G-Dragon's Interview in Vogue Korea (August 2013 Issue)

Shared by on July 19, 2013  


“Last winter, I listened to Big Bang’s ‘Monster’ the whole time I was shooting with Mario Testino for VOGUE UK. He said that he’s a fan of Big Bang so I gave him Big Bang’s album as a gift”

10AM. After her show in Paris, Kim Sung Hee came straight to the studio from the airport. All for the photo shoot with G-Dragon. Soo Joo was also on the same plane as her. Park Ji Hye is probably flying to somewhere right now. These three beautiful troika models that took over the runways all around the world, were having some wine together in Paris and were talking about their excitement for the photo shoot. “We promised each other that we’ll all greet GD dancing to Fantastic Baby. We probably cannot actually do it because we’re too shy.”

This story all starts from 2 months ago. When the Vogue editors decided to make “Seoul” the theme for the 17th anniversary issue, the first person that came into our mind was G-Dragon. Big Bang who came on stage yelling “LIES” in 2008, was a totally new group. What represents Big Bang is not perfect choreography or uniforms, but their own style of music and their care-free attitude. In the middle of that, there’s G-Dragon, who takes care of producing their songs. Just like the lyrics of his song ‘One of a Kind’, what he does becomes the new trend and everyone go crazy for it. G-Dragon is a cultural icon that represents the first half of the 21st century. And instead of being some secret, mysterious cultural icon, he is a friendly star that is active on social networks. He’s also a musician that can be a part of fashion like the Beatles or David Bowie.

“Hello!” G-Dragon walked in wearing red sunglasses, holding a red Hermes Birkin bag as big as his body. This musician who said he’ll still wear red until he becomes an old granpa, first thing he did was to change the music by plugging his iPhone into the studio speaker. In the boring, silent room, electronic sound and Kanye West’s fast rap started flowing. “I like moving my body to the song that I like when I’m shooting. So everywhere I go, I always turn on the music.” The shooting that is scheduled to be 1 night and 2 days had hundreds and hundreds of outfits, including sparkling Saint Laurent jackets that came all the way from France. This is the new collection that nobody in Korea has worn before. Saint Laurent Paris sends it to the fashionistas as a special treatment. GD, who received big attention from many fashion houses with his Saint Laurent outfits, also dressed himself up in the Thom Browne runway for his MichiGO music video. To GD, fashion is a gift box that holds music. “You can tell that I walk differently when I wear a hip hop style outfit and when I wear a dandy suit. You can see the same in my music too, right? It’s the same when I go up on the stage, or when I make music. That’s why I dress up all the time. You never know what my songs would sound like if I only wore sweats every day.”


The shooting officially started as the last track of Kanye West’s album played. GD, who was holding a violin and an accordion, became a street musician. Model Sung Hee became a dancer that travels with him. Although the two did not talk other than an awkward hello, when the shooting started, they became a cute, lovely couple. Sung Hee, who was a ballerina when she was young, showed her flexible moves and the photographer Kim Bo Sung and GD were amazed. The two who are knowledgeable about how to use their body, worked in a perfect harmony like dancers who have practiced together for a long time. GD said “I read some magazines and I looked up some poses for this photo shoot. Because this is such a big project with VOGUE and this was my first time doing this kind of styling, I did not even eat for the shoot. I thought a skinny body would look better for this photo shoot, but I’m not so skinny at the moment. I don’t really go on a diet or anything but I ate too much when my concert ended so I worked out to lose some weight.”

GD’s 2nd album is in preparation. Since the day he got back to Korea, he’s been working nonstop in his studio for his new album. He said he did not get to rest at all, not even a day.

“I’ve been constantly looking for something new, but I just don’t know what it is that I’m missing. If I knew, I would be right on it, but I just don’t know what it is.”

“I think the fact that I’m collaborating with a foreign artist is very new and fresh. I liked Missy Elliot since I was a kid and I always thought, how great would it be if I collaborated with her, and somehow there was a chance for me.” He said that his album is about 70% done. He said that he included Hip Hop, R&B, rock and ballad so there isn’t any particular concept. “I put all the songs that I’ve liked for the past 1-2 years because nowadays nobody listens to all the songs in an album. They just pick out the songs that they like in a playlist and listen to that.”

