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Born in San Francisco, California, USA on April 18, 1989, she moved to South Korea when she was 11. She is an American singer, dancer, actress and model. She is fluent in both her native English and Korean. She trained for 7 years before debut. Her younger sister, Krystal, is a member of the Korean girl group f(x), both being signed under S.M. Entertainment.
Born in Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea on March 9, 1989. She is the lead singer, a TV presenter, a dancer, an actress and a promotional model. She trained for 4 years and 3 months before debuting with Girls' Generation. She is known as the Dorky Kid Leader, for being the leader with a dorky kid personality, yet able to take care of her members like an ajumma (middle aged woman).
What does Girls' Generation mean?
Kwon Yuri
Jessica Jung
Kim Taeyeon
Lee Sunny
Born in Los Angeles, California, USA on May 15, 1989. She is a singer, dancer, DJ, MC, promotional model, and actress. She moved to Kuwait as an infant before going on to Seoul during the Gulf War. She trained for over 5 years before debut. She is the niece of Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment.
Tiffany Hwang
Kim Hyoyeon
Born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea on December 5, 1989. She is a singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, promotional model and MC. She trained for 5 years and 11 months before debut. Currently she is attending Chung-Ang University. With fellow members, Sooyoung and Seohyun, co-wrote the song "Baby Maybe", with Seohyun co-wrote "XYZ" and alone wrote the song "Mistake".
Choi Sooyoung
Im Yoona
Seo Joohyun
Girls' Generation
A South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007. The nine member group consists of Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun.

The group's immense popularity in their native South Korea has earned them titles "The Nation's Singers" and "The Nation's Girl Group". The Sisa Journal named the group as the most influential entertainers for the years 2011 and 2012, making them the first female idol group in history to make the list. They have also been listed as #1 on the Top Female Singer's list for four consecutive years on the Leespiar Popularity Survey in Korea. Asia Today placed the group at 44 on the 50 Korean Power Leaders list in 2011. The group also topped Forbes's Korea Power Celebrity 40 list for the years of 2011 and 2012
SNSD in 2007
The Korean name for this group is Sonyeo Shidae, which means Era of Maidens. It breaks down to Sonyeo = Girl, Shidae = Time. Hence the English name of Girls' Generation. The Generation of Girls' is basically what it is saying.

It is abbreviated to SNSD and shortened to SoShi. Due to their heavy Japanese activies, their Japanese name is Shoujo Jidai.

The slogan for SNSD is "Right Now, It's Girls' Generation. In the future it's Girls' Generation, Forever it's Girls' Generation." In Korean that is "Jigeumeun Sonyeo Sidae, Apeulodo Sonyeo Sidae, Yeongwonhi Sonyeo Sidae. Most often they will only say the first part.
Do you get it?
Born in San Francisco, California, USA on August 1, 1989 in the same hospital as Jessica. She is a singer, TV presenter, promotional model, and actress. She moved to South Korea to pursue her dream of singing at the age of 15 alone. She trained for 3 years and 7 months. Her birth name is Stephanie and her Korean name is Mi Young. Her stage name, Tiffany, was what her deceased mother had wanted to name her.
Born Incheon, South Korea on September 22, 1989. She is a South Korean singer, dancer and promotional model. She trained for 6 years and 1 month before debut. She can speak fluent Chinese. She is known as the Best SM Town Dancing Trainee and nicknamed the Dancing Queen.
Born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South Korea on February 10, 1990. She is a singer, dancer, actress, TV presenter, and MC. She was a member of the Korean-Japanese duo group Route θ before debuting with SNSD. She can speak fluent Japanese. She is currently majoring in performing arts and theater at Chung-Ang University. She trained for 6 years and 3 months before debut. She wrote the song "How Great is Your Love" and helped co-write "Baby Maybe".
Born in Seoul, South Korea on May 30, 1990. She is a singer, dancer, actress and promotional model. She made her debut as an actress in the 2007 drama, 9 Ends, 2 Outs. She trained for seven years before debut with SNSD. She is currently attending Dongguk University majoring in theater and music. She is known as the Face of SNSD.
Born in Seoul, South Korea on June 28, 1991. She is a singer, dancer, actress, TV presenter and promotional model. She currently attends Dongguk University, studying acting. She is an accomplished pianist and guitarist. Her stage name, Seohyun, is a combination of her surname and first name. She trained for 6 years and 6 months before debut. She is frequently called 'Maknae' as it means 'youngest.'
'Sone' is Korean for 'Wish'. A song from their debut album is "Perfect for You." The Korean title is "Wish", which later became the name of Girls' Generation's official fan club, S<3NE. Is it pronounce as "so-won" and is sometimes spelled this when when not being used as the fan club name. For example, their song Sowoneul Malhabwa (Tell Me Your Wish).

