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So Nyuh Shi Dae | SNSD | Girls’ Generation

Girls’ Generation, also known as SNSD, the acronym of So Nyuh Shi Dae, a nine member South Korean girl group formed in 2007 by SM Entertainment. The members include (in order of official announcement) Yoona, Tiffany, Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, Seohyun, Taeyeon, Jessica, and Sunny.

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Member Profiles

Taeyeon (태연)
Birth Name: Kim Tae-yeon (김태연)
Nicknames: Taengoo, Taeng, Tete, Kid Leader, ByunTaeng (pervert Taeng)
Date of Birth: March 9, 1989
Height: 160 cm.
Weight: 44 kg.
Bloodtype: O
Position: Leader & Main Vocalist
Language: Korean (Fluent), English, Chinese (Basic), Japanese (Basic)
Speciality: Trot
Casted: 2004 SM 8th Annual Best Contest (Best Singer 1st Place Grand Award)
Training: 3 Years 3 Months
School: Jeonju Art High School (전주예술고고등학교) [graduated]
Career: – 2004 Featured with The One ‘You Bring me Joy‘ (Part 2)
- 2007 CF Gamevile Mobile Stone in the Water
- 2008 DJ for MBC ‘Kangin & Taeyeon’s Chinhan Chingu’ (with SuJu Kangin)
- 2008 OST for KBS drama Hong Gil DongIf (Manyage/ 만약에)
-2008 MV Lee Byul ‘Forever
- 2008 OST for MBC drama Beethoven VirusCan You Hear Me
- 2009 Variety show MBC ‘We Got Married’ (with Jung Hyung-don)
- 2009 DJ for MBC radio ‘Taeyeon’s Chinhan Chingu’
- 2009 OST for MBC drama Heading to the GroundIt’s Love‘ with Sunny

Birth Name: Jessica Jung (제시카 정)
Korean Name: Jung Soo-yeon (정수연)
Nicknames: Sica, Jessi, Sergeant Sic, Sicachu, Sickal (knive), Ice Princess
Height: 163 cm.
Weight: 43 kg.
Bloodtype: B
Date of Birth: April 18, 1989 (1989-04-18)
Position: Main Vocalist
Language:  Korean (Fluent), English (Fluent), Chinese (Basic), Japanese
Speciality: Dance
Casted: 2000 SM Casting System
Training: 7 Years 6 Months
School: Korea Kent Foreign School (K.K.F.S.) [graduated]
Career: – 2007 MV Kim Jo Han’s ‘Love is so late, I’m sorry
- 2007 Featured with 8eight ‘I Love You
- 2009 Featured with Park Myung Soo ‘Naengmyun
- 2009 MV Super Junior M ‘Super Girl
- 2009 Musical ‘Legally Blonde – The Musical’ (as Elle Woods)

Sunny (써니)
Birth Name: Lee Soon-kyu (이순규)
Nicknames: DJ Soon, Sunny Bunny, Choi Danshin (the shortest)
(1989-05-15)Date of Birth: May 15, 1989
Height: 158 cm.
Weight: 43 kg.
Position: Lead Vocalist
Language: Korean (Fluent), English, Chinese (Basic), Japanese (Basic)
Speciality: Sports, Eloquence
Casted: 2007 SM Casting System
Training: 9 Months (previously trained for 5 years in another company)
School: Baehwa Girl’s High School (배화여자고등학교) [graduated]
Career: – 2008 DJ Melon Chunji Radio ‘Sungmin&Sunny’ (with SuJu Sungmin)
- 2008 MV Super Junior H ‘Cooking? Cooking!
- 2008 OST for movie Story of WineFinally Now
- 2008 OST for SBS drama Working MomYou Don’t Know About Love
- 2009 MC for SkyTV ‘the M’  (with SS501 Hyungjoon)
- 2009 OST for MBC drama Heading to the GroundIt’s Love‘ (with Taeyeon)
- 2009 MC for MTV ‘the M’  (with 2AM Seulong)
- 2009 Variety show KBS2 ‘Invincible Youth’ (as part of Girl7)

