IVE Maknae and 6th Member Leeseo Draws Mixed Reactions for Her Age and Visual

Leeseo, a member of the soon-to-debut girl group IVE, attracted mixed reactions for her age as fans were shocked that the 07-liner idol is only 14 years old!  

IVE Maknae and 6th Member Leeseo Draws Mixed Reactions for Her Age and Visual
(Photo : IVE logo (Twitter))

On November 7, the final member who will complete the lineup for Starship Entertainment's upcoming girl group was revealed. Leeseo, the group's maknae (youngest), immediately captured attention for her stunning beauty.

Conversely, many expressed their concerns after it was mentioned that the rookie is only 14 years old.

IVE Leeseo's Age and Visual Spark Mixed Reviewes: Is it Okay for an Idol to Debut at 14?

IVE Maknae and 6th Member Leeseo Draws Mixed Reactions for Her Age and Visual
(Photo : Leeseo (Twitter))

On IVE's official social media accounts, the profile photos of the sixth and maknae of the girl group were uploaded. In the photos, Leeseo was introduced along with her birthdate, February 21, 2007. Aside from this information, it is also rumored that Leeseo is a former model for SM Kids.

While many were amazed by her visual, online users commented on her age and were shocked how agencies still launch groups with minors in it.

The 14-year-old rookie was also criticized for her look, alleging she looks mature for her age.

"Why do agencies still allow kids to debut in a girl group? It's hard to follow them," some commented. Others pointed out it is unavoidable these minors to become the target of sexualization and objectification.

IVE Maknae and 6th Member Leeseo Draws Mixed Reactions for Her Age and Visual
(Photo : Leeseo (Twitter))

"She's a kid but she doesn't look like a kid. Is she really a middle schooler?" Some were also skeptical about her age and visual.

On the contrary, IVE's fans anticipating the group's debut defended Leeseo, arguing there were other K-pop idols who debuted at 14. In fact, SHINee Taemin, f(x) Krystal, NCT Dream Jisung, former Wonder Girls Ahn So Hee, also debuted when they were 14 years old!

ALSO READ: 6 Idols That Debuted At A Very Young Age

IVE Maknae and 6th Member Leeseo Draws Mixed Reactions for Her Age and Visual
(Photo : Wonyoung (Twitter))

On top of that, Leeseo's co-member IVE Wonyoung, who initially debuted in the project girl group IZ*ONE, also debuted at this age.

Nevertheless, aside from her age and visual, Leeseo also attracted interest for her singing abilities, as it was reported that she will be taking the vocal position of the group.

Starship Entertainment to Launch 6-Member Group IVE

IVE Maknae and 6th Member Leeseo Draws Mixed Reactions for Her Age and Visual
(Photo : IVE members (Twitter))

Amid criticism and concerns, the anticipation for Starship Entertainment's new girl group is rising. The six-member group IVE will be comprised of Leeseo, as well as Jang Won Young and Ahn Yu Jin (formerly of IZ*ONE).

Three other new faces who will be joining the group were also introduced: Gaeul, Rei, and Liz.

Many are also claiming that the girl group will be big, just by observing their overall visuals and synergy as a group.

READ MORE: Starship Entertainment's New Girl Group Reportedly Consisting of 6 Members - Are Jang Wonyoung and Ahn Yujin Included?

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Written by Eunice Dawson

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