Girls Generation Members Profile

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Girls’ Generation, abbreviated SNSD, is a South Korean girl group created by SM Entertainment. Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona, and Seohyun are the group’s eight members. Jessica left the group, which was originally a nine-member group, in September 2014. Girls’ Generation has won countless awards and the honorific appellation “The Nation’s Girl Group” in their own country as one of the most prominent South Korean figures and most successful K-pop groups globally.

So-nyuh Shi-dae is The group’s Korean name, which is derived from a Sino-Korean root that means “Generation of Girls”; they are also known as SoShi or SNSD, both of which are shortened variants of the Korean-language name. The group’s name is identical in Chinese and Japanese because it is made up of Chinese roots. Girls’ Generation made their debut with the single “Into the New World” off their self-titled Korean album on August 5, 2007. The group rose to prominence in 2009 with the track “Gee,” which topped KBS’s Music Bank for a record-breaking nine weeks and was Melon’s most popular song of the 2000s decade. Oh! (2010), their second Korean studio album, received the Golden Disc award for Album of the Year (Disk Daesang), marking the trio the first and only female artist to do so.

Tifanny

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Stage Name: Tiffany Young (티파니 영)
Birth Name: Stephanie Hwang (스테파니 황)
Korean Name: Hwang Mi Young (황미영)
Birthday: August 1, 1989
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Snake
Height: 163 cm (5’4″)
Weight: 51 kg (112 lbs)

Tiffany whose original name is Stephanie Young Hwang was born in San Francisco, California on August 1, 1989.  Her father, an elder sister, and an older brother make up her family. Her mother died unfortunately when she was just 12 years old, and she has a strained relationship with her father. [9] She was raised in Diamond Bar, California, and was influenced by K-pop star BoA. Tiffany entered a singing contest at the age of 15 after being encouraged by her brother. A local SM Entertainment representative noticed her, she auditioned, and she was accepted as a trainee. Three weeks later, she relocated to South Korea.

Tiffany graduated from Korea Kent Foreign School and spent nearly four years training at SM Entertainment. In August 2007, she made her debut as a member of the South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation. Tiffany, the name her mother wanted to name her when she was born, became her stage name. Tiffany’s early solo work, aside from Girls’ Generation, was largely comprised of songs produced for side projects and original soundtracks. sadly she has also served as a host for a number of television shows. Tiffany was diagnosed with voice nodules in early 2008 and required medical treatment.

Tiffany made her debut as a musical actor in December 2011–January 2012, playing the lead in the Korean adaption of the musical Fame. Tiffany and fellow members Taeyeon and Seohyun established TTS, a Girls’ Generation subgroup, in April 2012. Tiffany began working on a solo project in the summer of 2015, with the intention of it being the “transition into the next phase of her music career.”Tiffany quit SM Entertainment in October 2017, and her future with Girls’ Generation is still up in the air. She returned to Los Angeles to seek a solo singing career and to study acting which she was passionate about.

Some of her achievements are;

Hot School Girl (“Herself”) – Mnet 20’s Choice Awards (2008)
Best OST (“Herself”) – 11th Mnet Asian Music Awards (2009)
Special Award: MC Division (with Yuri) (“Show! Music Core”) – MBC Entertainment Awards (2011)
Best Dance Performance Solo (“I Just Wanna Dance”) – 18th Mnet Asian Music Award (2016)
Song of the Year (“I Just Wanna Dance”) – 18th Mnet Asian Music Award (2016)

Taeyeon

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Stage Name: Taeyeon (태연)
Birth Name: Kim Tae Yeon (김태연)
Birthday: March 9, 1989
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Korean
Height: 158 cm (5’2″)
Weight: 45 kg (99 lbs)

Taeyeon was born in Jeonju, South Korea, on March 9, 1989. Her family comprises of her parents, an elder brother, and a younger sister, Kim Hayeon, who debuted on her own in 2020. She used to think she was “just talented” at singing. Taeyeon followed her father to SM Academy for singing training during her second year of middle school. Although her father did not want Taeyeon to pursue a career as a performer at the time, the school’s principal urged him to give his daughter an opportunity after recognizing Taeyeon’s “clean” voice. Taeyeon followed her father from their village to Seoul every Sunday for a year to take singing training from The One.

