|Kim So-jung (Sowon) Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||December 7, 1995|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Kim So-jung (Sowon) is a South Korean singer, model, and actress who is best known for having been the former member of the girl group, GFriend. The other members of the group included Umji, Yerin, Yuju, SinB, and Eunha and they have all worked on a wide range of tracks, albums, compilation albums, and EPs which include the likes of Time for Us, Season of Glass, Snowflake, Rainbow, Parallel, Flower Bud, Time for the Moon Night, Sunny Summer, Fever Season, Rough, The Awakening, Memoria, Love Whisper, and others. Their first album, LOL, became a hit and attracted positive attention both from the audience as well as the critics. Also, the group has won several awards and nominations such as Gaon Chart Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, Melon Music Awards, Mnet Asian Music Awards, Seoul Music Awards, Soribada Best K-Music Awards, Japan Gold Disc Award, MTV Europe Music Awards, and Asia Model Award. Sowon trained for 5 years before she made her debut and during her student life, she was also in the cheerleading team. Also known for her slender long legs, the diva has been a part of many shows like Mamamoo x GFriend Showtime, GFriend Summer Vacation in Okinawa, The Friends in Adriatic Sea, GFriend Loves Europe, One Fine Day, and GFriend – Where R U Going?!. GFriend had become immensely popular, despite being a product of a comparatively smaller entertainment company, and had accrued more than 4 million followers on Instagram, more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter, more than a million followers on Facebook, and more than 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube. In addition to that, Sowon had also branched out as a model and had walked the ramps for a couple of designers and brands.
Seoul, South Korea
Sowon studied at Hanlim Multi Art School located in Seoul, South Korea. Then, she attended Sungshin Women’s University, which a private women’s university located in Seoul, South Korea, and majored in Visual Media and Acting.
She also went to the School of Performing Arts Seoul, which is located in Gung-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul, South Korea, along with her fellow GFriend groupmates Eunha, Yerin, Yuju, SinB, and Umji.
Singer, Model, Actress
- Father – He died on June 22, 2018.
- Sibling – Sowon has an older sister.
Sowon was represented by Source Music.
Source Music, King Records Co., Ltd.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
50 kg or 110 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Sowon has revealed that her ideal type is someone who resembles actor Park Hae-jin.
Race / Ethnicity
Sowon is of South Korean descent.
- Long legs
- Plump lips
- Chiseled facial features
As a member of GFriend, Sowon had been a part of a number of commercials for brands such as Pepsi, Hyundai Sonata, and several others.
Best Known For
- Being the former visual of the 6-membered girl group, named GFriend, which also included Eunha, Yerin, Yuju, SinB, and Umji and has been formed by the entertainment company, Source Music. The group made its debut with the release of the EP, Season of Glass, on January 15, 2015, and had later released a large number of singles, albums, music videos, and EPs such as Time for Us, LOL, Fever Season, Season of Glass, Flower Bud, The Awakening, Me Gustas Tu, Rainbow, Fingertip, Love Whisper, Memoria, Snowflake, Parallel, Rough, Glass Bead, Sunny Summer, Time for the Moon Night, and many others.
- Having been a part of GFriend‘s 3rd EP, Snowflake, which was released on January 25, 2016, and included tracks such as Rough, Snowflake, Someday, Say My Name, Luv Star, and Trust. The EP was ranked at #2 in the Gaon Album Chart, at #195 in the Oricon Albums Chart, and at #10 in the U.S. Billboard Chart. One of the tracks, titled “Rough”, became particularly popular winning Gaon Chart Music Award in the “Song of the Year (January)” category, Golden Disc Award in the “Digital Bonsang” category, Melon Music Award in the “Best Dance (Female)” category, and Mnet Asian Music Award in the “Best Dance Performance – Female Group” category as well as getting ranked at #3 in YouTube’s top 10 “Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2016” and at #2 in the top 10 “K-pop MVs most beloved by South Koreans in 2016”. Rough also accomplished the feat of becoming the most downloaded song in 2016 according to Gaon Chart’s 2016 Year End Download Chart.
- The 6th EP, Time for the Moon Night, which was released on April 30, 2018, by the girl group GFriend and which peaked at #1 in the Gaon Album Chart, at #63 in the Oricon Albums Chart, and at #6 in the U.S. Billboard Chart. It comprised of songs like Time for the Moon Night, Love Bug, Bye, Flower Garden, Tik Tik, and You Are My Star and also won a Melon Music Award in the “Best Music Video” category. Additionally, it was nominated for a Gaon Chart Music Award in the “Song of the Year (April)” category, Golden Disc Award in the “Digital Daesang” category, and Soompi Award in the “Music Video of the Year” category. In 2018, the EP’s track, “Time for the Moon Night”, also became the first song of the year to win all the prizes in musical programs.