This album will be released on 8/18. It is the same day as GD’s birthday (1988/08/18). His first solo album came out on this day as well. This number 8 is a very special number to GD. If you lay the number sideways, it becomes the infinity sign and it’s a lucky number to GD. Also GD became the youngest male cover model for VOGUE for our August issue.

“It is such an honor. Asian power is growing every day in this world and I’m so glad that I could be a part of that growth with these three global models. And I hope that I could be a help to this Asian Power.”

As time passed, the shooting scene felt more like a club late at night. Because of GD’s playlist that shook up your heart. West Coast Hip Hop’s symbol Kendrick Lamar, old school artist Whodini, Chris Brown’s featuring and kid rapper Scooter Smiff... Beyonce, Pharell Williams, etc. Also we cannot forget about Jay Z’s new album where all the millionaires united. “I get so irritated when I hear a good song. It’s something that stimulates me the most. I love all of Jay Z’s songs, and I’m envious of Kanye because he can try many new stuff, and same with J.Cole... Taeyang is also preparing for a new album now, and I was really jealous of one of the songs. When I hear a song that good, I have to relieve it (the irritation). GD was dancing to the music and hit one of the boxes on the photo set like it’s an African drum. He did not care at all even if there were staff members watching. When we all felt like we’ve heard enough songs for a month, the shooting was stopped temporarily. GD had to leave for a while to go to a brand launching party.


Later that night, when he came back, his 2nd partner Soo Joo was waiting for him. Soo Joo already met Taeyang who came to Paris. This was her first time meeting GD. Photographer Hong Jang Hyun wanted them to be friendly and have more dramatic shots in this awkward moment. He wanted to pull GD’s pure charms to the photo shoot. GD did not really mind wearing short pants or being half naked because of his previous experiences with VOGUE where he had to wear high heels. But out of all, he trusted the photographer. And then something amazing happened.

Soo Joo and GD who had long blond hair with smoky eyes almost looked identical, like twins. 2NE1’s stylist, Yang Seung Ho, who stopped by to look at the shooting, looked into the picture for some time and said, "I cannot tell which one’s GD and which one’s Soo Joo." The two looked so natural, like real couples. But GD couldn’t hide his real feelings. “I was just looking straight up, straight up! Hehe.” When the shooting ended, GD spoke about that awkward moment. “I’m a guy so I’m fine with showing some skin. But it was kinda hard because I’ve never done something like this with a female model with skin exposure. Even on stage, I never tried anything like this before. But it was fun.”

As soon as the shooting ended, Soo Joo turned into a shy lady. Soo Joo who showed unapproachable charisma during the shooting, was just another fangirl after all. When she was taking a picture with GD, she did the typical V pose!


The next day, the shoot started at night. GD in red skinny jeans was saying that he needs more space for his clothes in his new house. And as he was saying that, he was adding more items in his online shopping cart. Top item on his wish list was next season’s White Saint Laurent shoes. “I used to wear high-tops or Louboutin shoes but now I don't really get hyped over expensive shoes. I'd rather buy some old Nikes that I used to wear in middle school. GD has as many tattoos as his clothes and shoes. He who got a Keith Harring tattoo 2 years ago recently added a Basquiat tattoo to his collection. “I like pop art. It’s the most public and commercial kind of art. And I’m also a pop artist in music. I recently bought some art works of Patrick Rubinstein.


His last shoot started with some piano playing by Billy Preston. Tonight, GD will be a gentleman at a club in the 50s. The lady who will accompany him is Park Ji Hye. The only model brave enough to greet GD dancing to Fantastic Baby. Park Ji Hye sincerely praised GD, "GD is so good. It's not exactly what we models do, but he has his own unique style."

GD who achieved what he’s been working up to since he was a 13-year old trainee in YG, what does he think about himself?