A Sone loves SNSD for more than just their music. Their dorky side, their professional side, and the personal emotional side. We laugh, cry, and play together. The bond of the girls and how much they are like sisters, having shared a dorm of 9 girls for over 6 years.
The Soshi
Tiffany Sunny Taeyeon Sooyoung Yuri Yoona Seohyun Jessica Hyoyeon
Nine girls become One. Nothing is quite like SoShi Bond’s impact. It’s the reason behind our girls’ success today. If there’s no teamwork or chemistry in a group, you’re probably bound to fail, but our girls have both good chemistry and teamwork entailed in their bond.

We know Girls’ Generation is not just a group of 9 girls, they’re more than that. They’re more than co-workers and beyond best friends. They’re like a family. They look out for each other, they depend on each other, and more importantly, they complete each other. If you think about it, each member has her different charms, strengths, and weaknesses. When they’re together, they’re able to balance out and make up for each other’s flaws. There’s Jessica’s gentleness to make up for Yuri’s toughness, Hyoyeon’s quirkiness to make up for maknae’s(youngest-Seohyun) inflexibility, Sooyoung’s long legs to make up for Sunny’s shortness, Yoona’s innocence to make up for Taeyeon’s byuntaeness('dirty'ness), Tiffany’s wildness to make up for Jessica’s calmness, and vice versa.

When we talk about the SoShi Bond they have, nothing is on par with its strength. Its strength is beyond imagination. It’s stronger than any chemical or ionic bond; it’s unbreakable. Many of us see other groups out there and we see them lose a member, gain a member, or even break up, but our girls are an exception. Through thick and thin, our girls have stuck together and persevered.
Who Is Who?
It's difficult for anyone who isn't Asian to tell many Asians apart. Quite understandable. It took any International Sone some time to learn the names and the faces of each girl when they first became fans.

There is Yoona, Yuri, and Seohyun who are nicknamed the Triplets since they looks the most alike, and you have Taeyeon and Sunny who are about the same height, and the shortest. It's easy to guess Sooyoung, she's the tallest. Tiffany has the eye smile (a smile so big that the eyes disappear cutely), awhile Hyoyeon and Jessica are typically blonde.

Never fear, after a while it'll be difficult to even remember thinking they ever looked the same. I still have trouble with other Asians that I am not familiar with.
"But the all look the same!"
“…If there’s one thing that won’t change, it’s the fact that from the beginning to the end SNSD was “one” with 9 members” - SNSD
“I don’t think SNSD as a group will ever be broken apart. Even if after many years have gone by. Even after we get married.”
– Taeyeon
“I wish SNSD’s way down can be more beautiful than anyone else’s and that we will enjoy what we have right now. I wish we would all do things with a positive mind.”
– Jessica
“For me, each of SNSD members is like my own body. If one gets hurts or hears bad things from someone else, it hurts me and pains me even more. And you know, it’s impossible for only good things to happen to someone, so there will always be difficult and hurtful times; but during these times, I’m thankful that we’re each other’s supports and each other’s strength. I hope in the future, we’ll continue to lean on each other and be strong for each other. Also, when we need encouragement, we’ll continue to look for each other too.”
– Sunny
“In a family, we encounter happiness but also sadness, or good things but also bad things. However, let’s be together forever until the end.”
– Tiffany
“The nine of us being together is more important than anything else.”
– Hyoyeon
“We can only shine brightest as SNSD when SNSD stands on one stage as nine.”
– Yuri
“Like a mirror, I look right into their eyes, and they reflect me.”
– Sooyoung
“Nine different people gathered and became like a family. To me, it is a very meaningful tie.”
– Yoona
“We firmly believe in the power of unity and feel that it is easier to get pass hardships and challenges as a team. This gels us and keeps us strong.”
– Seohyun
"Let's go on for a long time"
le Dorks
"We stay fresh by being silly!"
- Jessica

