Sunmi reveals Marilyn Monroe inspired the choreography for ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’

The singer also tried her hand at imitating the Hollywood legend’s iconic ad-libs

Sunmi has shared the inspiration behind the choreography of her new single, ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’, which dropped earlier this month.

In a newly-released behind-the-scenes clip from the set of the ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ music video, the singer broke down some key references in the song’s choreography, including a portion inspired by iconic Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe.

Sunmi shared that the ‘shy hip pop’ dance move in the song’s chorus was based off of a similar move by the Hollywood legend. “You can’t sit with us, oh! Then be coy,” she explained, demonstrating the specific portion of the choreography. The singer went on to provide her own sound effects, mirroring Monroe’s iconic ad-libs.


The retro-inspired ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’ is the title track of Sunmi’s latest mini-album, ‘1/6’, which was released on August 6. The six-track project also includes songs like ‘SUNNY’ and ‘Borderline’, the latter having been written by the singer about her experience with borderline personality disorder (BPD). She had originally performed the song live first at concerts, before releasing its accompanying video last year.

In a glowing four-star review of ‘1/6’, NME’s Angela Patricia Suacillo praised Sunmi for her “ability to take the lively, upbeat elements of synth- and dance pop and use them to confront her anxieties”.

Sunmi is currently a mentor on the Mnet reality TV show Girls Planet 999alongside Girls Generation’s Tiffany Young. In a recent interview with 1st Look Magazine, Sunmi shared that she hoped to emphasise the importance of character to the show’s contestants.