“I guess I achieved my vague dreams. But what really matters is what kind of singer you are. I don’t want to distinguish good or bad based on that artist’s morality. I think you’re a good artist if you can make music that won’t make you feel ashamed when you listen to it in the future, if you can give inspiration to junior artists and if you can perform on the stage until your last moment... That’s something that I always think about and I always try to work on. What matters at the end is not your age, but it’s the young spirit that you have. Trying to easily fit in to this world, you’ll lose your colors and that’s the same for music too.”

When GD’s last shoot ended, all the staff that worked with him for over 24 hours gave GD a big round of applause. GD was not tired at all. 3AM. As he walked out the studio he said, “If you keep walking in the path that you think is the right way, your own unique charm will shine inside you one day, right?”

(See photos from the full pictorial here.)

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  • jay

    wow...that second pic..looks like GD own some great power.....anime character

  • BIGBANG’s Wife♥

    OPPAAAAAA, first off I LISTEN TO EVERYONE OF YOUR SONGS♥ do not worry! Also, yaaaaaa I can't wait for his album. When I read all those styles he was going to do, I was very excited! Also, DON'T TEASE MEH WITH YOU AND TAE OPPAS ALBUMS!!! But yes, this shoot seemed very fun and exciting!

  • Noona’s for BB!

    Vogue Korea: "What represents BigBang is not perfect choreography or uniforms, but their own style of music and their care-free attitude" <3 <3 <3

    • shelicious

      "What matters at the end is not your age, but it’s the young spirit that
      you have. Trying to easily fit in to this world, you’ll lose your colors
      and that’s the same for music too.”

      only True artists knows this ...
      be who you are and be young in spirits ! age is just a number !

      • Noona’s for BB!

        Ahh yes, GD must have been speaking to me & all the other Noona's for BB when he said "age is just a number".....love him so much for this, i wanna hug him! And then I wanna.......... ^^ (this is where you and/or gdbaby8282 finish the sentence for me)

        • gdbaby8282

          Noona....very helpful of you....seeding some naughtiness in my 'innocent' mind
          This is me (sleepwalker, holding an ice cream, looking for his hyung... - now,table turn noona)

          • shelicious

            lol i want an ice cream ;) i special kind of an ice cream :P

          • Noona’s for BB!

            Ohhh myyyy............. X__X

        • shelicious

          lol come with us we are gonna gonna look for an ice cream in GD's new house !

          xD lol maybe TOP will be there *______*

          and then we cn have a vanilla ice cream fest :D

          ok thats porn .. i'm out xD !!!

          • Noona’s for BB!

            Hahahahahahaha! Sounds like FUN! ;)

          • gdbaby8282

            Hun, noona,...its just an ice cream fest.. With creative activities...
            Nothing is porn about that.. Unless you gals talking about a very diff. kind of ice cream, then i wanna have a 'minty flava'
            ( tapping fingers, oh my innocent mind)

    • QueenBee

      I love that line so much. It cannot be much truer than that.

    • foreveryoungVIP

      That is exactly the reason why i love them!

  • panda-riri

    This interview felt as though I was reading a story or watching a movie. That last line GD said, "if you keep walking in the path that you think is the right way, your own unique charm will shine inside you one day, right?" would be a perfect ending to a film. I loved reading this, a great insight into GD's world. ^_^

    • pinkgirl

      “You can tell that I walk differently when I wear a hip hop style outfit and when I wear a dandy suit. You can see the same in my music too, right? It’s the same when I go up on the stage, or when I make music."

      I remember when he received alone 2 awards during MAMA 2012, he walked differently in each outfit he wore. When he received BB's award wearing formal suit, he graced the stage with elegance and a hint of sophistication. When he received his OWN award with a hip-hop vibe outfit full of bling-bling, he walked like a BOSS, doing hand movements of a rapper and such. He's indeed a genius.

  • anbeeel

    i love him! i love him! I totally love him! I love him even more!! someone plizz stop him being so attractive!! I almost cant stand it anymore!!! plsss

  • britain

    GD bought a new house? OOh!! Pics please!! <3

  • Kassandra © (Hiatus)

    Wow. I feel like I'm reading a story. A story of a person who can inspire and will inspire more in the future.

    “If you keep walking in the path that you think is the right way, your own unique charm will shine inside you one day, right?”

