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What kind of Hardships did the Piggy Dolls Endure? [Feb 5 2011]

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

They Finally Speak.

There’s no doubt that Piggy Dolls turned heads when they debuted last month. While their Rubenesque figures certainly gained headlines, it was their vocals talents which earned them the spotlight.

In an interview with E Daily, the girls were asked the question many have been wondering about since they’ve debuted: How did they feel about their name, ‘Piggy Dolls’?  Did they not think it was degrading?

Leader Kim Min Sun replied, “It’s a name given to us by our CEO. We thought the name was so cute at first, and felt that it fit us well since all of us have that appearance. The name feels like fate to us.”

It wasn’t easy for them to reach this point in their careers. Kim Min Sun first debuted by competing on Mnet’s “Superstar K“, but she was unable to receive any attention because of her figure. Auditions for the other two members were out of the question because they were concerned about their looks.

Fortunately, their current agency reached out to them first, reasoning that as long as they had the vocal talent, one’s appearance did not matter at all.

The leader continued, “Whenever I said I wanted to sing when I was little, everyone around me told me to lose weight. I was really hurt by that, but luckily was able to meet our current agency. Ever since I joined them, I’ve become a lot more confident as a person.  ‘I’m fat, but I’m also a singer.’  I take pride in that.”

Despite the support from their agency, their parents weren’t so willing to give in.  Most were concerned over the hardships their daughters would have to face in an industry dominated by visual appeal.

Lee Ji Yeon explained, “They worried a lot, mostly over us getting hated and garnering anti-fans.  They’re happy about it now, though, and ask about what programs we’ll be appearing on.”

Aside from their talent, the three have something else in common: they’re all from the same high school, Ahyun Polytechnic School, which is especially noted for its long list of celebrity alumni.

Kim Min Sun said, “Park Hyo Shin, Wheesung, Hwanhee, Navi, Bubble Sisters, No Brain, and B2ST’s Kikwang are all seniors of ours. We’ll be working hard to become like them.”

The girls also made light of the crude jokes circulating on the internet about how their combined weight could break the stage.

Park Ji Eun explained, “Our heels break by the end of each performance.We probably have a box full of heels that are broken.

Kim Min Sun added, “Recently, we jumped slightly on a stage which caused the floor to cave in a bit.  Another singer even fell because she tripped over it.”

To conclude the interview, they were asked about what they hoped to achieve with their careers.

The Piggy Dolls confidently replied that they wanted a second, or even a third version of ‘Piggy Dolls’ to emerge so that the narrow-minded standards of beauty could be shattered once and for all.

Source: Daum + allkpop


Piggy Dolls deliver a phenomenal cover of “One Night Only” on ‘Sketchbook’

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Although they’ve just debuted in the music industry, the Piggy Dolls are quickly being applauded as a sensation due to their strong charisma and undeniable talent.

This powerful vocalist trio made an appearance on “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook” recently, and they impressed everyone in the house with their phenomenal cover of “One Night Only” from “Dreamgirls“.

Afterwards, MC Yoo Hee Yeol embarked on an in-depth interview with the girls. He began by confirming their ages, and was incredulous to discover that the maknae of the group, Park Ji Eun, was actually younger than IU.

The MC then asked if they were satisfied with their group name, the ‘Piggy Dolls’. Beaming, the girls solidly declared, “Yup! We like it a lot!” Yoo Hee Yeol wondered if their parents had minded the name, as he was sure that they would’ve preferred something more fitting for their beautiful daughters. Member Lee Jiyeon responded, “Actually, at first, my parents were quite worried. The concept is a little ‘plump’, and they were concerned that it would create a lot of anti-fans. But after our debut, both my mom and dad really liked it.”


2NE1 are our rolemodels [Jan 24 2011]

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Piggy Dolls made a loud entrance into the Korean music scene by headlining about their combined weight of 230kg. After performing their debut track, “Trend“, on various public music programs, their name immediately dominated portal search rankings and became a hot topic of interest.

