So Nyeo Shi Dae

Girls' Generation

Girls’ Generation (Hangul: Korean: 소녀시대; Hanja: Korean: 少女時代) is a South Korean nine-member girl group formed by SM Entertainment in 2007. Its members include (in order of official announcement) YoonA, Tiffany, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Taeyeon, Jessica, and Sunny. International Girls’ Generation fans usually refer to the group as SNSD, the acronym of the group’s Korean name So Nyeo Shi Dae or So Nyuh Shi Dae.

Member Profiles

1. Taeyeon

  • Birth name: Kim Tae Yeon (Hangul: 김태연)
  • Date of birth: March 9, 1989 (age 20)

Leader of the group, she has since ventured out into DJ-ing and reality-variety shows such as her Chin Chin Radio, Hello baby with her fellow members, along with various solo singles. KBS Drama Hong Gil Dong (TV series) “만약에 (Manyage / If)” and MBC Drama Beethoven Virus “들리나요… (Deullinayo / Can You Hear Me…?)” Recently, she did a duet with fellow member Sunny, 사랑인걸요 (I’m only in love), an OST from MBC drama, Heading to the ground, starring TVXQ leader Jung Yunho.

2. Jessica

  • Birth name: Jessica Jung (Hangul: 제시카 정)
  • Korean name: Jung Soo-Yeon (Hangul: 정수연; Hanja: 鄭秀妍)
  • Date of birth: April 18, 1989 (1989-04-18) (age 20)

Jessica was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Along with Tiffany and SeoHyun, she released a single, “Oppa Nappa” (Korean: 오빠 나빠) and “Mabinogi [It’s Fantastic!]”. She starred in Kim Jo-han’s music video “Love is Late, I’m Sorry” and also featured in 8Eight‘s song, “I Love You”. In their second mini-album Tell Me Your Wish (Genie), she sings a duet with SHINee‘s leader Onew in the track “One Year Later” (Korean: 1년 後). Jessica and Park Myeong-su (Korean: 박명수) released a duet song for Infinity Challenge called, “NaengMyun” (Korean: 냉면). Her younger sister, Krystal, is a member of f(x). She also appeared in Super Junior-M‘s music video “Super Girl“. She will be playing the main character, Elle Woods, in the Korean production of Legally Blonde – The Musical from November 2009 at the Seoul SamSungDong CoEX Atrium.

3. Sunny

  • Birth name: Lee Sun-Kyu (Hangul: 이순규; Hanja: 李順圭)
  • Date of birth: May 15, 1989 (age 20)

Sunny was a trainee under a different entertainment company before she transferred into SM Entertainment. After several months of training under SM Entertainment in 2007, Sunny debuted as a member of Girls’ Generation that same year. She was a co-DJ of ChunJi (Korean: 천방지축 라디오, literally Reckless Radio), along with Sungmin (Korean: 성민), of Super Junior until the broadcast ended on the July 30, 2008. Sunny appeared in Super Junior-H‘s music video for “Cooking? Cooking!“. Sunny also sang the song “Finally Now” (Korean: 이제서야), on the soundtrack for the movie Story of Wine. She also co-hosts a music show called The M with SS501‘s Hyungjoon. She is also the niece of Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment. She also revealed that her dad was in “Hwaljooro” (Korean: 활주로), the famous college band with Bae Chul Soo, a famous radio DJ and the host of show 7080. Sunny and Yuri are permanent guests in the television program “Invincible Youth”, as part of G7(consisting of 7 girls from popular korean idol groups).

4. Tiffany

  • Birth name: Stephanie Hwang
  • Korean name: Hwang Mi-Young (Hangul: 황미영; Hanja: 黄美英)
  • Date of birth: August 1, 1989 (age 20)

Born in Los Angeles but raised in Diamond Bar, California, USA, she was discovered in the SM Starlight Casting System 2004 in Los Angeles. Along with SeoHyun and Jessica, she released a single, “Oppa Nappa” (Korean: 오빠 나빠) and “Mabinogi [It’s Fantastic!]”. She was the co-host of Sonyeo Sonyeon Gayo Baekso (Korean: 소년소녀 가요백서), along with Kim Hyesung from November 5, 2007 to June 13, 2008. She sang “Na Honjaseo” (Korean: “나 혼자서”, “By Myself“) from the Ja Myung Go soundtrack, a duet with K.Will called “Sonyeo, Sarangeul Mannada” (Korean: “소녀, 사랑을 만나다”, “A Girl Meets Love“), as well as “Feeling Only You” by The Blue (Kim Min-Jong & Son Ji Chang) with Soo Young. Tiffany and Yuri currently host MBC’s Music Core.