    What he said is so true. Keep walking and you will find what you're looking for. Great job oppa! I'll look forward to your album next month. i know it will be a big hit!

  • Lina90

    "It was fun!" when he said what it's like to work with Soo Joo with that kind of concept. Oh hell, yes! it's fun, sir.. I know you enjoy it!! ;P

  • dloor VBP

    “If you keep walking in the path that you think is the right way, your own unique charm will shine inside you one day, right?” this phrase just explains it all <3

    ji you are amazing and the most amazing thing about you is your uniqueness and how you have the courage to do what ever you want not caring about what people says because you simply love what you do. and that makes vips love o even more <3

  • gravity

    Actually, I was about to sleep but I ended up reading GD's story anyway, hoping that it would be worth reading it. And after reading it, it gave me a good vibe and mostly, inspired me more to become a better person and being true to myself. Thanks GD!

  • gdbaby8282

    FU€K HE's HOT!!!!!!!
    Everything just melting around.... =_=

    • shelicious

      when i read that he walked in played some music !
      like seriously who does that !! only him !
      he walks as he is in his own world ! really ! i wish i saw the looks on their faces !
      i bet they were shocked and amazed !

  • liveurlife_0818

    I really salute you Jiyong...

  • orangejuice

    Reading all of his answer all I can think about is just hell he's such a hipster. I refuse to get fooled, he's not one of a kind. from his music taste to art and fashion brand all screams hipster.

    the photo shoot awesome tho.

    • dadyu

      Unfortunately, I agree. Just looking at the stuff he likes on Instagram, very hipster indeed.

      • MissMaize

        And how does that make you feel?

    • Mary

      I think the very idea of wanting to be unique or one of a kind is in itself hipster-ish (and also impossible seeing as there really isn't anything that hasn't been done before). I do agree GD is a hipster (It's practically a requisite in YG tbh) but I do think he is genuinely talented and creative.

    • shelicious

      i always had that thought in me that maybe GD is a hipster ! he likes art he likes individuality and independence he appreciate the smallest things and he is very detailed ! etc !

      but i really do think he is different though ... he doesn't follow a certain genre or style he follows his own genre and style

      • Jussy McCarthy

        That he is often ridiculed and made fun of even in the Kpop scene is a testament to his difference, a difference that maybe strongly inspired by the world around him but his interpretation of it- something which takes courage to promote and stand by- is his alone.

        • shelicious

          hardly made fun of !
          he strikes them ! he surprises the shizz outta them , makes a fuss ! but whats next ? they copy him as if their life dependent on it !

          everyone looks up to him and wait wondering whats the next crazy thing he will do !
          " one of a kind" thats all we can say :D! wooohooo

          • Myra Gahid

            Wow! The line they copy his as if their lives depend on it is just a perfect way of matching 'haters' love for our Leader Ji. Indeed, only Leader Ji can do what he does.

        • Noona’s for BB!

          So well said of our leader! ^^

    • Sunny

      i really don't like the word hipster >< mainly coz it has such negative implications. I mean what's wrong with having a strong sense of individuality and liking things that are out of the norm? After all it's uniquess and diversity that brings change and progression. Thinking "differently" is what makes the world more interesting and vibrant.
      I never understood why people coined the term "hipster" only to look down on those people who aren't ashamed to be "weird" or unique and bold enough to show who they really are :

  • bbissou

    “I was just looking straight up, straight up! Hehe.”
    ahahahaha yeah right you were :P

  • shelicious

    i was teary throughout the whole interview ! like i was reading a story about a man that is a hero ! a man that has done so much and has a lot to give ! a man who will fight till the last breath

    you cannot possibly hate someone like him ! G-Dragon will make history ! and will be a part of this history ! and i will forever be a follower ! an admirer for he is the man that gave hope to me when all was crashing down in my life when all i was seeing is black ! no gray no white nor even colors !

    he showed true humanity ! he showed his imperfection and said F* it i will make it !