In 2004, he “wanted to recognize Taeyeon’s talent” by providing her the opportunity to appear in his song “You Bring Me Joy.” She earned first place in the SM Youth Best Competition the same year and secured a contract with SM Entertainment.The training procedure was so difficult that she almost resigned at one point; nonetheless, she persevered and made her debut as a member of the girl group Girls’ Generation in August 2007. Years later, Taeyeon was selected as one of the most memorable pupils by both the president of SM Academy and The One. She completed her education at Jeonju Art High School in 2008 and received the school’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Taeyeon dabbled in acting, making her stage debut as the lead in the 2010 musical A Song to the Sun. She played Kaoru Amane, a teenager with xeroderma pigmentosum, and learned to play the guitar for the role. Despite the musical’s negative reviews, her performance in the sold-out concerts earned positive praise. Taeyeon started concentrating on her solo ventures in late 2014, claiming that her “perfect time” had arrived after eight years with the Girls’ Generation. Taeyeon’s debut studio album, My Voice, was released in February 2017 after a year in the making and featured the hit “Fine.”

Taeyeon’s early music was primarily ballads recorded for television soundtracks. She was dubbed the “representative vocalist of popular OSTs” due to the success of songs such as “If” (2008) and “Can You Hear Me” (2009). Taeyeon’s musical styles have evolved since her debut as a solo singer. Her debut single “I,” released in 2015, has a pop-rock feel. In 2016, the track “Rain” contains jazz and R&B components, while “Why” incorporates EDM, R&B, and tropical house beats. Numerous K-pop musicians have claimed Taeyeon as an inspiration. BTS cited her as the inspiration for their song “Boy In Luv.” Taeyeon has been described as a “finished piece” who can play a variety of roles, including artist, beauty icon, and fashion trend leader, particularly in Asia.  Since 2008, she has supported numerous Korean beauty goods due to her fame as a beauty icon.

Some of her achievements are;

Most Popular Artists ( – Top 50 (“Kim Taeyeon”) – Asia Artist Awards (2018)
Song of the Month – (“If”) – Cyworld Digital Music Awards (2008)
Song of the Year – (“I”) – Gaon Chart Music Awards (2015)
Song of the Year –(“Rain”) – Gaon Chart Music Awards (2016)
Song of the Year –  (“Starlight”) – Gaon Chart Music Awards (2016)
Song of the Year –  (“Why”) – Gaon Chart Music Awards (2016)
Song of the Year –  (“11:11”) – Gaon Chart Music Awards (2016)
Album of the Year – (“My Voice”) – Gaon Chart Music Awards (2018)
Song of the Year –  (“Fine”) – Gaon Chart Music Awards (2018)
Song of the Year –  (“This Christmas”) – Gaon Chart Music Awards (2018)
Mobile Vote Popularity Award – (“Kim Taeyeon”) – Gaon Chart Music Awards (2018)
Yepp Popularity Award – (“Can You Hear Me”) – Golden Disc Awards (2008)
Disc Bonsang – (“/”) (Debut Extended Play by Taeyeon) – Golden Disc Awards (2016)
Digital Bonsang – (“I”) – Golden Disc Awards (2016)
Digital Daesang – (“I”) – Golden Disc Awards (2016)
Popularity Award – (“Kim Taeyeon”) – Golden Disc Awards (2016)
Global Popularity Award – (“Kim Taeyeon”) – Golden Disc Awards (2016)
iQiyi Best Female Artist – (“Kim Taeyeon”) – Golden Disc Awards (2016)
Popularity Award – (“Kim Taeyeon”) – Golden Disc Awards (2017)
Disc Bonsang – (“Why”) (Debut Extended Play by Taeyeon) – Golden Disc Awards (2017)
Digital Bonsang – (“Rain”) – Golden Disc Awards (2017)
Digital Daesang – (“Rain”) – Golden Disc Awards (2017)
Disc Daesang – (“My Voice”) – Golden Disc Awards (2018)
Disc Bonsang – (“My Voice”) – Golden Disc Awards (2018)
Digital Bonsang Award – (“Fine”) – Golden Disc Awards (2018)
Global Popularity Award – (“Kim Taeyeon”) – Golden Disc Awards (2018)

Yoona

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Stage Name: Yoona (윤아)
Birth Name: Im Yoon Ah (임윤아)
Birthday: May 30, 1990
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Height: 168 cm (5’6″)
Weight: 48 kg (106 lbs)

Yoona was born on May 30, 1990, in Seoul, South Korea’s Yeongdeungpo-gu. Her family comprises of her father and a five-year-old elder sister.In 2009, Yoona graduated from Daeyoung High School. She majored in theatrical studies and graduated from Dongguk University in February 2015, winning a lifetime achievement award during the event. Seohyun, another member of Girls’ Generation, went to the same university as her. She won the SM Saturday Open Casting Audition in 2002 and spent the next five years “doing nothing but nonstop training” in singing, dancing, and acting. In August 2007, she made her formal debut as a member of Girls’ Generation, becoming the group’s “center.”

