Kang Daniel recently worked with Cosmopolitan and held an interview about what he’s been up to lately, where he gets his inspiration from, and more.

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Genderless models have become more popular in the beauty industry these days. Being the model for Givenchy, did you find this to be strange at first?

I never thought that I played a special role in blurring the lines between genders. These days it’s natural to respect the diversity. After hearing that I became a beauty model, my grandfather commented that he would have to buy a lipstick from the brand I was endorsing.

— Kang Daniel

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As much as looking healthy, it’s important to have a healthy lifestyle. How are you spending your time during the pandemic?

I’ve always been a homebody so nothing’s really changed for me. If I was really able to stay at home for as long as I wanted, I would be able to stay at home for up to five years. There was a social experiment test going on to see how long someone could live in a one room that had a computer and food and I almost thought about applying for it. I’d like to try skydiving when the pandemic settles down. I was interested in doing in when the pandemic hit.

— Kang Daniel

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You seem to have a lot of stories despite being a homebody. Most of the albums from your second mini album ‘MAGENTA’ were written by you. They say that musicians write lyrics through their own experiences.

Because I’m such a homebody, I haven’t had that many different experiences yet. If I were to talk about hardships and struggles, I could draw from my own experiences, but I am not good expressing things in an abstract manner.

— Kang Daniel

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So instead of using my experiences, I tend to draw inspiration from movies or animation I think Netflix is the best window into the world.

— Kang Daniel

If you were to choose a word to describe yourself what would it be?

The sun or the moon. Truthfully, I don’t want to use a certain word to express who I am. Just as there is day and night, there are people that will listen to my music and there are those that will not. I want to be able to maintain my balance in any situation and show my never-changing image. I think this is the most important motto for me right now.

— Kang Daniel

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Take a look at the full pictorial and interview on Cosmpolitan!