[INTERVIEW] EXO on Men’s Style September 2013 Issue

EXO Asia’s Newest Trendy Male Idol Group

If you do not know EXO, then I will heartlessly tell you: You’re old already!

Over a million comments on an article, even  weibo queen Tao Chen and many other big celebrities have taken the initiative to ask for others to share information about EXO with them, fans whose screams were actually able to make Zhang Han (t/n: a very famous Chinese actor) angry. EXO, a new Korean idol group like this that has only debuted for a year, why are they so hot?

-Because they represent Korea and even Asia’s newest trend!

-Because they represent brand new dreams and aspirations of the new people!

-Because they represent this world’s most beautiful and first aspiration!

This time, just as when we agreed to shoot EXO for this issue’s Men’s Style cover page, our editors became young in just a second, and happily shouted and skipped as we arrived in Korea’s capital city. Although the process of preparing was extremely hard, but just thinking about needing to prepare 5 outfits for each of the 12 members in just a few days, which in total is 60 outfits, our head starts to ache.  This lead to us having overweight baggage despite having first class tickets to Korea, at the end it was only because the staff saw that it was for the photo shoot with EXO that they let us go. When we arrived in Korea, we were stopped by the custom officers because they mistakenly thought that we had smuggled the clothing from abroad. Finally, after confirming that we were indeed reporters heading to hold a photo shoot with EXO, did the officers comfortably let us go.


Perhaps it is because they are too popular, due to their consecutive schedules, it was only at 2pm of the day itself did the photo shoot begin. All of EXO’s members only had 2 hours of sleep, when they and the staff rushed over to the photo shoot venue like strong gust of wind, all of them had not even taken their lunch. Us reporters were unable to hold it in, and very immorally, began to worry about the quality of the photo shoot. What was good, was that the reporters had predicted this and prepared them lunch in advance, thankfully the SM staff in Korea were very nice, and there none of the rumours of ‘Koreans being hard to handle’ were realized. Perhaps, that ‘being hard to handle’ was just people from China not fully adapting to the strict and professional working attitude! Finally, because of the 12 members of EXO’s professional attitude and rapport, the group of Korean photographers’ hard work and EXO’s managers huge assistance, we were actually able to finish the photo shoot half an hour in advance!

At the photo shoot venue, each and every member of EXO was extremely handsome, definitely even more handsome than on TV or in magazines. It was precisely because of this that us, reporters, started to feel immense pressure –this time we must definitely photograph them to look more handsome than they do in real life, only then will it be considered a success!

EXO is undoubtedly a group of well-trained artistes that have gone through training from a big international company. Not only are they polite, they are professional and have good work ethic. At the venue, we saw that the 12 of them had very good relationships, they are Asia’s idols, but actually they too are just a group of boys next door –when it wasn’t their turn, the members who would want to take a nap, took a nap; those that wanted to play games would play games; those who wanted to use their mobile phones, used their mobile phones; those who wanted to play around, played around –they were very young, lively and cute.

And what left the deepest impression with our reporters was that Luhan and Sehun’s relationship was so close that it would make one jealous –when Sehun would finish trying out a set of clothes and would face the mirror and do a catwalk and make a few poses while looking pleased, Luhan would smile and not be able to control himself and up to Sehun and peel off his clothes to wear on his own, and exaggeratedly imitate Sehun’s poses from before, causing Sehun and all the staff present to laugh till they couldn’t close their mouths –that kind of an intimate scene is just way too fresh and good,  it was stuck in our reporters’ heads for days and could not be erased.

In our next issue, EXO-K will appear on the cover of our magazine. Once again, the twelve members will appear, with brand new outfits and an attractive photo spread, don’t miss out!



Wu Yifan

Nationality: Canadian

Birthday: 6 November 1990

Blood type: B

Nickname for his fans: Fanqing, Meigeni

Special point: Model body, Strong presence, Camera radar, Low voice, Perfect side profile, 360 degrees no bad angle (t/n: aka there isn’t a single angle that he looks bad)

Specialty: Languages (Chinese, English, Korean, Cantonese), Rap, basketball, writing lyrics, drums

Favourite dish: Anything other than fish

If he were to confess he would say: “I’ve fallen for you, what should I do?”

When he feels he’s the sexiest: Before sleeping, when he’s washing his face and brushing his teeth (because his face isn’t swollen); He also feels that men who work hard are the most handsome



Nationality: Chinese

Height: 178cm

Birthday: 20 April 1990

Horoscope: Aries

Role in the group: M’s main vocal, lead dancer, face of the group

Pet phrase: “Yes.” “When it’s done.” “This is it, I guess.” “Yup.” “Just like this.”