Yoona has been in a number of television dramas in addition to her work with Girls’ Generation. Her acting career started in 2007 with a little part in the MBC drama Two Outs in the Ninth Inning. Yoona has been dubbed a “CF Queen” as a result of her numerous television commercial films, and she has served as a brand spokeswoman for a number of companies. CNN referred to her as “one of the household names in the Asia-Pacific area,” crediting her with helping Korean cosmetics companies gain traction in China.  She was the first idol to support S-Oil, a big South Korean petroleum, and refinery firm, in 2010. She participated in at least 20 advertisements in 2012, and TVCF, South Korea’s leading advertisement information site, ranked her sixth among celebrities with the most commercial appearances.

Yoona has been praised as a top idol-actor and a notable South Korean celebrity as a member of the Girls’ Generation and a successful actress. Yoona’s success in music and acting has led to her independently endorsing almost 40 products abroad, including long-time collaborator Innisfree, including 10 in 2019 alone. Yoona was named one of Asia’s “30 under 30” most prominent personalities in entertainment and sports by Forbes magazine in 2016.

Sunny

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stage Name: Sunny (써니)
Birth Name: Lee Soon Kyu (이순규)
Position: Lead Vocalist, Sub Rapper
Birth Date: May 15, 1989
Zodiac sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 158 cm (5’2″)
Weight: 44 kg (97 lbs)

Sunny was born in Orange County, California on May 15, 1989. Her parents and two elder sisters, ten and fifteen years her senior, make up her family. Her birthday is the same as her sisters’.Sunny’s paternal uncle is SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man. During the Gulf War, her family relocated to Kuwait when she was still an infant, then to South Korea shortly after. Sunny was up terrified of loud noises as a result of her brief wartime experience. Her father encouraged her to pursue a career as a vocalist. Sunny joined SM Entertainment in 1998 as a trainee for five years.

She joined the Starworld agency, where her father was a manager and was set to make her debut in a duet group named Sugar. The group unfortunately never materialized. She rejoined SM Entertainment and continued her training there until August 2007, when she made her formal debut as a member of the Girls’ Generation. With the release of their hit single “Gee” in 2009, the trio garnered great recognition. Sunny has been involved in a variety of side ventures in addition to her work in Girls’ Generation. Sunny co-hosted Melon Chunji Radio with Super Junior’s Sungmin in early 2008. Sunny recorded a song called”Your Doll” for the soundtrack of the SBS drama Oh! My Lady in March 2010, and it became her first song to chart on the Gaon Digital Chart, peaking at number 88. She made her voice-over debut in January 2012, when she appeared in the Korean-dubbed version of the animated film The Outback. Sunny was cast in her debut musical, Catch Me If You Can, from 2012 to 2013, which was based on the actual tale and life of a con artist named Frank Abagnale. Sunny was announced as a celebrity judge for the upcoming show Vocal War: God’s Voice in March 2016. The show’s goal is to establish a one-on-one singing war between seasoned Korean singers and promising amateur vocalists.

 

Some of her achievements are;

Hot Female Multitainer for “Herself” – Mnet 20’s Choice Awards (2010)
Best New Actress for “Catch Me if You Can” – The 6th Musical Awards (2012)
Best New Actress for “Catch Me if You Can”– The 19th Korean Musical Awards (2013)
Rookie Radio DJ Award for “Sunny’s FM Date” – MBC Entertainment Awards (2014)

Yuri

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Stage Name: Yuri (유리)
Birth Name: Kwon Yu Ri (권유리)
Position: Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
Birth Date: December 5, 1989
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Birth Place: Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Height: 167 cm (5’6″)
Weight: 46 kg (101 lbs)

On December 5, 1989, Yuri was born in Deogyang-gu, Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea. she also has a sibling,Her older brother is Kwon Hyuk-Joon.  After coming second in the 2001 SM Youth Best Dancer Contest, she auditioned at the SM Entertainment Casting System and joined the business in 2001. She then trained for 5 years and 11 months before making her debut. In 2008, she graduated from Neunggok High School. On May 20, 2014, she and Sooyoung were named as Chung-Ang University’s new ambassadors.She received a Lifetime Achievement Award as Honorary Ambassador of the institution during the graduation ceremony on February 15, 2016, as well as a degree in Theater and Film.

