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15 November 2008 @ 12:42 am
SHINee pre-debut photos!  
So I've been looking for photos of our boys pre-debut, and it turns out there are a ton, readily available on about a bazillion pre-teen Korean girls' blogs. Some of them I've seen around the comms before, but some were brand new to me, so I've collected and zipped them, and am here to share. You can grab a zip for one particular member, or one big one with everything. :)

Some of these are family photos, many are school photos, and a couple are clearly from trainee days (like the ones of Key and Jonghyun together, or where Key's hair is SM-pretty). Some of Minho and Taemin are probably post-debut, too, but they're in school uniform, so. ♥ If anyone has any that I missed, let me know!

JONGHYUN - 13 MB - 109 images, including:
5 gifs
1 baby photo
5 photos of Jonghyun in drag, including one where he's kissing another boy in drag, except it's nowhere as exciting as it sounds.
A TON of selcas...
Proof that Jonghyun's always been a gorgeous camera whore.

KEY - 4 MB - 58 images, including:
Key at Universal Studios (!?)
A handful of elementary school photos.
Proof that Key used to be awkward and chubby. ♥

ONEW - 4 MB - 42 images, including:
Onew sangtae...
Mostly school-related stuff.
Proof that Onew has the same haircut now that he had when he was 12.

MINHO - 3 MB - 34 images, including:
1 gif
3 family photos
1 photo of Minho and classmates in pig-patterned pajamas, striped socks, and rubber gloves. Uhhh?
Proof that Minho was born with the model gene, yikes. ♥

TAEMIN - 2.5 MB - 29 images, including:
1 baby photo (with his brother?)
2 caps from his audition tape
A bunch of school stuff.
Proof that Taemin is, like, four years old, and should be at home with his mom right now. D:

or EVERYONE - 27 MB - 272 files, 265 different images.

(Hahaha, Jonghyun is going to be short forever~)

Alternately, you can hit up a Naver or Daum, and type in "샤이니" (or your favorite member's name) and "과거" ("past").
Maki: shinee - amigoyumi_maki on November 15th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Definitely way too skinny - and it didn't help that he was wearing a midriff bearing top (or maybe it was just too small?). Ah, you're right - the picture wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be, thankfully. I do wonder though...no, I really don't. I really don't.

It's funny - just today I was thinking about how it was amazing how these Korean fans found all of these pre-debut stuff of celebs and then to pop on and see this - it just proves my point, really. Oh, but your host sisters like Big Bang? Cool points~ Celebrities really go through the wringer... Everywhere it seems...

Selca? What is that? I know I saw you mention it above but I don't think I paid much attention to it there (no offense).

You know I was rereading your comment and then reading mine and thinking "Oy, I sound so young and silly" but then I remembered that you're my unnie (Yay, I finally have an unnie!) so I suppose it's okay. Besides I've always acted young for my age. Helps that I look it too.
Jamieiamsocool12345 on November 15th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
I wonder about Key. Or not. If he likes girls, I will eat my hat.

You definitely become public property, that's for sure. But yeah, EVERYONE likes Big Bang. XD I tried to fight it, but they are kind of totally adorable and talented, so I give up.

Oops, self-camera, where you hold out your arm, or find a mirror, or use your cell to take a picture of yourself, and it weirds me out thoroughly!

No don't worry, if I acted my age, I'd never have posted this in the first place! ♥
Maki: shinee - keyyumi_maki on November 15th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for my uber-long replies...
Actually that wasn't what I was wondering...I was actually wondering how that whole cross-dressing scenario came about but then I decided I didn't want to know.

*sigh* I was hoping it was just me who wondered about him... And that is precisely the reason I don't like Key as beautiful and talented and funny as he is. It'd be even more futile than normal. Tbh, I am not certain about him - from what I've seen, male Asian entertainers tend to have varying degrees of effeminate-ness (that cannot be a word) so it's possible that he just has it in heaps. And I don't recall him giving off any sort of vibes like that when they first debuted...not until that fateful Noraebang episode. Ah, but I'm still holding out hope - we could be wrong and then i'll be there to watch you eat your hat. ^^

They are! You should watch the Come to Play episode they were on a few months back. It's really funny and you get a good sense of the group dynamics. Honestly with K-pop groups, I feel like I get to know the members a lot better than I do with any of the American artists I like. I'm not sure why...

Oh, I always laugh at people when they do that. It's so corny! You're seriously telling me you couldn't find someone to take the picture for you. I dunno - I find it silly but not weird per se - it's just like you wanted to take a picture of yourself and decided to do so. But yes, there must be a certain degree of vanity involved...

Jamieiamsocool12345 on November 15th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
No worries~
Oh, yeah, I have no idea. But, Key~ ♥ I want him to take me shopping, and I want his ridiculous perfect hair, and that's plenty for me. ♥ ♥ ♥

I want to watch their documentary, too. It's all Daesung's fault, he's hilarious on Family Outing. I think you get to know them because their privacy just evaporates like that, but I don't know, it's more fun for us, at least?

It's, ouch, I don't know. My dirt-cheap cell phone has two cameras, one facing out, and one facing in so that you can see yourself on your screen while you take the photo. :/
Maki: shinee - dubuyumi_maki on November 17th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
I wish he'd take me shopping too, preferably for hoodies. ^^

I was wondering - how do Korean fans feel about international ones? Have you been there long enough to say? I mean, do they think it's cool that we exist or that we're super pushy and annoying or what? I'd really like to know. You can ask your host sisters or someone else if you don't know.
Jamieiamsocool12345 on November 17th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, those huge fluorescent ones? And the sneakers the boys wear? They really are catching on here, it's insane. XD

If I base my answer off middle schoolers, they like us! The one question I always get is, "Teacher, TVXQ! In America?" and they're always disappointed when I say no. They're also the ones who got me into all of this. They told me about the SHINee fansign, even though most of them couldn't go. They told me I should go stalk Daesung at the airport the other day, 'cause he flew through for Family Outing, but before they got out of school. They've so far been more than happy to share, and seem very pleased that I think Rain's hot, too. The more fans, the better.
Maki: shinee - dubuyumi_maki on November 18th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Ah, well, not the blinding ones but the solid coloured ones - what can I say? I love hoodies. No, not the sneakers - I don't like sneakers on a whole and I personally find the multi-coloured ones that the boys wear hideous. LOL, they're really popular in the States already - my cousins love them.

Oh, how cute! They're living vicariously through you just like us! But it's a little sad to know that even though they live in Korea, they don't get to participate in cool fan things too often. They're still young though - there's lots of time. That's good - I heard once that Korean fans weren't particularly fond of international ones because they thought we were out of place or pushy or annoying or something and I was wondering if that was really true. I'd be quite disappointed if that were the case.
Jamieiamsocool12345 on November 18th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
XD I'm a hoodie girl too, for sure. But I have to side with your cousins - I'm loving this return to a random mix of ugly crap that was fashionable when I was six. As soon as I can rationalize blowing $80 on those shoes, they are all mine. :E

It's study, study, study for them! Plus, we live on an island, so nobody ever really comes through here, anyway. :/ But yeah, there's time yet.

Maybe older girls feel more proprietary, but mine even urge me to take advantage of being American. They're like, "Teacher, no pictures, but just take anyway and say you don't know Korean!" So I don't sense any bitterness there. XD