There’s no doubt that visuals are a huge part of K-Pop and any time an idol makes even a small change to their appearance, it is immediately noticed.
This is even more true for big changes, like when an idol gets a facial piercing …
…or dyes their hair a color they have never done before.
Recently, TREASURE Hyunsuk‘s appearance has become a hot topic after netizens realized how much he has changed.
Since TREASURE’s debut, Hyunsuk has experimented with his visuals on many occasions, including his clothing and hair colors.
This time last year, Hyunsuk was rocking a cool-toned cotton candy look with his natural dark hair just beginning to grow from the shaved sides.
Over the last five months, Hyunsuk’s appearance drastically changed. In July 2023, at the 2023 TMEA Awards, Hyunsuk sported black shaggy hair with purple highlights.
Sometime after this, Hyunsuk went blond, sporting the same style with longer hair. On October 31, he shared that he had gotten a Labret piercing under his lip.
Hyunsuk’s look at the 2023 MAMA Awards drew attention as he was accused of committing cultural appropriation again. His hair was in braids, and he sported a single orange-dyed eyebrow.
TREASURE’s Hyunsuk Comes Under Fire For Cultural Appropriation In A Recent Social Media Video
On December 15, the first night of TREASURE’s REBOOT In Seoul concert series occurred. A fansite captured images of Hyunsuk, showing his blond hair slicked back and the same “odd-eye” eyebrow look as before.
His jawline was also very defined, and his face narrower than usual.
The fansite’s posting hit over a million views, as many were surprised by how different Hyunsuk appears.
231215 트레저 콘서트 사첵 #최현석 #CHOIHYUNSUK #트레저 #treasure @treasuremembers@ygtreasuremaker pic.twitter.com/559OvjcJ0y
— SHINING STAR (@19990421_com) December 15, 2023
While some have had less than positive things to say about his current styling, many have shown support, urging people to think before they speak.
Btw what’s wrong with that? He’s so confident with it.
If you organize it from personal life, relationships, to style. You bad fans https://t.co/BejhGhCJR4
— lutfck_88 🇵🇸 (@Lutfck8) December 16, 2023
stop hating on him yes he had a cute look early on in his career but styles change and this quotes are not it https://t.co/GHhzqwXSXY
— lau (@bleuminz) December 16, 2023
to the people in the qrts, if you don’t have something nice to say, stay quiet🤫 https://t.co/bNAm9SP4wD
— 朝光 (@0820ASAH1) December 16, 2023
Idols often change their images throughout their careers, and as long as they are not offending other cultures, there is nothing wrong with trying a new look.