The Woman Who Rebelled Against Korean Society
The Woman Who Rebelled Against Korean Society
  • Reporter Lee Mi-yeon
  • 승인 2019.11.08 15:13
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▲Singer and actor Sulli, whose birth name is Choi Jin-ri
▲Singer and actor Sulli, whose birth name is Choi Jin-ri


Singer and actor Sulli, whose birth name is Choi Jin-ri, was found dead at her residence in Seongnam, Gyeonggi, on Oct. 14 afternoon. She was only 25 years old.
She was found unconscious by her manager who contacted police. According to the police, she appeared to have committed suicide. It was known that she suffered from severe depression. 
Sulli made her acting debut in 2005 through a television drama and later debuted as a part of K-pop group f(x) in 2009. The group has been dormant since 2015, and Sulli has been pursuing a career as an actor and a solo singer. She recently released the album “Goblin” in June, 2019.
Throughout her career, Sulli was often a divisive figure and the victim of incredibly malicious messages on social media and websites. In a career marred by scandals and rumors from dating rapper Choija in 2013, and quitting f(x) in 2015, Sulli became the victim of some of the worst online bullying in the K-pop industry. It intensified recently when she began posting pictures on Instagram wearing tops without a bra. She said, “It is just an accessory, and I have a right to not do it.” Although she received a lot of support, she also received an intense backlash from more conservative Koreans. “When I first posted a ‘no bra’ photo there was a lot of talk about it. I was scared and could have hidden, but the reason I did not is that I wanted to change people’s prejudices about that. Part of me also wanted to say ‘this is not that big of a deal.’”, she told.
Sulli is remembered as someone who made sure her voice was heard. She was one of the few famous and outspoken Korean figures that openly talked about feminism, mental disorders, and body positivity. 


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