In August 2007, Yuri made her formal debut as a member of the 9-member girl group Girls’ Generation. Apart from her group’s activities, she had a minor role in The King’s Boyfriend, a television piece that was part of the documentary Super Junior Show by S.M Entertainment. Yuri had a recurring role as a high school student in the 2008 KBS2 comedy Unstoppable Marriage, alongside fellow member Sooyoung. The girls’ Generation’s schedules got busier as they prepared for their Japanese debut. As a result, Yuri and Sunny quit Invincible Youth in June of 2010. She and Tiffany had to quit Show! Music Core the next month for the same reason, in order to focus on the group’s activities. Yuri was confirmed in August 2018 as a member of Girls’ Generation’s second sub-group, Oh!GG, which included the five members that stayed with SM Entertainment; the group released their debut song, “Lil’ Touch,” in September. Kwon was confirmed to appear in the indie film Dolphin in September 2021, making his first appearance on the big screen in 2015.

Some of her achievements are;

Best Female MC (“Invincible Youth”) – KBS Entertainment Awards (2010)
Hot Campus Girl (“Herself”) – 5th Mnet 20’s Choice Awards (2011)
MC Special Award (with Tiffany) (“Show! Music Core”) – MBC Entertainment Awards (2011)
Best New Actress (“Fashion King”) – 5th Korea Drama Awards (2012)
New Star Award (“Fashion King”) – SBS Drama Awards (2012)
Most Popular Actress (TV) (“Fashion King”) – 49th Baeksang Arts Awards (2013)
Most Popular Actress (Film) (“No Breathing”) – 50th Baeksang Arts Awards (2014)
Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama (“Innocent Defendant”) – SBS Drama Awards (2017)

Seohyun

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Stage Name: Seohyun (서현)
Birth Name: Seo Joo Hyun (서주현)
Birth Date: June 28, 1991
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 170 cm (5’7″)
Weight: 49 kg (108 lbs)

Seohyun was born on June 28, 1991, in Seoul, South Korea, as Seo Ju-Hyun. She is the only kid in her family. Seohyun’s mother was the head of a piano school, and she was taught to play the piano, violin, and traditional Korean drums as a youngster. As a kid, she also learned to ride a horse and skate. Her parents did not urge her to become a star, but Seohyun credits them with helping her chose her professional path by allowing her to try new things. Seohyun was spotted by a talent scout while commuting aboard a metro train as a fifth-grader. She auditioned for SM Entertainment and was approved as a trainee after singing children’s songs.In February 2010, She graduated from Jeonju Arts High School. She studied theatrical acting at Dongguk University and graduated in August 2014, winning an accomplishment award at the graduation ceremony.

Seohyun made her formal debut as the maknae of the girl group Girls’ Generation in August 2007. [10] After the release of their hit track “Gee” in 2009, the group’s fame skyrocketed. Seohyun’s early solo work was largely composed of side projects and original soundtracks. Despite their lack of commercial success, her duet with veteran singer Joo Hyun-mi, “JjaLaJaJJa,” received a “Trot Music of the Year” nomination at the 2009 Mnet Asian Music Awards. Seohyun, together with Taeyeon and Tiffany, founded TTS, a Girls’ Generation subgroup, in April 2012.

Seohyun made her acting debut in 2013 when she was hired in a supporting role in SBS’s drama Passionate Love. She was Han Yu-rim. Seohyun, who describes himself as someone who enjoys both singing and acting, became interested in musical theater. With the release of her first extended play, Don’t Say No, in January 2017, Seohyun became the third member of Girls’ Generation to release a solo album. Seohyun signed with new agency Namoo Actors in March 2019. Seohyun was revealed as the female lead in the forthcoming drama The Jinx’s Lover on July 1, 2021.

She has also done a lot of philanthropist works such as In 2011, Seohyun chose former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as her life mentor and role model, claiming that his book had helped her overcome adversity at one point. She was selected as the ambassador for the United Nations Pavilion at Yeosu Expo, where she was honored by Ban. She gave 100 million Korean won to Dongguk University in 2013 in an effort to assist less poor students in their education. Seohyun will contribute 100 million Korean won in feminine items to the NGO Official Development Association Korea in 2020.

