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April 24, 2018

Jessica Jung’s First West Coast Meet and Greet, Live at the Beautytap Pop-Up

Fashion icon, musician, and businesswoman Jessica Jung held her first-ever fan meet and greet at Beautytap’s pop-up store at Westfield Century City. Here, exclusive photos and video of the event and how YOU can win a Blanc & Eclare Serein Essentials set for yourself. (Keep reading for details!)


 

It’s a balmy spring day in Los Angeles, at the chic, newly Kelly Wearstler-designed Westfield Century City. A long, snaking line of eager fans wait anxiously for the appearance of Jessica Jung — a multi-hyphenate icon with so many professional descriptors, you have to just stop at K-pop star, fashion icon, and businesswoman. What brings Jessica to Los Angeles for her first ever West Coast fan meet and greet is to celebrate the launch of her Blanc & Eclare skincare collection at Beautytap’s pop-up store at the Purist Pop-Up and on beautytap.com.

 

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Photo by Eric Sin

 

Scanning the crowd, you see everyone from young teens to the middle-aged, all different races and ethnicities, many clutching Jessica’s pink book-style albums Wonderland and My Decade. A number have gifts for Jessica — one in a Louis Vuitton shopping bag even — possibly because Jessica’s birthday is coming up the following week. All are anticipating their 30 seconds with the fashion, beauty, entertainment, and lifestyle superstar.

 

“I love Jessica. She’s my inspiration and a total boss who’s living her best life.” —says Yesenia Reyes, 22, of San Diego, California

 

Christina Yu, 24, of Los Angeles, says she’s been a fan for 10 years and “actually went to Korea for Jessica’s 10th anniversary. I was waiting for Blanc & Eclare to be in L.A.”

 

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Photo by Eric Sin

 

When Jessica arrives, dressed in her label’s oversized box check jacket and black enamel pants with matching stiletto boots, the fans — a relatively respectful group — wave and snap photos, their seemingly calm behavior belying what is to follow: tears, plenty of trembling, and pounding hearts.

 

 

But before the fan meet and greet, the event starts with a question and answer session with Beautytap CEO and founder James Sun and Jessica at an exclusive media breakfast. James asks Jessica about her inspiration for starting Blanc & Eclare, a ready-to-wear, accessories, and beauty brand, four years ago. “Growing up, fashion was always my passion,” says Jessica. “While I was working — for 10+ years now — I wanted to share my lifestyle and my style and just wanted to make something that met all my expectations. It’s still a baby brand, but it’s something very special to me.”

 

 

With the launch of Blanc & Eclare’s Serein skincare line, a collection of 14 products ranging from cleansing foam to ampoule serum to sheet masks, all formulated with a base of pure Tasmanian rainwater, Jessica is able to share another one of her passions: skincare. “I never skip my skincare routine, even when I’m tired or even when I may be a little tipsy,” she says with a laugh. “I truly believe that women can all have glowing skin if they really put the time and effort into it and use the right products.” A strong believer in hydration — the Serein collection is all about hydrating the skin — Jessica understands that beauty is not just what you put on your face. “I drink a lot of water with lemon. I hydrate myself all the time.”

 

It’s this fundamental focus on hydration that Jessica feels Korean beauty companies excel at and a reason why she thinks K-beauty has become such a global phenomenon. “That’s why I was also a huge fan of Korean skincare. They’re always looking for the next level. And I think that’s why we create really good products and something that’s new … that people want to try and use,” she says.

 

“Not just beauty but Korea in general — they’re very hard-working people, they’re very innovative.” — Jessica Jung

 

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Photo by Eric Sin

 

Jessica is no stranger to hard work herself. In addition to music, acting, hosting, designing, and running a business (“I have something coming up, but I can’t really say right now,” she teases), Jessica is a bona fide social media influencer, with over 7 million followers on Instagram alone. Staying connected with them is no small feat (one recent post garnered 12,500 comments), but Jessica says she makes the effort to talk to her followers on her social feeds. “That’s the only way they can actually interact with me unless they come out to an event or to a fan meeting.”

