Falling in love with Jeon Jungkook is the simplest factor I ever did. Go forward, ask any ARMY about their experiences attending to know JK and you will get the identical reply. That he is straightforward to like is as true as saying “lamb skewers are scrumptious” or “seeing a dwell efficiency of “Euphoria” is a transcendental expertise.”
You could possibly fall in love with Jungkook’s powerful, gravity-defying dancing, his giggle-inducing humorousness, or his openness and vulnerability. The way in which he confesses his psychological well being struggles so simply will make you’re feeling seen on a molecular stage. Or perhaps you will fall for his full devotion to his artwork, his ardour for acting on stage, and his love of his followers (he did get our title tattooed throughout his knuckles, in spite of everything). Or perhaps you will fall in love along with his voice — the voice of an angel — that so fantastically carries emotion it mainly telegraphs “the whole lot’s OK. I do know you and perceive you in a means that is profound and deep.” Jungkook’s songs appear to blast via the calamity of the world, leaving you feeling warmed, healed, and beloved. They’re like a kind of magical elixirs in a fairytale.
And all that expertise is wrapped up within the prettiest package deal. Jungkook has a smile that would save the world and a duality that offers you whiplash. Critically. He may have a soft-as-a-bunny-pout one second, and switch right into a smoldering, thunderstorm of a person the following.
Mainly: Jungkook is the blueprint.
Regardless of all that natural-born expertise, he is nonetheless one of many humblest individuals strolling the earth, by no means letting the reward puff him up and as a substitute utilizing it as motivation to work even tougher. Within the BTS docuseries Break the Silence, he defined, “I envy the picture individuals have of me. Folks name me the ‘Golden Maknae,’ however that is not how I really feel, so I’ve to strive tougher to make myself seem that means. After on a regular basis since my debut, I feel lastly I am making an attempt actually arduous.” Please excuse me whereas I quietly sob within the nook over this excellent man.
Right this moment, in celebration of Jeon Jungkook’s birthday, please indulge me as I gush much more about my favourite maknae [youngest sibling] and his golden type. Elevate a glass of lemon kombucha, stream “My Time,” and skim on for my absolute favourite JK style strikes. Put together for devastation.
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Among the finest issues BTS (and the Hallyu Wave at giant) does for Western audiences is open the door to their tradition. It is estimated that BTS’s influence specifically contributes $5 billion annually to the South Korean economy as ARMY fuels tourism, style and merch gross sales, and extra. BTS (Jungkook included after all) is so beneficiant with sharing their tradition with us that they even created an entire language learning system for worldwide ARMY to check Korean. After which there are the hanboks.
I feel we are able to all agree on hanbok Jungkook supremacy.
The golden maknae‘s handsomeness will increase 100x when he wears the standard Korean garment. He is carried out in them (my favourite examples embody performing “Idol” in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace and performing a verse in “Daechwita” in entrance of Agust D himself) however I feel it is particularly necessary to notice that Jungkook is so happy with his tradition, he wears trendy hanboks casually off-stage as properly. In 2019, JK stunned a small model, Zijangsa, by sporting considered one of their cotton hanboks on the Gimpo Worldwide Airport as BTS headed to Osaka, Japan for his or her Love Your self: Converse Yourself world tour. The ensuing aftermath included a visitors spike that crashed Zijangsa’s servers, a whole promote out of the Kookie-approved hanbok, and the delivery of hundreds of recent Jungkook-biased ARMYs.
Petition to forged Jungkook in a lead position in a historic Ok-Drama so we are able to see an all-hanbok wardrobe for a whole 20+ episode arc.
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The 2 most necessary colours to ARMY are: (1) purple and (2) no matter colour Jungkook’s hair at present is.
The therapeutic energy of a model new JK selfie with recent colour can’t be underestimated. They carry on a dose of serotonin as highly effective as a tidal wave and can maintain you for hours afterwards.
In fact I really like each hair colour of the Jungkookie rainbow, however there is a particular place in my coronary heart for his black hair. Particularly when it is lengthy sufficient to be tied up in a ponytail. Want an instance? Strive revisiting the “Black Swan” performance for The Tonight Present With Jimmy Fallon the place Jungkook danced along with his darkish hair pulled again right into a ponytail trying so positive that I astral projected to a different aircraft of existence.
