Jimin of BTS is Breaking Gender Stereotypes and Inspiring Fans and the World

James Lee, Nov. 15, 2019, 12:07 p.m.

Recently, Jimin was mentioned in an article by Harper Bazaar Japan called "An Era when men cross borders & wear earrings".

The articles mentions how in recent years, the norm of masculinity has been loosened. Chanel now sells cosmetics for men whilst Gucci and Balenciaga are introducing jewelry for men. Many other brands are looking into breaking down stereotypes for what a "man" is.

This is what the article stated about Jimin: "BTS Jimin has established his own style by adopting not only medieval makeup and costumes, but also various earrings from hoop earrings to fringe type."

This is not the first time Jimin was seen breaking gender norms.

During an episode of Bon Voyage season 1, Jimin called out his fellow members Jungkook and V on BTS' reality show as the two members said that men should not check their selfies. He said to them "there you go again..what on earth is masculinity?"

Jimin has openly talked about his affection towards his mother, and wanting to do his father's makeup. He has never worried about how the world views him.

Futhermore, he was the member who started the tradition of celebrating birthdays and giving gifts to other members. To this, RM expressed how such things were considered unmanly by the group.

Even when it comes to fashion, Jimin is not a man who worries about what he wears and how they will be perceived. He only cares about what looks good and what he likes.

However, the most notable moment of Jimin breaking the gender norm was seen at BTS' 2018 stage at the Melon Music Awards, when he performed "Buchaechum", which is a tradition form of Korean dance ("Fan Dance"), which is usually performed by groups of female dancers.

Maybe we can take a page from his book and be more open about what our "masculinity" truly is!

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