"Our point is to show a bright and healthy image that matches our age. It would probably be that we are showing an image and music that matches our age."

“The pranksters are playing with fireworks now, wearing sunglasses at night.. Every time I watch them playing on their own I get frustrated that I cannot film their true selves like this! We are watching a real random comedy show in Phuket.”
- A Phuket filming crew (SNSD’s photobook filming)

"That’s why we’re SNSD. We make up for each other’s weaknesses."
- Sooyoung
HIstory of SOSHI 101
2007-2014 Timeline
Into The New World
Baby Baby
Run Devil Run
The Boys
I Got A Boy
Debuted with single "Into The New World"
Predebut reality show about the girls "Girls Go To School"

Debut Album repackaged with lead single "Baby Baby"
Reality show "Factory Girl", the girls learning as interns at fashion magazine,
Elle Girl

Popularity skyrocketed with EP single, "Gee"
Followed by an EP, with lead single "Tell Me Your Wish"
Reality show "Hello Baby", teaching the girls how to be mothers.
First solo tour titled "First Asia Tour: Into The New World"

Debuted in Japan with Japanese version of "Genie"
New Album "Oh!" with Dark Soshi in "Run Devil Run"
EP "Hoot"
Reality Show "Right Now It's Girls' Generation"
Second Japanese Album with Japanese "Run" Devil Run"
First Japanese Tour
Second Asia Tour
English single "The Boys"
Reality Show "Girls' Generation Star Life Theater"

American Morning show performances of "The Boys"
Subunit TaeTiSeo with single "Twinkle"
Third Japan Album "Girls&Peace"
Reality Show "Girls' Generation and the Dangerous Boys"

New image and sound with "I Got a Boy"
Second Japan Tour "Girls&Peace"
World Tour "Girls&Peace"
Fourth Japan Album "Love&Peace"
America's Youtube Music Award win for Best Music Video for "I Got A Boy"

Third Japan Tour
The song was originally first performed by the group in SBS's The Music Trend on August 5, 2007. "Into the New World" reached number one on Mnet's M! Countdown
The fourth single from album Girls' Generation and later became a title track of its repackaged version with the same name. It was released on March 17, 2008 through SM Entertainment.
Breaking the record for consecutive number one wins on KBS Music Bank with nine consecutive wins, as well as receiving a triple crown on SBS Inkigayo.
Starting on March 11, 2010, photos of the members were released online showcasing a dark concept, dubbed "Black SoShi". "Run Devil Run" was written by American songwriters Alex James and Busbee, with Swedish songwriter Kalle Engström.
The title track, "The Boys", co-written by member Tiffany and produced by Teddy Riley, famous for his work with Michael Jackson, was released in both Korean and English, and eventually Japanese.
Lead single to 2nd Japanese album "Girls&Peace", Paparazzi continued the group's success in Japan, reaching number one on Oricon's Daily Single chart, ultimately debuting at number two on the weekly single chart with sales of over 92,000 copies, and managed to reach the number spot atop the Japanese Hot 100.
The album was preceded by the pre-release single, "Dancing Queen", recorded in 2008 and released on December 21, 2012. The title track, "I Got a Boy", was released digitally on January 1, 2013. According to Billboard, the album contains "polished K-pop confections" that combines many different musical elements such as 1980s new wave, electronic dance music, and modern R&B, that would appeal to not just K-Pop fans but also other listeners of popular music as well.
On April 19, 2012, S.M. Entertainment officially announced the sub-unit, stating in their official press-release that the sub-unit's intention was to "grab the attention of fans with all aspects of music, performance, and fashion styles." Also hinting at the possibility of future subunits containing other members, elaborating, "by changing the members of the unit according to the music and concept of each new subunit album."
Endorsements and CFS
During their early career, Girls' Generation were endorsers for several brands such as Elite Uniform, Nexon Bubble Fighter, Samsung and LG. The group became the model of an Italian sports brand, Ellesse.

