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Kpop Idols: Do They Smoke, Shave, and Study?

Jason Park
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Kpop idols aren’t allowed to smoke but are they doing it? That’s the question many people are asking. It’s been known that some idols smoke.

There isn’t always a clear answer which idol smokes. The 2nd question many people ask is, do kpop idols shave. 

If you’re thinking about it for hygienic purposes, they shave, but how are we sure that they do it. Shaving is something almost all people do because they don’t like pubic hairs. The last question is, do kpop idols study?

I researched these topics, and as a Kpop fan, here are the things I found.

Do Kpop Idols Smoke?

No, Kpop idols aren’t allowed to smoke, but some idols do smoke. The entertainment company often has written in the contracts that idols are prohibited from doing certain things, and smoking is one of them.

Do Kpop Idols Shave?

Yes, Kpop idols shave. It’s only hygienic for them to shave because of the number of dance practices they do. Idols sweat a lot, and shaving makes it easier to clean.

Do Kpop Idols Study?

Yes, all kpop idols study when they’re still a trainee. Once they turn 20, they’re not minor anymore. This is when they’re allowed to skip school or stop with it to focus on their career as a kpop idol fully.

Are Kpop Idols Slaves?

No, kpop idols aren’t slaves; people look at them like this because there’s a term called “slave contract”; this is where most people think idols are slaves. So, why are people calling the idols slaves? Well, it’s pretty simple; the reason is that back in the day’s idols used to work a lot.

The pay they got wasn’t very high, and you could see idols often being very tired when performing. Some idols even pass out on stage because of the bad support they got. There are many factors that play into this, like dieting, weight loss, and the hours of practicing.

Luckily it’s not like that anymore these days, and idols have way more freedom. The idols sign better contracts, and throughout the years, they’re allowed to do more things. We hope that idols will get more space later and feel less pressured.

Idols still feel pressured because of dieting and trying to stay in perfect shape. In a couple of years, the whole kpop industry will probably grow more and give the idols more space to work with.

Where Do Kpop Idols Live?

Most kpop idols live in the Gangnam district, and it’s one of the most expensive areas in Seoul. It’s been known that idols live there because of the luxury and quiet area. Trainees live in dorms that are rented by the company they’re training with.

Trainees have a pretty small dorm, and it’s often shared with multiple people. For companies, this is way more affordable than renting a whole room.

Many idols that are a bit older also have their own studio. That’s a place where they also sleep sometimes when producing music. Idols that haven’t debuted for a long time live in their dorms until their debt is paid off.

This can take anywhere between 1 and 4 years. The average idol from a big company pays the debt off within a year after debut. However, smaller companies take way longer, especially if they aren’t releasing a hit song.

Where Do Kpop Idols Shop?

There are many shops idols go to when looking for new clothing. Idols often wear designer brands that are a bit more expensive. If you’re looking to buy the same clothing as your favorite kpop group is a Mixxmix review.

This store sells a wide range of clothing that you see in many television programs and Korean dramas. What I really like about this shop is that you can find many idols wearing the same clothing. It’s also great if you’re on a budget since there are many affordable clothes.

If you’ve never bought anything from this store, I highly recommend you do. It’s easy, and the website design also looks great.

However, if you’re looking to buy the clothes idols wear while performing, it’s often the stylists that style them. These clothing pieces are extremely expensive and are all high-end designer brands. Prices can range between $500-$2000 for a piece.

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Do Kpop Idols Use Autotune?

Yes, kpop idols use autotune in their songs because the producers mix this. These days all kpop idols use autotune. It’s becoming more normal. Even western idols use autotune so, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Idols do sing live while performing. Well, most of them do. You can see many idols sing by searching your favorite kpop song and add “MR Removed” this will remove the background music. 

Once you’ve done that, you can clearly hear idols singing live. In songs that are being released, idols often don’t have much saying in that.

The company and producers decide what and how the song will be put together. The idols are only singing the lyrics and performing. That’s all they do.


Now that you’ve come to the end of this article, you probably know that idols aren’t allowed to smoke. Most idols shave, but you can’t see it because they don’t show it to the public. The majority of people shave because that’s the most hygienic.

Idols study a lot if they’re still a minor. They’re not allowed to work full days because of the regulation. In their spare time after dance practice, they have to study and make sure to graduate. This is the case for many idols, especially the ones that are still very young.

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    Jason Park

    Jason has been living in Seoul for over 4 years, and during that time, he has experienced many of the city's hidden stores. He loves to write about his experiences and share them with others. Jason has been quoted and referenced by different major media companies like Mashed, Distractify, ThePrint and TastingTable. In his free time, he likes to watch Korean dramas and learn more about Korean culture.

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