Personality: Polite and humble, bright and lively, likes to laugh, loyal (mentioned on Happy Camp), low-key, positive, kind, cute

Favourite genre of music: R&B

Favourite movie: The Shawshank Redemption

Favourite soccer team: Manchester United

Favourite stars: TVXQ, Bruno Mars, Usher, Akon


Kim Minseok
Nationality: Korean
Height: 173cm
Nicknames: Mantou, Golden bun, Bun, Cute bun (came up with it by himself), Minmin, Dumpling (because he has slimmed down a lot), Big brother (or eldest brother), Baobao daren (t/n: ‘Baobao’ means bun [the ‘bao’ in ‘baozi’] and ‘daren’ is used as a term of respect, such as for someone in charge), little squirrel
Role in the group: M’s sub-vocal, sub-lead dancer, screaming (t/n: like the part in MAMA)
Specialty: Singing, Taekwondo, Fencing, Dancing, Soccer etc.
Favourite artistes: JJ Lin, Jay Chou
Ideal type: Affinity on first sight (t/n: aka he gets attracted to the other person’s appearance and air on their first meeting). In the course of dating, someone who is able to give him hugs and take care of him, and give him comfort (If he sees someone that he likes, he will immediately confess to her)
Pre-debut experience: 2008 SM Everysing Contest 2nd place


Zhang Yixing
English name: Issing
Nationality: Chinese
Horoscope:  Libra
Role in the group: M’s main dancer, sub-vocals, in charge of instruments
Special abilities in MAMA: HEALING, Can heal any ‘injury’ (Unicorn has the ability to heal, and can make withered flowers bloom again; corresponds to BAEKHYUN’s light ability)
Nickname: Xing yazi (Changsha yazi), Xingtuo, Dandan, léiléi / lěilěi (sounds similar to his stage name) (t/n: yazi or ngazi in Changsha dialect is a word Changsha people use to mean kid; ‘tuo’ is a term in Changsha dialect to mean little and cute; ‘Dandan’ comes from the infamous comment made by Lu Han on Yixing’s ‘lonly’ status)
Personality: Serious, hardworking, sincere, grateful. Big difference with his on/off-stage persona. Particularly lively in private, easy-going, childish, funny.
Hobbies: Dancing, composing, writing songs, staying at home
Pet-phrase: “Is this okay?”
Classic quotes: “Easy-going but not without personality.” “I’m usually not funny.”


Kim Jongdae

Nationality: Korean

Height: 178cm

Birthday: 21 September 1992

Blood type: O

Personality: Determined, happy, kind

Family members: Dad, mom, older brother

Specialities: Singing, piano etc.

Childhood dream: To be a singer

Future dreams: To be the world’s best vocalist

Favourite Chinese singer: Wang Leehom

Favourite movie: The Avengers

An odd thought: Wants to try being massaged by an elephant

What he thinks of his appearance: Very handsome; best of best; the face of the Kim family (t/n: Kim family here being all people with the surname Kim); satisfied with his height; height is just a number.

Ideal type:

1. A pair of charming eyes

2. Honest

3. Someone who will be able to take care of him like a noona, with a heart that is able to forgive all his shortcomings.


Huang Zitao

Place of birth: Shandong province, Qingdao city

Nationality: Chinese

Birthday: 2 May 1993

Blood type: AB

Height: 183cm

Role in the group: Rapper, Martial arts

Special abilities in MAMA: TIME CONTROL, stopping objects in motion and stopping time

Nicknames: Romantic Panda, Kungfu Panda (Fan’s nickname), Little leopard, Peacock gege

Favourite print/design: Leopard, skulls

Favourite colour: Bright colours, blue

Awards won:

1. 3rd Beijing University Students Street Dance Competition Rap Category – Excellence Award

2. 2nd Capital City High School Street Dance Competition

3. National Wushu Competition 3rd place

4. Qingdao City Movie Wushu Competition Sword Category 2nd, Spear performance Category 1st place

5. 3rd Beijing University Students Street Dance Competition DJ Category – Excellence Award
6. Hong Kong Music Festival Freestyle Rap – First Place



Kim Junmyeon

Official height: 173cm

Weight: 52kg

Birthday: 22 May 1991

Role in the group: EXO’s overall leader, EXO-K’s leader, sub-vocals, mom, king of gentleness

Personality:  Model (t/n: as in his personality is exemplary), polite, attentive to needs, gentle, timid (as a result of the poll on Happy Camp)

Special point: Scared of the cold

Specialties: Singing, acting, golf

Female celebrity he likes: Lee Minjung

Ideal type: a girl with long straight hair and literary interests sitting at the balcony reading a book and tucking her hair behind her ear; a girl interested in literature with long hair for her outer appearance, but a personality that is bright, lively and open/forthright.

