Everyone has a role model in life, and idols are no exception. Naturally, most K-Pop stars look up to their successful sunbaenims for inspiration, and one senior group in particular has been mentioned time and time again: EXO. Here are 7 male idols who all have EXO members as their role models.
1. Lee Know (Stray Kids)
During a 2PM Date radio show appearance last year, Stray Kids were challenged to a speed quiz. These rapid-fire Q&As often have idols scrambling for answers, but Lee Know answered his with speed and confidence.
When the host asked him which dancer in the industry he looks to for inspiration, he named EXO’s Kai.
2. Yunho (ATEEZ)
In one interview last year, ATEEZ’s Yunho revealed that his role model is also EXO’s Kai. He told the interviewer that he admires Kai’s ability to express himself during performances and wants to learn from him.
He also told one ATINY that Kai is the most influential idol during a 2018 fansign.
3. Seonghwa (ATEEZ)
And Yunho isn’t the only Kai fan in ATEEZ. When asked to name his role models in a Japanese interview, Seonghwa had two answers: SHINee’s Taemin and EXO’s Kai.
4. Kang Daniel
While promoting with Wanna One, Kang Daniel appeared on an episode of Happy Together. While talking with the hosts, he named several inspirations—BTS for their power, SEVENTEEN for their teamwork, and, of course, EXO.
He also picked out the one EXO member who’s his biggest role model: Kai. He had a great reason too. Since Kang Daniel was in charge of sexiness in Wanna One, he looked up to Kai because he’s “really sexy”.
5. Ong Seong Woo
After Kang Daniel named Kai as his role model, fellow Wanna One member Ong Seong Woo chimed in with in agreement. He too said Kai is very cool and sexy—who wouldn’t want to emulate that?
6. Yeonho (VERIVERY)
Of course, Kai isn’t the only member of EXO who hoobaes look up to. VERIVERY’s Yeonho has another role model in the group. At a fansign in January this year, he told fans that Baekhyun has been his role model for a long time.
Yeonho admires Baekhyun so much, he even wrote him a letter.
7. Jaehyun (Golden Child)
Another Baekhyun fan is Jaehyun from Golden Child. He’s expressed his love for EXO numerous times, and even got lucky enough to meet his role model when they promoted together in 2018.
He vowed to become a singer with as much heart and talent as Baekhyun.