Fresh from her four-year hiatus, Lee Hyori is back with her new album Seoul. In K-pop, its hard to stay relevant, especially with the influx of new and competitive girl and boy groups that keep getting younger and younger. But for exactly these reasons, Hyori still remains the most anticipated queen, a complete entertainer who did a 360-degree transformation both in her image and in her perspective in life.
As part of Fin.K.L, Lee Hyori was practically one of the nations fairies, and in Korea, if youre given the title of a nations something, it means youre incredibly well-known and loved. She was considered number one in terms of popularity, earnings, beauty — no one could surpass her. But she had the courage to step down when she was on top, to focus on herself, and find who she really is. In an interview with Happy Together, she said, In order to take a leap, you need to step back a little. I didnt have the energy to just keep walking.