BLACKPINK‘s Lisa is undoubtedly one of the top K-Pop stars around. From her numerous luxury endorsements to her millions of YouTube views, she’s proven her success!

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This was a long time coming, however, as she had to go through intense training in YG Entertainment from 2011 to 2016 before debuting as the main dancer of BLACKPINK.

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YG Entertainment teased fans with a “Who’s That Girl” post of Lisa in 2012 | YG Entertainment

Lisa touched on this tough period in her life in Youth With You 3 after vocal mentor Li Ronghao asked what everyone was doing at 18 years old.

When I was 18? Actually, I debuted when I was 20. So when I was 18, I was stuck in the basement of the company, practicing, practicing.

— Lisa

What was especially difficult for her was how unclear her future was: “I didn’t know when I was going to debut.”

The endless practice sessions, classes, and evaluations made her doubt herself and her capabilities.

I was thinking, like, should I go back to school? Should I go back to Thailand?

— Lisa

Thankfully for fans, she stuck at it until the end!

But yeah, I didn’t go back. And I kept practicing until I debuted.

— Lisa

Because of her perseverance, Lisa is now one of the most popular artists around the globe!

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