Girls’ Generation (소녀시대) is a nine-member South Korean girl group formed by SM Entertainment in 2007. The nine members are: Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun. They are often referred to as SoShi (소시), or SNSD.
The group has released two full albums, three mini-albums, and various singles. Their 2009 hit single “Gee” holds the record for being the longest running #1 song on KBS’s Music Bank, having held the #1 chart ranking for 9 consecutive weeks.
The group began a foray into the Japanese music scene in late 2010 under Nayutawave Records, a part of Universal Music, with the Japanese remakes of their 2009 Korean hits “Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)” and “Gee”.
Kim TaeYeon (김태연) was born on March 9th, 1989 in Jeonju, North Jeolla. Commonly known as Taeyeon is a South Korean pop singer, actress, and spokesmodel. She is the leader of the Korean nine-member girl group Girls’ Generation. She has also worked as TV presenter, radio DJ and appeared in reality-variety shows, as well as recording solo singles.
She was trained in singing and dancing. Taeyeon was discovered in the 2004 SM Entertainment’s 8th Annual Best Contest winning Best Singer 1st Place & Grand Award in the contest. In 2004, she was featured in The One’s song “You Bring Me Joy” before debuting as Girls’ Generation leader. She is a 2008 graduate of Jeonju Art High School.
Taeyeon became a DJ on Good Friend Radio, which she co-hosted with Super Junior’s Kangin until he left on April 19, 2009. From then on, she hosted the radio show single-handedly. Taeyeon ceased her DJ duties from April 26, 2010 onwards.
She was featured on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation reality-variety show We Got Married as part of the third rotation of couples; she was featured with comedian Jeong Hyeong-don.
Taeyeon is also a sub MC for Kim Seungwoo’s talk show, ‘SeungSeungJangKu’ (Korean: 승승장구) on KBS, MCing alongside 2PM’s Wooyoung, Choi Hwajung, Kim Shinyoung, and Kim Seungwoo.
On May 7, 2010, she had her musical debut as the main female role in “Midnight Sun”.
Sunny (써니; born Lee SoonKyu) is a South Korean singer, radio DJ, music show host and member of the Korean girl group Girls’ Generation. Sunny was born on May 15th, 1989.
Sunny has mentioned that she lived in Kuwait when she was an infant, and was born in the United States. However, her family then moved to South Korea around the time of the Gulf War. She is the niece of Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment.
In 1998, Sunny entered Starlight Entertainment and became a trainee for 5 years before transferring to Starworld where she became a member of a duet called “Sugar” which never debuted.
In 2007, she was then recommended by the singer Ahyoomee, who transferred to SM Entertainment. After several months of training under SM Entertainment, Sunny debuted as a member of Girls’ Generation that same year.
She was a co-DJ of the radio show Chunji until the broadcast ended in July 2008.
She was a permanent member on the show Star Golden Bell until Girls’ Generation’s song Oh! came out.
Sunny alongside with Yuri are part of reality show “Invincible Youth” in which they are a part of G7, consisting of 7 girls from idol groups.Due to Girls’ Generation’s Japanese debut and other activities, Sunny left the show, along with Hyuna and Yuri, in June 2010.
She also co-hosted a music show called “The M” with SS501’s Kim Hyung-jun and 2AM’s Seulong but had to leave the show due to her busy schedules. Her last appearance as an MC for the show was on April 4, 2010.
Stephanie Hwang (Korean name: Hwang Mi-young; 황미영) Was born on August 1st, 1989, best known simply as Tiffany, is an Korean American singer and dancer of the Korean girl group Girls’ Generation.
Tiffany was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Diamond Bar as the youngest of three siblings. She auditioned at the SM Starlight Casting System and joined the company in October 2004 in Los Angeles.She was trained at SM for 3 years and 7 months. Tiffany speaks both fluent English and Korean.
