Note: I am not as closed-minded as some people might like to believe (or so I would like to think). I understand that there are always two sides to a point, plus a grey area. This article is just my personal opinion. In no way am I asserting that everyone should agree or that I do not realize in reality that the general mindset is that skinny girls are more pleasing. I do not think I am that big of a narrow-minded dumbass. Thank you.
It is tragic that for the most part, talent gets shafted so often in the music industry. So frequently we see only hot girls with provocative dances (albeit half the time only showing off mediocre dancing skills) and subpar singing succeed greatly. But sadly, as soon as someone is not physically appealing, they are immediately criticized and swept under the rug as "untalented" or forced to get plastic surgery.
In the case of the Piggy Dolls, I honestly believe they are underrated greatly due to such a shallow mindset. I am not saying their voices are angelic (although I do think they have a nice, deeper tone), nor that their dancing is mind-blasting (during their Trend days, they did not really move a lot). But I think for a rookie group, they did have somewhat different (but the good kind) voices and loosely, a new sort of sass (especially the one in the sunglasses). In regards to their concept, they were really proud of who they were and not ashamed to be bigger in size, knowing full well they were advertising themselves to a target audience wanting sexy skinny girls. And what saddens me is that they felt like they had a shot with this idea, but was never given a second look.
Again, I am not saying that their songs were exactly enticing nor were they revolutionary (not going to lie, I did not enjoy Trend. Know Her was better, but definitely was not a song that was going to bring them to the top of the charts). Personally, I did not think they were given a good debut song, outfits, or even an exciting MV. But what I want to say is that I really think people should have been less critical of their look and concept and should have given their attention to their talent and music. Girls and boys who cannot sing worth *profanity* are put on gold pedestals for being "so very hot", yet three girls who work equally as hard but are not as aesthetically pleasing get bashed for trying to be themselves and role models.
A while back I read an article on AllKPop. It said:
Kim Min Sun (21), who weighs 90kg, began, “... I was born with the love of eating, which is how I got my current ‘U-line.’“ ... [t]he group’s combined weight totaled to 232kg, with Lee Ji Yeon (21) weighing at 72kg, and maknae Park Ji Eun (18) at 70kg.
Park Ji Eun continued, “When we first auditioned, there were three conditions. First, we had to be talented vocally. We also could not have had any plastic surgery done, and we had to weigh over 70kg.”
Unfortunately, due to the flop of their debut album, the conditions have changed drastically, as she went on to reveal, “... after our first album flopped, [our CEO] said that the fat concept won’t work anymore. He’s trying to change our image now by making us lose weight, but we don’t want to.”
When asked by MC Kang Ho Dong whether they had any intentions of reaching a compromise with their agency, Kim Min Sun replied, “We, of course, thought about it. But let’s say that we lose weight and get plastic surgery. That doesn’t mean we will be popular. Kang Ho Dong is overweight, but also became the best MC. Why can’t overweight people achieve their dreams? The pain of being told to leave the room at auditions even before I opened my mouth to sing is still left in my heart. I want people that are overweight to not be so self-conscious and to be able to leave their house without shame. We want to become hope to them.”
But, they then made a comeback months later, each losing approximately 20kgs due to "late night dance practices". I call BS. They were forced to probably due to some sort of twisted threat of losing their contract. A representative announced *cough*trying to cover the company's ass*cough* that their weight loss was natural due to the rigorous training and was in "no way due to dieting". This is burdensome on the girls now as they currently appear as hypocrites. They are literally the average weight of many North Americans; so they could potentially change their name is Average Weight Dolls.
Really, sometimes I wish music was about music. Not everything should be about looks. But that is not reality now, is it. It is really too bad that a majority of girls will continue to be self-conscious about their looks and weight. Not even a group attempting to shed that narrow-minded idea (with the talent to back it up) could succeed, so what are the chances that other attempts in this Kpop industry could fare better?