you but you don’t need to be so cocky about it. You need to learn some humility to advance in life. It’s not just about your accomplishments. It’s about how you use it to not only help yourself but also those around you, who may not be as fortunate as you.

          • runningmanalways

            I am not being cocky, I am just trying to prove to you because you seemed so doubtful… I am actually humble in real life. Okay, you were questioning my English skills so I had to prove it to you. I am actually really nice in real life just when I meet Internet bitches, things get nasty.

          • Mighty曹

            Oh yes you were. I wasn’t questioning your English skills. You were the one correcting a native English speaker, mr.wiener, but when I pointed out your errors you either made correction or say it’s ‘internet bitching’ and not ‘serious education’.

            You have yet to travel half the world and learn to accomplish much in life. Humility will get you farther than hypocrisy, my young friend.

  • mr.wiener

    “To be honest, dark skinned people look kind of unhygienic and smelly ke”

    Wow, I’ve found a soul-mate for Jin!

    • Brosky

      my skin is darker and my penis is huge ;)

  • Chris Hansen

    I heard Korean male celebs, even singers wear make-up…a man wearing make-up…well, S Korea is ready to be taken over by the North

    • Brosky

      The King in the North!

    • Nix

      And how exactly is Korean men wearing make up related to North Korea. Dumb fucks who always have nothing substantial to say about Korea always resort to North Korea jokes.

  • Hana

    “Hyorin is the ugliest”
    it’s ALL about perspective, beauty isn’t about having white pale skin or having dark chocolate skin.

  • runningmanalways

    I think its fine…

    • Mighty曹

      “its” tsik tsik tsik…

      • runningmanalways

        i am a lazy ass okay.

        • Puk

          Hehe, your posts are awesome ^_^

  • GreenEyedBlonde

    Uh..Asians are coloured, just like Africans. In fact, the Asian race have so much in common with the African race. So I find it hilarious and very hypocritical that an Asian would say someone else is looking like an African as an insult. I mean come on, it’s sad and funny that one person of a coloured race would insult another person of a coloured race. Who do these Asians think they are?! Caucasians?! HAHA They’ll never be us.

    • Rinetto Shii

      ^ I see a lot of white superiority in your comment. Well guess what? I’m half Asian and half Caucasian, black hair and green eyes. Therefore I can unbiasedly say that your post is BS, and most Asians don’t even want to be white anyway.

    • Mighty曹

      Your extreme view proves nothing but the fact that you’re hilariously ignorant and clueless.

  • Emily

    How can people be so mean to these girls???…What’s wrong with some sun? Being pale looks so sickly and unhealthy. At least with being darker you’re less likely to get skin problems because you have more melanin versus light skin people and you won’t get sunburns as easily. ALSO! Why is Dasom pale as heck coming back from Hawaii?! Who comes back pale from Hawaii ever?!

  • Rose Park

    wow…. this is why im so often ashamed to be korean… soooo judgemental… sooo stereotypical… wtf!!! lol mann… what.the.HELL. i was born in, and, grew up in new zealand. over here, everyone prefers to be tan cause tanner skin looks evencoloured and they just like it as much as koreans like white skin. but noone hates on pale skin over here as badly as they do tanned skin in korea! maaaan… the majority of my friends are brown and from the islands, and they are all really pretty and with nice skin- golden, brown, or darker, with big pretty eyes. the majority of koreans think that black people are ugly because theyve never met any in person before. wow… just, please… *major facepalm* LoL..

  • Guest

    Being insensitive the other way around is just as uncool. Skin is skin and it just happens to come in a variety of colours – its quite beautiful if you think about it.

    Some look better pale, others tan and some dark.

    However, getting a tan is NEVER healthy. Yes you can suffer D-vitamin deficiency, most people in the north do (I am from Denmark myself) but 15 minutes a day in moderate sun exposure (as in sun from around 5-6pm) while wearing sunscreen is more than enough to get what you need – and you wont necessarily get a tan from that. Some people also tan easily others do not, and some cannot tan at all.

    I think what you got is great and healthy skin is taking care of what you were blessed with. Whether that be healthy dark skin, pale ski, olive and so on.

    Stop this shouting back and forth and lets just agree that its a matter of taste like everything else, and its great that there is something for everyone! ^_^

  • Puk

    Being insensitive the other way around is just as uncool. Skin is skin and it just happens to come in a variety of colours – its quite beautiful if you think about it.

    Some look better pale, others tan and some dark.

    However, getting a tan is NEVER healthy. Yes you can suffer D-vitamin deficiency, most people in the north do (I am from Denmark myself) but 15 minutes a day in moderate sun exposure (as in sun from around 5-6pm) while wearing sunscreen is more than enough to get what you need – and you wont get a tan from that.

    Some people also tan more easily than others, and some cannot tan at all.

    I think whatever you got is great, and healthy skin is taking care of what you were blessed with. Whether that be healthy dark skin, pale skin, olive skin and so on.