    He won ! i don't think there will be someone like him ! i might sound like a hardcore fan by spazzing and saying naughty comments but despite his good looks his music ... with all honesty my love for him is because of his hard work and because he showed me that sometimes you need to crash and stumble before reaching ur goal ! sometimes you need to hit the ground so that great things can happen !

    thank you G-dragon ! i wish you would know how much of hope and light you have put into my once dull heart <3

    • gdbaby8282

      Dibs on Him

      (Bow 90° for using the space)

  • QueenBee

    GD in my eyes is truly the king of K-pop. He's such a great role model. He's spectacular as a rapper, he's down-to-earth, he's kind and generous, and he has his own unique personality in the music field. I'm so proud to be a BigBang and G-Dragon fan! Love you guys so much!

  • ♛ Miss GiyongChy ♛

    1998???? lol~~~~~

    • http://bigbangupdates.com/ VIC

      Typo. Sorry!

      • ♛ Miss GiyongChy ♛

        bhahhaahha sokay i'm just shocked ^^

  • ♛adRiana 아드리아나♛

    I really like this interview, Jiyong's answers are awesome as always :-) about what he said about one of the YB's new songs ahh i can't wait for his album :-)

    • Maryama

      My thoughts exactly :)

      "Taeyang is also preparing for a new album now, and I was really jealous of one of the songs."

      Thanks for the heads up Jiyong! My anticipation has just increased 100 fold.

      • Myra Gahid

        Nae. I wonder what song Leader Ji is referring to, :)

  • YEN

    I love this interview. I love VOGUE. I love GD.

  • Ambernicholl

    From all the artists that were named that he had been listening to, I listen to about half of them. I just don't listen to Kanye West and Jay-Z, their music just doesn't do it for me the way it used to. This kind of let you inside of GD's mind without it seeming like a straight forward interview setting, which can make people nervous. I have a feeling just watching him would be entertaining.

  • Milyd

    “If you keep walking in the path that you think is the right way, your own unique charm will shine inside you one day, right?”

    That's why you're my ultimate bias GD. I love this article! :)

  • KGPD

    “I was just looking straight up, straight up! Hehe.” LOL you are just so adorable. I'm really glad that hes making songs that he loves to listen to. Truly you are one of a kind.

  • shallava

    If it wasn't for this interview I wouldn't believe GD and Soo Joo first met during this photoshoot, really. Their chemistry and force are so amazing I thought they were best friends for years already.

  • 에스라

    'Look up look up!' Lol Vips were right guessing his reactio. To soo joo exposed skin kkk

  • YukiYoYo

    This made me feel bad for GD, he is working to hard.. :( He didn't eat because he thought a skinny body would look better for the shoot... I wondered why he has been so damn skinny the last days... I think he has lost too much weight, I am worried, but it is probably no reason for that though... ^^ And, yay!, album 70% ready.. But again... he hasn't had one single resting day... I feel so bad for him... One last thing: Soojoo and GD really look like a kind of twins, but I think it is wrong to say that you can't see who's who, because I saw who was GD at one glance! v.v Oh GD, I love you... If age doesn't matter, is it okay that I'm almost 10 years younger than you? :p Ps. Do anybody know wich brand he had to go to a launching party to?

    • disqus_bNjKCChRKf

      Probably the cartier one... not sure. ^-^

      • YukiYoYo

        okay... thanks ^^

  • Myra Gahid

    JUST A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! <3 <3

  • GoodGirl95

    AAAHHH this makes me so happy G-Dragon for Vogue Korea 2013 and Bangtan Boys for Ceci 2013 sooooo happy <3

  • cherchezlaghost

    I am not really super passionate about fashion so on the past I never thought "Lord I wish I was a model." I was kind of okay with my career. But whenever I see GD in something like this that is is what I think- I really wish I was a model but only for one reason: So I can hug on GD in a fishnet body stocking thing. That's the only reason!! Also his blonde hair in the 50's man thing looks wonderful. I really cannot believe how great his hair stylists are!!!

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  • Ashleigh McKinnon

    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I will love and adore GD for as long as I live......forever young in spirit! Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into your world and your mind - it's like browsing through a wondrous book that never bores.

  • https://twitter.com/kkkdamikim Dami Kim ♠

    The legend spoke!

  • Ela Mae Araneta Buscas

    while working i read this article.. and it makes me feel near knowing more about gD.. :D