Tiffany (티파니)
Birth Name: Stephanie Hwang (스테파니 황)
Korean Name: Hwang Mi-young (황미영)
Nicknames: Fany Fany Tiffany, DdilFany (clumsy Fany), AjumNy, Mushroom
Date of Birth: August 1, 1989 (1989-08-01)
Height: 162 cm.
Weight: 50 kg.
Position: Lead Vocalist
Language: Korean, English (Fluent), Chinese (Basic), Japanese (Basic), Spanish (Basic)
Speciality: Flute
Casted: 2004 SM Casting System; 2004 CJ/KMTV (USA-LA) Contest 1st Place
Training: 3 Years 7 Months
School: Korea Kent Foreign School (K.K.F.S.)  [graduated]
Career: – 2007 VJ for KMTV  ‘Sonyun Sonyuh Gayo Baekso’ (with Kim Hyesung)
- 2009 OST for MBC drama Jang Myung Go By Myself  (나 혼자서)
- 2009 Featured with K.Will ‘A Girl Meets Love
- 2009 Featured with The Blue ‘Feeling Only You‘ (with Sooyoung)
- 2009 MC for MBC Music Core (with Yuri)


Hyoyeon (효연)
Birth Name: Kim Hyo-yeon (김효연)
Nicknames: Hyoraengi (tiger), Hyo-choding, Princess Fiona, Dancing Queen
Date of Birth: September 22, 1989 (1989-09-22)
Height: 160 cm.
Weight: 45 kg.
Bloodtype: AB
Position: Supporting Vocalist/Main Dancer
Language:Korean (Fluent), English , Chinese (Fluent), Japanese (Basic)
Speciality: Dance
Casted: 2000 SM Casting System
Training: 6 Years 1 Month
School: China Beijing Language Courses (중국북경어학연수)
Career: – 2005 MKMF BoA’s silhouette dancer
Yuri (유리)
Birth Name: Kwon Yu-ri (권유리)
Nicknames: Yul, Kkab-Yul (playful Yul), Black Pearl
Date of Birth: December 5, 1989 (1989-12-05)
Height: 167 cm.
Weight: 45 kg.
Bloodtype: AB
Position: Supporting Vocalist/2nd Main Dancer
Language: Korean (Fluent), English, Chinese (Fluent), Japanese
Speciality: Dance, Acting, Swimming
Casted: 2001 SM 1st Annual Youth Best Contest (Best Dancer, 2nd Place)
Training: 5 Years 11 Months
School: Neunggok High School (능곡고등학교) | ChungAng University
Career: – 2005 KM Super Junior Show ‘The King’s Boyfriend’
- 2006 CF Dongil Highvill Lake City
- 2006 MV DBSK ‘Beautiful Life
- 2006 CF China Chocopie CF (with Jang Dong-gun)
- 2006 CF East-West food Hat Choco mitte
- 2007 Movie ‘Attack on the Pin-Up Boys‘ (as Ballet Girl)
- 2007 KBS Sitcom ‘Unstoppable Marriage’ (as Kwon Yu-ri)
- 2008 OST for SBS drama Working MomGgok‘ (with Sooyoung)
- 2009 MV K.Will ‘Tears are Dropping (눈물이 뚝뚝)
- 2009 MV Joo Hyunmi & Seohyun ‘Jjalajajja (짜라자짜)
- 2009 MC MBC Music Core (with Tiffany)
- 2009 Variety show KBS2 ‘Invincible Youth’ (as part of Girl7)
Sooyoung (수영)
Birth Name: Choi Soo-young (최수영)
English Name: Summer Choi (썸머 최)
Nicknames: Shik shin (God of food), NaSoo (interrupter)
Date of Birth: February 10, 1990 (1990-02-10)
Height: 170 cm.
Weight: 45 kg.
Bloodtype: O
Position: Supporting Vocalist/Lead dancer
Language: Korean (Fluent), English, Chinese (Basic), Japanese (Fluent)
Speciality: Dance, Eloquence, Acting
Casted: 2000 SM Open Audition | 2002 Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo Audition
Training: 6 Years 3 Months
School: Jeongshin Girl’s High school (정신여자고등학교) | ChungAng University
Career: – 2002 Japanese Duo Girl ‘Route φ’ (with Marina Takahashi)
- 2003 CF Samsung Anycall Battle of Music (with Jewerly Park Jung-ah)
- 2004 School uniforms ‘Rocks’ model
- 2005 VJ M.Net ‘Hello Chat’
- 2005 OST for Inuyasha I Am‘ (Korean ver.)
- 2007 DJ for Melon Chunji Radio ‘Sungmin & Sooyoung’ (with SuJu Sungmin)
- 2007 KBS Sitcom ‘Unstoppable Marriage‘ (as Choi Soo-young)
- 2008 OST for SBS drama Working MomGgok‘ (with Yuri)
- 2008 Movie ‘Hello Schoolgirl! / 순정만화‘ (as Jung Da-jung)
- 2009 Featured with The Blue ‘Feeling Only You‘ (with Tiffany)
- 2009 MC for MBC ‘Fantastic Duo’ (with Kim Jae-dong)

