Seventeen (세븐틴) – DK (Dokyeom) Profile

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Name – DK – Dokyeom – 도겸

Birth Name – Lee Seokmin – 이석민

D.O.B – February 18, 1997

Unit – Vocal Unit

Position – Main Vocalist

Nickname – Mr. Hat, Soonseok Talk, Rockstar, Docutie

Height – 179 cm

Home Town – Suji-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

DK is Seventeen’s resident ‘Happy Virus’. He has revealed in interviews that he wishes to become someone who has a positive effect on the people around him, he wants to be able to help them and give them hope. With these noble intentions in mind, DK is almost always smiling and joking and he approaches every situation with unfathomable optimism and enthusiasm. A very funny guy, DK is one third of Seventeen’s famous ‘Gag Trio’ alongside Hoshi and Seungkwan, proving himself to be incredibly comfortable in front of the camera by making even the simplest things hysterically funny.

DK is not just one of the happiest and funniest members of Seventeen but he is also the most outgoing and is able to make a relationship with absolutely anyone. Despite being the last member to join the group he was able to get on with all of his fellow members quickly and easily. In a poll they all voted him as the funniest member.

Now, before you start to think that DK doesn’t take his music very seriously, let me tell you categorically and without a doubt, that there is nothing in this world that is more important to DK than his singing. He practices even when he is resting and has been known to get upset and cry when he thinks he isn’t doing well enough. Diligent, hard-working and overwhelmingly talented despite only just having become an adult, DK is absolute ‘Shining Diamond’.

Picking him out from the crowd

Here’s the fun bit! Anyone who is  a fan of k-pop knows that there is simply no point in using a hair style or make up style to try and identify a member as they change them like they change their clothes so I will focus on facial features and give you a quick run down of his outfits from a couple of M/Vs / performances to make it a little easier for you to find the happiest man on earth amongst his bandmates in future.

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Seventeen (세븐틴) – Joshua Profile

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Name – Joshua – 조슈아

Birth Name – Hong Jisoo – 홍지수

D.O.B – December 30, 1995

Unit – Vocal Unit

Position – Main Vocalist

Nickname – Gentleman Joshua, American Hyung

Height – 177 cm

Home Town – Los Angeles, California, U.S.A

 I really can’t think of a more apt word to describe Joshua except for ‘Gentleman’. He has a very calm and mature aura despite being barely an adult. Cool and collected and ever composed, Joshua is softly spoken and extremely polite and difficult to provoke. It would be easy to overlook him in the wake of some of his louder bandmates but his ‘gentlemanly’ demeanour makes him seem confident and capable despite being in another country, miles away from his family.

Joshua (alongside Vernon) speaks fluent English, he grew up in America speaking English at school and Korean at home with his parents so he is conversational in both languages. He was originally approached by Pledis when performing at a talent show in America. He is a talented guitarist and it is no surprise that his soft, seemingly effortless voice attracted the attention of the talent-scouts.

Jeonghan is often described as Seventeen’s prince and there is no denying that, but I feel that Joshua has more than earned a chance at that title as well. His approach to interviews, fan-meetings and performing is very admirable and he handles even the most awkward situations with aplomb. Bravo, Joshua! I can’t sing his praises enough.

Picking him out from the crowd

Here’s the fun bit! Anyone who is  a fan of k-pop knows that there is simply no point in using a hair style or make up style to try and identify a member as they change them like they change their clothes so I will focus on facial features and give you a quick run down of his outfits from a couple of M/Vs / performances to make it a little easier for you to find Seventeen’s very own gentleman in the future.

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Seventeen (세븐틴) – Jeonghan Profile

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Name – Jeonghan – 정한

Birth Name – Yoon Jeong Han – 윤정한

D.O.B – October 4th, 1995

Unit – Vocal Unit

Position – Main Vocalist, Face of the Group

Nickname – Eldest Maknae, 1004, Angel

Height – 178 cm

Home Town – Seoul, South Korea

I’ve heard it said many times before that many K-pop fans are manga and anime fans who have found out where the real-life anime characters live. This is quite possibly very true and the same can probably be said for fans of otome fans as well, but it wasn’t until I first saw Jeonghan that I realised just how true this statement is. Looking like a high school prince straight out of the pages of a manga, Jeonghan with his long hair and flawless features is as angelic as his nickname suggests.