Favourite number: 8

Favourite food: Kimbap

Favourite Chinese food: Roasted duck

Motto: To know yourself


Byun Baekhyun

Officially recognized nickname: Sogogi (Beef)

Weight: 52kg

Birthday: 6 May 1992

Blood type: O

Shoe size: 250~260 about size 41

Role in the group: K’s main vocal, atmosphere maker, in charge of eyeliner

Special ability in MAMA: LIGHT, ability to produce a very strong light beam

Personality: Bright and lively, approachable, kind, gentle and without a temper.

Favourite colours: Black, white, grey

Ideal type: Han Gain; a girl with much charms, a girl who looks good in jeans, a girl who goes well with jeans, white skin, good figure, cute, kind, a girl with a nice scent on her, a cute and round style, not very skinny.

Favourite movies: Scifi, Action

Favourite number: 48

Roommate: Park Chanyeol

Current roommates: Park Chanyeol, Xiumin, Tao

Motto: Hard work is the path to survival.


Park Chanyeol

Nationality: Korean

Height: 186cm

Birthday: 27 November 1992

Horoscope: Sagittarius

Role in the team: Rapper, face of the group, atmosphere maker, height, reactions

Ideal type: Someone who likes to smile, a girl who is easily amused by him

Ideal type height: 150-159cm

Typical style: hiphop, street, casual

Motto: Enjoy it!

Family members: Dad, mom, older sister

Time spent as a trainee: 4 years (2008 – 22 February 2012)

Pre-debut experience: Was part of a school band for a year, dreamt of becoming a singer when he was in high school.

2008 TVXQ’s UCC advertisements

2008 School Uniform Model Contest Silver Award

2008 SM Casting System

Appeared in TVXQ’s Ha Ha Song MV

2010 Appeared in Girls’ Generation’s Genie Japanese MV as a male character

2012 Appeared in Girls’ Generation’s sub-group TaeTiSeo’s Twinkle


Do Kyungsoo

Officially recognized nickname: Dyo

Nationality: Korean

Official height: 173cm

Horoscope: Capricorn

Blood type: A

Debut: 8 April 2012 on Inkigayo

Personality: Delicate heart, serious, responsible, cares for others, sometimes can be rather introverted, stable, kind, cute, but other times can be act a little unusual and lively.

Personal talents: Beatbox, rap, voice imitations

Future dream: Other than being a singer is to be a chef, designer

Ideal type: Kind, someone who doesn’t mind anything

Favourite girl group: f(x)

Favourite actress: Amanda Seyfried

Favourite food: spaghetti, strawberry cake, chocolate chip mint ice cream

Close friends in the industry: Im Hyunsik (BTOB), Yoon Doojun (BEAST)

Roommate: Kim Jongin

Current Roommates: Luhan, Oh Sehun


Kim Jongin

Nationality: Korean

Official height: 183cm

Weight: 68kg

Birthday: 14 January 1994

Horoscope: Capricorn

Role in the group: Overall main dancer, K’s main dancer, sexiness, rapper

Personality: Although he can be a little blur but he is someone with much emotions, wants to be nice to others but finds it hard to express it. Serious, warm, sincere, introverted, focused, stable, a little blur but places importance on friendship, kind, pure, cute, cool on the outside but in reality is someone who knows really well how to take care of other people. Workaholic, doesn’t know how to act cute or whine to get his way, doesn’t really like talking.

Where his charms are at: Dancing skills that are better than the rest, tanned skin, sexy figure and voice, aggressive yet cute all combined, extremely strong ability to perform on stage, his serious and focused personality, his confidence on stage and shyness off stage, doesn’t know how to fake things, very seriously presenting himself, will work hard to show good fan service.

Favourite colours: red, black, blue

Time spent as a trainee: 5 years (2008 to 3 January 2012)


Oh Sehun

Nationality: Korean

Official height: 183cm

Birthday: 12 April 1994

Nicknames: Sehun, milk bun, little milk bun, white jindo puppy, Xun-er (the second half of Sehun’s Chinese name with ‘er’ added), maknae, Sese (the first half of Sehun’s Chinese name repeated) (t/n: Xun-er and Sese come from a common way that Chinese people make nicknames.)

Personality: Simple and pure; if you get close to him, he’ll become very bright and lively.

Specialties: Dancing, Acting

Idols: BoA, Michael Jackson

Habits: Sticking his tongue out, rolling his eyes

Roommate: Kim Junmyeon

Current roommates: Luhan, D.O

Close seniors and friends in the industry: BoA, Girls’ Generation, Lee Taemin, Lee Donghae, Jeong Daeun (High school classmates)

Ideal type: Kind, open/forthright,  a clean girl; an ideal type mentioned numerous times in TV interviews is Choi Jiwoo noona; when he gets injured, a girl who will run towards him with sincere concern and help him put medicine on his wounds; Miranda Kerr.

Pre-debut experience: 2008 SM Casting System

In 2012, participated in Girls’ Generation’s sub-group TaeTiSeo’s Twinkle MV

Source: weibo
Trans by: amy@exom-trans


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