Yoona (윤아)
Birth Name: Im Yoon-a (임윤아)
Nicknames: Yoong, Deer, Him Yoona (strong Yoona), Yoong-choding
Date of Birth: May 30, 1990 (1990-05-30)
Height: 166 cm.
Weight: 46 kg.
Bloodtype: B
Position: Supporting Vocalist/Lead Dancer
Language: Korean (Fluent), English, Chinese (Basic), Japanese (Basic)
Speciality: Dance, Acting
Casted: 2002 SM Saturday Open Casting Audition
Training: 7 Years 2 Months
School: Daeyeong High School (대영고등학교) | Dongguk University
Career: – 2004 Elite Student uniforms advertising model
- 2004 MV DBSK ‘Magic Castle
- 2006 CF Teun Teun English
- 2006 CF Sanyo batteries Eneloop
- 2006 CF Elite Student uniforms (with SS501)
- 2006 MV Super Junior ‘U
- 2006 MV CSJH The Grace ‘My Everything‘ (with SuJu Kibum)
- 2007 CF Yejimin Pad
- 2007 CF Clean & Clear
- 2007 CF Sunkist Grapefruit/Lemonade (with SuJu Kangin & Heechul)
- 2007 MBC drama ‘9 Ends 2 Outs‘ (as Shin Joo-young)
– 2007 MV Super Junior ‘Marry U
- 2008 MV Lee Seung Chul ‘Propose
- 2008 MBC drama ‘Park Jung Geum‘ (as Mi-ae)
- 2008 KBS daily drama ‘You Are My Destiny‘ (as Jang Sae-byuk)
- 2009 MV 24/7 ‘That Man’s Woman
- 2009 CF Clean & Clear (with Kim So-eun)
- 2009 MBC drama ‘Cinderella Man‘ (as Seo Yoo-jin)
- 2009 CF Innisfree
Seohyun (서현)
Birth Name: Seo Ju-hyun (서주현)
Nicknames: Maknae (the youngest one), Seororo
Height: 168 cm.
Weight: 46 kg.
Bloodtype: A
Date of Birth: June 28, 1991 (1991-06-28)
Position: Lead Vocalist
Language:  Korean (Fluent), English, Chinese (Fluent), Japanese (Basic)
Speciality: Piano
Casted: 2003 SM Casting System
Training: 6 Years 6 Month
School: Daeyeong High School (대영고등학교) | Dongguk University
Career: – 2005 Smart Student Uniforms ad models (with DBSK)
- 2009 Featured with Joo Hyunmi ‘Jjalajjaja (짜라자짜)

SNSD | So Nyuh Shi Dae | Girls’ Generation | SoShi


The members were professionally trained primarily in singing and dancing, while some members were also selected to be trained in acting and modeling. Many of the members already had made names for themselves in the Korean entertainment industry through their participation in magazine ads, television commercials, and small television appearances. For nearly two years, Korean websites speculated about which of the female SM Entertainment trainees would be placed into the group. Before the official release of the group name, Girls’ Generation, it was rumored that the group would be named “Super Girls” after their so-called counterpart, Super Junior. Read their pre-debut roster history >>here<<

2007: Debut and first album

In July 2007, Girls’ Generation had their first performance on Inkigayo. The song the girls performed was called “Into the New World” (Korean: 다시 만난 세계), which became their first single. A show documenting the girls’ debut titled “M.Net’s Girls Go To School” was filmed during this time. This documentary helped the girls appeal to the Korean audience as they rose to controversy.

In August 2007, the single “Into the New World” was released. This single included two other songs, “Beginning” and “Perfect for You” (Korean: 소원), later the song renamed to “Honey” for their self-titled debut album Girls’ Generation. An instrumental of “Into the New World” was also included.

The group began promoting the single soon after its release. Girls’ Generation performed their single on SBS’s Inkigayo, MBC’s Show! Music Core, and on KBS’s Music Bank.

After a short break, the group’s first full album was released in late autumn 2007, with the lead single “Girls’ Generation” (Korean: 소녀시대), a cover of Lee Seung-Chul (Korean: 이승철)’s hit. Promotion for the single started in early November. Marked by dance routines and vocals, “Girls’ Generation” was a hit for the group, and the album has sold 121,143 copies to date, placing 8th in the year-end charts. In early 2008, Girls’ Generation began promoting their second single, “Kissing You“. The music video featured Donghae from Super Junior. This song achieved the #1 spot in the three main TV music rankings—SBS Inkigayo, M.Countdown! and KBS Music Bank.

