The world’s biggest boy band BTS is taking over the world. Some consider BTS as the new “Beetle-Mania” as they go from one sold out stadium to the next in their recent tour. The Korean boy band preaches loving oneself and being self-confident, letting go of your insecurities. This positive message and their amazing music have propelled this group to become the biggest K-pop act ever. They have been able to do what other K-pop groups in the past have failed to do, which is be a breakout star in America. They’re not just a breakout star in America but all over the world.
With this massive fame comes a lot of haters and critics. Some may criticize the music by saying that it’s too manufactured and there’s no “soul”. But the brunt of the criticism is about their “masculinity” or lack thereof and if they had plastic surgery or not. Ultimately, the criticism is not important because who cares if they got plastic surgery or if they don’t live up to the traditional forms of masculinity. What matters most is that these boys are making people feel good about themselves and their music has struck a chord with millions.
But there is that curiosity of what famous people were like and especially what they looked like before they were famous. So let’s take a look at these boys before their big hit in 2013 when they made their debut with “No More Dream.” Can you guess who these members are? Here are pictures of BTS before they were famous.
Let’s take a look at who is who and some adorable pictures of them when they were just kids.
RM, or Kim Nam Joon, considered the leader of the group is the reason BTS formed. When Bang Si-hyuk founded his label Big Hit he was looking for a rapper. He found an underground rapper who went by the stage name “Runch Randa” and was overwhelmed with his talent. In 2010 he signed Kim Nam Joon and helped guide the man into the leader that he is today. Kim Nam Joon was born in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province in S.Korea and is the only member to speak fluent English. He is rumored to have an IQ of 148.
Min Yoong Gi or Suga was also an underground rapper who went by the name of Gloss. He was born in Daegu, S.Korea and joined Big Hit as a music producer. However, he ended up becoming the second member of BTS.
The third member of the group J-Hope, or Jung Ho Seok was also a rapper. He was born in Gwangju, S. Korea and is considered the best dancer. Before joining BTS he was a member of an underground dance group called “Neuron.”
Kim Seok Jin goes by the name of Jin and is the oldest member of BTS. He was born in Gwacheon S.Korea and was studying to be an actor at Konkuk University before he joined BTS.
Jeon Jung Kook aka Jongkook was recruited by all the big Korean music agencies after he appeared on the television show “Superstar K” in 2011 at only 14 years old. Ultimately he signed with Big Hit after he heard RM rap.
Kim Tae Hyung or better know as V was born in Daegu S.Korea. When he was young he wanted to be a singer, farmer, or saxophonist. His dream of becoming a singer came true when he joined BTS.
Last but not least is Park Ji Min or Jimin. He was born in Busan, South Korea and became the last member of the group forming BTS. He always wanted to be a singer and he auditioned by the urging of his teachers at the Busan High School of Arts. And the rest history. He also has a man that trying to look like him named Oli London.
Well, there you have it. How many did you get right?
Photo courtesy of Korea Times.