Artist Profile- SoNyeoShiDae (Girl’s Generation) Part 1

This is another huge SM Entertainment group, so I’m splitting the member profiles from the discography. Here you will find their member profiles. I know I usually put the discography first, but I forgot how many singles and such SNSD has released, so you’ll just have to adapt to the SNSD artist profile being backwards.

So Nyeo Shi Dae is known by multiple names. The two most common are SNSD or the English Girl’s Generation. They are also known as Shao Nu Shi Dai in Chinese and ShoJoJiDai in Japan.

Since debut they have won numerous awards and are considered to be the “Living Legend Girl Group” of Korea, having achieved immense fame in a relatively short period of time. They debuted in 2007.

SNSD is the direct sister group to Super Junior, and SJ members helped to promote SNSD on numerous programs. Despite the closeness of the two groups, SNSD’s fanclub and Super Junior’s “ELF” fanclub are often separated at joint events since a fight broke out between them at the 2008 Dream Concert. Super Junior fans still publish false information about the group including claims of plastic surgery scandals and insulting remarks from SNSD members to Super Junior members, particularly former member Hangeng. These rumors ARE NOT TRUE, as each group has stated repeatedly.

Recently SNSD has been encouraging SM Entertainment’s newest girl group F(x), who are considered their younger sister group. Indeed, SNSD member Jessica and F(x) maknae Krystal are real-life sisters. SNSD’s fanclub played a large part early on in supporting F(x) because of this.

In the member profiles I included the “Team” breakup of SNSD. On programs they use a system of “Tall Team” and “Short Team” to divide the members, and the members themselves admit to using this method in their dorms as well. On programs the “Tall Team” wears flat shoes while the “Short Team” wears high heels or shoes they can hide shoe lifts in.

Members

Taeyeon

Taeyeon
“Leader”, “Kid Leader”, “Pervert Taeng”
Taeyeon is SNSD’s “leader” (I’ll explain the quotes later). She is the oldest member at 21. Taeyeon has the image of being a big kid, and often acts silly on programs. She is part of the “Short Team” in SNSD, being only 5’3″. She speaks some English. When SNSD moved into their dorm shortly before debut she expressed worry that the members wouldn’t get along if they lived together. Taeyeon was a member of the show “We Got Married” in it’s first season, having been partnered with comedian HyungDon. She has said she is good friends with Super Junior’s leader Leeteuk, who gives her advice. The closeness of the two leaders has been noticed by fans and rumors often crop up saying the two are dating. Both leaders and SM Entertainment have repeatedly denied this. Almost all members of SNSD are within a year of each other, and so Taeyeon has said they all voted that SNSD has no leader. She is still officially considered SNSD’s leader, but within the group she no longer recognizes the position, hence the quotes around the word “leader”. During a performance early on in SNSD’s career Taeyeon went to hit member YoonA on the butt (a sign of encouragement most idol groups do). A photo taken by a fan of Taeyeon with a weird expression led to the birth of her nickname “Byuntaeng” (Byuntae meaning “Pervert” in Korean).

Jessica

Jessica
“Sica”, “Ice Princess”, “Sergeant Sic”
Jessica is one of two SNSD members from the United States. She is considered to be fluent in Korean as well as English. Initially she had the image of being cold and disconnected in SNSD, and so she was given the nickname “Ice Princess” by the fans and members. She shares a close friendship with Super Junior member Heechul, who refers to the two of them often as “HeeSica”. Jessica is real-life big sister to F(x) maknae Krystal and the two are very close. At F(x)’s debut Jessica’s fans sent many flowers to Krystal and the other members on her behalf, as SNSD could not attend the debut. She appeared in Super Junior M’s “SuperGirl” MV, since she is considered the SNSD member with the greatest popularity in China. She previously starred in the widely successful musical “Legally Blond” as Elle Woods. Jessica expressed a strong desire to record a duet with her sister Krystal. So far the closest they have come to this is a duet stage at SM Town Live concerts where they perform KE$HA’s “Tik Tok” together. She is another member of SNSD’s “Short Team”

Soonkyu/ Sunny

Sunny
Real Name: SoonKyu
“DJ Soon”, “Sunny Bunny”, “The Shortest”
Sunny is one of SNSD’s most popular members for her cute personality and looks. She is considered President of the “Short Team”, being the shortest member at 5’1″. She initially trained in SM Entertainment under a false name, since the Founder and President of SM Entertainment, Lee SooMan, is her real-life uncle. She trained for 5 years in another entertainment company before auditioning at SM Entertainment and debuted with SNSD 9 months after being admitted. She made her DJ debut hosting “Chunji Radio” with Super Junior member Sungmin shortly after SNSD’s own debut. She also appeared in Super Junior H’s “Cooking? Cooking!” song and MV as the girlfriend who is a horrible chef.

