Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. CL had already smashed records and broke down barriers for Korean acts with her girl group 2NE1 and on her own the rapper-singer is proving to have the tools to break even further.
While she's been collaborating with everyone from Diplo to PSY to Skrillex, CL's solo single "Lifted" marked a new chapter for the superstar when it crashed into the Billboard Hot 100 and made her the first female from the K-pop scene to chart a hit. The "Method Man"–interpolating track saw CL performing on national U.S. television and proved she could drum up loads of buzz all on her own. But perhaps what's even more exciting than CL's come up is her goals that extend way beyond music.
CL is adamant about how she wants to be a role model for Asian girls and washing away outdated and harmful stereotypes. "I want to represent Asian women," she told Billboard in 2013 before she had even released a proper solo track. "I want to break that typical Asian female stereotype. There's this standard where they're all calm...I want to tell the world that there are some badass Asian female girls." She certainly has begun that journey with everyone from Alexander Wang to Diddy to even the ever-hyper critical Azealia Banks giving their co-sign.
While she's been biding her time in breaking America—her debut English solo album has been teased for more than a year now—it's clear that the bilingual star knows she's in the right place to make the biggest impact possible. "This is why I'm trying to come out here [in America]—to set an example of an Asian girl," she shared in a Paper magazine cover story. "A lot of my fans are those girls, and they want to be bolder, but there's no one they could look up to and be like, 'It's OK to be that way.' There's no one out here who will do that...I want them to be stronger and tell them that it's OK to be different. Being special is a luxury and I don't think we have that. Yet."
Yet, in the meantime CL will undoubtedly continue working on what makes her unique and continue to breakthrough her way. As CL told Fuse in a previous interview which you can watch above, "It's important to to study yourself and what you're good at, rather than chase something." And by continuing to hone in on the best version of herself, CL has the major potential to solidify her place in the future of women's history and beyond.
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