Harper's Bazaar spends a day with Song Joong Ki as he hangs out in and around Hong Kong's swanky Peninsula Hotel. The magazine's May 2016 cover star is clad in a boldly emblazoned Louis Vuitton shirt and wears other pieces from the label's Spring/Summer 2016 collection throughout this very extensive editorial. The charismatic 31 year old actor who won the hearts of many the world over for his portrayal of Yoo Shi Ji in Descendants of the Sun might just be the most popular celebrity in Asia right now (Song Joong Ki syndrome is a thing!) but he still remains ever so down to earth. When questioned recently about his status as a Hallyu star (Hallyu is a term meaning “Korean Wave” that refers to the outflow of Korean culture to other countries), Joong Ki humbly replied that he can't get used to the idea of being a Hallyu star, crediting it to the overwhelming success of DOTS. Instead he pointed to his Descendants of the Sun leading lady Song Hye Kyo and his best friend Lee Kwang Soo of Running Man fame as true Hallyu stars. It's nice that he's not letting this fame get to his head and choosing to focus on continuing to work hard and challenge himself as an actor. This photoshoot took place a few days after Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo's HK ViuTV press conference. The bird emblazoned fashions are pretty ugly but the more classic and graphic looks he is wearing are nice especially the maroon sweater with the blue arrows. Joong Ki is back to his signature flower boy image here. Personally I thought his Yoo Shi Jin look was hotter but he's mighty fine nonetheless and his hair looks phenomenal. The credit for that has to go his new stylist Lee Hye Young who is coincidentally Song Hye Kyo's longtime personal hairstylist. It's interesting how these two now share a hairstylist as well as the same circle of friends. Yes I still believe that SongSong are dating especially since neither none of them have actually outright denied it. Anyway let's enjoy Joong Ki's magnificent hair while we can since he will be shaving his head for his role as a freedom fighter in Battleship Island which begins filming in July. In the meantime he's fast becoming the CF king of Asia as it seems like he is signing a new endorsement deal every day lately. Check out Joong Ki in this Harper's Bazaar editorial from 2013 where he was featured alongside Won Bin and Jo In Sung who happen to be two of the actors who turned down Descendants of the Sun before he was cast. While they both have an edge in terms of looks and height, I can't imagine anyone else but Song Joong Ki as Yoo Shi Jin!
Harper's Bazaar Korea May 2016 // Photographer: Kim Jae Hoon // Editor: An Dong Seon
Stylist: Choi Moon Sun // Hair: Lee Hye Young // Makeup: Kim Ji Hyun