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‘(Bling) STAR’: Happy Birthday, Yuri!
Posted by moonrise31 on December 5th, 2023

(A song — and an acronym — that describes what Kwon Yuri is to SONE.) S.T.A.R. Sincere. No matter who we are and what paths we walk, we all know this: it is exceedingly difficult to be genuine. And for most of us, that’s without also being under the constant scrutiny of the public eye. […]

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Beyond Gravity: Happy Birthday, Hyoyeon!
Posted by moonrise31 on September 22nd, 2023

To. Hyoyeon: Another birthday, another year — and a lot can happen in those 365 or so days. Now is the time to look back on the falls that you’ve picked yourself up from, the hills that you’ve climbed over, the leaps that you’ve taken to touch the clouds. And can I be honest? I’m […]

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‘Light Up the Sky’: Happy Anniversary, Girls’ Generation!
Posted by moonrise31 on August 5th, 2023

Sixteen years is a long time. In an industry that’s always looking for the next big hit before the current one has even stepped onto the stage, few make it past the gauntlet of public scrutiny, and fewer are able to ride the favor of a nationwide audience for longer than it takes to be […]

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‘Will You Listen?’: Happy Birthday, Tiffany!
Posted by moonrise31 on August 1st, 2023

Tiffany is someone who dreams big. Someone who imagines futures so grand that the world — maybe even the entire universe — has a hard time holding it all in. But that’s what having dreams entails: believing in things that scrape the farthest boundaries of possibility, things that remain intangible even when we have them […]

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Spread Your Wings and Soar: Happy Birthday, Seohyun!
Posted by moonrise31 on June 28th, 2023

Dear Seohyun, I’m just going to be honest right off the bat here: you are simply amazing. Over these past 15 (almost 16!) years, you’ve grown from that adorable little maknae with a healthy fear of hamburgers (although, you took a bite out of one in the first episode of “Girls Go To School” — […]

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‘I Never Want to Let You Go’: Happy Birthday, Yoona!
Posted by moonrise31 on May 30th, 2023

Yoona has always been the center of attention, whether she’d asked for it or not. Even over a decade ago, as the face of the soon-to-be nation’s girl group, Yoona was never not in the spotlight. Her company placed her there, her members insisted that she belonged there, and the public eye made sure she […]

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