The best things in life come in threes, like friends, dreams, and memories. ~Mencius
Twelve years ago, citizens of the United States watched in utter shock and horror as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City crumbled to its foundations, killing almost three thousand people. Across the country, people mourned for the loved ones that they had lost as they struggled to understand what had happened (and why it happened). At the same time, it was also a moment of patriotism, as everyone helped and comforted each other during this time of tragedy. For them, this day would forever engraved into their memories.
But on the other side of the world, in one of Taiwan’s record companies, the birth of a legacy was in the making…
Selina Jen. Hebe Tien. Ella Chen.
Three very different girls who just happened to be three of the seven finalists in HIM International Music’s “Universal 2000 Talent and Beauty Girl Contest,” where, after an extra audition was held, it was decided that the three of them would form a new girl group, called S.H.E.
Selina, whose princess-like appearance and sweet nature made her very popular with those of the opposite gender, won first place. As gentle as the moonbeams on a dark night, her soft voice guided her through the contest effortlessly. The judges had apparently loved her gentle soprano voice. She was very happy about winning, but upon finding out that she would be in a group with two other girls, she became both excited and nervous. Would she like these girls? Would they like her?
Hebe, whose quiet and mysterious nature isolated her from the other contestants, won second place. She cursed herself for messing up in the last round – she knew she should’ve picked another song, but there weren’t a lot of songs she could have chosen from that were in a lower key. But the judges had been impressed with her powerful vocals, which made her pleased. But now she was going to be in a group with two other girls? She didn’t want to sound mean, but she could already tell that there might be problems – their personalities were the exact opposite of hers. How was she going to be able to work together with them?
Ella, whose tomboy appearance had initially made the other contestants and judges mistake her for a boy, took third place. The judges had been very impressed with her beautiful alto voice. Outspoken and full of laughter, it was easy to see that she could get along with people very easily. And so when she heard that she would be in a group with two of the other contestants, she became very excited. After all, not only would she get to sing, but she would also get to work with two girls, with whom she hoped to become good friends with. She just hoped that they wouldn’t think she was weird, with her tomboy personality and all.
About one year after fate brought these girls together, they waited anxiously as their first studio album hit music stores scattered all around Taiwan and the rest of Asia. Hours later, while the United States citizens were watching the morning news with mounting horror, they were still holding their breaths in anticipation. Holding each other’s hands tightly, they each hoped that the album would be well-received.
Everybody else thought that they wouldn't last long; after all, most groups suffered from the “five-year curse.” To the public, they would end up like any other girl group – make an unremarkable debut, gain some fans, and then after several years, disband. But as time went on, they realized that they were wrong. These girls…they were different.
It is now 2013. It has been twelve years since they made their debut. Twelve years filled with laughter and twelve years filled with tears. Twelve years of determination, hard work, and achievements. Twelve years of pain, distress, and challenges.
Twelve years of being with each other…
The uneasiness from when they first met slowly disappeared, only to be replaced by a growing sense of understanding and contentment. Blind spots that they discovered after initially knowing each other also vanished over time, because they discovered that whatever one of them lacked, the other two made up for. In this way, they were the perfect team.
Stars may only be visible during the night, but that does not mean that they are not present during the day. Their light may not shine as brightly as the sun’s, but their presence can be felt, watching over us quietly. So even though there may be fans who do not get to see them, there is comfort knowing that the voices of these three special ladies will always be with them, guiding them, comforting them, and giving them happiness.
But an individual’s life is never without its challenges, and these young ladies are certainly no exception. From harsh criticisms to outrageous rumors, they have faced the same things that most other stars must encounter during their careers. They have faced everything with a smile, turning criticisms into lessons and rumors into jokes. They are the stars that shine brightly non-stop; they are not afraid of the gloomy darkness.
And over the years, their friendship has only evolved into something more. They are not ashamed of being intimate with one another, regardless of what the media may think. And so it was with this intimacy that they decided to seal their bond in the most creative way imaginable – a song by the name of “Wife,” and by addressing each other as such. Because no one in this world knows them better than them and being friends and sisters alone is not enough to describe their chemistry. And what could be more intimate and meaningful than saying that you were someone else’s wife?
But their happiness was not meant to last. Fate, who had blessed them with this opportunity, became jealous, and decided that she would try to interfere. Now, fate is not all bad. Sometimes it is generous and will bestow certain gifts on a few favored people. But fate is fickle, and what fate gives can also be taken away.
Dearest Selina, for whom the flowers turned their heads as she walked through them, met this cruel fate as it took away the one thing that made her happy – her beauty.
For three agonizing months, everyone waited apprehensively as the young woman did her best to recover while in the hospital. Flowers, cards, and gifts of all kinds were sent from fans (and other stars alike) and prayers were uttered every day and night, in hopes to see the princess smile again. When the truth about the horrific accident was revealed, the world cried. Everyone was heartbroken…was there no hope in seeing the beautiful girl on stage with her sisters ever again? Fate certainly thought so as she smirked in triumph.
