The penthouse of the Mondrian Hotel crackled with electricity when 2NE1 walked in. The tallest building in NYC’s stylish SoHo neighborhood, the Mondrian offers sweeping views of New York in every direction…all the way to the Empire State building.
Through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the penthouse, from the expansive outdoor terrace, you can feel like you’re on top of New York City – the perfect spot for our newly crowned queens of K-pop to rule the world.
The girls rocked punk outfits designed by their stylist Young Woo Kim and the rest of the YG styling team. Lots of studded belts and fingerless gloves and they all wore patent leather Doc Martens. Minzy’s blue leather jacket featured a handpainted skeleton, Dara looked adorable in a sky-high pony-braid, and Bom pulled off the fiercest chain-mail shirt.
Views from the Mondrian Hotel. Photo:Getty
“I can literally see all of New York from here!” said CL. “It feels good, especially since we’re all together.”
With hip hop music setting the beat, the photoshoot started out with the girls posed against a white paper backdrop. But to discover the city, they had to tear down the paper.
The majestic New York skyline hovered behind them. More shots were taken outside in the open-air terrace.
Standing on benches on top of hotel, the girls looked as tall as the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Like urban warrior-queens of a concrete jungle.
They posed together, they posed separately, they posed hard. They were also posing in 30 degrees Fahrenheit weather. (That’s about -1 Celsius.) And they never let a shiver show.
“I’m so cold!!” said Dara finally, but only when I asked her. “Being here is such a new experience.” What did she think of the photoshoot? “I like the city background!”
Asked about the MTV Iggy concert 2NE1 is headlining on December 12th, CL said, “We’re excited. It’s our first time performing in NY. I don’t know how the audience will react, but we’re looking forward to it. We’re proud to represent Korea and K-pop. It doesn’t matter where music is from — music has no language. We’re happy to share the stage together.”
Stay tuned for the final breath-taking shots later this week. In the meantime, are you ready to see CL, Minzy, Bom, and Dara performing LIVE in New York for the first time ever?!