Seriously, who doesn’t want to look as gorgeous as Red Velvet? So when the K-pop darlings were in town last November for the Shilla Beauty Concert, we just had to talk about all things beauty and of course, their recent comeback ‘Peek-A-Boo’. In an interview with Teenage, we got ’em to reveal who has the biggest beauty collection, their favourite makeup styles, other concepts they’d like to try (TVXQ makes a cameo!) and more.
Watch the full interview below:
Thanks to Universal Music Singapore for hooking us up!
The 75th annual Golden Globes was a night to remember. From being all decked out in black to wearing pins that raise awareness for the Time’s Up movement, major celebrities from the likes of Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and Shailene Woodley are taking a stance against the culture of sexual harassment in Hollywood. However, it was Oprah Winfrey’s emotional acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award that stole the show.
Being the first black woman to receive the prestigious award – which honours “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” – Oprah couldn’t be more deserving of the title. But instead of taking the time to look back and celebrate her own achievements, she made the incredible move of addressing important issues in her nine-minute speech and received a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd.
Read Oprah Winfrey’s iconic speech in full:
“In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for Best Actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: ‘The winner is Sidney Poitier.’ Up to the stage came the most elegant man I ever remembered. His tie was white, his skin was black — and he was being celebrated. I’d never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats, as my mom came through the door, bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in Lilies of the Field: ‘Amen, amen. Amen, amen.’ In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille Award right here at the Golden Globes, and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award.
“It is an honour and a privilege to share the evening with all of them, and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, challenged me, sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for A.M. Chicago, saw me on the show and said to Steven Spielberg, she’s Sophia in The Color Purple. Gayle, who’s been a friend, and Stedman, who’s been my rock. I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. We know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before, as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this.
“What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story. But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They are the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and restaurants. They are in academia, engineering, medicine and science. They are part of the world of tech, politics and business. They are our athletes in the Olympics and our soldiers in the military.
“There’s someone else: Recy Taylor. A name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP, where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case, and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up. Their time is up. And I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’s heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, ‘Me too.’ And every man who chooses to listen. In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love, how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, how we persevere, and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.
“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon. And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘me too’ again.
High school movies have the uncanny ability to make us feel our emotions to the fullest, but who can say they’re not educational too? Here are some life lessons imparted from your all-time favourite teen flicks.
Lesson #1: It’s never too late to change
Remember when Zac Efron still had his glorious floppy hair of yesteryears? One of his first post-High School Musical roles was the teenage self of a jaded, down-on-his-luck adult struggling with a mid-life crisis. The ‘body- swap’ movie depicts how we might have regrets when we’re older, but Zac’s character redeeming his old ways and appreciating what’s truly important in his life inspired us all to initiate a positive change in our own.
Perks of Being A Wallflower
Lesson #2: You don’t need to be an extrovert
Following the life of introverted Charlie (Logan Lerman) in high school, he learns how to deal with his inner battles as he experiences the trials and tribulations of teenage years. With the help of his seniors – played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller – Charlie eventually “accepts the love he thinks he deserves” and made us all feel positively “infinite”.
Lesson #3: Never give in to gossip
In this comedy classic, Emma Stone stars as Olive who’s the subject of a rumour that spreads across the campus, tarnishing her reputation in the process. As Olive traverses the ups and downs of her newfound image, she soon realises that nobody else’s opinions matter except for the ones closest to her. This serves as a stark reminder that fuelling senseless rumours can prove to be disastrous, and it’s simply best to avoid them in the first place!
Lesson #4: Don’t be afraid to speak up
Besides their stance on female empowerment, our favourite Barden Bellas have also stressed several important life teachings. Who can forget Fat Amy embracing her quirks to stand out as an individual, or Becca stepping out of her comfort zone to find her voice? With the third instalment now in full swing on the big screens, there’s no better movie to start your year off with.
John Tucker Must Die
Lesson #5: Learn to love yourself
Don’t pass this off as another B-grade chick flick – dig deeper and you might be surprised at the lessons it teaches. After being manipulated by resident casanova John Tucker, four girls set out to take revenge to break his heart but end up becoming fast friends instead. While the girl-power foursome experience hilarious hijinks in the process, they also convey important messages about prioritising friendships and loving yourself.
The Edge of Seventeen
Lesson #6: Don’t sweat the small stuff
Hailee Steinfeld’s breakout role as Nadine in this coming-of-age dramedy relates to many of us, and for good reason. Witnessing Nadine grapple teenage angst, family problems and insecurities demonstrated how flawed her character could be – yet it’s how she deals with it that truly matters. By the end of the film, we learn that she’s come to terms with who she is.
Countless cups of coffee at Central Perk later and 14 years since they ended its run, it’s finally here! All 10 seasons of the iconic original squad, Friends, are now finally available to stream on Netflix. And in celebration, here’s five of the most beloved episodes you’d want to get into faster than Janice can say, “Ohhh… my…. GOD!”
