New-Ace, a new boy band from South Korea that has yet to make its official debut, has already generated quite a buzz due to its four members’ very distinctive looks.
Formerly known as J-Peace, the K-pop group immediately caught social media’s attention following the release of some eye-catching promotional photos.
Get to know the members of New-Ace who are set to be officially launched in January next year:
Jion (Kim Jion), the 30-year-old main vocals (leader) of the group, is an ulzzang model who grew up in Okinawa, Japan.
Sangwook (Lee Sangwook), 24, is the group’s rapper/dancer who was first featured in a South Korean survival reality show Boys24.
Meanwhile, 22-year-old Seunghoo (An MyeongCheol) was previously being groomed to be a solo artist before he was eventually included in J-Peace.
The group’s youngest member is 21-year-old Jinseo (Shin Jinseob), who is tasked to be New-Ace’s main rapper.
The members, who seem to be going for a noticeably gender-bending look, have elicited mixed responses from social media users after their official Twitter account @Newace_official unveiled the promotional photos.
Many commenters on AllKpop have expressed criticisms on the members’ apparent use of plastic surgery:
“I thought it was a girl group at first before I reread the title and saw ‘boy group’. No offense, but Jion and Sangwook’s profile photos freaked me out, I’m sorry. Also all that make-up… I bet Jion and Sangwook would look better underneath those. I’m afraid they might get attention for all the wrong reasons,” one netizen wrote.
“The amount of plastic surgery in this group is shocking, especially the first guy his face is scary as hell,” another one commented.
On Twitter, some were quick to point out how “pretty” the guys looked…
So there’s this new boy group called New-Ace and holy shit their one member looks girly than me
Thought it was a member from Twice pic.twitter.com/D8gcHcGjVj
— 태태🐯 (@honeyvliss) September 16, 2017
jion from new-ace looks like a doll he’s soooo prettyyyy
— (ksj.) (@jeonghokage) September 16, 2017
That boy is too feminine, I was left with my mouth open!
the new group, they are called New-Ace
If anyone knows the name of him can tell me? pic.twitter.com/OTMgIo8jND
— 니콜 ♡ (@ostqueen19126) September 18, 2017
He looks so unreal, at first i thought he’s one of twice member. Btw he’s one of new boy band (New-Ace) member.. pic.twitter.com/F7cZFO2Vbo
— NHSNH (@ash_nh) September 17, 2017
New-Ace’s leader literally looks like a doll ._.
— jung wooshook🌸 (@ash_tin) September 16, 2017
…while others seemed to balk at their features.
— RHAM . (@Rham_90) September 18, 2017
what is going here , this girl or boy pic.twitter.com/Zy6Gh0kWMf
— woo leno (@LENNDIARY) September 18, 2017
Sry..but a you really a boy? 😨😐
— TAEWIN 😍🙏❤️😭 (@GDCL17) September 16, 2017
what did they do to him 🙁
— Laura 👽 (@hansolv__) September 16, 2017
I do not like that, looks like a doll also the face looks like a fase girls and body skinny. pic.twitter.com/DDYrp4SOPj
— 🌸AR (@Arwa_qi1) September 17, 2017
Despite the negativity, there were plenty who defended the group members from early critics.
okay listen i don’t fucking care, if i see any new-ace slander on my tl i’m gonna fight that person, i support them, end of story.
— sabrina♡minhyuk (@minecartminhyuk) September 17, 2017
news flash: you don’t have to like them. no one is forcing you https://t.co/Wsx4J5v5p0 new-ace or support them.
but simply respecting +
— b.♡’s whitney ! (@cutielianghui) September 16, 2017
Bitch all of the mean replies on the allkpop tweet bout j-peace/new-ace debut pic.twitter.com/u2YjnnVXqY
— мelι✨ (@h33jun) September 16, 2017
i know absolutely nothing about new-ace but if i see anyone misgendering that jion boy you’re catching a fat block
— meg (@yanults) September 16, 2017
uhm can people please top being so ugly & offensive towards that new-ace group, especially the jion guy
— Honey | JBJ 🌈 (@honeywdream) September 16, 2017
We’ve seen many gender-nonconforming entertainment groups in the past, but New-Ace definitely owns a look that may be perceived to be feminine in Western culture; however, it is very important to note that for Koreans, being ‘pretty’ guys do not equate or relate in any way to being effeminate or homosexual, which is in some way, a Western concept. Rather than being ‘girly’, men who wear makeup or have such looks usually subscribe to the concept of “prettiness”, which in South Korean culture exists for both males and females.
In the broad spectrum of Korean masculine appeal, while the manly-looking males are often viewed as the “good-looking” or “cool” look for some females, the ‘prettiness’ of the “younger brother” types as exhibited by some KPop artists are also deemed attractive.
What do you think? Do you stan for New-Ace? Is Jion your bias? Or are you going to pass on these beautiful boys? Let us know in the comments!