Rising to global fame as a member of all-girl K-pop group Girls’ Generation, Kim Tae-yeon, aka Taeyeon has left an indelible mark on the global music stage.
A successful solo artist and social media star with more than 16 million followers on Instagram, the singing sensation speaks to #legend in this global exclusive cover story about what it means to tell stories through song and how to handle the pressures of fame.
Wearing looks from Dolce&Gabbana and pieces from Qeelin Jewellery, Taeyeon poses
with ease against the neutral backgrounds on set, devised for the star’s light to shine all
On her most memorable moments: The most memorable moments as a singer have
been when we went on tours as Girls’ Generation. They always felt like we were on a field
trip. We just hung out and did the performances that we really love, so those are just really
happy and memorable moments for me.
On telling stories through song: I’m not someone who acts in movies or on TV, but
during those three or four minutes on stage, I think of myself as an actress. When I get into
the lyrics, even my facial expressions change. So, singing on stage for me is also a form of
acting. I always sing in the hope that the audience can empathize with my emotions.
On handling pressure: In the beginning, I couldn’t fully enjoy performing alone. I felt
the pressure that I had to lead a whole performance alone, but as I got used to it, I learned
how to enjoy the stage on my own.
On life off-camera: I don’t really go out much because of my personality and, being a
singer, there are some restrictions on what I can do. So naturally, I look for things I can
do on my own. As for new hobbies, I think I’ve done pretty much everything, but maybe
walking Zero, my dog. He spends more time with me than my other family members, so if
I had to pick one, walking him and making homemade snacks for him might be one of my
On what’s next: If I get the chance, I would love to do a concert tour with Girls’
Generation again. If we can.
Source: Legend Publishing Press Release