Talking of black…
All Black, All of the Time
When you have been constructing your personal Kookcore wardrobe, the primary key ingredient you’d must nail is filling up your closet along with his signature monochromatic black. The idol wears (virtually) all black in his off-duty wardrobe demonstrating a gothic sense of favor that is in full opposition to his angelic voice (ahem, stream “Euphoria” for clear pores and skin and good credit score!). From his darkish face masks, to his big, black backpacks (overstuffed with GCF digicam tools), right down to his chunky platform fight boots, the idol is mainly the Darkish Knight of BTS.
Need to see a JK bias go feral? Ship them one of his relentlessly adorable workout selfies that includes extra of his all black, emo gymnasium rat wardrobe.
All of the Bucket Hats
Prefer it or not, plenty of questionable Y2K trends are coming back, and perhaps you are not prepared. Possibly you are like me, who nonetheless often wakes up in a chilly sweat after a nightmare about residing via the low-rise-jeans-and-exposed-thong period. There may be, nevertheless, one Y2K pattern that makes me fully swoon. Bucket hats. Is it as a result of it has been a favourite accent of Jungkook (and his fellow idols) for years? Possibly. Most likely. If I am being trustworthy with myself, sure: my love of bucket hats probably stems from how nice Jungkook makes them look.
Jungkook’s off-stage type is very bucket-hat-heavy. He reaches for the doe-eye-grazing accent for airport runs, lengthy rehearsal days, and dance practices. Whether or not it is a retro FILA model or an ultra-luxe Louis Vuitton monogram, all of JK’s bucket hats handle to spotlight a jawline so sharp it may reduce glass.
Do I even have to clarify in 2021 that adhering to the arbitrary gender divide is boring? That assigning one piece of clothes as “for girls” and one “for males” is totally foolish? In fact I do not.
Like the remainder of BTS, Jungkook has been unbothered about post-gender dressing. He wears unisex labels like A Nothing that embrace non-binary design. He does not draw back from sporting chokers, crop tops, fuzzy sweaters, corsets, smokey eye make-up, cinched waist silhouettes, heeled boots and he seems rattling good doing it.
If all these examples are too delicate for you, please permit the Prince of Busan himself to spell it out: “Nice type is sporting something you want, no matter gender,” he mentioned to Vanity Fair in 2019. We stan an advanced, inclusive king.
Rockstar JK Period
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October tenth, 2020: the day Jungkook formally ruined my life.
I wakened earlier than the solar rose and joined my fellow ARMYs everywhere in the world tuning in to live-stream BTS’s epic concert Map of the Soul ON:E. We had no thought what we have been in for. It was there, within the pre-dawn glow of my laptop computer, that I witnessed peak Rockstar JK.
This previous yr has represented an evolution for all of Bangtan as they stage up with extra trade accolades, arguably their most honest and vulnerable album but, and collaborations with hugely prestigious brands, however Jungkook specifically has emerged because the most-confident, most-comfortable model of himself. And I really like that for him.
Since he is the youngest of BTS, becoming a member of the group when he was simply 15 years outdated and nonetheless at school, he is all the time been the lovable little child bunny by default. However sweetly shy Jungkook has grown up and Rockstar JK has taken over.
Again to Map of the Soul ON:E. In all, a record-breaking 993,000 whole paid viewers from 191 international locations & areas tuned in for the digital live performance and got no mercy by Rockstar JK. Outfitted in black leather-based on Day 1 and exhibiting a harmful quantity of chest in unbuttoned purple silk Day 2, Jungkook slithered via his co-written solo music “My Time” whereas the remainder of us helplessly tried to choose our jaws up off the ground. Have you ever recovered from that second but, besties? I have never.
And that sleeve tattoo he is been engaged on for years that we have solely seen temporary glimpses of? It was on full show together with a harmful undercut and (pretend then, however actual now!) eyebrow piercing for the following dwell BTS live performance, Soowoozoo.
Within the 2020s, it actually seems like we’re in a brand new period of Jungkook, ARMY. We’re watching a totally developed, absolutely assured artist on the prime of his sport and I am gasping for air like a trout Jin fished out of the water.