Fact: Korean Pop Star Chaelin Lee Is Fashion’s New It-Girl

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If you’ve been paying even a modicum of attention to Fashion Month, you’ve probably noticed a silvery platinum blonde in the front row. She might be clad in next-season Alexander Wang or outrageous pieces from Jeremy Scott and Moschino, but one thing’s for certain: She’s cool as fuck.

This lady of the moment, however, is more than just a jet-setting It-girl or socialite—she’s a musical triple threat (singer, dancer, rapper) named Chaelin Lee, but more commonly referred to as CL by fans.

Here, five things you should know about CL before she makes it big in the American mainstream, plus, her top five badass music videos to watch on repeat.

1. She’s South Korean K-Pop royalty
CL has been the leader of K-pop group 2NE1 since they entered the music scene in 2009, but she has also has pursued a solo career since 2013. Since then, her sound has taken on more of a hip-hop feel, with CL spitting bars with the best of them.

 

2. She’s got an insane social following
3.8 million followers on Instagram, with an average of 200,000 likes per post? Enough said.

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3. She’s besties with some of fashion’s most colorful personalities
Jeremy Scott counts her as one of his BFFs and muses and Alexander Wang, another close friend, included her in his party-hearty #WangGang campaign.

 

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4. She’s got a closet to die for
When it comes to fashion, CL pulls out all the stops. Off-the-runway Chanel? You bet. Pre-release Moschino? Sure. Streetwear that would make a fuccboi cry? Yes. Chaelin’s closet definitely tops the list of wardrobes we’d love to raid.

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5. She’s about to make it big stateside
CL spent part of last summer touring with Mad Decent Block Party and has been collaborating with the likes of Skrillex and Diplo. Plus, she was even the star of Vogue’s most recent New York Fashion Week video.

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Got that? Good. Now, here are five CL videos you should definitely watch now.

“Hello Bitches”—probably CL’s most badass video to date, it shows off Chaelin’s ability as a dancer to the best effect, as well as her love for hip-hop culture.

“The Baddest Female”—Consider this video the ultimate homage to luxury fashion—whether she’s rocking Giuseppe Zanotti stilettos or an Hermes handbag, CL proves that she is the baddest AND the one with the most designer labels.

“MTBD (Mental Breakdown)”—The trippy visuals and booming bass of this song solidify CL’s place in dance music—it’s no wonder that Diplo and Skrillex want to collab with her.

“Dirty Vibe”—CL’s verse on Skrillex’s “Dirty Vibe” slows down the frenetic song for some badass bars.

“Please Don’t Go”—CL’s collab with fellow 2NE1 member Minzy is a certified dance hit. It’s perfect for your next workout jam or pregame anthem.

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