China’s newest pop sensation, FFC-Acrush, has an interesting twist on the concept of boy bands — all of its members are girls.
While they may look like your typical Asian male pop idols, Lu Keran, An Jun Xi, Peng Xi Chen, Min Jun Qian and Lin Fan are in fact women, mostly in their early twenties. Even though they have yet to release their debut video, the gender-bending group already has 880,000 followers on Weibo thanks to their unique concept and marketing.
FFC-Acrush was recently introduced to the world at a “Husband Exhibition” in southern Zhejiang province. In the music world, the term “husband” is typically used by Chinese female fans to refer to their favorite (male) pop stars.
The group’s agent, Zhou Xiaobai, told Quartz that they instead prefer the term “handsome youths” (美少年), eschewing messy gendered pronouns like “he” or “she.” Zhou described the group’s concept as “advocating freedom, not bounded by frames.”
However, the group’s members are in fact bounded by Zhejiang Huati Culture Communication Co. Ltd, the company behind them, which forbids any of the ladies from disclosing their own sexual preference to fans, most of whom are girls and young women.
Along with FFC-Acrush, the company is also planning to roll out three more girl groups in the coming months, hoping to emulate the success of the massively-popular teenybopper band TFBoys. Of course, in order to stand out from the pack, a group needs its own signature concept. And that’s where we come to the name FFC, which stands for: “Fantasy Football Confederation.”
All of the girl groups will have FFC in front of their names, and all members will be expected to be proficient at football to show that they are “sunny, healthy, and full of positive energy.” No, we are not making this up.
Can’t wait for their debut video? Watch the
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