Kim Tae-hyung (Korean: 김태형; born December 30, 1995), also known by his stage name V, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, and actor. He is a vocalist of the South Korean boy group BTS.
Impact and influence
V coined the phrase “I purple you” during BTS’ fanmeeting in November 2016. Ever since then, purple has become a symbol of BTS and their fans. UNICEF also used the phrase for their anti-bullying campaign in collaboration with BTS.
In 2018, Eugene Investment & Securities Co., Ltd. conducted analytical research on Google search trends relating to the K-pop industry. “V” ranked first on the chart, meaning it was the number one most searched keyword for the past five years in South Korea. In a survey conducted by Gallup Korea, V was chosen as the 4th most preferred idol of 2019; he was previously ranked 9th in 2018.
Various artists have cited him as an influence and role model, such as The Boyz’s Younghoon and Hwall, Golden Child’s Jaehyun and Jangjun, MVP’s Been, Rainz’s Byun Hyun-min, Cravity’s Serim, Ateez’s Yeosang and Mingi, D-Crunch’s Jungseung and Dylan, Lucente’s Bao, Newkidd’s Yunmin, Boy Story’s Hanyu, TXT’s Beomgyu, Produce X 101 contestants Koo Jungmo, Lee Taeseung and Mahiro Hidaka, and former Wanna One member Park Ji-hoon.