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Hyoyeon (Girls’ Generation/SNSD) Profile, Bio, & Facts

Hyoyeon

Hyoyeon (효연), also known as HYO, is a South Korean singer, dancer, and DJ under SM Entertainment. She is a member of the girl groups Girls’ Generation (SNSD) and Got the Beat. 

Hyoyeon (Girls’ Generation) Profile

Stage Name HYOYEON (효연), HYO
Birth Name Kim Hyo Yeon (김효연)
Occupation Singer, DJ
Birthday September 22, 1989
Active Years 2007–present
Age 34 (in 2024)
Zodiac Sign Virgo
Height 161.4 cm (5’3″)
Weight 44 kg (97 lbs)
Nationality Korean
Blood Type AB
MBTI ESTP

Hyoyeon (Girls’ Generation) Facts:

Early Life

– Hyoyeon was born in Incheon, South Korea
She started dancing when she was in elementary school.
She went to Incheon Guwolseo Elementary School.
She dropped out of Sangincheon Girls’ Middle School and later graduated from Beijing Normal University 2nd Affiliated Middle School.

Personal Life

– She passed her GED for highschool.
– She enrolled at Sehan University.
– She has a DJ Instagram account: @dj_hyo_x.x.
– She loved and admired DJs since her trainee days. (Vogue HK Interview)
– She loves to bridge DJ and fashion together.
– She would like to collaborate with TWICE’s Momo. (Lu Lu Land)
– She likes to purchase through an agency rather than offline as she likes rare items that suit her taste. 
– Her nicknames include Hyoraengi (tiger), Kim-choding (elementary school-kid Kim), Kim Yeolsal (10-year-old Kim), and Fiona.
– Her English name is Venus.
– She usually drinks three to four times a week. (Gabee’s Rising Star EP08)
– She is really interested in fashion and looks up to the fashionista Jennifer Lopez.
– She loves to play golf with Yuri and Seohyun
– During her initial debut years, she used to read a lot of self-development books and was highly influenced by Seohyun who was her roommate. (Cosmopolitan)
– Her mother is a fan of aespa’s Karina, IVE’s Wonyoung, and BLACKPINK. (FM4U’s ‘2 O’Clock Date’)
– She tends to feel carsick during trips, so she makes sure to sit in the front seat next to the driver to avoid getting sick.
– In 2004, she went to Beijing with Super Junior’s Siwon to study Chinese.
– Hyoyeon’s ideal type is a guy without double eyelids, with a smiling face and lifted corners of lips. She likes someone who can lighten the mood with their clumsiness and has good common sense.
– She is passionate about eating but makes up for it by working out just as much. (Lifestyle Asia)
– She is not the type to gain weight.
– She used to practice dance at a dance academy and used to win multiple awards at dance battle competitions. (#Legend Magazine)
– She used to sing and dance in front of her parents when she was young.
– She wants to collaborate with Young Miko and likes his song ‘Wiggy’. (Dazed)
– She loved to exercise since she was young. (Cosmopolitan Korea)
– She often wakes up her fellow group members, but sometimes they scold her in their sleep, especially Tiffany and Yoona. However, they apologize once they are awake.
– She has a younger brother named Kim Min Gu.
– She was active during childhood and used to do ballet and tap dance and played sports like soccer and hockey.  (Cosmopolitan Korea)
– She changed her stage name to HYO after she became a DJ and many people in Korea don’t recognize her by her new name. (아이돌등판 | IDDP)
– She has danced with Loopy a lot. (blanQ Interview)
– She likes drinking with normal people and not people from her profession as she doesn’t want to burden them with similar problems.  (Gabee’s Rising Star EP08)
– She talks the least in the group chat according to Tiffany. (Elle Korea)

Career

– Hyoyeon is the main rapper, main dancer, and sub-vocalist in Girls’ Generation.
– She was part of a dance team called “Little Winners” with Miss A’s Min.
– At the age of 11, she auditioned for S.M. Entertainment through the SM 2000 Casting System.
– She is the first member of Girls’ Generation to release a book called “Hyo Dtyle,” where she shares tips on fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.
– Before her debut, she worked with Janet Jackson and was BoA’s silhouette dancer at M.net KM Music Festival in 2005.
– She released her first solo song, “Mystery,” in December 2016 via SM Station.
– She, Jessica and Sooyoung made cameo appearances in the 2015 drama ‘Oh! My Lady’.
– Currently, she actively promotes as a DJ in domestic club tours and EDM concerts under the name “Hyo.”
– She appeared on the reality show ‘Invincible Youth 2’ with Bora (Sistar), Suzy (Miss A), Jiyoung (KARA), and Yewon (Jewelry).
– She also participated in the survival show Good Girl.
– She has collaborated with many artists including Soyeon ((G)-Idle), BIBI and Loopy.
– She is a member of Girls’ Generation’s second sub-unit, Oh!GG alongside Taeyeon, Sunny, Yuri, and Yoona.

Likes & Dislikes

– Her favorite outdoor exercises are golf and field hockey.  (Cosmopolitan Korea)
– She loves house music the most. (Dazed)
– Her favorite SNSD song is ‘Into The New World’. (아이돌등판 | IDDP)
– She loves to eat a lot.
– Her favorite album cover is their first mini album ‘Gee’.
– She loves drinking Somul which is half water and half soju. (blanQ Interview)
– She likes Janet Jackson. (W Magazine)
– She loves dance sports.

Abilities

– Hyoyeon is the most skilled at popping and locking dance styles. (#Legend Magazine)
– She can remember dance moves after watching them just once or twice.
– She is not good at making tiktok videos. (blanQ Interview)
– She knows how to knit.
– She has learned various dance styles like jazz, ballet, hip-hop, belly dancing, popping, and locking.

Personality & Habits

– She doesn’t like meeting anyone when she is bored. 
– She has a very positive personality and believes that’s why she has come this far. (Gabee’s Rising Star EP08)
– Hyoyeon said she has a shy personality and her extrovertedness comes out when she is with her members. 
– She is the type to do what she likes to do without overthinking. (Cosmopolitan)
– She relieves her stress by zoning out in front of the TV.
– She doesn’t spend a lot of time on social media and likes to stay out more. 

Major Works

– Her popular songs include ‘DESSERT’ (ft. Soyeon, Loopy), ‘WITCH’, ‘Wannabe’ and ‘Mystery’.

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES
Instagram: hyoyeon_x_x
Youtube: HYOYEON STYLE
Twitter: hyoyeon_djhyo
Weibo: hyoyeon_GG

Streaming Platform Links
Genie | Spotify | Bugs | Melon | Apple Music | Deezer

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