5. Hyoyeon

  • Birth name: Kim Hyo-Yeon
  • Date of birth: September 22, 1989 (age 20)

She was BoA‘s silhouette during a dance break in BoA’s “Over the Top” performance at the MKMF Awards in 2005. Hyoyeon attended a hip hop dance school that specialized in waving, popping, locking, and animation. Prior to her debut, Hyoyeon traveled to Beijing, China in 2004 with Super Junior’s Siwon to learn Mandarin and more about Chinese culture. She is the group’s main dancer.

6. Yuri

  • Birth name: Kwon Yu-Ri (Hangul: 권유리; Hanja: 權侑利)
  • Date of birth: December 5, 1989 (age 19)

YuRi appeared in TVXQ’s “Beautiful Life”. Besides that, 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 appeared in a choco pie cf with Jang Dong Gan. YuRi also played a part in the sitcom Unstoppable Marriage (Korean: 못말리는 결혼), alongside SooYoung. Yuri alongside with Sooyoung sang the song Ggok (Korean: 꼭)as an OST for the movie, “Working Mom”. YuRi is also the centerpiece of K. Will’s music video “Dropping the Tears” (Korean: 눈물이 뚝뚝), and appears in the music video for “JjaRaJaJja” (Korean: 짜라자짜) by Joo Hyun-Mi & SeoHyun (ft. Davichi). Apart from her solo works, she is currently the co-host of Korean music program Music Core on MBC alongside Tiffany. Yuri and Sunny are permanent guests in the television program “Invincible Youth”, as part of G7 (consisting of 7 girls from popular korean idol groups).

7. Sooyoung

  • Birth name: Choi Soo-Young (Hangul: 최수영; Hanja: 崔秀英)
  • Date of birth: February 10, 1990 (age 19)

Before Sooyoung’s audition to Girls’ Generation, she made a brief debut in Japan as a singer in the group called “Route φ”. She first debuted with Marina Takahashi with the song “Start”. She was previously a DJ of ChunJi (Korean: 천방지축 라디오, literally Reckless Radio), along with Sungmin of Super Junior but was soon replaced by Sunny due to schedule conflicts. Sooyoung also played a part in the sitcom Unstoppable Marriage (Korean: 못말리는 결혼), alongside Yuri and was also in the movie Hello Schoolgirl with Kang-in of Super Junior and actress Lee Yeon-hee. Currently, she hosts MBC TV program Fantastic Duo (Korean: 환상의 짝꿍). She also featured in “Feeling Only You” by The Blue (Kim Min-Jong & Son Ji Chang) with Tiffany.

8. Yoona

Further information: Im Yoona
  • Birth name: Im Yoon-Ah (Hangul: 임윤아; Hanja: 林潤娥)
  • Date of birth: May 30, 1990 (age 19)

YoonA was the first trainee revealed to be a member of Girls’ Generation. She debuted in the 2007 drama series 9 Ends 2 Outs (9회말 2아웃) playing a minor role, and went on to co-star as the lead in You Are My Destiny and Cinderella Man.

9. Seohyun

  • Birth name: Seo Joo-Hyun (Hangul: 서주현; Hanja: 徐珠賢)
  • Date of birth: June 28, 1991 (age 18)

She was casted in the 2003 SM Casting System. She was a 2004 SMART uniform model with TVXQ. Along with Jessica and Tiffany, they released a single “Oppa Nappa” (Korean: 오빠 나빠), and “Mabinogi (It’s Fantastic!)”. On February 17, 2009, her duet with trot singer Joo Hyun-Mi (Korean: 주현미), was digitally released, called “JjaRaJaJja” (Korean: 짜라자짜). With Jessica, they posed for a magazine cover together with Kim Bum. Currently she is studying at Daeyoung High School.

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