At the center of their stage is the oldest member, Min Sun (19), who was blessed with a voice that comes from a family of musicians. She’s dreamed of becoming a singer ever since she was seven years old, as her grandfather was a specialist of the traditional pansori, and her father majored in vocal music.

The second oldest, Jiyeon (19), dreamt of becoming a singer ever since she she attended a concert of Park Hyoshin’s. Her father reportedly gave up his own dreams to be a singer due to his family’s disagreement, but fortunately for Jiyeon, she was spared the same discouragement.

Maknae Ji Eun (16), is a part of the ‘94 line with KARA’s Jiyoung, f(x)’s Sulli, and 4minute’s Sohyun. Despite starting off on the path of art, she found that her true passion lies in music. Ji Eun was able to realize her dream of debuting as a singer after only a year of attending music academies.

The trio has often been nicknamed as ‘the second Big Mama’ or ‘the second Bubble Sisters‘, but they explained, “We just wanted to give hope to people like us. There’s been an increase of youths dreaming of becoming singers, but there’s no law stating that one can only become a part of a girl group if you’re skinny and beautiful. We wanted to help people realize their dreams without being bogged down by the views of others.”

Just like how their lyrics state, ‘We are trend‘, the girls’ biggest weapon is their confidence, which also stem from the support they receive from their labelmate, Norazo.

When asked about their role models, the Piggy Girls immediately cited 2NE1.

“2NE1 are our role models. We want our performances to make people look forward to both our singing talents, and to our personalities as well. We would like to meet with the 2NE1 seniors and receive advice on how to enjoy the stage,” they claim.

They concluded, “Still, we’re disappointed in not being able to ‘break’ our debut stage. There’s a lot of things we haven’t been able to show yet, and if we received an opportunity to re-do our debut, I’m sure we could ‘break’ the stage then.”

source: allkpop

Introducing Piggy Dolls

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

While America is busy flooding the music scene with messages of self-empowerment and gimmicks galore, Korea have completely taken it up a notch with the launch of their latest girl group, Piggy Dolls.

In a nutshell: They’re fat and talented. The trio have been causing headlines everywhere since debuting last week with their first single “Trend” — a stellar slice of high-energy techno-pop about being confident in your own skin, accompanied by a somewhat controversial music video.

The Weather Girls had a similar ‘fat’ image when they debuted in the 80s, but it wasn’t quite as degrading and exploitative as what the Piggy Dolls are doing. First off, there’s the humiliating name of the group itself, not to mention that their first interview had them talking about how much food they eat. To rub it in even further, their “Trend” music video opens with the girls digging into a huge, greasy slice of pizza. Plus, two of the members aren’t even large at all, and seem to be dressed in clothes that make them appear larger than they actually are.

But then there’s the other side of the coin: After the pizza scene, the “Trend” music video shows the Piggy Dolls watching footage of real life overweight school girls opening up about being bullied for the way they look, to which the Piggy Dolls respond by launching into their new single — which is genuinely empowering with a real positive message. “My body? So what?,” they sing. “My face is unique, I’m sexy, I’m looking good. Look at it on the stage, check me out, we are trend.”

However, the real sign that Piggy Dolls are more than just a gimmick came on Friday when they made their live performance debut on Music Bank. Not only did the trio have more confidence than Sasha Fierce herself, but they can seriously sing – and their voices aren’t simply just strong, they also have some real emotional range and character to their vocals. For three-and-a-half minutes on Music Core the Dolls belted out and performed more choreography than girls 1/3 their size do, without ever showing even a shred of insecurity or self-doubt. It’s also possible to argue the true meaning of their name, which comes across as degrading at first, but could also be looked at as the group taking something with a negative connotation, and turning it into something positive and empowering.

If that’s not setting a good example for young girls, then I don’t know what is.

