Choi Siwon Rescues A Puppy and Makes Us Fall in Love With Him… Even More

Just when we thought we couldn’t love Super Junior’s Choi Siwon any more than we already do, he goes and does some heroic act like this.

Siwon has been in Taiwan filming a new movie, To The Fore, directed by Dante Lam. Although he has only recently arrived, he has already been all over Taiwanese TV news. For what? Stepping out into traffic and saving a lost puppy from the pouring rain.

Apparently, Siwon was in a vehicle when he noticed the puppy and didn’t hesitate to chase after her and dry her off with a towel. He then dropped the puppy safely off to a vet’s clinic. How do we know all this? Well the good (and very, very handsome) samaritan was unaware that his entire act of kindness was caught on video. Was it filmed by a random passerby? Paparazzi? Crazy fan girl? We’ll never know, but we’re very thankful for the footage either way.

Additionally, Siwon had posted this adorable photo on twitter moments after the rescue.

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Although this story is heartwarming, we can’t say it comes as a complete surprise. After all, the Korean artist is well-known for his kindness and gentlemanly ways. According to Taiwanese fans, the artist has never denied a fans request to shake hands and is extremely friendly.

This act of heroism isn’t the only thing that has us in love with Siwon. He’s a triple threat: a singer, actor and model. He’s known for his strong faith and his reputation for kindness is unyielding. Oh, and let’s be honest here– if we looked up “handsome” in the dictionary, let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised if I found his picture there. After all, he did rank #7 on The Independent Critics “100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013.”

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Oh, did I forget to mention the abs? We shouldn’t forget that.

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Choi Siwon, I would say there’s no way for us to love you even more, but you’ll probably go and prove us wrong again.


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Proof That Kpop Isn’t Just For Koreans

It’s officially summertime and you know what that means– it’s time for another KCON. KCON is the first ever Southern California K-pop convention that allows fans to celebrate Korean entertainment and culture. 

We still have a few months before KCON 2014, but the recent confirmation of appearances by Girls Generation, CNBlue and IU have us sitting on the edge of our seats. We can’t help but reminisce about our experience last year and how much it opened our eyes. KCON showed us that it’s perfectly fine to be a Kpop fan even if you’re not Korean.

For today’s #FBF (Flashback Friday), we’ve decided to show you why you should be excited for this year’s KCON. Here is what we learned a year ago:


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I first became interested in Kpop with the release of DBSK’s Hug in 2004. Like any young fangirl, I blew up my social media sites with pictures and videos of my newfound love. However, I received an overwhelming amount of criticism from friends:

“But you’re not Korean?”
“Why are you into this? You don’t even speak Korean.”
“Korean music is really weird.”
“But you don’t understand what they’re saying.”

Fast forward 9 years and the rise of Kpop has become a world-wide phenomenon. The very same people who questioned my interest in Kpop are now jamming to Big Bang and criticizing me for not hearing the latest song.

The point is, times have changed and this weekend was quite the eye opener. It had not yet hit me that many of the Kpop fans I knew weren’t actually Korean. In fact, when a Korean co-worker told me that most of the hardcore fans aren’t Korean at all, I assumed she was joking.

I was obviously proved wrong.

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This past weekend was the 2nd annual KCON– a Kpop music festival held in the United States which presents an opportunity for American fans to come together and share their love for Korean Music. I expected the crazy fangirls, the intense cosplay, the neon-colored fan signs and the korean food galore. What I didn’t expect, and was pleasantly surprised to discover, was the cultural diversity of the event.

Upon entering the festival, I was met with a sea of color. No, not the bright pink Mnet bags and the neon green Bibigo balloons. The palette of ethnicities was beyond impressive. Because of my initial experience with Kpop, I had expected this festival to largely consist of Koreans along with a handful of Pan-Asians. I assumed that I would meet the same criticism that my friends initially gave me about being unable to understand the language, but a visit to the dance workshop area proved otherwise.