 

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Photo by Eric Sin

 

Every time Jessica talks about her fans, she gestures or turns to the long, winding line outside, waving and smiling, as fans squeal and eagerly press against the glass for a closer view of their favorite star. In fact, it’s when she looks at her fans that she really lights up, her smile a little broader, her eyes animated and shining a bit more brightly.

 

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Photo by Eric Sin

 

After the Q&A and some questions from media, the meet and greet portion of the event starts, where fans meet Jessica one-on-one, get her autograph, and take a photo with her. The first fan leaves crying after meeting Jessica. Another woman’s hand is shaking so badly she can’t get the signed album back into its sleeve.

 

“I started crying, so she wrote ‘Don’t Cry’ on my album. I can’t even think!” — Jess, 24

 

It’s a sentiment echoed by many, including Leah Fox, 22, when asked about meeting Jessica: “I’m totally overwhelmed. My brain isn’t really functioning.”

 

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Fans show off their one-of-a-kind souvenirs from the Jessica Jung meet and greet. Photo by Miranda Rico

 

Fans tell her how inspired they are by her solo career and how she started her own brand. Some ask about her flight. Jessica Padungyothee, 19, asks her namesake for “advice on making it in fashion because I’m currently in school for design.” One fan, a young Latino man, gushes when he meets Jessica. “You’re so amazing,” he says. Jessica smiles demurely and after signing a photo for him, shakes his hand, looking directly into his eyes and saying, “It’s nice to meet you” with a warm smile.

 

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Photo by Eric Sin

 

Jessica really makes an effort to make each fan interaction a memorable one. And as the day progresses, she warms up and lets loose a little. She asks one particularly young looking fan, “Wait, how old are you?” “15,” answers the shy teen, as she proffers a yellow jacket for Jessica to sign. She asks another fan what happened to his arm, wrapped up in a cast. “Were you drunk?” she giggles conspiratorially.

 

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Photo by Eric Sin

 

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Photo by Eric Sin

 

After all the fans have come through and Jessica has been signing her name for over an hour, she takes over Beautytap’s Instagram account for a live video and graciously poses for some photos with invited guests.

 

 

There are still dozens of fans outside, waiting for her to leave so they can catch one last glimpse of their idol. Talking to them, you realize that to her fans, Jessica is not just a celebrity — she’s an inspiration.

 

“I told her her career change inspired me to leave my job as a nurse to pursue hairstyling. I’m at a loss for words. Meeting her was just amazing.” — John Reyes, 24

 

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Photo by Eric Sin

 

Win the Blanc & Eclare Serein Essentials Set in our giveaway!

 

[UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. The 5 winners have been contacted by email. Thank you to all the entrants for your lovely comments! They’ve been forwarded to Jessica.]

 

If you couldn’t make the Los Angeles meet and greet (or even if you did!), now you can get your hands on the secret to Jessica’s amazing skin. Five winners will be selected to win the Blanc & Eclare Serein Essentials Set (Cleanser, Toner, Ampoule Serum, Moisturizing Cream, and Firming Mask), worth $200!

 

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Blanc & Eclare Serein Essentials Set

 

Here’s what you have to do:

 

1. Write a message to Jessica by commenting on this article. (We’re going to send all your messages directly to her!)

 

2. You’ll have to sign in to comment! If don’t have an account, it’s easy — just sign in here!

 

Five winners will be selected, so stay tuned!

 

The Q&A with James Sun and Jessica Jung will air on beautytap.com and on Viki.com, the global video streaming website with 35 million viewers a month. We’ll keep you updated so keep an eye out on beautytap.com! Meanwhile, scroll down for more photos and fan pics from Jessica’s first-ever West Coast meet and greet!

 

— with additional reporting by Miranda Rico

 

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Beautytap CEO and founder James Sun with Jessica Jung. Photo by Eric Sin

 

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Fashion influencer Jen Chae of From Head to Toe attended the exclusive media event. Photo by Eric Sin

 

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Jessica Padungyothee, left, 19, with a friend.

