Earlier than sitting down with the members of Winner backstage at Madison Sq. Backyard, I did not anticipate having to guarantee Mino that it is OK if Yoon thinks he clothes like grandpa. It is positively not an insult — to me, at the least.

I had simply prompted the Korean boy group to explain the non-public type of the member sitting to their proper in a single phrase. Yoon, Winner’s lead member, goes first. “Grandpa,” he declares, Mino.

The 25-year-old rapper Mino is wearing a greige tweed go well with with chocolate trimmings — a glance befitting of a 76-year-old haberdasher who’s lived in the identical Higher West Facet condominium since 1953. And but, he rejects this description of his private aesthetic. The one points of his look that actually separate him from a grandpa are his shimmery champagne eye shadow and the silver barbell by means of the middle of his decrease lip. Not like many Okay-pop stars who’ve been clipping on faux lip rings currently, Mino’s labret piercing is actual.

“What the fu-? What the fu- did you say?” Mino grumbles after Yoon repeats “grandpa,” this time in Korean. That is after I step in.

“My mates say I gown like a grandma on a regular basis,” I supply. Nevertheless, the puffy sleeves and retro-printed items I sometimes put on have an aesthetic that categorizes extra as “center faculty artwork trainer who simply retired in Boca Raton along with her ferret” than Mino’s “subtle grandpa who’s cool sufficient to nonetheless have a lip ring.”


After everybody stops laughing, Yoon elaborates on his unique level. “[Mino’s] type is so basic and his coiffure,” he explains, now talking English.

Thoughts you, earlier within the interview, Mino talked about his favourite magnificence second from the In all places Tour in North America was a wavy platinum coiffure that just about regarded electrified. Followers have been calling him a mad scientist. Yoon referred to as him Einstein.

“He actually likes colourful garments,” Yoon continues. “So I feel he appears just a little bit like a grandpa.” Nonetheless, Mino is confused. For him, basic and colourful simply do not add as much as “grandpa.”

Mino on Jinu

Mino lets Yoon’s response settle in for a second earlier than pondering painting Jinu’s private type. “He is…” Mino pauses to hum to himself earlier than persevering with, “fairly.”

Yoon interjects to say Jinu is sort of a prince. Mino agrees, tacking “informal” and “boyfriend” on as extra descriptors for Winner’s oldest member, who’s 27. (Not like Mino, Jinu does not have any objections to this characterization.)

From what I can inform, Mino’s reply is on level. Through the small period of time I spent with the group, I may inform Jinu was probably the most minimalist member. All 4 wore a myriad of silver rings. Nevertheless, at one level, I discover Jinu’s out of the blue in a pile on the desk between us. Clear, crisp traces are sometimes the main target of his outfits, too. And his favourite magnificence second on tour was probably the most low-key of the entire quartet: blue coloured contacts.


On the subject of skincare, Jinu is the savviest on the topic. In truth, Yoon calls upon him after I ask how their routines change on tour. “Happening many excursions, we’ve got attained know-how for caring for our pores and skin,” Jinu tells me. His acquired skin-care experience that’s included however not restricted to a top-secret methodology for clearing breakouts and many sheet masking.

Jinu on Hoony

Subsequent up is Hoony. Jinu appears to Winner’s major dancer, who’s sitting subsequent to him on a big black leather-based sofa, and thinks of the one phrase for example Hoony’s type. In Korean, Jinu explains that 27-year-old Hoony is harmless and child-like.

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