The stage was covered with every race you could think of: Caucasians, Latinos, African Americans and various other non-Asian folk. Not only did East Asians show their presence, but Southeast Asians and South Asians did as well. Fans who clearly stated they were not Korean were singing every single word of their favorite songs and impressively showcasing the intricate dance moves to these songs. Yes, these fans took time out of their lives to memorize lyrics to Korean songs without actually knowing Korean. Now that’s dedication.

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The more time I spent at the festival, the more I came across cultural diversity. I came across a Caucasian man, well into his 30s, who excitedly purchased a heart-shaped fan with the pictures of 2am printed on it. I came across a group of Latina girls sporting G-Dragon hats, shirts and even sneakers. I came across a non-Asian boy, who couldn’t have been older than 12, perform the choreography of Growl so well that even EXO would have been impressed.

I came out of this KCON experience realizing that the beauty of this festival was not in the performers and the pretty concert. The beauty was in the fans who attended. Never once was anyone criticized for their racial background or their inability to speak Korean. This was a place for fans, whatever color they may be, to get together and celebrate their fandom. This was a place where it didn’t matter where you came from and how you looked — you were accepted because you loved the same thing.

As Korean American rapper, Dumbfounded, mentioned during his panel “Asian Americans in Hip-Hop”, Kpop is special because of the different kinds of people it can bring together. Clearly, Kpop should be applauded for the array of fans it has been able to captivate.

Good job, Kpop, you’re doing it right.

 

 


This story was originally published on Aug. 27, 2013.

Photo courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. 

 

2NE1 on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

Recently, we discovered that supermodel Tyra Banks and the contestants of reality TV show America’s Next Top Model were spotted roaming the streets of Seoul to film. Banks and her crew arrived in South Korea on March 21st and since then, more and more exciting news has been revealed.

For instance, a number of entertainment sites reported that model, Lee Jin-yi, could possibly be a competitor this season. Also causing excitement is K-pop group BtoB who will appear on the show as dance judges.

Now it appears there is another K-pop group stirring up excitement. Popular girl group 2NE1 already appeared on The Bachelor earlier this year and now they will be taking part in America’s Next Top Model as as special judges.

According to dramafever, a source revealed, “2NE1 was asked to be on the show because they are a representative K-Pop group and they are also well-known to be fashionistas.”

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First Look at Jackie Chan’s K-pop Boy Band JJCC

Everyone was in disbelief when it was announced that the Chinese action movie star, Jackie Chan, was trading stunts for management, starting with K-pop boy band JJCC.

However, Chan seems to have things perfectly under control. “Jackie Chan has always been overflowing with good words about K-Pop – after he saw K-Pop’s unlimited potential and possibility for development, he spent several years grooming JJCC,” reported Chinese media outlet Xinhua. They added that “[JJCC's] appearance is very handsome, and they’ve received individual training on their personality and stunts.”

Furthermore, Chan has been quite familiar with the Chinese music industry. In America, many of us are only aware of his action movie skills, but the 59-year-old studied at the Peking Opera School and has released more than 25 Canto-pop and Mando-pop albums.

It’s no wonder that audiences have been anticipating the debut of JJCC for months. Now that it’s here, no one seems to be disappointed.

JJCC consists of 4 Korean members SimBa, E.co, EDDY, San-Cheong, and Chinese-Australian Prince Mak who are all in their early twenties. JJCC’s agency has stated, “All of the five members possess skills in rapping, singing, songwriting, and of course, musicality, as well as dancing skills in popping, jazz, b-boying, and ballet for various performances. The group can speak three languages including English, Korean, and Chinese… The five members created a synergy effect with their different colors. We ask that you show a lot of interest and anticipation for the five gems who will represent Asia.”

On March 20, JJCC made its live debut on K-pop music chart program “M COUNTDOWN.” A few days later they released their debut single “At First.” Unfortunately, one of their members, Prince Mak, is not featured in the music video due to an alleged illness during the filming of the video.

