Girl’s Generation

Summary: Girl’s Generation, or SNSD, debuted on August 5, 2007.  SNSD is made of nine members, from oldest to youngest are TaeYeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, HyoYeon, YuRi, SooYoung, YooNa, and SeoHyun.  By 2009 when they released the song “Gee,” they were rising in popularity, Gee becoming number 1 within two days.  They began to get into the Japanese music scene in late 2010. To see their full discography, go here. Jessica left the group in 2014.

We would listen to their songs, but we really didn’t start caring about SNSD until only recently.  We knew Tiffany was the one that would mess up on choreography and got in trouble often, and YooNa was the one that every.  Single.  One.  Of our male Korean friends liked.  Thanks to watching a bit of We Got Married, we also learned what SeoHyun was like, as well.  Probably around summer of 2011, we decided to finally learn their names. (Velexa has succeeded; I’m getting there… very, very slowly.)  Before, we didn’t care much about them simply because they were girls, and so were we.  We were only interested in the boy bands.  We decided it was time to get to know the girl groups as well, and we’ve really grown to like SNSD.

Member Profiles

TaeYeon

Birth Name: Kim TaeYeon
Birth Date: March 9, 1989
Birth Place: Jeolla, South Korea
Family: younger sister, older brother, parents
Facts:

  • TaeYeon’s parents believe their children should do what they want, so they are very supportive of her career
  • She never liked playing with dolls, she preferred playing with tops, robots, and cars
  • She once dreamed of being an announcer
  • TaeYeon claims to be taller than Sunny by 2cm
  • She’s a sleep talker
  • She once wanted to quit as SNSD’s leader
  • She’s a Bi (Rain) fangirl
  • She has a bad memory
  • She hates aegyo
  • She doesn’t like long-haired boys
  • She wants to visit Japan and the US
  • Her ideal man is Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z
  • She has five piercings
  • Has been dating EXO’s BaekHyun since 2014

Sunny

Birth Name: Lee SoonKyu
Birth Date: May 15, 1989
Birth Place: Los Angeles, Ca; moved to Kuwait as a baby, then to South Korea during the Gulf War
Family: two older sister, parents
Facts:

  • She speaks fluent Korean, as well as speaking English, Chinese, and Japanese.
  • Was originally going to be in a duet called Sugar that was managed by her older sister
  • She is the niece of Lee SooMan
  • Was suggested to SM Entertainment by singer Ayumi
  • Because most of her family was in the music industry, they knew it would be difficult for her and opposed her becoming a singer
  • WheeSung was Sunny’s singing teacher
  • She shares her birthday with her two sisters and her mother
  • She does the cute high voice in Super Junior Happy’s song “Cooking? Cooking!”
  • Has a crush on Daniel Henney
  • She is the “fake maknae” and considered the cutest member of SNSD
  • Her sleeping habit is she mumbles like a puppy

Tiffany

Birth Name: Hwang MiYoung (English Name: Stephanie)
Birth Date: August 1, 1989
Birth Place: San Francisco, Ca; later moved to Diamond Bar, Ca
Family: Older brother and sister, dad, mother died when she was 14
Facts:

  • The song “Dear Mom” from the album Gee was dedicated to her mother
  • Was in training for three years and seven months
  • Speaks English and Korean fluently and also speaks Japanese and Chinese
  • She loves visiting fan sites
  • Bought chicken for Onew while they were in LA for SMTown
  • HeeChul once said Tiffany would make a good radio DJ because she talks a lot
  • She once translated a fanfiction starring her and Edward Cullen so the other SNSD members could read it
  • Was born in the same hospital as Jessica
  • Has been dating 2PM’s Nichkhun since 2013

HyoYeon

Birth Name: Kim HyoYeon
Birth Date: September 22, 1989
Birth Place: Incheon, South Korea
Family: younger brother, parents
Facts:

  • Some Koreans think she doesn’t look Korean
  • She once considered Yuri a threat to her “dancing queen” title
  • She and TaeYeon battle it out for SNSD’s best cook
  • Can’t be funny on the spot, gets stage fright
  • Loves fast food
  • Finds doing laundry comforting
  • Wants to get married early and have a family
  • Athletic, one of the three best runners in SNSD
  • Studied in China with SiWon for a year
  • She has fourteen ear piercings and a tongue piercing
  • She’s trained with Poppin’ HyunJoon, Black Beat’s Shim JaeWon, CSJH’s Stephanie, and Lee MinWoo
  • Good friends with JYP entertainers including Miss A’s Min, KARA’s Nicole and GyuRi, and 2PM’s Junsu
  • Entered SM Entertainment when she was only in fifth grade
  • Ambidextrious

