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K-pop stars with controversial ‘Lolita’ concept photos

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Updated : January 12 2016


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* Sulli

F(x)’s former member Sulli was the first celebritiy to upload a photo with the so-called “Lolita concept.”

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(Sulli's Instagram)

Last November, Sulli posted five photos on her Instagram, all of them with a the same concept.

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(Sulli's Instagram)

The snapshots show Sulli with very light makeup on, but with a seductive expression on her face. The pictures presumably remind the viewers of the young character in the famous novel “Lolita.”



*Stellar

Girl group Stellar also followed the controversy with the same concept. For their upcoming album, special photos of Minhee and Hyoeun were released on their official Instagram account Wednesday.

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(Stellar's official instagram)

In the photos, the members are wearing extremely short pants which are often used in Japanese versions of Lolita-concept pictures. They pose in front of the camera looking sensual and youthful at the same time.

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(Stellar's official instagram)

Stellar’s photos are gaining even more attention as they have been constantly criticized for their sex appeal.



* Do-hee

Singer-actress Dohee’s Lolita-concept photos were also posted on Wednesday night.

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(Rotta's Instagram)

She is dressed just like the other stars mentioned above, but exposed even more as she revealed her white underwear underneath her loosely-fitting clothes. Her blushed face gives off a rosy look, but she also tried to look childish and girlish.

Flipping through the photos, it may have been noticeable that these photos have much in common. The overall angle, style, and color are extremely similar. This is because interestingly enough, these pictures were all taken by photographer Rotta.

Rotta is quite popular in the world of portrait photography, gathering many fans on social media. Most of the photos taken by him have the same, intended theme: Lolita.

The public is divided about his work. Some have expressed satisfaction at the high level of photography, while others commented that they feel offended. Also, worries have risen that the mass media portray of such concept as sexy or appealing, could possibly justify the wrong.

It is extremely hard to draw a fine line between artwork and misdeed. However, let us not forget that pedophilia is a crime, not a piece of art.

By Kim Ji-young (christinekim@heraldcorp.com)

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