    Stop this shouting back and forth and lets just agree that its a matter of taste like everything else, and its great that there is something for everyone! ^_^

  • thea

    Sistar are NOT! a special group nor are they outstanding i actully find them boring, cheap and Bora attention obsessed. They hopped on the train of cheap concept or as they call it “sexy concept” with Dal shalbet, AOA and girls day it is actually really funny bcuz these 3 girl groups are all rookies (new beginners) they try so hard to gain fans and attention by showing their flat bodies so i dont understand why sistar does it bcuz they are Seniors they (like all other girl groups) should find there own concept and style like GG (cute and pretty) and 2ne1 (badass and fierce) and Wonder girls (cool and natural) and now you can say they have body, they are pretty and hyorin sings good and i am 100% agree with that but i honestly think that if they dont find their own concept they will lose fans and korea will get tired of them!. They have made a comeback teaser where i honestly think they are very cheap i understand that they wanna make a summer comeback but why cheap? Why dont cool and pretty and relaxed like 2ne1 “falling in love”? And it is not sistar but also girls day that have made a comeback with the same cheap concept and now they’re fans are arguing sistars fans call girls day for copying sistar and girls days fans the same? It is boring and really cheap i dont think they will continue ..

    • thea

      Actually it is not only girl groups but also boy groups they all debut with that gangster image and think they are something when all they are is jerks with eyeliner!. Girls groups is going cheap and boy groups going gangster ( NOT) i hope k pop dosent keep going like that and change with the years ..

    • Lorena

      How is Bora attention obsessed?

  • wita

    Why people here so much worried about there skin …. if you have a white skin and other people are dark skin is it a problem ? You npt even create a human right??
    Of white people think dark skin is ugly and smelly ..then think about yours do not judge people by the cover

  • treglow146

    I think that all of sistar is beautiful. Their individualism whether it is based on physical looks or personality is what makes each one pretty and diverse in their own way. But if i had to choose i think that Hyorin looks super gorgeous with her glowing healthy skin!

  • Ninna119

    I found this very very sad, see how some asiatics are so racism. I just watched a video about some kpop groups, in one of those a little tan guy, one of the members refering to him like “you look dirty” for having a little tan skin, it wasnt even tanned at all. If you ever go out of your little world and found how many racism about Asiatics/black and latins are you will be feeling sad. Everything but white (Caucasic people) suffer lots of discrimination, and even if you have a pale skin but you are not caucasic you will be part of that, so think twice little asian friend before discriminate someone. Even in the most famous red carpets how many girls get lots of hate because they go in short dress with the legs super white. Come on!!

  • Yeona

    Dark tan skin is smelly?!! LOL i dont think so.. I think you are not open mind. Just see the pale skin it is beautiful lol?? No, i think it looks like a dead body skin. Hahahaa…
    Hyorin is most attractive than dasom.
    Just look at hyorin skin looks so very bery healthy skin. and that color is like sparkling oily golden so beautiful skin.
    Dasom skin so pale, looks like a sick skin, like human pale sick skin in hospital LOL

  • iheartkpop

    What is wrong with having dark skin, I think every one is beautiful just the way they are. The mean people who probably wrote this are just jealous. I think hyorin is gorgeous coming from a black girl. All of these people who wrote these mean comments are fools (pabo).

  • Meb Nobleman

    As I was searching about Hyorin, I came to this site and it shocked me that there are racist in South Korea and they even insult their fellow countryman. Tanned skin is cheap, dirty, smelly and ugly? So you are telling that people with a white skin are beautiful? but I’ve never heard that white is beautiful, only “Black is Beautiful. And American, European and Australian likes tanned girl more than the white girl. I’m a Filipino and we do have a tanned skin, does that mean that we are cheap, dirty, smelly and ugly? Then why is it that we are one of the Title Holder of the Big Four International Beauty Pageants in the world, when in fact, there are a lots of country who had a women with a white skin colour who join in that contest, but only Brazil, Philippines and Venezuela who became the Most Victorious Countries in the world. And I’ve never heard South Korea won in that beauty pageants, but they made it in runner ups. I’m not saying this to insult the Korean beauty but I just want them to opened their minds that being White does not give you the right to insult the Black and Tanned women. And it will not guarantee that if you are white you are beautiful.

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    within. Basically, you can enhance the outward appearance of a person
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  • wth

    ok but thats mad rude theyre all pretty and i love their tan skin but honestly all skin color is nice

  • sm

    its sad seeing that some people don’t understand the meaning of harmony. why critisize others? would you feel hurt if someone called you ugly because you have a specific skin tone? do you have the talent that they do? if you say they do not have the talent and their company made a mistake, then can you do any better? besides, if you think you’re perfect, why aren’t you a kpop idol? those who debuted have gone through a challenging task and you only critisize them. you should learn the meaning of respect. i bet if you tried to audition and experience the trainee life, you would quit sooner or later because you only learnt how to critisize.

  • sunye in

    im an asian with really dark skin since my father is indian but im noy living in india.that’s why i have always been teasing by the bad guys at school since i was a kis tha really hurts me even till now people still tease me for being dark? it is so upsetting even though im already know people will tease me anyway bu it doesn’t mean im not hurting :(

  • hyorin1

    nakakaloka so ang maitim panget?nice naman pala.

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