When I first saw him I felt like I’d seen him before, it didn’t take me long to work out where I thought I’d seen him before and apparently I wasn’t the only person who had that thought seeing as I found these comparisons on google.

Please take a moment to appreciate just how much Jeonghan resembles Aya Kamiyama, a basketball player from an awesome and sweet manga called Haru Matsu Bokura.

Aside from being prettier than I could ever be, Jeonghan is one of the oldest in the group and, though he cares for his members unconditionally and looks after his younger brothers (DK especially) he is also known to be very playful earning him the nickname ‘Eldest Maknae’. Exceedingly modest, despite his angelic voice, Jeonghan is always aiming higher, he thinks he is one of the weakest in the group (though I entirely disagree, I don’t think there is a single weak member) and is determined to work harder for his team.

The other members have voted him as ‘best personality’ because of his friendly and funny nature, caring attitude and cheerful demeanour. Though sometimes he seems quiet he assures his fans that he isn’t always that way. Despite some of his more delicate traits and features, Jeonghan has very broad shoulders and is a keen sportsman.

Picking him out from the crowd

Here’s the fun bit! Anyone who is  a fan of k-pop knows that there is simply no point in using a hair style or make up style to try and identify a member as they change them like they change their clothes so I will focus on facial features and give you a quick run down of his outfits from a couple of M/Vs / performances to make it a little easier for you to find this anime prince in the future.

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Seventeen (세븐틴) – Vernon Profile

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Name – Vernon -버논

Birth Name – Hansol Vernon Chwe

D.O.B – February 18, 1998

Unit – Hip-Hop Unit

Position – Lead Rapper

Nickname – Mr. Headphones, Peacekeeper

Height – 175 cm

Home Town – New York, U.S.A

Vernon or Hansol is the only member of Seventeen who has one Caucasian parent. He was born in New York but moved to Korea when he was 5 years-old. His father is Korean and his mother is American this means he has more western compared with the others. Despite being incredibly young, Vernon has a wise head on his shoulders. On stage, Vernon is full of attitude and ‘swagger’ but behind closed doors and when confronted with a camera he can be a little more shy and reserved. A very valued member of the team, the very young Vernon is currently the Lead Rapper and proves his worth time and time again rapping in both English and Korean. He’s also a very capable dancer with a very natural sense of rhythm and style.

Now, this isn’t something you’d spot from just the M/Vs but my personal favourite thing about Vernon, and the thing that really makes him stand out in my eyes, is his cheerful demeanour and his ability to laugh at himself. Vernon loves to sing though he’s not the greatest singer (Much like myself), he does an incredible impersonation of Seungkwan (check out the ‘part switch’ videos) and he loves his members and loves to laugh. He has a slightly kooky sense of humour and sometimes does things or makes faces that you’re not expecting which adds to the enjoyment. It’s got to be a lot of fun working with this little piece of sunshine.

Picking him out from the crowd

Here’s the fun bit! Anyone who is  a fan of k-pop knows that there is simply no point in using a hair style or make up style to try and identify a member as they change them like they change their clothes so I will focus on facial features and give you a quick run down of his outfits from a couple of M/Vs / performances to make it a little easier for you to find this sweet little monkey in future.

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Seventeen (세븐틴) – Mingyu Profile

mingyu 8Name – Mingyu – 민규

Birth Name – Kim Mingyu – 김민규

D.O.B – April 6, 1997

Unit – Hip-Hop Unit

Position – Main Rapper, Face

Nickname – Mr. Wristband, Technician, Mingyu Shop, Kim-ssi Ahjussi

Height – 185 cm

Home Town – Anyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Mingyu is statuesque. He’s the tallest of the group which makes him fairly easy to identify provided they’re all stood up (though they’re all still growing, I’m sure, and Wonwoo is making a fine attempt at gaining on him). Mingyu is also one of the ‘Faces’ of the group and at such a young age it is easy to see why he would be chosen for such an honour, he has an easy smile which crinkles his eyes very cutely and he has a sort ‘boy-next-door’ charm which allows him to look confident and, dare I say, sexy one second and goofily sweet the next. In photoshoots his is confident and capable but in candid photos seems open and innocent.

Mingyu is one of the most prolific users of skinship amongst the members of Seventeen and is often seen cosy-ing up to his brothers. He is also very playful, especially with his hyung and close friend Wonwoo, earning them the title ‘Meanie’ Couple.

