Lalisa Manoban, 21, left her home of Bangkok at the age of 14 to train at YG Entertainment, one of South Korea’s most prominent entertainment labels.
She debuted as a member of the quartet BLACKPINK in 2016.
As a minority in a cutthroat industry that puts a premium on appearance, Lisa has since had her share of criticism, most of which zeroed in on her nationality.
Her fellow members addressed the issue in a recent tour to Bangkok, telling Thai fans, “Lisa is really strong and positive. We’ll take good care of her.”
Bambam, a Thai member of K-Pop boy group GOT7, defended Lisa in the wake of new hateful comments.
“I heard the news. I am a friend of Lisa so I already contacted her to give my support.
“I’ve known Lisa even before she debuted, so I know her well. She has a good heart, is cheerful and has a good attitude.
“Even if some people haven’t noticed that yet, time will prove her good heart and nature.”
Lisa received an outpour of support from BLACKPINK fans — also known as BLINKs — who started the hashtag #RespectLisa on Twitter. She has since become one of the most followed K-pop stars on Instagram with over 13 million followers. By comparison, G-Dragon, considered the most popular K-pop idol on social media, has 16.2 million followers.
With much love and support on her side, Lisa continues to make a name for herself. Reportedly, she has just landed the cover of Dazed Korea’s February issue, sporting two stunning looks — one of which was her red carpet outfit.
According to Allkpop, this makes Lisa the first model for Hedi Silmane’s “Celine” cover. Silmane is world-renowned French photographer and fashion designer who has directed luxury brands such as Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
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