#1 The One With All The Resolutions (Season 5, Episode 11)
New year, old laughs. How about starting 2018 (and your Friends marathon) by making a New Year’s resolution alongside the gang for hilarious hijinks? A clear standout of the series, this one saw the six go to great lengths to keep their word on their newly-minted resolutions, which included Rachel keeping a secret and Chandler resisting his usual sarcastic digs. But the episode clearly belongs to Ross and his leather pants fiasco, which proved yet again that nothing makes us laugh quite as hard than this show.
#2 The One Where Ross Finds Out (Season 2, Episode 7)
Friends sure knew how to make us burst into laughter, but they didn’t hold back in tugging at our heartstrings or making us shed a tear or two either. Viewers first got caught up in the whirlwind romance between Ross and Rachel, which started in this episode – sugary sweet dialogue, kisses in the rain and all. Fans would know that their relationship eventually played across the rest of the series until the finale and saw its fair share of highs and lows, making it bittersweet to watch how it all started. No prizes for guessing if they were indeed on a break in later seasons though – that answer will forever be debatable.
#3 The One Where No One’s Ready (Season 3, Episode 2)
The comedy series has had its significant unique concepts, and this Season 3 highlight fits right into place as one of the top examples. The entirety of the episode takes place within the confines of the apartment, as we bear witness to our favourite group get ready for an event. The jokes come fast and furious throughout the dialogue-driven cut, but come on, it’s Friends, and we can never get enough of their chuckle-worthy quips and clever one-liners.
#4 The One With The Prom Video (Season 2, Episode 14)
The gang revisits an old tape of Rachel and Monica getting ready for their senior prom, which hilariously introduces us to Monica’s “bigger” days and an awkward teenage Ross pining after Rachel already – which results in a surprise ending best kept for your non-spoiler viewing. Elsewhere, Joey and Chandler get into quite a pickle involving a bracelet gift with uproarious results. It’s no wonder that this episode ranks as one of the top favourites among diehard fans, and included as one of TV Guide‘s “100 Greatest Episodes of All Time” list.
#5 The One With Monica and Chandler’s Wedding (Season 7, Episode 23 and 24)
Ok fine, we cheated by considering this two-parter episode as one entry, but we’ll never forget the moment when Chandler and Monica tied the knot. From first keeping their romance under wraps from their friends early on, to finally getting hitched following some internal miscommunication and assumptions, the couple has truly come a long way. The conclusion of the episode – and the 7th season – is arguably one of the sweetest moments, when Chandler’s vows to Monica melted our hearts into a collective “aww”. Keep the tissues close for this one!
New acts come and go in the ever-competitive idol landscape, but these burgeoning stars have already won over the hearts of K-fans everywhere with their addictive style and dynamic charms. From Red Velvet to TWICE, SEVENTEEN to BTS, meet the reigning leaders of K-pop that owned the year in 2017.
Here are the nominees for TMA 2017 ‘K-pop Group of the Year’:
Just when you thought nothing could ever top the holy trinity of ‘Like Ooh-Ahh’, ‘Cheer Up’ and ‘TT’, TWICE took over the world with yet another trio of infectious hook- heavy hits in 2017: ‘Knock Knock’, ‘Signal’ and their latest comeback track ‘Likey’. Can we just say, we likey likey likey TWICE!
2017 saw EXO continuing their reign as K-pop royalty, and their popularity shows no signs of waning. Chart-topping accolades aside, the supergroup has also recently kicked off their EXO Planet #4 – The ElyXiOn world tour in Seoul, which got sold out in just 0.2 seconds! Only EXO, y’all.
Since making history on the Billboard stage, BTS has been rapidly making waves across continents. Between collaborations with Hollywood big wigs from the likes of The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki and Desiigner, and even a possible team-up with Zedd, these powerhouses also landed invitations by Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel and James Corden to guest on their hit talk shows. Global domination? Complete.
BLACKPINK is probably the only girl group who could get away with minimal promotions and still make an impact on the K-pop industry. They spent most of the year focused on the Japanese market, but all it took was a digital single – ‘As If It’s Your Last’ – for them to steal the spotlight right back. Now, about that domestic comeback…
Another boy band on the fast-track to success is SEVENTEEN, whose self-producing appeal has built them a dedicated empire of Carats. After the success of their EDM-tinged banger ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’, the band’s upbeat new single ‘Clap’, off their second full-length album Teen, Age is also nothing short of amazing.
Despite racking up an impressive number of hits, Red Velvet hardly rests on their laurels. 2017 was a jam-packed year for the SM darlings, who welcomed spring with ‘Rookie’, made a summer splash with ‘The Red Flavour’ before rounding it off with the fall-appropriate ‘Peek-A-Boo’.