Until the Light Shines Through the Clouds: For Yuri on Her 31st Birthday
Posted by moonrise31 on December 5th, 2019

Lyrics taken from “DIVINE“. It’s been more than a decade since the world was introduced to Girls’ Generation. That’s 12 years — and counting — since Kwon Yuri first looked straight into the public eye and smiled, fresh-faced at the foot of what promised to be an uphill journey, to say the least. There is […]

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I’mma Fire It Up (‘Til We Reach the Sky): A Portrait of Hyoyeon for Her 31st Birthday
Posted by moonrise31 on September 22nd, 2019

In any group of people, individuals fall into roles as naturally as we sort idols into “lead rappers” and “main visuals”. There are always those who lead and those who follow, those who lend a sense of calm and those who make the mood. And in a group under circumstances as high-pressure and emotionally intense […]

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Thank You For This Destiny: A Portrait of Girls’ Generation for Their 12th Anniversary
Posted by moonrise31 on August 5th, 2019

The concept of “fate” has been around for a long time; it weaves its way into our most treasured stories and answers the questions most of us could spend our entire lives trying to solve. We are constantly fascinated by it — this higher power that mere humans will always struggle to comprehend, but also […]

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Let’s Just Run: A Portrait of Tiffany for Her 31st Birthday
Posted by moonrise31 on August 1st, 2019

Movement has always been something to admire; whether it’s the bustle of an early morning in the city or the gentle waves of a grassy field as a breeze blows across, the feeling and the concept of heading somewhere — anywhere — always leaves just the slightest itch in our feet and the tiniest push […]

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You Are My Star: A Portrait of Yoona for Her 30th Birthday
Posted by moonrise31 on May 30th, 2019

In a line of work where appearance is everything, being labeled as the “face” is no small responsibility. Instead, it’s the expectations of hundreds and thousands you will never personally meet, and the stress of pulling all of that weight in addition to your own. It might even be something you feel like you don’t […]

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Give It to Me, Love: A Portrait of Sunny for Her 31st Birthday
Posted by moonrise31 on May 15th, 2019

Ever since her debut, Sunny has been known as various things: the vitamin, the energy pill, the aegyo master of Girls’ Generation. And sure, labels are only labels at the end of the day, and bear no indication as to whether their claims are actually true. It’s standard practice now, to put each member of […]

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