, Although the televised music competition is for females-only, Li brought a new look to the  competition with her masculine attire and boyish style. Lu Keran, An Junxi, Peng Xichen, Min Junqian and Lin Fan are five non-gender conforming individuals, all of whom were born female. And according to Zhou, all of the members were sporting androgynous looks even before they joined the group. Their inspiration comes from another Chinese star Li Yuchun, who has been dubbed the mother of the unisex look in the country. The super popular band Acrush revealed they are not boys. Li won China’s “Super Girl” contest in 2005. Acrush’s manager introduces band members not by he or she, but as "meishaonian,” meaning handsome youth. Related: Meet BTS, the K-Pop Group Loved By Wale and Charlie Puth. Finally, last year Zhou narrowed down 10 initial candidates to Acrush’s five members. And that they're trying to avoid using the terms “boy” or “girl,” opting for "meishaonian" which means "handsome youths." All other girl bands in China comply to the typical feminine appearance, which includes knee socks, pony tails and other symbols of girlish cuteness. On top of blurring the performance of gender, there's something else that Acrush needs to pull off: soccer. Acrush is an all-girl team, and its five members – Lu Keran, An Junxi, Peng Xichen, Min Junqian, Lin Fan – aged 18-24, like to dress androgynously in shorts and loose shirts. Zhou had been playing with the idea of putting together a band since Li became a national, and global, sensation years ago. Teen Vogue may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. Min Junqian (闵俊千) Jun Qian Discography Single albums. Well, these girls belong to a band in China, who came into the limelight in November after a year-long talent search. However, they have just revealed their true gender only now. See more ideas about Girl group, Crush meaning, Boy bands. Lu Keran, An Junxi, Peng Xichen, Min Junqian and Lin Fan are five non-gender conforming individuals, all of whom were born female. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. We offer a variety of ways to make your voice heard. In an interview to Quartz,  the band's agent Zhou Xiaobai said "The letter "A" in the name stands for Adonis, a god in Greek mythology known as the epitome of male beauty". Li’s emergence may have encouraged  more acceptability of non-conforming gender identities in China’s pop culture, yet many are still afraid to openly take the stage. Still don't believe us? Ad Choices, China’s Hottest Music Group Acrush Is Completely Blurring Gender Norms, Meet BTS, the K-Pop Group Loved By Wale and Charlie Puth. Welcome back! This boy band in China is actually made up of women. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Read More: North Carolina Votes to Repeal 'Bathroom Bill' – But Critics Say LGBT Rights Are Still Threatened. That's right. The band, which goes by the name of Acrush, is made up of five women in their twenties, who all sport edgy, short hairstyles and dress like a bunch of boys. Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales KOR; Korean Activate: Released: 28 August 2019; Label: TOV Entertainment; Formats: CD, digital download; Track listing "Holla" "T.O.P" "T.O.P" (Korean version) "守望星" "T.O.P" (instrumental) 89 Singles. Instead, they have carefully chosen a gender-free phrase, meishaonian, or "handsome youths" in its place. It's puzzling that Acrush is so progressive when it comes to switching things upwith regard to gender identity and talking about it, but not this isn't the case for their sexual orientations. Meet other Global Citizens who care about the same issues you do. Delhi के Nizamuddin इलाके में Property विवाद में In laws ने बहू को आग लगा दी, बेटी ने जान बचाई, पति ने मोबाइल पर दिया Triple Talaq और शिकायत करना भी भारी पड़ा, लड़की ने न्यूड तस्वीर मांगने वाले को ऐसा सबक सिखाया कि ताउम्र याद रखेगा, Copyright © 2020 Living Media India Limited. They might not be guys, but we just can't stop drooling over them! Keep updated on what they're doing to change the world. In order to create your account we need you to provide your email address. A Chinese music group called Acrush has the potential become as famous as One Direction — if their devoted fanbase has anything to say about it. According to the agent, China's talent scouts have been talking about forming an androgynous band, but few women wanted to take the risk of joining it. like Dynamite (@sofia__desu__). Teen Vogue covers the latest in celebrity news, politics, fashion, beauty, wellness, lifestyle, and entertainment. The band is still not allowed to discuss their sexual preferences. Do you see the picture above? The band is comprised by Lu Keran, An Junxi, Peng Xichen, Min Junqian and Lin Fan. The band plans to release a music video at the end of April. Call governments or join rallies. Chinese “boy band” Acrush divulged a big secret at a “Husband Exhibition,” part of a series held in February of music events held by tech giant Tencent, which