BLACKPINK’s Jisoo graces the cover of Marie Claire Korea September 2020 issue as she takes her role as Dior’s Beauty Ambassador in Korea. Check out her stunning photos and English translated interview below!
How was the shoot today?
Time went by faster than I thought. It was fun.(laughs)
Beauty pictorial shoots are very different from other shoots, right?
It takes a long time to change the style, but it’s fun to see the results. Also I can try various styles, different from stage styling. I saw the picture we took today on the monitor earlier, and I think the result of this shoot will be satisfying as well. (laughs)
I know you’re busy these days.
Although our single album promotion period is over, we have a lot of plans for the second half of this year, so we don’t have time to rest. Preparations for the next project began before one project is finished. But still I’m having fun.
How was it working with Selena Gomez?
I couldn’t meet her in person and work on it. We coordinated the time and communicated with each other several times to complete. Even though she is already a great star in the world, I thought she was so cool when I saw her sharing opinions freely.
I saw the news that BLACKPINK’s YouTube channel subscriber has topped the list of female artists around the world. How do you feel?
I feel good when I think a lot of people are paying attention to us. (laughs) I feel proud and I feel a sense of duty to do better. I’m mostly grateful and happy.
The number of subscribers means influence. Personally, what kind of influence do you want to have on your fans?
I want someone to gain confidence by looking at me. I hope people think, “I can do it too,” and “I want to find something of my own.” I’m not saying it to just imitate me vaguely. Everyone has different charms, and there’s no point in just copying them. I want them to look at me, and find their own identity.
Is Jisoo a talented person or a hard worker?
Um… can I say “born hard worker”?
I like that.
I tend to work hard on everything, but the process of trying isn’t that hard. That’s why I am ‘born hard worker’. And I’m not afraid of everything. I’m not afraid to challenge something new or listen to other people’s opinions. I don’t necessarily mean that I’m gullible, but I try to listen both praise and criticism.
It’s a big advantage to be able to hear other people’s words without distorting it.
That’s right. I’m open to other people’s opinions without losing my style. I’m a little embarrassed, but I like that kind of my personality. (laughs)
So, what does it mean when someone says, “Jisoo”? Positive?
Well… I think I’m more ‘outspoken’ than ‘positive’. I think hard enough and judge carefully when I make a decision, but once I make a decision, I don’t look back. I tend not to dwell on the past nor regret it. Should I say that I do my best every time and time? When I make a decision, I try my best to get the best result rather than regreting it.
When was the most enjoyable or happy moment recently?
Every single day? (laughs) These days, I’m so happy that the four of us are working as a whole group. Four of us were always together when we were on tours, but we were busy these days. When I think about our tour, it was hard at the time, but now I miss it a lot. Everything in the past remains a happy memory. These days, it’s fun to play, eat, and talk a lot with the four of us.
Do you have a series that you watch on your day off?
Lisa often eats with me these days, but she always watches dramas when she eats. That’s why I started watching drama with her. We are watching “Goblin”, and “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay”. But the funny thing is, I enjoy watching Lisa watching the drama more than the actual drama storyline. The reactions Lisa gives while watching the drama is the killing point. She’s really cute.
It’s been more than half a year since you started working as a model for Dior Beauty. Have you had any personal changes during your career?
My interest in beauty has grown. I look at Dior’s account on Instagram and pay attention to it when a new product comes out. Since I used Dior products a lot after I became a model, I thought that ‘this color would look good on a certain stage’ and that ‘I should apply this color someday’.
Dior is kind of special. What does the Dior beauty model mean to Jisoo?
That’s right. Dior’s brand itself is cool. And my favorite actor is Natalie Portman. It’s a great honor to work as a model for the same brand as my favorite actor. And I think I’m gaining confidence from it. I think the fact that I’m Dior Beauty’s face has a positive effect on me.
Which look do you like best today?
A look with red lips! The makeup and hairstyle were all perfect. And Red is Dior’s signature. It’s not easy to look good with red lips, but Dior’s #999 Bloom color matches me very well. I think it’s perfect for a chic and bold look that doesn’t look too much.
What’s your schedule after shoot today?
I think I’ll go record after shoot. After the release of this special single, we’re preparing for a full album, so I’m living recording life these days. Please look forward to it. (laughs)
Jisoo’s Photoshoot Team
On a day when it was raining cats and dogs, just why was the shooting place in Paju. Because of the whole situation, everyone who was heading to the shoot was leading to a bad premonition that it will not go smoothly, but despite the hellish traffic jam, none of the staff were late. Photographers and video crews who moved as quickly as possible for the time-pressed editor, the staff members of Jisoo who perfectly implemented the draft (maybe more beautiful that it), Marie Claire digital team that produced the best results even in poor conditions, and assitant Lim Yeon-hee who picked up furniture props even through heavy rain,
Specially, the one that said “It’s okay. It’s fun!” through the whole tiring process of changing her style from her hair to her feet with every single cut, I would like to give my thanks to Jisoo for spreading a bright energy.
Scans from @Fairy_tale0103