Since 2008 they have been exclusive models for the Goobne Chicken and have filmed several commercials for the brand, recorded jingles for advertising purposes, and modeled for promotional Goobne calendars. Goobne Chicken has since become a strong contender in the chicken industry and attribute their success to the group.

The group continued to be active in advertising in 2010, endorsing brands and products including the Nintendo DS and Domino's Pizza. Also, a Caribbean Bay commercial featured Yuri, Yoona and Seohyun along with 2PM members Nichkhun, Taecyeon and Chansung. In late 2010, a gift certificate company began releasing gift certificates each worth 10,000 won which featured Girls' Generation images on the cards, making them the first celebrities to be featured as such. The Korean web portal Daum also began using the group as models while remodeling certain services and search engines in early October 2010, and released Girls' Generation desktop wallpapers and screensavers for promotion. A survey conducted in December 2010 saw 409 out of 741 marketing employees choosing Girls' Generation as the model with the most influence over consumers.
Representatives of Gangnam-gu in Seoul released a statement stating that the Girls' Generation would be the honorary ambassadors for the city of starting on March 7, 2012. On April 14, Girls’ Generation were appointed as new ambassadors for the association Korea’s Retinitis Pigmentosa Society, a society dedicated to help find a for cure blindness.

A survey conducted in December 2010 saw 409 out of 741 marketing employees choosing Girls' Generation as the model with the most influence over consumers.

In 2012 list of stars with the most CFs Girls’ Generation as an entire group are in 1st place, combined, the girls are models to a total of 21 different brands including chicken, perfume, jewelry, handbags, TVs, beds, and department stores while Jessica & Yoona were tied for 2nd place for Individually CFs by participating in 13 different CFs, Tiffany was in the 3rd place with 12 CFs and Seohyun, Sooyoung and Yuri in 4th place with 11 CFs.
KDrama's, Films & Musicals
Korean Drama
9 Ends 2 Outs Yoona
Kimcheed Radish Cubes - Girls' Generation Cameo

Unstoppable Marriage - Sooyoung, Yuri, Other members act as a guest
Woman of Matchless Beauty - Yoona
You Are My Destiny - Yoona Lead role

Taehee, Hyekyo, Jihyun! - Jessica, Sunny Cameo
Cinderella Man - Yoona Lead role

Oh! My Lady - Jessica, Sooyoung, Hyoyeon Cameo in Episode 7

Sazae-san 3 - Girls' Generation Cameo
Paradise Ranch - Sooyoung Cameo in Episode 3
Wild Romance Jessica - Supporting role
Salamander Guru and The Shadows - Taeyeon Cameo
Fashion King - Yuri Lead role
Love Rain - Yoona Lead role
A Gentleman's Dignity - Sooyoung Cameo in Episode 5
The 3rd Hospital - Sooyoung Lead role
ENT - Girls' Generation Cartoon characters

Dating Agency: Cyrano - Sooyoung Lead role
Passionate Love Han - Seohyun Supporting role
Prime Minister and I - Yoona Lead role
Attack on the Pin-Up Boys - Yuri Cameo
Hello, Schoolgirl - Sooyoung Supporting role
Despicable Me - Seohyun, Taeyeon Korean dub
Koala Kid: Birth of A Hero - Sunny
I AM. - Biographical film
Despicable Me 2 - Seohyun, Taeyeon Korean dub
No Breathing - Yuri Lead role
Rio 2 - Sunny Korean dub
Legally Blonde - Jessica
Midnight Sun - Taeyeon
Fame - Tiffany
Catch Me If You Can - Sunny
Legally Blonde - Jessica
Catch Me If You Can - Sunny
Moon Embracing the Sun - Seohyun
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