Check out their music video and well as their live performance below.

 

 

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Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2013

2013 was quite the year for Audrey Magazine. Not only did it mark our ten year anniversary, it was also the launch of our revamped website. While we’re more than excited to kick off this new year, let’s take a moment to look back on all the stories of style, beauty and inspiring Asian Americans of the previous year.

Ranked by which stories were the most popular of the year, we bring you Audrey’s Top Ten Stories of 2013!


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1) Breaking The Asian Myth | Asian Hair
“If there’s one Asian stereotype we’re all very familiar with, its Asian hair. No one knows when this actually happened, but at one point people began thinking that all Asian women had the same kind of hair…”


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2) Not For Weak Stomachs: Removal of a 25-Year-Old Blackhead 
“In September we showed you the results of sleeping with makeup on for an entire month and called it a horror story. Now we take that back. We take it all back. Apparently, that wasn’t a skincare horror story at all. This is…”


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3) Korean Twin Sisters Unrecognizable After Plastic Surgery 
“It’s no secret. In Asia, plastic surgery is becoming more and more common. In fact, double eyelid surgery is so typical that many girls have been known to receive the procedure as a graduation gift. Aside from these minor procedures, just how far has surgery entered Asian culture? According to some, surgery has become a very serious ordeal…”


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“1. Indonesian entertainer Agnes Monica (@agnezmo) — 8,326,171 followers
2. Japanese-Swiss-Polish Brazilian TV personality Sabrina Sato Rahal (@sabrinasatoreal) 3. Indonesian singer Sherina Munaf (@sherinamunaf)…”


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5) Korean American K-Pop Star Embroiled in Nude Photos Scandal
“Korean American singer Ailee has been receiving enormous attention from the Korean media after nude photos of the K-pop star surfaced on the Internet. Allkpop, a popular New York-based K-pop website, published censored versions of the photos last night, igniting a firestorm of controversy…”


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6) The Ultimate Guide to EXO
“EXO is separated into two subgroups, EXO K and EXO M, which promotes in Korea and China respectively. But together? This boy band totals to 12 members. Overwhelming? Just a bit. As much as we wanted to get to know the line-up for KCON, was learning all 12 members worth it? YES. The answer to that question is a very enthusiastic yes…”


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7) False Rumor: Philippines Disqualified From Pageants For The Next Two Years 
“In the midst of all this good news for the Philippines, a strange rumor has begun to spread. According to The Adobo Chronicles, the  Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) has disqualified the Philippines from international beauty pageants for the next two years claiming that Filipina candidates had an “enormous advantage” this year…”


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8) Asians in Fashion | EXO-K for Ivy Club Autumn 2013
“With the rise of EXO’s popularity, we can confidently say that  Ivy Club made quite a good decision to have the boys model and endorse their Autumn 2013 look…”


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9) Extremely Racist Responses to Olympus Has Fallen
“Its no secret that we still face racism today. Every time I start to believe that I live in my ideal/equal world, acts like this bring me back to the reality that we still have a long way to go…”


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10) Where I Went and What I Bought: Seoul
“I took a dream vacation last month. Not to some tropical hideaway surrounded by crystal clear waters. Not to a romantic European capital overflowing with crumbling palaces and fine wine. No, I went on a shopping vacation. To Korea…”

 

A Closer Look at The VIRAL ASIAN STORIES of 2013

While it is true that Asian Americans don’t receive enough time to shine on mainstream media, we are far from silent. In fact, there were quite a number of Asian stories that went viral this year.

Comedy duo, The Fung Brothers decided to highlight 25 Viral Asian stories of 2013. If you watch this video and don’t quite know what they’re talking about, have no fear! As it turns out, we’ve written about many of these viral stories. Watch the video then click the links below for a more in-depth look at the Viral Asian stories of 2013.