In March 2008, the album was re-released and re-titled Baby Baby. A third single, “Baby Baby“, was used to promote the album. A digital EP featuring Jessica, Tiffany, and Seohyun was released on April 2008, titled Roommate. The single from the mini-album is “Oppa Nappa” (“Korean: 오빠 나빠”, literally “Bad Brother”, although contextually it refers to an older male friend).

Girls’ Generation, along with fellow artists such as BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, CSJH the Grace, Zhang Liyin, SHINee and other SM artists participated in SM Town Live ’08. The tour expanded its route to South Korea, Thailand, and China.

2008–2009: Other activities, return with mini-albums

It was announced in autumn 2008 that Girls’ Generation would be starring in a reality show on M.Net. Titled Factory Girl, the show chronicles the girls working as interns at fashion magazine “Elle“. The program began airing in early October. During their absence from the music scene, they appeared in many commercials for MapleStory and Mabinogi. It was then announced that the group’s first mini-album, Gee, would be released in January 2009. A teaser video was released in January 2009 and the first single “Gee” released soon after. Interest in the song rose after the digital release, topping Cyworld’s hourly music chart on the release day. The song also went #1 on all major digital music charts within two days.

The group began its album promotion on January 2009 on MBC Show! Music Core. They sang their new single, “Gee”, and “Him Nae/Way To Go“, another track from the Gee mini-album. This song is a remake of the song “Haptic Motion” that was used in cellphone advertisements (Samsung Anycall) and is a mix of bubblegum pop and punk rock. Meanwhile, questions were raised when the group did not appear on KBS’s Music Bank with “Gee”, even after winning #1 on the music chart show.

Gee” is the record holder for the longest-running #1 on music portal (for 8 weeks), surpassing the previous record of 6 weeks set by the Wonder Girls‘ “Nobody”. They also broke the record on KBS’s music show Music Bank by being #1 for 9 consecutive weeks, previously set by Jewelry‘s “One More Time, which had 7 wins. They won the award for best-selling song for the first half 2009 for “Gee“. Promotions for the song ended at the end of March.

After a short break, SM Entertainment announced that the girls would be back with a new single and showing a “Marine Girl” concept; the song, titled “Sowoneul Malhaebwa (Genie)” (Korean: “소원을 말해봐”, literally “Tell Me Your Wish”), the mini album was released digitally on June 22, 2009. The mini-album includes a duet between Jessica and Shinee member Onew called “One Year Later”.

On May 3, 2009. Girls Generation was starred in their new reality show “SNSD Horror Movie Factory“, with the premier episode receiving a viewership rating of 3.3%. The show was then cancelled after 6 episodes due to low ratings.

Since June 23, 2009, Girls’ Generation are starring Cable TV program called “SNSD’s Hello Baby” of KBS Joy, where they are taking care of a child and somewhat experience how motherhood is like. In that show, they take care of a boy name “Cho Kyungsan” (Korean: “조경산”), and each week they (or fathers, male guests who come out time to time) select “The Best Mom” and “the Worst Mom” among the members according to their work for the day. Despite the late-night time slot, the show received fairly high ratings and had been extended for several episodes. The show ended on November 17, 2009.

On June 26, 2009, Girls’ Generation’s comeback performance was recorded on KBS’s Music Bank. The group then had their return performances on MBC’s Music Core and SBS’s Inkigayo on June 27 and 28, 2009. Girls’ Generation’s 2nd mini-album Genie was released on June 29, 2009.

Their first win for their single “Tell Me Your wish (Genie)” was obtained at the July 10, 2009 episode of KBS Music Bank. Their second award was claimed at the July 12, 2009 episode of SBS Inkigayo. The group finished promotions for “Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)” in August 2009.

On October 7, Girls’ Generation, along with label-mate f(x) released a digital single named “Chocolate Love” for the 4th edition of the Blacklabel series LG CYON phone, “Chocolate”. Girls’ Generation sang the “Retro Pop Ver.” of the song while f(x) sang the “Electronic Pop Ver.”

In July, selected members, alongside selected Super Junior members, released the song “S.E.O.U.L. Song“. The music video was released as part of South Korea’s tourism initiative.

The group also announced its first solo tour, with two Korean dates in December and other Asian locations to follow. The Korean dates sold out in 3 minutes. The concert is titled “Into the New World” after the name of their debut single.

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