(Photo : courtesy of Ana Martins ) NAME: Ana Raquel Matias Martins
CURRENT HOME: Kyoto, Japan
FAN CREDENTIALS: Creator and administrator of SHINee"s Portugal fan page and the Shawols Portugal facebook group. (Shawol is another word for a SHINee fan).
INTRO TO K-POP: "What got me into K-pop was [JYJ and former TVXQ singer] Kim Jaejoong," Martins said. "I found is picture online and then I asked who he was. I listened to TVXQ even though I didn"t like it at first. Then I found my SHINee and completely feel in love with them."
BIGGEST FAN MOMENT: "I"ve been to BTS, Big Bang and SHINee concerts," Martins said. "I also went to a high five event with BTS during their showcase in Japan. But my biggest moment as a fan was no doubt at SHINee"s concert "SWIII in Seoul." Being able to see my loves after so many years supporting them on the internet, being able to sing the fan chants, scream their names, see them dancing and listen to their voices; it was one of the best moments of my life. I will never forget that day and the tears I shared with them."
FAVORITE GROUP: SHINee
"They made me fall for K-pop and they will always be my favorite group," Martins said. "I love SHINee because for me they are one most talented groups out there. They can dance, they can sing and I love their personalities the most. I think SHINee are very kind and respectful. Even though they have a very busy life, they always smile to their fans and try to be there. SHINee make my heart beat faster and smile when I am down. I trust them like they are my close friends. All of them are beautiful and talented. I love each one of them with my whole heart and want the best for them. I will stay by their side forever."
FAVORITE SHINee SONG: "Symptoms"
"This is a very hard question," Martins said. "I love all of their songs, but currently I think I love the song "Symptoms" the most. Not just because Kim Jonghyun wrote it, but also because the lyrics are very touching and the melody is beautiful. I also love the dance and their outfits for this song."
FAVORITE SOLO ARTIST: G-Dragon of Big Bang
"He is the most talented Korean idol out there," Martins said. "He is awesome and I love his punk attitude. I think him and me are very alike, the things we like, dislike, our thoughts, from what I know of course. G-Dragon is not only good on stage, he also composes his own songs and his personal style is always great. I mean he"s G-Dragon right? He is the king!"
THE FUTURE OF K-POP: "I want K-pop to keep growing so all the fans in the world can have a chance to see their favorite idols," she said. "It is so hard being an international fan. Everyday I see so many people posting in groups, on fan pages, loving and supporting their idols. But they don"t have a chance to go to a concert, which really makes me sad. Also, I hope K-pop idols will pay my attention to their international fans. We also love you. We are a part of your fan club and we call ourselves by your fan clubs" names. We are always under the same sky and we are a family."
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