Hold the phone: there’s a new band in town…Acrush, China’s newest boyband.
Well, China’s newest girlband, but you wouldn’t be able to tell.
They’re five devilish ladies, looking bomb in androgynous attire, and the hype surrounding their imminent debut has been next level. You know they’re going to be good when they’re about to reach a million followers online and they haven’t even released any music yet.
They are not the first androgynous musical artists to emerge from China, Korea or Japan (the big three in terms of popular music), and if you’re familiar with C-Pop, K-Pop or J-Pop, you would have heard of Amber Liu from f(x) (self-proclaimed tomboy), or bands like MissTER, The Hoopers and Global Icon. Acrush are not simply androgynous, but genderless, and they have chosen to use the genderless pronoun meishanoian which translates as “handsome youths”. In case you haven’t got the message yet, the ‘A’ stands for Adonis, the Greek god of male beauty.
But these pop music industries are notorious for their “manufactured” pop stars, where money is the bottom line, and formulaic, artificial bands are pumped out for consumers.

However, it means a great deal that androgyny has any place at all in such conservative countries, and though we should keep our eyes peeled and esure the LGBT community is getting the representation that it deserves – rumor has it that Acrush have been forbidden from speaking publicly about their sexuality – this is good progress.

All that glitters is not gold, but I for one am ready to see some boss women kicking ass and sporting some swagalicious threads.