 

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Kenichi Ebina won America’s Got Talent.
Japanese Dancer Kenichi Ebina Wins America’s Got Talent (READ HERE)
“Months ago, Kenichi Ebina’s audition performance for America’s Got Talent went viral. Ebina stunned the judges and viewers nationwide with his “dance-ish” performance that included the robot, some gasp-worthy matrix moves, and entertaining martial arts…”

 

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K-pop got popular.
KCON 2013 | Proof That Kpop Is Not Just For Koreans (READ HERE)
“The stage was covered with Caucasians, Latinos, African Americans, and various other non-Asian folk. Not only did East Asians show their presence, but Southeast Asians and South Asians did as well. Fans who clearly stated they were not Korean were singing every single word of their favorite songs and impressively showcasing the intricate dance moves to these songs. Yes, these fans took time out of their lives to memorize lyrics to Korean songs without actually knowing Korean. Now that’s dedication…”


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Asiana Airlines Crash

Flight 214 Crash Presents Opportunities for Racism (READ HERE)
Racist Halloween Costume Alert: Tragic Flight Crash Turned Into A Joke (READ HERE)
“With such a tragedy on our hands, you would think it wouldn’t be much to ask for some sensitivity with this issue, but more and more we find people using this opportunity to simply show racism and insensitivity…”


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Linsanity
 came out in theaters.
Linsanity Coming To A Theater Near You (READ HERE)
“Although many of us may have gone linsane back in 2012 when third-string guard, end of the bench player, Jeremy Lin became a new sensation, many fans and even sports professionals did not know much about him. Director Evan Jackson Leong and his crew began documenting Lin’s journey in basketball way before all the hype of Linsanity pushed him to stardom…”

 

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Julie Chen tells the world about her surgery.

Julie Chen Admits To Having Plastic Surgery To Look Less Asian (READ HERE)
Julie Chen Feels Hurt By Asian American Community (READ HERE)
“Chen explains that with her career on the line, she couldn’t see another solution. The decision became so weighty that she opened up to her parents about whether or not this surgery would be a denial of their culture. This led to a family divide where some members believed that Chen should be disowned…”



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Man sues wife for being ugly/ Family photo was fake.
Horrible Reaction To ‘Man Sues Wife For Ugly Children’ Hoax (READ HERE)
“According to multiple sources, a Chinese man named Jian Feng was “horrified” when his beautiful wife gave birth to an ugly child. He suspected his wife of an affair because he could not see how the two of them could create the child. After tests proved that it was in fact their child, the husband discovered that his wife had undergone surgery before they met…”


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Indian woman won Miss America.
Miss America Makes History with First Indian American Winner… But Not Without Racist Haters (READ HERE)
Top Five Reasons Nina Davuluri is Awesome (READ HERE)
“But not long after the coveted crown was placed on her head, Davuluri, who performed a Bollywood fusion dance routine for the talent portion of the competition, quickly became the focus of discriminatory and racist comments on various social media platforms. The 24-year-old aspiring doctor was referred to, among other things, as “Miss 7-11,” “Miss Al-Qaeda,” and as a “terrorist.” Some expressed their disappointment that an “Arab” who had performed “Egypt dancing” won Miss America, just days after the 9/11 anniversary. Some even retorted that a Miss America winner “should have to be American.””

 

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City urges nearby Sriracha factory to shut down.
Sriracha Factory Odor Causes Burning Eyes And Headaches (READ HERE)
“Residents have filed several complaints about burning eyes and constant headaches due to the intense and painful odor emitted by the factory. One family in the area stated that they were forced to move a birthday party indoors due to the strong odor…”

 

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Alison Gold loves Chinese food.

Offensive “Chinese Food” Video Made by Producers of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” Goes Viral (READ HERE)
“The guys who brought us Rebecca Black’s “Friday” are back and have unleashed a song that may very well beat their first viral phenomenon. Alison Gold is the face of this new troll video “Chinese Food” where she sings about her love for, you guessed it, Chinese food…”

 

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Typhoon Haiyan hits the Philippines.

