Arguably one of the biggest boy bands in the world at the moment, K-pop darlings, and fierce advocators of being your own biggest fan – BTS – made history overnight as the first South Korean music group to speak at the United Nations.

All seven immaculately-dressed members of the group attended the launch of the UN’s global youth initiative Generation Unlimited at the UN’s 73rd General Assembly, joining other youth delegates in New York to speak on behalf of the world’s young people.

Kim Namjoon (known as RM) took to the mic for a rousing and emotional speech about self-acceptance and self-confidence, leaning into the extensive philanthropic work that the group does through their ‘Love Myself‘ campaign, their Love Yourself albums, and the work they’ve been doing for the UN’s ENDViolence campaign.

Namjoon, flanked by his BTS bandmates, spoke about his personal experiences with overcoming hurdles and obstacles to chase his dreams from a young boy in a city just outside of Seoul to be one of the faces of one of the most influential musical acts in the world in 2018, and thanked the group’s fans (known as the ARMY) for their unending support.

Even after the decision of joining BTS, there were a lot of hurdles…Most people thought we were hopeless, and sometimes I just wanted to quit. Anything that I’ve achieved, it was only possible that I had my other BTS members right by my side, and because of the love and support that our Army fans all over the world made for us.

I’d like to ask all of you: What is your name? What excites you and makes your heart beat? Tell me your story. I want to hear your voice and I want to hear your conviction. No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin colour, your gender identity – just speak yourself.

BTS fans reacted to the speech online, confirming Namjoon’s claims that they are the “best in the world.”

Fans have also begun to share their own stories through the #SpeakYourself hashtag, talking about their own struggles and how BTS has helped them in their darkest times.

Check out the whole speech below and just try and not feel bloody motivated to do good things like these pure and precious angels who we do not deserve.

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