Some of her achievements are:

Best New Actress (“Bad Thief, Good Thief”) – 2017 MBC Drama Awards – December 30, 2017
Special Actress (fantasy) (“Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”) – 2016 SBS Drama Awards – December 31, 2016

Sooyoung

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Stage Name: Sooyoung (수영)
Birth Name: Choi Soo Young (최수영)
Birthday: February 10, 1990
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Korean
Height: 172 cm (5’8″)
Weight: 49 kg (108 lbs)

Sooyoung was born on February 10, 1990, in Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea. She has an older sister who is amusical theater performer Choi Soo-jin. In 2009, Sooyoung graduated from JeongShin Women’s High School. She majored in cinema studies and graduated from Chung-Ang University in February 2016, winning a lifetime achievement award during the event. Sooyoung was found while she was in fifth grade through an SM Entertainment Open Audition. Later, she earned first place in the 2002 Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo Audition and made her Japanese debut as a part of Route 0. Before disbanding in 2003, the pair recorded three songs.

Sooyoung returned to SM Entertainment and made her South Korean debut in August 2007 as a member of the girl group Girls’ Generation. With the release of their hit single “Gee” in 2009, the trio garnered great recognition. Apart from Girls’ Generation, Sooyoung has been involved in a number of music and acting ventures. Sooyoung has dabbled in lyric writing as well as provided vocals to Girls’ Generation songs throughout her career. She wrote the lyrics to three songs: “How Great is Your Love” (2011), “What Do I Do” (2016), and “Sailing (0805)” (2016), as well as co-writing “Baby Maybe” (2013).

She received her first significant acting role in tvN’s medical drama The Third Hospital in September 2012. Sooyoung landed the lead role in MBC’s melodrama My Spring Days in September 2014. Sooyoung will star in the Netflix original series “Move to Heaven: I am a relic organizer,” according to Korean media on April 30, 2021. Sooyoung has sponsored an annual charity auction event called “Beaming Effect” to collect funds for research into retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that her father has had since 2015.

Some of her achievements are;

015 Korean Drama Awards | Excellent Award, Actress (“The Spring Day of My Life”)
2014 MBC Drama Awards | Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries (“The Spring Day of My Life”)

 

Hyoyeon

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Stage Name: Hyoyeon (효연)
Birth Name: Kim Hyo Yeon (김효연)
Birthday: September 22, 1989
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Incheon, South Korea
Height: 161.4 cm (5’3″)
Weight: 44 kg (97 lbs)

On September 22, 1989, Hyeon was born in Incheon, South Korea.  She was raised by her parents and younger brother, Kim Min-gu. Hyoyeon began formal dance training in elementary school. She learnt hip hop, jazz, and Latin dance at her neighborhood’s local hip-hop school. In 1999, she joined Winners Dance School, a well-known South Korean dance school focusing in popping, locking, animation, and other hip-hop genres.

At the age of 11, Hyoyeon auditioned for SM Entertainment through the SM 2000 Casting System. Hyoyeon stated that she auditioned since her mother brought her to the S.M. Entertainment headquarters hoping to meet H.O.T. Hyoyeon then took part in an audition program. She was sent to Beijing to learn Chinese with Super Junior’s Siwon in 2004. The Electric Boogaloos taught her how to dance. Before joining Girls’ Generation, she worked with a Janet Jackson choreographer and was BoA’s silhouette dancer in 2005. In 2007, she collaborated with Jae Won on a dance to “Anonymous.” On Star-News, Hyoyeon was also named Korea’s No. 1 idol dancer. In August 2007, Hyoyeon made her debut as a member of Girls’ Generation, a South Korean girl group created by SM Entertainment. On March 7, 2010, Hyoyeon and Girls’ Generation members Jessica and Sooyoung appeared in episode 7 of the SBS television miniseries Oh! My Lady. Hyoyeon released her first solo song, “Mystery,” as another single for SM Station In December 2016. Hyoyeon’s second single, “Wannabe,” a pop dance song featuring rapper San E, was released in June 2017. S.M. Entertainment published on April 12 that Hyoyeon will return as DJ Hyo on April 18 with a new single named “Sober” under SM’s electronic dance music label. Hyoyeon and BIBI released their new song “Second” on August 9, 2021.

Some of her achievements are;

Female Newcomer for Dancing With The Stars 2 (“Herself”) – MBC Entertainment Awards (2012)
Most Popular Artists (Singer) (“Girls’ Generation”) – Asia Artist Awards (2016)
Most Popular Artists (Singer) (“Girls’ Generation”) – Asia Artist Awards (2017)
The Best Asian Artist Award (“Girls’ Generation”) – Asia Song Festival (2008)
Asian Best Group (“Girls’ Generation”) – Asia Song Festival (2009)
Asian Best Group (“Girls’ Generation”) – Asia Song Festival (2011)
Rookie of the Month – August (“Into the New World”) – Cyworld Digital Music Awards (2007)
Song of the Month – January (“Gee”) – Cyworld Digital Music Awards (2009)

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