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18 Reasons Why K-Pop Star Jessica Jung Can Do It All

With the release of her second mini-album Wonderland, Jessica is soaring higher than ever before.

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1. She's not just a singer. She's a songwriter, co-composer, actress, entrepreneur, and creative director, but knowing her, there's still so many avenues left to explore.

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In an interview with Fuse, Jessica had this to say about multitasking: “I don’t need to do only one thing, you know? Even in the entertainment industry, nobody’s ‘just a singer’ … I’m doing my brand [Blanc & Eclare] because I wanted to share my fashion views and I wanted to share with people who love fashion."

2. She was born and raised in San Francisco before being scouted and moving to Seoul at 11 to become a trainee.

When BuzzFeed asked what she misses about SF Jessica replied, "everything! My home, the beach, Golden Gate Park, the smell of the mall, the drive to Napa Valley."

4. She has an ethereal voice, which really gets to shine through in dreamy, upbeat tracks like "Fly."

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Jessica's a veteran in the music industry, but she tells BuzzFeed says that "as a solo artist, my desire is to express myself through my music. I want to continue to show who I am, what I like through my different projects. There are so many different types of music I haven’t explored yet."

She recorded an English version of "Fly" as well. Since "Fly" featured a ~fly~ rap (sorry, had to) by Fabolous, we'll keep our fingers crossed for collaborations with other American artists in the near future!


5. She wrote the lyrics to four songs off of her debut solo album With Love, J and co-composed three out of those four, including her singles, "Fly" and "Love Me The Same."

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She wrote "Golden Sky" for her fans, incorporating her love and appreciation for them in her lyrics. A little while after the album's release, her official fan club name was announced — Golden Stars, chosen as a tribute to those who have supported her and shined a light during dark times.

6. Her second mini album Wonderland was released at midnight KST on December 10th and features six brand-new tracks.

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With this latest EP, Jessica tells BuzzFeed that she's "becoming more and more comfortable with the creative process" that she wasn't able to participate in earlier on in her music career.

In an interview with Billboard right before With Love, J was released in May of this year, Jessica said that, "usually in the past I just walked in, sang my parts, and left...I was really surprised that I could have input and I can make the song the way I actually want it to come out."

7. Her title track "Wonderland" is the much-anticipated sequel to "Fly" and its accompanying music video transports you to an ~airy winter wonderland~.

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Parts of the music video were filmed in France and Switzerland. Jessica wrote and helped compose "Wonderland," along with three other songs: "Dancing on the Moon," "Celebrate," and "World of Dreams."

8. In 2014 she launched her own fashion/accessories/cosmetics brand called Blanc & Eclare, which just opened its first U.S. store in ever-trendy Soho.

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When asked what sets her brand apart, Jessica tells BuzzFeed that "every item [in my collections] is something I would and do personally wear and use. My aesthetic is pretty classic. I like to keep things simple, but appreciate the details."

If you're in NYC, check out the shop at 132 Prince St! It's truly a reflection of her classic, sophisticated style.


9. When it comes to beauty she prefers a natural, minimal makeup look, which is only enhanced by her flawless complexion*.

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Jessica goes through her entire skin care & makeup routine in this video with Vogue. The most fitting quote: "A lot of my friends say, 'did you even put on makeup?!' And that's exactly what I want."

*Trust me, I've seen it up close and in-person. Literally, 👌.

10. Jessica also co-hosted this year's Beauty Bible, a talk show where she shared her ~coveted~ personal beauty tips and showcased the latest Korean beauty trends.

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Oh, and one beauty product she can't live without? Lip balm! Jessica tells BuzzFeed, "when my lips are dry, I can't smile, I can't talk — it's debilitating!"

Watch all 12 episodes (with English subs) here!

11. She's an actress on the rise and recently teamed up with Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee for a short film produced by JW Marriott, Two Bellmen Three.

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Watch the trailer here!

When BuzzFeed asked what she enjoys most about acting Jessica said, "I find the experience of living as someone else for the duration of filming fascinating. Sometimes I’ll find myself talking like my character, eating like her, and my personality kind of becoming like her."

12. She has others projects in the works, including a leading role in Chinese-American sports biopic My Other Home, which tells the story of ex-NBA player Stephon Marbury.

Jessica plays Marbury's agent and the film is set to be released in China later this month (international release date TBD).

BuzzFeed asked Jessica what it was like working with Marbury and she said that "Stephon was a blast. His genuine personality is so contagious! We had a lot of fun on set and he always looked after me like an older brother."


13. She totally nails the effortlessly cute and elegant look.

As if you didn't already know, but her Instagram is a gold mine of casually stunning photos like these.

14. She always has something fun prepared for her fan meetings, like this sexy cover of "How Deep Is Your Love."

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17. And in regards to her ~ice princess~ rep, it's more like she's cautious when it comes to people she doesn't know well (like, you know, most other people).

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In a Marie Claire interview from 2015 (translated via Soompi), Jessica addressed this saying, “I guess when people see me they feel there is a wall [between me and them]. But I’m just not good at approaching people I’m not close to. I am working on slowly breaking down the walls in my personality.”

She's grown to have thick skin, and for good reason, so she thinks "looking at the big picture...saying less is better than saying more," and then ends by laughing and admitting, "I mean, I do look a little mean. I guess it’s worse because of the way I look."

18. But in the end, despite all the obstacles she's faced, Jessica always keeps the positivity going for her Golden Stars.

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Lastly, BuzzFeed asked Jessica if she had any advice for aspiring Asian-American artists and she said, "keep working hard. Don’t get discouraged by setbacks or unexpected difficulty. That’s always going to be there. Just keep pushing to do what you want to do."