- Releasing GFriend‘s 7th EP, Fever Season, on July 1, 2019, which was ranked at #1 in the Gaon Album Chart, at #73 in the Oricon Albums Chart, and at #10 in the U.S. Billboard Chart
- Having won a large number of awards, as a member of GFriend, which include Gaon Chart Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards (GDA), Melon Music Awards (MMA), Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), Seoul Music Awards (SMA), Soribada Best K-Music Awards (SOBA), The Fact Music Awards, Japan Gold Disc Award, MTV Europe Music Awards, MBC Show Champion Awards, 13th Annual Soompi Award, Asia Model Award, and numerous others
- The immense global popularity of the girl group GFriend as it had gained a huge fan base on social media with more than 4 million followers on Instagram, more than 1.5 million followers on Twitter, more than a million followers on Facebook, and more than 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube
As a member of GFriend, she released her first studio album, LOL, on July 11, 2016, via Source Music and LOEN Entertainment and it consisted of songs such as Fall in Love, Navillera, LOL, Water Flower, Mermaid, Distance, Gone with the Wind, Compass, and Click. Moreover, it was ranked at #3 in the South Korean Albums (Gaon) chart and at #7 in the US World Albums (Billboard) chart and was also nominated for a Golden Disc Award in the “Disk Daesang” category in 2017 as well as a Soompi Award in the “Album of the Year” category the same year.
First Fashion Show
Sowon made her fashion show debut by walking the ramp for D-Antidote at the 2019 S/S HERA Seoul Fashion Week.
Sowon stays fit by working out on a regular basis alongside her other GFriend group mates and all of them often post their gym pictures and workout videos on Instagram as well.
Sowon Favorite Things
- Food – Seafood
- During her student life, she had been a cheerleader.
- When she was a 5th-grade student, she got a chance to visit North Korea.
- Before making her debut with GFriend, Sowon trained for around 5 years.
- YouTube ranked the music video for the song, Glass Bead, from the EP titled Season of Glass at the 9th spot in the top 10 “Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2015” list. Soon after, on January 28, 2015, the girl group was named as one of the “Top 5 K-Pop Artists to Watch in 2015”.
- GFriend‘s fame skyrocketed when it was nominated as the only girl group in the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards in the “Best Korean Act” category alongside boy groups such as B1A4, BTS, Got7, and VIXX.
- In Korean, ‘Sowon’ means ‘wish’.
- She has got her driver’s license.
- Both Sowon and SinB are skilled at learning a new choreography really fast.
- She shares a friendly bond with Lim Na-young from the girl group, Pristin.
- In 2017, she appeared in the music video for the song, To Me, from GFriend‘s EP titled Rainbow.
- GFriend‘s first-ever fan meet, named “Dear Buddy”, was organized in April 2017.
- During her leisure time, Sowon enjoys watching movies, cooking, and reading mystery novels.
- Bugs frighten her a lot.
- She has extremely long legs and she has also said in an episode of the show, Idol Room, that her legs are 3 ft 8½ in or 113 cm long.
- It has been estimated that Sowon can finish 5 bowls of jajangmyeon or jjajangmyeon, a Korean-style Chinese noodle dish.
- In 2015, GFriend‘s another track, Me Gustas Tu, was released and while the group was performing in one of the promotional events for the song, the members fell on the stage several times owing to the slippery floor. This brought much attention their way and their video of that particular show also became viral in September 2015 and GFriend members were highly praised for their professionalism. During the incident, Yuju even twisted one of her fingers and fell on stage for around 8 times.
- When it comes to her preference in music, she likes upbeat music more than ballads.
- As a member of GFriend, Sowon has made appearances in a number of shows such as GFriend! Look After Our Dog, Mamamoo x GFriend Showtime, GFriend Summer Vacation in Okinawa, GFriend Loves Europe, One Fine Day, GFriend – Where R U Going?!, and The Friends in Adriatic Sea.
- She is well-versed in both Korean and Japanese.
- She was awarded a Beauty Icon Award in First Brand Award 2019.
- Sowon loves walking the catwalks.
- She is not a big fan of snowing and raining.
- In May 2021, it was revealed that all 6 members of GFriend had left Source Music after the expiration of their contracts and the group had disbanded.
- Follow GFriend on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Spotify, iTunes, and Facebook.
Featured Image by GFriend / Instagram