featured all of the artists girls fantasize about. And their manager ensures each social media message they receive gets a response. The band is definitely taking an intentional step away from hyper-femininity, while blurring the lines that segregate the two genders. The group is technically folded into a brand named Fantasy Football Confederation, so they'll have to incorporate the sport into their training and stage performances. Sign in to start taking action. Zhou added that Acrush's distinguishing concept is that of a group advocating freedom, and not bounded by frames. Send petitions, emails, or tweets to world leaders. India Today Group, We bet you can't tell. A post shared by BOOM! All rights reserved. If your Facebook account does not have an attached e-mail address, you'll need to add that before you can sign up. They were grouped together by entertainment company Zhejiang Huati Culture Communication Co. Ltd., who hand-picked and trained the five. But this year, the event featured a major twist. Photo: Instagram/Ruvue. That said, the Chinese group is a little different than the X-Factor winners. As The Huffington Post explains, Peng is the group leader, An is the rebellious one, Min's the musician, Lu is the group's dancer, and 18-year-old Lin is the young one. Even more interesting? They are Asian, they are hot, and they are all women! The band was put together about a year ago by Zhou Xiaobai, Acrush’s 28-year-old manager. The band is comprised by Lu Keran, An Junxi, Peng Xichen, Min Junqian and Lin Fan. Zhou had been looking to put together a unisex pop group after pop star Li Yuchun bravely paved the way a decade ago. For example, each member had to learn soccer to participate in the federation that sponsors the band. Because while they might be the latest buzzed-about group, all of Acrush's members were assigned female at birth, but are masculine-presenting — all on top of taking the country by storm. This news officially makes Acrush China’s most popular androgynous band. Acrush’s members are fierce, but breaking the boundaries of conventional gender identities still has its hardships. Fans have already started calling the members of Acrush their "husbands," considered a term of endearment. And, like most, if not all, mega-star pop groups in Asia, the group goes through rigorous training. Just as many other species existed, angles and demons were also present. After a search that began in March 2016, they were able to narrow down to 10 candidates. The young person’s guide to conquering (and saving) the world. You can go and look at the picture more carefully. The funny thing is that the band has predominantly female fans, who have termed the band members as "husbands", a term that is usually reserved for male popstars like Justin Bieber. Katy Perry, in comparison, has 1 million. As one of the group's members said according to Quartz , they're not allowed to talk about their own sexualities with the public. Most demons were as one would imagine, sexy, dark, and manipulative, and angels being the opposite. Jul 28, 2017 - Explore Riley M's board "FFC acrush" on Pinterest. Acrush's agent Zhou Xiaobai told Quartz that their major it factor is that they're "a group advocating freedom, not bounded by frames." Please contact us at if you would like to re-activate your account. Overall, Acrush has received 85% positive messages on social media, Quartz reports. © 2020 Condé Nast. Sign up. Check out original content and videos published every day to help you learn about the issues that mean the most to you. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/20) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/20) and Your California Privacy Rights. Until then, we can all applaud Acrush for defying gender stereotypes. But we look more like beautiful young men, not young girls," said band member Min Junqian. Thanks for signing up as a global citizen. To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. This news officially makes Acrush China’s most popular androgynous band. like Dynamite (@sofia__desu__) on Mar 30, 2017 at 6:45am PDT. The pop band's first single, "Action," comes out Friday. For reprint rights: Syndications Today. "We're a girl band. They have amassed 900,000 followers on Weibo, the equivalent of Twitter in China. Here's proof Despite the criticism they have been getting for their gender fluid looks, the band members—namely Lin Fan, Peng Xichen, Lu Keran, An Junxi and Min Junqian—brush the hate-dust off their flannel-clad shoulders and continue rockin’ their crew cuts on stage. That said, Acrush's first music video comes out later this April — we'll have to wait and see what they have in store. Zhou said that they specifically avoided using the word "boy" or "girl" when introducing the group to public. A post shared by Acrush (@ffc_acrush) on Mar 30, 2017 at 4:18am PDT. And while it's cool that typical gender performance is flipped around with Acrush, it does appear that there are some questionable things about the group.