7 Things You Should Know About Typhoon Haiyan, The World’s Strongest Typhoon Hits The Philippines (READ HERE) 
Heartbreaking Images: The Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (READ HERE)
“There are still bodies littering the sides of the roads that have not been collected. People are sheltering under whatever they can find. There’s a real sense of frustration among people because they don’t have enough food, they don’t have enough water.”

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The Daily SHAG | EXO For Ivy Club Photoshoot [VIDEO INCLUDED]

Recently, 17-year-old singer/songwriter Lorde was cyberbullied for her “nerdy Asian boyfriend,” James Lowe. Lowe was met with every negative Asian male stereotype in the book.

Situations like this is precisely the reason Audrey created the Daily SHAG (Smoking Hot Asian Guy) to prove that, contrary to popular belief, Asian men in all shapes and sizes can be desirable.

Who better to portray this than K-pop’s current dreamboats, EXO? The 12 member boy band, which consist of Korean and Chinese members, clearly bring an array of looks, personalities and body types. They easily prove that Asian men are perfectly capable of being hot.

Ivy Club has already used EXO to advertise many of their looks and thankfully, they decided to use EXO’s boyish charm for their Winter 2013-2014 line.

The boys are accompanied by actress Seo Yea Ji while they make school uniforms look more attractive than we could have ever imagined.

Click below for some Daily SHAG pictures you’re sure to enjoy. As an added bonus, we’ve included the behind-the-scenes footage of this swoon-worthy photoshoot. And if you still find yourself lost and unable to distinguish the members, have no fear. Check out The Ultimate Guide to EXO.

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Korean American K-Pop Star Embroiled in Nude Photos Scandal

Story by Young Rae Kim. 

Korean American singer Ailee has been receiving enormous attention from the Korean media after nude photos of the K-pop star surfaced on the Internet.

Allkpop, a popular New York-based K-pop website, published censored versions of the photos last night, igniting a firestorm of controversy.

There are varying accounts surrounding the scandal and fans and news agencies have questioned the credibility of the photos.

According to Dispatch, the 24-year-old singer’s ex-boyfriend approached the celebrity news agency back in July 2013 with the nude photos and attempted to sell them. Dispatch reportedly spurned the offer, questioning the legality of such a sale.

Ailee’s agency, YMC Entertainment responded to the allegations and confirmed that Ailee was the person in the photos.

“We’ve confirmed that those photos were taken for camera test after Ailee received a model casting offer for a famous American underwear company while she was living in the U.S.,” said YMC Entertainment in an official statement. “Ailee was told that she needed to take the nude photos for an accurate examination of her body, and she agreed to take them under the belief that since it was for a famous underwear company, all information would be secure.”

After the underwear company completely cut off ties with the singer, she became worried and contacted the police. Her agency went on to say that the police informed Ailee that she and several other models, had been involved in a scam. However, since there was a lack of evidence, no arrests were made. After the incident, Ailee reportedly confided in Daniel Lee, her boyfriend at the time, who is reportedly a current employee of allkpop. He asked to her to see the photos and she sent them to him via messaging.

However, allkpop recently issued a statement saying that Lee was not the person who posted the photos.

Allkpop received heavy backlash for breaking the story, and many K-pop fans were trying to rally support to boycott the website.

Fellow K-pop stars have also been supportive of Ailee. Korean American and Canadian American K-pop stars such as Jay Park, G.NA and Amber have all unfollowed allkpop on Twitter in support of Ailee.

G.NA posted an Instagram photo with the quote, “Often it’s the deepest pain that empowers you to grow into your highest self” and added “Amen. Be strong.”

YMC Entertainment said it plans to take legal actions against the person who leaked the photos.

Ailee grew up in New Jersey and started her singing career on YouTube. Her powerful and soulful covers began to gain popularity over the web and she was recruited after an audition in 2010, and moved to Korea.