But fate didn't realize that, like a coin, beauty has two faces. Selina’s outer beauty may have been gone, but she still had her inner beauty. And everyone knows that inner beauty is worth more than any amount of lipstick, eye shadow, or blush that money can buy. Refusing to goodbye, refusing to break her promise, she stayed strong and kept going. Like a phoenix being reborn from its ashes, she eventually regained her beauty, once again becoming the princess that everyone knew and loved.
During this time, Ella and Hebe took the time to pursue their own interests, but their thoughts were always with their sister and wife, whom they hoped would return to them soon. And upon Selina’s return after her own short journey, the three ladies hooked their fingers together and promised to remember their planned journey to forever.
Finally, after two years of being apart, they took the stage as a trio once again during the 23rd Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan last year, where one other thing caught the fans’ attention, besides the young ladies themselves: A large, crude “poster” hanging in front of them, with the words WE ARE BACK! in bold, black letters. Nothing could describe how the fans were feeling at that moment. Seeing them perform individually, and then as a group, they could only come to one conclusion: From girls to women, these young ladies had greatly matured during their journey. Two of them even had husbands now. From their appearances to their voices, a lot had changed since that significant day in 2001. It made the fans realize that they too, had changed. Those that were once in elementary school were now attending university…some perhaps even had families and jobs of their own. To know at that moment that their idols had chosen to keep performing on stage, instead of retiring to what would have undoubtedly been a more peaceful life… These young ladies were truly an inspiration to young girls all around the world.
Fourteen albums, four concert tours, and over one hundred songs later, they are still doing what they love, for fans all around the world. They are singers, actors, composers, and models…but they are also an inspiration – each of them is a role model that their fans look up to. To the fans, it doesn’t matter if it’s twenty, forty, or even one hundred years – they will continue to look up to these amazing women for as long as they live.
Their symbol is the oxalis, a three-leaf clover. It represents their unity as a group, but it is also a reflection of their sisterhood and friendship…the very “matrimony” that they have sworn. They say that a four-leaf clover represents good luck, which is true. And it is perhaps with just a small bit of luck that S.H.E has been able to get as far as they have today. But where does this luck come from, you ask? The answer is simple: It comes from us, the fans. Ella recently stated that we are the fourth leaf of the clover that allows them to be lucky. A three-leaf clover is common – it can be seen everywhere. But a four-leaf clover is unique. It gives a special meaning to clovers everywhere, and just how it is the addition of the fourth leaf that makes them stand out, we are the fourth leaf that makes S.H.E stand out on stage.
There have been grey skies and rainy days, but through it all, their auras are still shining as bright as ever:
Selina’s is pink, a reflection of her sweet, princess-like nature and cute demeanor. Her warm and positive attitude is complemented by a need to help others, no matter who it is. It also reflects her love – her love for her family, friends, and fans; but most importantly, it is a reflection of the love she has for her two sisters, who have always been, and always will be, by her side as she continues to pursue her dreams. She knows that as long as her heart still beats (and even beyond that), she will continue to love them…forever. Selina is the leaf that represents “love.”
Hebe’s is green, a reflection of her serious, motherly nature that she tries to project when around the other two. Yet underneath her seemingly cold exterior lays a heart that is just as youthful as that of either of her sisters, and her powerful voice is accompanied by a kind, generous nature that is always empathetic as well. It also represents the growth she has experienced while being a part of S.H.E. All because of the presence of her sisters, Hebe hopes for one thing: to be able to sing with them forever…to be able to be with them forever. Hebe is the leaf that represents “hope.”
Ella’s is blue, a reflection of her ever-changing personality, as well as her past appearance as a tomboy. Witty and outgoing one minute to serious and hardworking the next, she is like water itself – able to take on many roles, yet still remaining true to herself. Her sensitive nature makes it easy to sense when something is wrong, and her loyalty to her sisters knows no bounds. However, it is also a reflection of the self-confidence she has built up over time. Ella knows that it is only because of the faith she has placed in her sisters that she has slowly been able to have faith in herself. Now, she has faith that they will be united forever. Ella is the leaf that represents “faith.”
They do not have to be afraid anymore, because what they have obtained is even more precious than what they have lost. People that were once strangers, they barged into each other’s lives. Still bravely staying persistent, they are not afraid of how heavy the wind and rain are. With whispers of encouragement, shouts of praise, and kisses of love, they know that together, they can face anything.
Creating new and beautiful moments every day, the journey that they started together has not ended. Chasing after the next dream together, they have broken through wind and waves, continuing to find a new dream and fantasy to fulfill. They have ventured out into the world together, accompanying each other in this journey of life, and they will continue to accompany each other to the second half of their futures. Holding each other’s hands, they will continue their journey from twelve years ago, from now until…forever.
As long as they have each other, their hearts will always be warm with love.
Ella Chen Jia Hua. Selina Ren Jia Xuan. Hebe Tien Fu Zhen.
They are Super Stars. They are SHEROs. They are the flowers that have blossomed again.
Even if they are separated far apart, their love will always be connected, ‘til forever.
Who says forever does not exist?