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A South Korean force of nature, Chaelin Lee (known by her stage name CL) is a pop culture phenomenon who reigns over the K-pop scene as its queen of hip-hop. A label-mate of G-Dragon is muse to a number of designers including Alexander Wang , Jean Paul Gaultier and Jeremy Scott

Born in Seoul, but raised in Tokyo and Paris, CL’s international upbringing exposed her to a wide spectrum of creative influences. The leader of K-pop group 2NE1 (pronounced ‘twenty-one’), is a singer, rapper and a model. 2NE1 launched in 2009 and has been credited with pushing societal expectations of female musicians, especially in Asia. 

CL’s collaborations with the likes of Diplo and Skrillex helped raise her profile in the West, and in 2013, CL stepped away from 2NE1 to launch her first English solo track, “The Baddest Female.” In 2014 she signed with School Boy Records under the management of mogul Scooter Braun, who brought her single “Hello Bitches” to the American market. A stream of online coverage on Vogue.com won her a wide fashion following.

In the summer of 2016, the performer released “Lifted,” her first English language EP. Having conquered South Korea, Japan and China, the global fashion industry is firmly in CL’s sights. 


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26 February 1991

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