Yuri

Birth Name: Kwon YuRi
Birth Date: December 5, 1989
Birth Place: Kyeonggi, South Korea
Family: older brother, parents
Facts:

  • When she focuses on something, she doesn’t pay attention to anything else
  • Acts feminine when a handsome guy is near
  • Can’t play badminton well
  • Can’t do math well
  • Takes care of her health
  • In 10th grade, she had a boyfriend
  • Her brother is currently doing military service
  • Loves Mickey Mouse
  • Can play violin
  • She likes to imitate other members
  • She shares her birthday with Walt Disney
  • She’s afraid of elephants
  • She’ll fall asleep ten minutes after a movie starts, then wake up again ten minutes before the movie ends because the other members are clapping or talking.

SooYoung

Birth Name: Choi SooYoung
Birth Date: February 10, 1990
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: older sister, parents
Facts:

  • Even though she’s one of the youngest members, she also the tallest
  • Doesn’t call her onnis “onni”
  • Got the English name “Summer” from Jessica
  • Eats an average of six-seven times in a day. She can eat three scoops of ice cream in five minutes
  • TaeYeon revealed SooYoung sleep talks
  • Likes tall men with broad shoulders, good shoulders, and V-shaped backs
  • A fangirl for VOS
  • Can spot fancams quickly
  • Was taught by a TRAX member to play drums while Super Junior’s SungMin taught her guitar
  • Her first debut was in Japan under the duo Route 0
  • Has been dating actor Jung KyungHo since 2013

YooNa

Birth Name: Im YooNa
Birth Date: May 30, 1990
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: older sister, parents
Facts:

  • Considered the “face” of SNSD
  • Would like to have a son and daughter
  • Loves roller coasters
  • Had a big crush on DBSK’s YooChun during her trainee days
  • Is the strongest of SNSD
  • Her ideal man is also Daniel Henney
  • She often gets less than ten hours of sleep per week
  • She has no ear piercings
  • Doesn’t like guys whose faces are too masculine
  • Doesn’t know how to swim
  • She wants to be married by the time she’s 27 or 28.
  • Her first overseas trip was to Australia when she was about three or four
  • Has been dating Lee SeungGi since 2013

SeoHyun

Birth Name: Seo JooHyun
Birth Date: June 28, 1991
Birth Place: Seoul, South Korea
Family: parents
Facts:

  • Loves eating Koguma (sweet potatoes)
  • Is childhood friends with YooNa
  • Hates hamburgers
  • Once began crying because her manager promised he would quit smoking if they won a MMA, but then smoked in front of her
  • Can imitate alarm clocks
  • Her ideal man is Johnny Depp
  • Fluent in Korean, Chinese, and English
  • Learned guitar from YongHwa
  • Enjoys reading
  • Always strict with money, she once had a policy that if you were late, you would have to pay 1,000 won (about $1). Jessica ended up paying the most
  • Yuri used to bother SeoHyun with questions because SeoHyun wouldn’t talk to her. When asked why, SeoHyun said it was because Yuri scared her.
  • Wants to get married at age 30
  • Failed her driver’s license exam twice

Former Members

Jessica

Birth Name: Jung SooYeon (English Name: Jessica)
Birth Date: April 18, 1989
Birth Place: San Francisco, Ca
Family: younger sister (F(x)’s Krystal), parents
Facts:

  • Hates any fruit related to a melon
  • Would choose sleeping over eating
  • When she’s scared, she makes dolphin sounds and kicks at anything in sight
  • SHINee’s Key is scared of Jessica
  • Her eye twitches when she laughs too hard
  • Because of rumors of her dating members of DBSK and Super Junior, she was once one of the most hated trainees
  • Jessica was once reported missing. It turns out she was in the bathroom sleeping
  • Can do soccer and a little boxing
  • Used to have a bad relationship with Krystal, but now they get along great. Jessica really cares about Yuri because she looks like Krystal.
  • Has taken pictures of the members changing
  • Sica Effect-when the atmosphere turns cold at her presence
  • She once made Yuri so afraid of her Yuri used honorifics on her for a year even though they were the same age.

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