14 Years Of IU


South Korean sweetheart, IU will be celebrating her 14th anniversary tomorrow, the 18th of September 2022. And as a UAENA, I would like to share a special post about IU today with you guys ^_^

IU is my no.1 girl-crush. She's one of the Asian female celebrities that I look up to as a role model. I admire IU for her talent, charisma, X-Factor, courage, hard work, go-getter spirit, generosity, kindness, beauty, elegance, and clean image. But what fascinates me the most about IU is her journey to success. IU's life wasn't a fairytale before she became a superstar. IU had a hard childhood. She grew up in poverty and even failed her first audition. She was also once conned by a fake recording agency. Even her first performance was not a success.


Adorable IU for New Balance (Image: allkpop.com)

IU made her debut as a singer and songwriter in 2008 on a South Korean music TV show called M! Countdown. IU was only 15 years old at that time. During her first performance, IU did not get applause or any reaction from the audience at all. They totally ignored her. In show business, being ignored is also the opposite of love even though you did not get a 'boo' or any bad comments. But IU did not give up on her dreams. She believes in herself and her dreams. IU sees her failure as the beginning of her success. After her unsuccessful debut performance, IU worked hard and improved herself. IU's hard work, courage, and go-getter spirit made her the queen of K-pop and Hallyu that she is now. 

Three years after IU made her debut as a singer and songwriter, she ventured into acting. IU made her debut as an actress in a 2011 high school drama called Dream High. In Dream High, IU acted alongside Bae Suzy, Kim Soo Hyun, Ok Taecyeon, and Jang Woo Young. After the drama, IU became good friends with her fellow Dream High colleagues.


Stunning IU for J.Estina (Image: kpopmap.com)

IU is now one of South Korea's most successful solo singers, songwriters, and actresses. She has won various awards as a singer, songwriter, and actress. Forbes Magazine has listed IU as one of the most influential celebrities in Asia. Even the American Billboard has also recognized IU as the all-time leader of the Korean K-Pop Hot 100 Chart with the most number-one hits, and the artist who held the number one position for the most weeks.


Gorgeous IU for Gucci Perfume. She's now one of Gucci's global ambassadors (Image: kpopmap.com)


Besides being successful as a singer, songwriter, and actress, IU is also famous as a role model for young people, a commercial film queen, a beauty and fashion icon, and every guy's dream girl. She's a bae! IU is not only popular in South Korea and Asia, but she is also popular in the West now. And she is also not just popular among K-pop and Hallyu fans. Even those who aren't into K-pop and Hallyu also know IU. Since I already share a brief summary about IU with you guys, now let me share about IU as a star in South Korea, Asia, and the West ^_^



IU IN SOUTH KOREA

IU looks like a real doll in one of CNP Cosmetic's advertisements (Image: kpopmap.com)

IU is highly respected in South Korea for the qualities that she has. She's now one of the nation's goddesses and commercial film queens alongside Bae Suzy and Im Yoona. As a celebrity, IU has endorsed a lot of brands from beauty cosmetics to high-end fashion to sportswear to jewelry brands to F&B to electrical appliances,  and many more. When IU first became a celebrity, South Korea already named her the nation's little sister.


IU IN ASIA


IU all glowing for Pepsi. Pepsi is one of IU's biggest endorsements besides Gucci (Image: soompi.com)

IU is also very popular in Asia besides South Korea. She has a strong fan base in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, and South East Asia. IU also has a lot of celebrity fans from other Asian countries. Malaysia's Beauty And Brains icon, Dr. Soo Wincci admits that she is also a UAENA. Even Malaysia's no.1 badminton player, Lee Zi Jia also admits that he admires IU and names her as his ideal type. Wow!!! 


IU IN THE WEST

IU simply stunning at The Cannes Film Festival 2022 last May (Image: Vogue Singapore)

IU gained worldwide popularity after her success with Hotel Del Luna. Hotel Del Luna is a South Korean supernatural romantic comedy TV drama series. The drama was a huge hit back in 2019 and it is still one of the most watched K-dramas on Netflix. In Hotel Del Luna, IU played Jang Man Weol, a hotel owner and the protagonist of the drama.  Jang Man Weol was a very iconic character. The character was also a fashion icon. Playing Jang Man Weol put IU on the map of the world. Besides Asian celebrity fans, IU also has Hollywood celebrity fans such as Arden Cho, Post Malone, and NBA player, Steve Adams.