 

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Leah Fox, 22, of San Bernardino

 

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John Reyes, 24, of Los Angeles. Photo by MIranda Rico

 

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Jess, 24, of Alhambra. Photo by MIranda Rico

 

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A fan with his signed photo of Jessica. Photo by Miranda Rico

 

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Yesenia Reyes, 22, San Diego

 

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“I wanted to go to the NYC Blanc & Eclare opening, so this was perfect!” says Sela Wang, 23, of Los Angeles, left.

 

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Media guests dined on salmon, bagels, and quiche. Photo by Eric Sin

 

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An L.A.-appropriate breakfast of yogurt and fresh fruit.

 

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Christina Yu, 24, of Los Angeles

 

 

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She may have started her career as a lawyer, but Anna found her true calling long before that, while poring over the beauty editorials and skincare how-to’s in teen magazines. Sure, the ladies at the Estée Lauder counter may have scoffed at her when she asked for an eye cream at the age of 16, but hey, she was just ahead of her time. Today, Anna obsesses over skincare ingredients and the Oxford comma as the editor in chief of Beautytap. Follow her travels on Instagram at @annanymity.

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COMMENTS 201

annapark

Thank you to EVERYONE for their lovely messages for Jessica! The giveaway is now closed and the 5 winners have been contacted by email so check your inboxes!

zaaavvv

Dear Jessica,

I’ve been a huge fan of you for YEARS and I have always admired you for determination and your beautiful skin. I’m really interested in skincare and beauty and my first introduction to Korean skincare and beauty was actually your skincare routine you did awhile back with Vogue. After seeing that I wanted to clear up my skin to look half as good as yours. From your inspiring songs to your wonderful personality I will continue to support you always. I hope to try your skincare line very soon (hopefully very soon if I win this giveaway). Thank you... Read more

kaytea

Dear Jessica,

Thank you for this meet and greet. It was truly an honor meeting you.
You are a big inspiration to me, and I've accomplished so much because of you.
I hope to meet you again soon! Love you! Forever and always

Sincerely,
Kevin

PS. Thank you beautytap for this event!

goshihan

Hey jessica!
You are such a great person, role model, bussinesswoman, and singer! Such a huge influence to me and to other! Stay passionate and inspirational! Congratulations!
Thank you beautytap.

goshihan

Hey jessica!
You are such a great person, role model, bussinesswoman, and singer! Such a huge influence to me and to other! Stay passionate and inspirational! Congratulations!
Thank you beautytap for this opportunity.

brandonc97

Dear J,
It's crazy how much one person can change my life. It started when I first heard your voice that flows around like the caressing touch of wavering water. Now I'm a full time Golden Star shining humbly in the Golden Sky. Hehe. Sometimes I feel a bit sorry as a fan that I could not do much nor do anything special for you. In my mind, you started out and will always be my favourite singer who I long to listen to in awe and in wonder. Now it's so much more. I admire and respect every aspect of... Read more

beautifygonia

Jessica,
Siya is such a huge influence to me and to everyone, I have been a HUGE fan of yours since when you were in SNSD (into the new world!) wish I saw you in person, one day I will meet you in person in NYC. My daughter would love that ☺️ Start her early on kbeauty and kpop 😂 anyways, a huge CONGRATULATIONS on launching Blanc & Eclare!!!!! I’m sure it will be very successful 💕

Sending lots of 💗

edwardprissy

Dear Jessica Noona,
Your skincare line is everything!! My first purchase from beautytap were some products from your brand and I was amazed. My friends said my skin was flawless and I told them it was because of you. Your music will always have a place in my heart <3 and now your skincare line will have a place in my face everyday. Thank you beautytap for carrying Blanc & Eclare!

sylira

Hi Jessica, you are amazing and a true inspiration. Congrats on launching Blanc & Eclare! I'm sure it will be very successful! You are the best!!

carebearfren

Hi Sica

Your goldenstar bear here reporting her latest study updates. She has accomplished her studies in humanitarian works and hope one day she could bring about little help to the people needing out there. You have always been there with her, through your works, your fighting spirit and your little guides on skin care, health care, beautiful music and also fashion! Although i mostly can't afford your B&E products but i have never stopped sharing your achievements and always being proud of you. I hope we could all fly high in our area of work and stay strong and positive.... Read more

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