Who Is CL? Meet The Insta-Star Taking Over The FROW

Who Is CL? Meet The Insta-Star Taking Over The FROW

Commit the name to memory — CL is the rapper about to go stellar

CL on the Alexander Wang AW16 FROW
CL on the Alexander Wang AW16 FROW

Move over Kylie Jenner, step aside Solange Knowles — there’s a new gal every designer wants on their front row. So, who the heck is CL, and why is she living our dream life?

After clocking this beauty at the Alexander Wang show (in a better seat than Anna Wintour no less), we knew we had to find out who the girl with the grey hair and killer style was

Thankfully, it didn’t take us long to uncover that her name is Lee Chae-rin — A.K.A CL, who initially made a name for herself in the Korean pop supergroup 2NE1.

Not heard of them? We can’t say we’re 2NE1 experts either, but here’s what we DO know. They’re not twee pop starlets – they’re badass babes on a mission to empower girls in their native Korea and the world over. Substituting sweetness with swagger, CL is a rapper as well as singer/songwriter and was the ringleader of the band until she embarked on a solo career.

Earning herself the accolade ‘The Baddest Female’ – a homage to the title of her 2013 number one hit – CL has fast become one of Asia’s biggest stars, and is earning herself countless fashion and beauty gigs in the process.

Sure, she’s sat FROW-side at Alexander Wang and bagged herself exclusive Chanel and Moschino show tickets in the past, but she’s also walked in fashion shows too, making her designer debut on DKNY’s 25th anniversary show.

On top of that, she’s penned deals with Maybelline and collaborated on her own accessories line. Yep, this 24-year-old’s been B-U-S-Y.

With 3 million followers on Instagram (a number that’s growing every day), we reckon it’s only a matter of time before she becomes a household name on British soil too.

So commit the name to memory, show off your CL knowledge to your pals before she hits the big time, and sit there smugly while they awkwardly ask you who she is. Natch.