Female Idols Wearing Crop Tops Stirs Controversy in Korea

A South Korean media outlet claims that female idols wearing crop tops have become a source of controversy in South Korea. Keep on reading for all the details.

Are Female Idols Who Wear Crop Tops Controversial?

On July 21, South Korean media outlet Maeil Economic Daily released an article claiming crop tops are becoming another source of controversy in South Korea, and female idols wearing short shirts are at the root of the problem.

(Photo : Jennie Instagram)

The main reason why it is deemed controversial is that South Koreans think "it is embarrassing to see someone wear a crop top in public." The argument is the same the country had during the 90s when the belly button tee was all the rage.

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Industry officials claim that crop tops are highly preferred by Generation Z or those born in 1997 and 2016. Officials claim that people in this age range value their style and individuality and that crop tops can be styled with various bottoms, such as wide pants, jogger pants, or shorts. Crop tops are also light on the skin when worn and make legs look longer.

(Photo : Rosé Instagram)

Idols like BLACKPINK members Jennie and Rosé were cited as idols who enjoy wearing crop tops and are leading the trend on social media.

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However, many South Koreans are against this trend, claiming it is embarrassing because they have "nowhere to put their eyes." Many agree that they have no idea where to look when someone wears a crop top and reveals their belly in public.

How Are People Reacting to the "Controversial" Crop Top?

The comments under the article agree with the writer, proving it is, in fact, controversial among the South Korean public. Many agree that people should practice TPO — time, place, and occasion. They are asking everyone, including female idols, to dress appropriately according to the situation and that though crop tops are pretty, they should not wear them at work or with elders.

(Photo : TWICE Instagram)

Others believe that if female idols and other female South Koreans choose to wear crop tops, then it is other people's right to look. People noted that girls often wear crop tops then complain about being stared at and complain if the temperature is too cold.

South Koreans are under the impression that whatever happens to the one wearing the crop top, they are the ones at fault.

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However, some are saying it is alright to wear crop tops. Many believe that crop tops are more acceptable than mini skirts, while others defend girls who opted to wear crop tops and deemed the criticizers as people who are angry because "they cannot pull off crop tops."

(Photo : Seulgi Instagram)

What do you think of the situation? Tell us in the comments below!

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Written by Alexa Lewis

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