Tiffany was the co-host of Mnet’s Sonyeon Sonyeo Gayo Baekseo (Korean: 소년소녀 가요백서), along with Kim Hyesung from November 5, 2007 to June 13, 2008. Tiffany, along with other Girls’ Generation member Kwon Yuri, was an MC on MBC’s Show! Music Core, leaving after a farewell on July 31, 2010 to focus on SNSD’s Japan debut.
In December 25 2010, she was also a host MC for Christmas Show! Music Core along side SNSD’s Yuri. She was an MC for the 2010 SBS Gayo Daejeon award ceremony which was held on December 31 at the MBC Dream Center with Yuri & actor Ryu Si Won.
Kim HyoYeon (김효연), better known by her stage name Hyoyeon, is a South Korean recording artist and entertainer. She is a member of Korean girl group Girls’ Generation.
Hyoyeon was born in Incheon, South Korea on September 22, 1989. She is ambidextrous and grew up with her parents and her younger brother Kim Min Gu. She auditioned for SM Entertainment at the age of 11 through SM 2000 Casting System. Hyoyeon herself said she had no intentions to audition. Her mother was a fan of SM Entertainment’s boy band H.O.T. and brought her to the SM offices in the hopes, perhaps, of seeing them.For her audition, Hyoyeon danced.In 2004, she was sent to study Mandarin Chinese in Beijing, China alongside with Super Junior member Choi Siwon.
Hyoyeon’s formal dance training started in elementary school. At her neighborhood’s small hip-hop school,she learned Hip-Hop, Jazz and Latin dance.In 1999, she enrolled in Winners Dance School, a famous dance school in South Korea specializing in popping, locking, animation and various other hip-hop styles. At the school she met Miss A’s Min, with whom she formed the dance team Little Winners (리틀위너스). The duo performed at various showcases and was spotlighted by HipHoper.com in 2004.
She was BoA’s silhouette dancer during a performance at M.net KM Music Festival 2005.
On March 7, 2010 she played a cameo role on SBS Oh My Lady! starring Choi Siwon and Chae Rim with fellow members Jessica and Sooyoung.
Kwon Yuri (권유리) also known by her stage name Yuri, is a South Korean singer-songwriter, actress, model, and dancer. She is a member of Girls’ Generation.
Yuri was born in Goyang, South Korea on December 5, 1989. She auditioned at the SM Casting System and joined the company in 2001 after finishing in second place in the 2001 SM Youth Best Dancer Contest. She then underwent training for 5 years and 11 months before her debut.
She also had a small role in a television segment, “The King’s Boyfriend”, which was part of the 2005–2006 KMTV Super Junior documentary, Super Junior Show. Yuri also played a part in the KBS sitcom Unstoppable Wedding, alongside Sooyoung.
Yuri co-hosted the Korean music program Show! Music Core on MBC alongside another Girls’ Generation member, Tiffany, leaving after a farewell on July 31, 2010 to focus on SNSD’s Japan debut.
At the end of 2009 she was cast for KBS2 reality show Invincible Youth with her fellow member, Sunny. Because of Girls’ Generation’s international promotions, Yuri left the show in June 2010.
She debuted as a lyricist with the song “Mistake”, from Girls’ Generation’s EP, Hoot.
Choi SooYoung (최수영), commonly known as Sooyoung, is a South Korean singer, actress, spokesmodel, TV presenter, and radio DJ. She is a member of the Korean girl group Girls’ Generation.
SooYoung was born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea on February 10, 1990. She was discovered on SM Casting System via the 2000 SM Open Audition. She then auditioned for the 2002 Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo Audition and won first place.
After winning first place in the 2002 Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo, Sooyoung was sent to Japan and debuted as a member of the duo Route 0, alongside Malina Takahashi. The band released three singles: “Waku! Waku! It’s Love”, “Start”, and “Painting”.
Sooyoung played a part in the 2007 KBS 2TV sitcom Unstoppable Marriage, alongside Yuri. She co-starred with Lee Yeon-hee and Super Junior’s Kangin on the romantic comedy film Hello, Schoolgirl (순정만화; Sunjeong Manhwa) which was released on November 2008, where she acted as Jeong Da-jeong. On March 7, 2010, she played a cameo role on the SBS TV miniseries Oh My Lady!