Picking him out from the crowd

Here’s the fun bit! Anyone who is  a fan of k-pop knows that there is simply no point in using a hair style or make up style to try and identify a member as they change them like they change their clothes so I will focus on facial features and give you a quick run down of his outfits from a couple of M/Vs / performances to make it a little easier for you to find this suspiciously handsome prince in future.

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Seventeen (세븐틴) – Wonwoo Profile

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Name – Wonwoo – 원우

Birth Name – Jeon Won Woo – 전원우

D.O.B – July 17, 1996

Unit – Hip-Hop Unit

Position – Main Rapper

Nickname – Mr. Beanie, 1 + 1, Sloth

Height – 182 cm

Home Town – Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea

Wonwoo is a disarmingly sweet but somehow deadpan comedic genius whose every smile feels like a well earned reward. He is mischievous and cheeky with a playful nature which has earned him a place in the ‘Meanie Couple’ with Mingyu, a title offered to them because of their close relationship as they team up to mercilessly tease the other members and each other.  Though he sometimes appears cold and a stoic, Wonwoo is a very warm and sensitive person who really appreciates all of the opportunities afforded to him and all of the help and care he receives from his hyungs, especially his leader-hyung S.Coups who takes very good care of his adorable Wonwoo.

Interestingly, Wonwoo originally joined Pledis with the intention of becoming a vocalist, as such he has a very nice singing voice which is easily evident just from his tone when he is rapping.As a member of the Hip-Hop unit, Wonwoo holds his own with his low toned voice which is like a breath-taking rumble.

Picking him out from the crowd

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Seventeen (세븐틴) – Seungkwan Profile

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Name – Seungkwan – 승관

Birth Name – Boo Seung Kwan – 부승관

D.O.B – January 16, 1998

Unit – Vocal Unit

Position – Main Vocalist

Nickname – Mr. Mic, MC Boo, Divaboo

Height – 174 cm

Home Town – Jeju-do, South Korea

If DK is Seventeen’s happiness then Seungkwan is their spirit. Despite being categorised alongside Vernon and Dino as a member of ‘Maknae line’ Seungkwan makes his his mission to be the ‘Mood maker’ of the group, intentionally relieving difficult and stressful situations with comedy and, if we’re honest, utter madness. Seungkwan is naturally very comfortable in front of the camera earning him the title of MC Boo because he has absolutely no problem taking control of a broadcast and often does so without intending too simply because his presence is so magnetic.

Seventeen’s ‘Gag Trio’, comprised of Seungkwan, Hoshi and DK, have a direct line to my funny bone and have done since the first time I saw them all together. I often watch videos of them together 2 or 3 times simply because each of them will be doing something entirely separate but equally as hilarious and I find myself giggling along with them more and more with every viewing, especially when Seungkwan uses his dialect.

Don’t get me wrong though, Seungkwan isn’t all silliness and giggling, he has a wholly beautiful voice which is powerful and soulful, he’s a great dancer and performer AND he loves his family! Seeing him cry when he saw his mother for the first time in some time will always be a heartbreaking memory for me because it was just so surprising and quickly reminds you that these are not just young men or idols but also children, many of whom left their parents very young.

Picking him out from the crowd

Here’s the fun bit! Anyone who is  a fan of k-pop knows that there is simply no point in using a hair style or make up style to try and identify a member as they change them like they change their clothes so I will focus on facial features and give you a quick run down of his outfits from a couple of M/Vs / performances to make it a little easier for you to find this suspiciously handsome prince in future.

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Seventeen (세븐틴) – Hoshi Profile

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Name – Hoshi -호시

Birth Name – Kwon Soonyoung – 권순영

D.O.B – June 15, 1996

Unit – Performance Unit

Position – Leader Performance Unit, Vocalist, Main Dancer

Nickname – Mr. Dumbbell, 10:10 O’clock, Hoshi-tam tam

Height – 177 cm

Home Town –  Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

I have a special soft spot in my heart for Hoshi, I could watch him for hours. The fantastic Mr. Hosh has three different sides to his personality, each as wonderful and unique as he is and I love every one of them equally. First there is his professional side: as the confident, talented leader of the performance unit Hoshi choreographs most of the Seventeen dance routines and has even choreographed a routine for fellow labelmates ‘Nu’est’ pretty impressive for someone so young but it all makes sense the moment you see him dance. Full of charisma, Hoshi is a natural leader who knows how to bring out the best in his members both through his routines and through encouragement and comedy. S.Coups, the Seventeen leader, sited Hoshi as his favourite to be leader were it not himself because he is well loved by the members and is very caring.