Despite some questionable promotional methods that have been used to launch Piggy Dolls, the simple fact of the matter is that they’re too talented and their music is too good to label them as just a gimmick.

Simply put: Piggy Dolls ROCK.

Check out their music video “Trend” (with English subtitles) below, as well as their show-stopping debut performance on Music Bank. I can definitely think of a few popstars who could get a lesson in talent from these girls.


source: theprohphetblog

New girl group ‘Piggy Dolls’ debuts with “Trend” [Jan 5 2011]

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Another girl group has debuted in the industry, but this time with a twist: all three members of “Piggy Dolls” are of rubenesque proportions, with the combined weight exceeding 200kg. Comprised of Park Ji Eun, Kim Min Sun, and Lee Jiyeon, the group debuted on January 6th with their mini-album, “Piggy Style,” on various music sites.

Their title track “TREND” is especially fascinating in that it features lyrics expressing their personal feelings on their image. “I’m always confident, I don’t care about anything else, what’s wrong with my body? My face is unique.”

The group expressed, “We think our team name fits well with our members. As you can see, we really are ‘piggy dolls.’ (laughter)”

Min Sun continued, “All three of us naturally gain a lot of weight. We like eating so we eat. We can eat about 20kg of rice in three weeks.”

When asked about their reasons for debuting in an industry dominated by thin idols, Jiyeon answered, “People these days tend to favor thin and pretty people. We just wanted to show everyone that people who have weight like us can be just as confident. We want to break the stereotypes of girl groups as only being skinny. Hopefully our debut can console women who have been hurt because to their weight.”

However, the group acknowledged the painful reality they’re facing against in the competition against other girl groups. Fortunately, they’ve got weapons to battle their way to the top: talent.

Min Sun elaborated, “Since we’re big, we sound different… Thin people have thinner voices, and in comparison, our voices sound a lot more rich and powerful.”

At the mention of pure talent not being enough to last in today’s industry, Ji Eun added, “You can consider our concept somewhere between Big Mama and 2NE1. We have the vocal talent of Big Mama, and the performance style of 2NE1. With both styles, we’ll be trying our best to perfect both.”

Throughout the interview, the girls were noted for their confident and open thoughts, leading the reporter to ask where their confidence stemmed from. Jiyeon answered, “It’s our vocal talent. I hope people stop thinking that just because we’re big, we’re going to be less talented than other idol groups. We’ll show everyone that we’re good at dancing and singing.”

To conclude the interview, Piggy Dolls showed their determination as rookies by stating, “Our goal is to captivate the audience with our own charms, especially on stage. Our long-term goal is to rank first on the U.S Billboard chart. You may be thinking that our goal is too far-fetched, but we fully believe that you need to aim high in order to succeed faster. Please give us your love, as we’ll be Piggy Dolls that tries our best.”

Source + Photos: Asia Economy via Naver

An interesting point to note about their music video for “Trend” is that it highlights interviews of overweight people, who explain their hardships in fitting in with society. Determined to make a change, the Piggy Dolls trio get up and out of their comfort zone to show the public and prove to those girls that overweight people can be confident and beautiful as they are.

source: allkpop

Piggy Dolls Redefine Girl Groups with Vocal

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Rookie girl group, Piggy Dolls, showcased a different stage leaving a strong impression.

On the 19th at MBC ‘Music Core’ they sang live off of their mini-album ‘피기 스타일(Piggy Style)’ their title track ‘Trend’.

Rookie group Piggy Dolls, through their stage presence and powerful vocals, brought reminiscent of Big Mama drawing admiration from viewers.

Piggy Doll’s live performance of their title track ‘Trend,’ a funky twist accompanied by an electronic sound, showcased powerful vocals and a good stage letting the girls be left noticeable.

On the other hand, Piggy Dolls had just debuted this past January 7th through KBS 2TV ‘Music Bank.’

source: todaykorea
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