This story was originally published on iamkoream.com 

Fans Claim Taeyang Copied EXO in “Ringa Linga” Music Video

Big Bang’s Taeyang is back and is catching all eyes with the release of his dance performance music video.

To kick off his solo comeback, Taeyang has released the audio and dance performance of his new song “Ringa Linga.” Although the video was only released earlier today, it has already gathered an impressive 260,000 views. It clearly proves that Taeyang is a force to be reckoned with.

This solo comeback is exciting fans worldwide, but it seems that the members themselves are even more excited. Taeyang’s instagram shows all the members dancing along to the “Ringla Linga” dance to celebrate the release of the video. Check out the adorable instagram video here and watch the much anticipated dance performance below.

Unfortunately, there seems to be signs of drama amidst all this excitement.

EXO fans, otherwise known as EXOTICS, are claiming that the “Ringa Linga” dance performance copies EXO’s very popular dance performance music video to their song “Growl.”

The Korean-Chinese boyband consists of twelve members separated into two subgroups, Exo-K and Exo-M. They shot into popularity with the release of their dance video to “Growl.” Currently, the video has over 18,000,000 views, has set the number one record on The Music Trend charts, has reached number one on all four of Korea’s major music programs, won ten trophies in three consecutive weeks and the album  XOXO has collectively sold over 910,000 copies.

Now, fans are claiming that Taeyang’s video is a direct copy of “Growl.” The main argument is the way in which both dance videos were shot. One of the selling points for “Growl” was its tactic of using a single shot for the entire video. The camera simply swiveled back and forth to capture all the dancers. This same method is used in Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” video. Some fans have even gone so far as to say the dance moves are very similar. This heated debate has caused quite some tension between VIP (Big Bang fans) and EXOTICS.

Luckily, even more fans are coming to the defense of both Taeyang and EXO. The majority of youtube comments say that the two videos should not be compared and both have done a spectacular job. Others point out that exotics merely think the method of a no-cut video is similar, but acknowledge that the videos are obviously different. In fact, youtube commenters seem even more upset at those who claim Taeyang’s video was a copy.

 

Whats your verdict?

Throwback Thursday: Get This Kpop Look | Girls’ Generation “I Got A Boy” Music Video

Girls’ Generation fans worldwide rejoiced this past weekend when their music video “I Got A Boy” won the Video of the Year award at the first YouTube Music Awards. This was quite the accomplishment for Asian entertainment especially since the girls were up against icons such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Selena Gomez.

Although there were a number of haters who were ignorant to the success of Girls’ Generation, there were even more fans defending them.

Clearly, we’ve been their fans for quite some time. Today’s Throwback Thursday is dedicated to our Get This Kpop Look based on the “I Got a Boy” music video.

Continue reading to find out how you can look like these showstoppers.

 

1. The Statement Head Accessory – keep it cute, but quirky with ears, mini devil horns or spikes.


Locomo Ear Beanie – 6.99


ElSTINKO Como Pink Fitted Cap – $50.00


Pink spike headband – $8.99

 

 

2. Channel some Sporty Spice – pair an athletic piece with a crop top.

Pop Boy Crewneck – $49.00


Criminal Damage – The Criminal Varsity – $40.59

 

 

3. Have some edge with feminine flair with an embellished jacket or top.


Envy Look metal studded denim jacket – $85.00

 

3. Think big and loud: don’t neglect the neon colors or huge prints!


Neon cat ear zipper top – $24.99


Locomo vertical striped leggings – $20.15


Ice cream bar cardigan – $59.99

 

 

4. Pay  homage to Marty McFly: yes, the gaudy sneaker wedges make quite the numerous appearances in this video.


Hailey Jeans Company Lace-up Sneaker Wedges – $32.99

 

 

 

5. Finish it off with funky jewelry!


Pretty Attitude – Spike Choker Necklace – $19.95

 


Neon hoop earrings – $7.59