Meet LE SSERAFIM: BTS’ Agency’s First Girl Group

Could they be the next queens of K-pop?

Make way for LE SSERAFIM members Sakura, Chaewon, Garam, Eunchae, Kazuha, and Yunjin! The new six-member K-pop group is about to shake things up as it gears up for a big debut in May.

LE SSERAFIM's name and logo teaser.

A lot of fanfare has been surrounding the group even before its debut because LE SSERAFIM is the first idol girl band from the BTS’ agency, HYBE. The group is also produced in collaboration with its recently acquired entertainment company, Source Music, which is known for creating the now-disbanded popular K-pop group GFRIEND.

Asian women LE SSERAFIM members wearing designs by Alexander McQueen

LE SSERAFIM members wearing Alexander McQueen in their debut teaser image. (Photo from: Alexander McQueen)

Some have already compared LE SSERAFIM to BLACKPINK because of its fierce and feminine concept. Solidifying its edgy appeal is the group’s enigmatic name itself, which is an anagram for the troupe’s motto, “I’m fearless”.

Meet the LE SSERAFIM members

LE SSERAFIM members are composed of familiar and fresh faces. Fans of IZ*One, a highly successful temporary girl group formed on MNET’s reality competition show Produce 48, will recognise its former members Kagoshima-native Sakura and Seoulite Chaewon.

Asian woman in white top and jeans

Sakura is the first LE SSERAFIM member to be introduced. (Photo from: @le_sserafim)

Another former Produce 48 contestant, Korean-American Yunjin (Jennifer), is also part of the group. The fifth member is Kazuha, who is born in Japan’s Kochi Prefecture but grew up in the Netherlands. The group’s maknae (meaning its youngest member) is Eunchae who is born in 2006 and has been training under Source Music for over a year. The group is completed by 2005-born member Garam who is currently embroiled in a controversy.

LE SSERAFIM member Garam controversy

LE SSERAFIM member Garam is one of the youngest members of LE SSERAFIM.

LE SSERAFIM member Garam is facing bullying allegations a month before the group’s debut. The controversy started as soon as teaser photos and videos were launched for the 16-year-old soon-to-be-idol. Several users who claim to be Garam’s former schoolmates alleged in different Korean online communities that she was a school bully who drinks and smokes.

However, HYBE released a swift statement saying that an investigation was already made and that the allegations were false. HYBE further added that Garam was actually a victim of bullying herself.

The agency’s statement on allegations against Garam.

The agency also warned that it will take legal actions against defamatory statements because Garam is a minor.

Several K-pop idols have faced bullying controversies in the past including (G)I-dle member Soojin, who ultimately left the idol group.

This article will be updated with the release date of LE SSERAFIM’s first album as more information becomes available.

(Cover photo from: Alexander McQueen)

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