Hoshi Mark Two is impossibly hilarious. There is absolutely no way you could get bored around this little ball of sunshine, he’s, quite simply, too crazy!! When Hoshi isn’t heading up the Performance Unit or arranging dance routines he is one third of the infamous Seventeen ‘Gag Trio’, dancing, laughing and generally causing chaos with the help of Dokyeom and Seungkwan. In fact, every video of Seventeen should be re-watched separately with a focus on Hoshi because he will undoubtedly be doing something beautiful and ridiculous. On top of this, Hoshi is an aegyo machine, even when he’s not trying.

My personal favourite video of Hoshi is this:

His stage name ‘Hoshi’ comes from the Japanese word for star and it was given to him because of his amazing stage presence which brings me to the third form of Sir. Hosh, his charisma. Hoshi has received the uncommon honour of being voted as, not only the cutest member with the most Aegyo but also, the member who is in charge of ‘being sexy’. Hoshi off stage and Hoshi on stage are two very different people. At a moments notice, our sweet, smiling Aegyo king can turn off the smile and turn on the smoulder in a move that renders fangirls speechless almost immediately. Hoshi is, first and foremost, a fantastic dancer with a unique style that is fascinating to watch, on top of that he has a really lovely singing voice which often gets overshadowed by the vocal prowess of the ‘Vocal Unit’ but is no less impressive.

Picking him out from the crowd

Here’s the fun bit! Anyone who is  a fan of k-pop knows that there is simply no point in using a hair style or make up style to try and identify a member as they change them like they change their clothes so I will focus on facial features and give you a quick run down of his outfits from a couple of M/Vs / performances to make it a little easier for you to find this little bubble of kinetic energy in the future.

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Seventeen (세븐틴) – Jun Profile

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Name – Jun – 준

Birth Name – Wen Junhui – 文俊辉

D.O.B – June 10, 1996

Unit – Performance Unit

Position – Vocalist, Dancer

Nickname – Mr. Blue Earmuffs, Quiet Handsome Boy

Height – 180 cm

Home Town –  Shenzhen, Guangdong China

Jun is one of Seventeen’s two Chinese members, he was a child actor even before he was found by Pledis and boasts martial arts amongst his many talents. Before he was approached by Pledis, Jun had a growing interest in K-pop which developed alongside his Chinese schoolmates however, contrary to what you might assume, he didn’t audition for Pledis, he was actually scouted whilst out with friends, just one look at him makes it painfully obvious why he was chosen.

Jun is quiet and calm for that reason he might not get as much attention as some of the other members but it would be a fantastic loss if you were to overlook because of this because this composed young man is definitely one to watch for the future. Jun is very handsome, handsome and hard-working. People often comment that he is shy but if you watch him closely it is easy to see that this isn’t necessarily the case, he’s not shy, he’s just more careful. With Korean being his second language he admits that the pronunciation was tricky to learn and his quieter nature is as a result of this, however if you watch him you can see that he is always thinking, always trying and he is incredibly talented.

Oozing charisma and, dare I say it, ‘Sex Appeal’, Jun has brilliantly clean dance lines, very pretty vocals and facial features that demand attention. As an actor it’s easy to see the influence this has on how comfortable he is in front of a camera and with skills in martial arts, dance and singing as well, Jun is a definite asset for Seventeen. Often playful and always affectionate with his fellow members, Jun is sometimes referred to as the ‘Mum’ of the group. Always toting a bag full of snacks and more often than not taking charge of getting his members breakfast before school or practice since their trainee days it is easy to see how he got this title.

Jun shows a true maturity with his ability to adapt to a situation and his passion and enthusiasm when pursuing his career. Keen to become a respected performer worldwide, we should definitely all be looking out for Jun in the future.

Picking him out from the crowd

Here’s the fun bit! Anyone who is  a fan of k-pop knows that there is simply no point in using a hair style or make up style to try and identify a member as they change them like they change their clothes so I will focus on facial features and give you a quick run down of his outfits from a couple of M/Vs / performances to make it a little easier for you to find this suspiciously baby-faced charmer in the future.

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