Stephanie/Tiffany/Mi Young

Tiffany
Real Name(s): Stephanie, Mi Young
“Fany”, “Clumsy Fany”, “Mushroom”
Tiffany is the second SNSD member from the United States. She is one of SNSD’s more childish members and has a cute image. Tiffany was cast from LA in 2004 and trained for over 3 years. Her role in SNSD is lead vocalist along with members Sunny, Jessica, and Taeyeon. Tiffany is considered one of the members with the most energy, always being happy and smiling on programs. In SNSD’s “Horror Movie Factory” she helped conspire against leader Taeyeon in a prank. Tiffany served as an MC for MBC’s “Music Core” with fellow member Yuri. She is also a member of the “Short Team”, being 5’2″ and is known for frequently wearing high heels, which she explained on a show are her personal favorite thing to wear.

Hyoyeon

Hyoyeon
“Tiger”, “Princess Fiona”, “Dancing Queen”
Hyoyeon is the lead dancer of SNSD and has been since debut. In 2004 she was sent to China with Super Junior member Siwon to learn about the culture and language. She is fluent in Korean and chinese, and can speak English. Hyoyeon is one of the members who trained the longest, training for 6 years and 1 month before debut. She is the second shortest member of SNSD, being taller than  member Sunny by .01 inches (1 centimeter). She has the image of being cheerful and witty, often teasing the leader and younger members. When Hyoyeon auditioned for SM Entertainment she initially was placed with the male dancers. One of her specialties is hip-hop.

Yuri

Yuri
“Playful Yul”, “Black Pearl”, “Class-President Kwon”
The first member of the “Tall Team” at 5’4″, Yuri is one of SNSD’s lead dancers and actors. She made her debut in early 2007 with a special guest appearance in Super Junior’s movie “Attack on the Pin Up Boys” as a ballerina-turned-break dancer. Before that she appeared in numerous commercials. She also made a guest appearance in Super Junior’s “Super Junior Show” in a mini-skit called “The King’s Boyfriend”. She is fluent in Chinese and speaks English, having shown off her skills in SNSD’s “Girl Factory” program when she went with members Jessica, Tiffany, and Sooyoung to New York. She has the image of being one of the more serious members of SNSD.

Sooyoung

Sooyoung
“God of Food”, “Interrupter”, “DJ Sooyoung”
Sooyoung is one of the lead dancers of SNSD. She is fluent in Japanese and Korean, and is also proficient in acting. Sooyoung holds the title of being “President of the Tall Team” in SNSD, at 5’5″ she is the tallest member. On programs she is known to tease members Hyoyeon and Sunny, and when she is loosing the fights she walks closer to the two in order to show off the massive height difference. When the members run from her she is declared the winner. Sooyoung acts as the big sister to SNSD, even though she is one of the younger members. She has the image of being cute and sarcastic, and also is known for her love of all foods. She first appeared in a Japanese video in 2002 as a backup girl. She sang the OST for the Korean version of “Inuyasha” and has acted in numerous programs and shows. In SNSD’s “Horror Movie Factory” she was named the member most suited to film a horror movie. She was a DJ for Chunji Radio with Sunny and Super Junior’s Sungmin. Before debut she was also a model for school uniforms by the company “Rocks”.

Yoona

Yoona
“Yoong”, “Deer”, “Strong Yoona”
Yoona is one of the most popular members of SNSD, being the groups youngest lead dancer and actor. She also trained the longest, being a trainee for just over 7 years (5 spent at SM Entertainment before debut). She is a member of the “Tall Team” at 5’4″. Yoona has the image of being a cute and proper girl, though she has gained much popularity from her “Alligator Laugh” and boyish voice. She appeared in Super Junior’s “U” music video and in label-mate CSJH The Grace’s music video “My Everything” along with Super Junior member Kibum. She was later cast in Super Junior’s “Marry U” music video.Yoona entered into a short-lived scandal with Super Junior leader Leeteuk, who has been a close friend of Yoona since she entered the company. He revealed on a program with Yoona that he had asked her years before to promise her she would marry him if they didn’t find anyone else (as a joke). When the MC of the show was talking about how much he liked Yoona and was complementing her, Leeteuk quietly walked across stage and covered her ears.

JooHyun/ Seohyun

Seohyun
Real Name: JooHyun
“Maknae”, “Seororo”, “Hyun”
Seohyun is the maknae (youngest) of SNSD being only 19. She initially had the traditional cute image that comes with being the youngest, but has taken on the image of being extremely proper and sophisticated. Since she went to train when she was  only 12 years old, she promised her parents to still work hard to be a good girl. She therefore eats only healthy foods and reads self-improvement books. Seohyun has never raised her voice or gotten angry at another member, a fact which has been driving SNSD crazy and causing them to try to provoke her on shows to no avail. Members have revealed she urges all SNSD members to be healthier, claiming whenever a member eats a hamburger Seohyun tells them they will die. She is the youngest of the lead vocalists in SNSD and is a member of the “Tall Team”, being 5’4″. She is currently a member of the show “We Got Married”, having been partnered with C.N. Blue leader YongHwa. She is fluent in Chinese and speaks English as well.

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