Partner Track actress, Arden Cho praises IU ^_^

Last month, IU attended the Cannes Film Festival 2022 in Cannes, France. She was there for the premiere of her latest film, Broker. IU charmed many international media, filmmakers, and fans with her charisma, elegance, and beauty. She received many compliments from international media.

IU's appearance at the event brings rumors that the beautiful actress could be on her way to Hollywood. There are so many international filmmakers interested to hire her for their films. As a fan, I hope this rumor will come true. It will be a dream come true for me to see IU making her debut in Hollywood ^_^

My fan art of IU ^_^ (Image: My Artstagram @fmooneira_art)


Ok, this is all I want to share about IU in today's post. To all UAENAs, IU will be back on small screens soon. She just signed up for a new TV drama series. And besides the new drama, IU also has another movie coming. Insya-Allah, her movie Dream (also starring Park Seo Joon) will also be released this year. Oh wow... I'm excited about Dream and IU's upcoming drama. And since the 29-year-old South Korean sweetheart will be celebrating her 14th anniversary tomorrow (18.09.2022), I would like to wish IU a very Happy Anniversary. And I hope that IU will continue to be more successful in her field in the future. Insya-Allah, I will be a UAENA for life ^_^

Ok, this is all for now. I'll see you guys again in my next post. Thank you for reading. Happy IU Day to all my fellow UAENAs as well^_^

XoXo,

Fadima Mooneira ^_^


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Comments

  1. Great post! Yes, I agree with your statement saying that IU became even more popular after Hotel Del Luna. I knew IU is a fashion icon and now I also had fallen in love with her acting talent since HDL. Btw I guess HDL also made me more interested in K-drama too.. altho I'm a bit late to join in the bandwagon ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. It’s ok. Lisa Kleypas has been writing her romance fiction for quite a long time. And I just join the LK fandom last year. Hehehe... It's always not too late to try new things ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Oh IU is a movie star too? I thought she is just a singer. This is interesting and something new.

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    1. FYI, IU is a singer, songwriter & actress. And she is good as all three ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  3. Oh wow I didn't know IU has been a singer for so long! It's amazing to see how far she has come from being ignored during her first performance to becoming a successful actress and singer

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    1. Yes. That's very inspiring right. She’s a go-getter!

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  4. I haven’t heard of IU before but she sounds like a very talented and successful person. Thank you for sharing all about her.

    Lauren

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    1. Yes, she is, Lauren. And she’s a good role model as well.

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  5. I also pray that UI will make it in Hollywood - here's to more Asian powers in H'wood!

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    1. Yeah!!!!!!! Yo go Asian power!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Btw, ko eja salah bro. It's IU. Hehehe :P

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  6. I haven't heard of IU before, but thank you for making me aware of her! Looks like she is very sucessful :)

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  7. The first time I saw IU on television was when I watched the drama Dream High. I really admire her talent at such a young age! I love her songs too :)

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    1. That’s good to hear. Greetings fellow UAENA ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’•

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  8. I've recently started becoming interested in K-Pop and Korean Dramas, I actually just finished Hotel Del Luna, and I really loved her in that show. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing her more in the future.

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    1. Cool!!!!!!!! She’s going to have a new movie and drama coming soon. Btw, greeting fellow UAENA & K-poppers ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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  9. What a wonderful role model she is. Especially starting out at 15, getting no encouragement, but never letting that put her off going for what she wanted.

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    1. Yes!!! That’s why she’s an inspiration. She's courageous and definitely a go-getter ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช

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  10. Interesting to learn about IU. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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    1. You are welcome. You have a great day too, Ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  11. Omg... i love IU also. She has her own charisma and elegance

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  12. 1st time got to know about her from your sharing here & personally I love how you've illustrated her a detailed way, nice one as always. Cheers Siennylovesdrawing

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    1. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›♥️๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•

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  13. Lovely post! I'm not very familiar with her, but I've seen her around and Moon Lovers: Scarlett Heart Ryeo has always been on my watch list. Hope I can get around to watching it so I can get to know her more.

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    1. Scarlet Heart Ryeo is a good drama to binge-watch. It’s about time-traveling and 9 handsome princes ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  14. I'm not familiar with IU, but this was such an interesting read, thanks for sharing!

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