When you first joined YG Entertainment, you didn’t really fit in. Your style was different, your confidence was too high, and your audition was made fun of - especially the part where you got down on your knees. You had to learn to adapt - in terms of performance style, and personality, because you were introverted and a bit awkward. You found that you were losing touch with yourself, and disliking the training day by day.

But during the 2 most crucial hours of your life, during the last performance that determined whether you debuted or went home, you went to the center of the stage, got down on your knees - the very thing that you were mocked for - and sang your heart out. In the most critical moment, you stayed true to yourself, and that is why you inspire me so much. Because you are honest, because you own up to your own shortcomings - and most importantly, because you are not ashamed of who you are. And to me, that is beauty.

140510; Happy 21st birthday, maknae Nam Taehyun; always stay gold. ♡