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Transformation Of SHINee’s Onew Over The Years

Change-in-Onew's-look-that-surprised-fans (Credits- @dlstmxkakwldr /Intagram)

For music and K-Pop fans, Onew is a very familiar name. This South Korean actor and singer is a very influential figure in K-Pop. Born as Lee-Jin-Ki and famously known as Onew, the leader of the South Korean boy band ‘SHINee,’ started his career in 2008 with SM Entertainment.

His resume boasts of super hit songs and rap songs besides his role in the boy band and acting career. He released his first extended play, “Voice,” on December 5, 2018, which ranked at No.2 on South Korea’s Circle Album Chart. His second Extended Play, “Dice,” ranked up to No 3 on Circle Album Chart.

Onew played the role of Baek Su in “Welcome to Royal Villa” by JTBC and Lee Chi-hoon (resident) in the famous show “Descendants of the Sun” (2016) by KBS2, which garnered attention worldwide. He also appeared in various other shows and musicals like Rock of Ages (2010), Shinheung Military Academy (2019), and Midnight Sun (2021–2022).

Younger Onew throughout the years

Younger Onew over the years during his early years (Credits: K-Pop Herald)

Speculations about his Plastic Surgery

Like many K-Pop stars, it is rumored that Onew has also gone under the knife. Plastic surgery is a common scene in South Korea. Onew came under scrutiny when rumors about his plastic surgery first surfaced in 2012.

When fans compared the before and after images, speculations started based on the difference between his previous flat and tiny nose and a sharply pointed and defined nose. It was said that this seemingly transformed nose gives a more defined shape to his face.

It is important that we tell our readers that no statement or confirmation has been released or made public. It is our understanding from a comparison of before and after images that plastic surgery might have been performed.

Moreover, it also needs to be considered that many times a change in expression and angle of a photo can also give misrepresented scenarios.

Before and After Image

Comparison of two profiles indicating a change in the nose (Credits: KPopSurgery)

Concerns About His Current Health Status

In March, as Onew was promoting his new comeback album, ‘Circle’ when Onwals noticed that Onew seemed to have lost quite some weight and was skinnier. On his way to KBS Public Hall to shoot “Music Bank” on the morning of March 17, he appeared bare face which shocked the netizens.

Suddenly the netizens were pointing out their concerns that he had aged suddenly. Before making up your mind, you need to know that Onew was not wearing any makeup when these photos were taken.

The topic of his bare face was trending on Nate’s community portal Pann. Some fans were quick to point out that many of his pictures taken and uploaded were unrecognizable, causing rumors of a possible new procedure. Many of them were genuinely concerned about his well-being, given a sudden change in appearance.

Onew to shoot music bank

SHINee’s One to shoot Music Bank without makeup (Credits: Tv Daily)

Though some fans praised him for being confident to share his bare face, as celebs don’t have to wear makeup every day and all the time, another fan pointed out that their representative company does a lot of editing and adds filters.

It is refreshing to him to be comfortable in his natural skin. In today’s world, when every image is heavily edited and filtered, it is difficult to know what is real and what is not to reach a definite conclusion.

Also read: The Witchers Yennerfer Undergoes Painful Transformation.

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