Prior to her debut as a member of Girls’ Generation, she was a VJ of the 2005 M.net Hello Chat, alongside Super Junior’s Kangin. Also she worked as a radio DJ with Super Junior’s Sungmin on DMB ChunBangJiChuk Radio from July 2007 to January 2008. From May to November 2009, she was a presenter for MBC TV children’s game show Fantastic Duo along with Oh SangJin, and Kim JeDong.
Im YoonA (임윤아) is commonly known as YoonA, is a South Korean pop singer, dancer, actress, model and spokesmodel. She is a member of the Korean girl group Girls’ Generation. Yoona made her debut as a singer along with Girls’ Generation on August 5, 2007. She made her debut as an actress in the 2007 Korean drama, 9 Ends, 2 Outs.
Yoona was born in Seoul, South Korea on May 30, 1990. At a young age, she auditioned at the SM Saturday Open Casting Audition and joined the company in 2002. She began to train with the other trainees under the same company in the areas of acting, singing and dancing.
Yoona made her debut as an actress in 2007 with the drama 9 Ends, 2 Outs. In 2008, she acted in the drama Woman of Matchless Beauty before her first leading role in the daily drama You Are My Destiny which she won her important recognitions in acting. Yoona filmed her 2009 drama Cinderella Man alongside with Kwon Sang-woo.
Yoona was a guest on SBS TV Family Outing which ended February 14, 2010, and a permanent cast member on Family Outing Season 2 with Yoon Sang-hyun, Kim Won-hee, Ji Sang-ryeol, Shin Bong-seon, Super Junior’s Kim Heechul, 2AM’s Jo Kwon and 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon. The program ended its run on July 11, 2010 after 5 months.
Yoona released her first solo song “Innisfree Day” on August 30, 2010 for the Eco Handkerchief’s promotion of Innisfree Cosmetics.
Seohyun (서현; born as Seo Joo-Hyun 서주현) is a South Korean K-pop singer and entertainer as a member of the girl group Girls’ Generation.
Seohyun was born on June 28, 1991, in Seoul, South Korea as an only child. Seohyun was discovered in the 2003 SM Casting System.
She sang the song “S.E.O.U.L.” with Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Sungmin and Donghae and fellow Girls’ Generation members Taeyeon, Jessica, Sooyoung and Sunny.
She also sang the song for Caribbean Bay with her fellow members Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany and Yuri and with 2PM.
She sang a song in the official soundtrack of a MBC drama, Kim Soo Ro entitled, “It’s Okay Even If It Hurts”. It was heard on its 6th episode as the final song. The single was released on June 25, 2010.
She has done a special duet performance in the SMTown Live ‘10 World Tour with Super Junior’s Kyuhyun entitled “Call My Heart Out”.
In October 2010, Seohyun was one of the twenty idols from different South Korean groups that recorded the song, “Let’s Go”, for the purpose of increase public participation in 2010 G-20 Seoul summit. She provided vocals along with Super Junior’s Sungmin, SHINee’s Jonghyun and f(x)’s Luna.
She has also featured in SBS’s 2010 Gayo Daejun special maknaes (youngest members) performance of Britney Spears’ “Circus”.
She appeared on the single cover of her label-mate TRAX wearing a wedding dress. The single “Oh! My Goddess” (오! 나의 여신님) was released on September 6, 2010. She also appeared in its music video.
Seohyun is part of MBC’s reality-variety show We Got Married partnered with singer Jung Yong Hwa, who is the leader of the indie rock band C.N.Blue.
- Jessica (정수연)
Born on April 18th, 1989. She was born in San Francisco, and is fluent in both Korean and English. She trained for seven years before debuting with Girls’ Generation. Jessica made her musical theatre debut in the South Korean production of Legally Blonde in 2009. She has her own fashion brand “Blanc & Eclare”. In 2014, because of disagreements with the company and the members, she left the group.