|Kim Ye-won (Umji) Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||August 19, 1998|
|Hair Color||Dark Brown|
Kim Ye-won (Umji) is a South Korean singer and actress who is known for being a former member of the 6-membered girl group, GFriend, alongside Sowon, Yerin, Yuju, SinB, and Eunha. Umji grew up alongside her older siblings and all her family members, especially her older brother, have been very supportive of her choices and pursuits. As a member of GFriend, she has released various EPs, singles, albums, and compilation albums such as LOL, 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 many others. Moreover, despite being a product of a small entertainment company, GFriend has won several accolades for its talents and creative streak and some of the awards won by the group are 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. The group has also released various charted tracks and it has garnered a huge social media fan base 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. Umji has also been cast in a variety of shows like King of Mask Singer, GFriend! Look After Our Dog, GFriend Summer Vacation in Okinawa, One Fine Day, GFriend – Where R U Going?!, and The Friends in Adriatic Sea.
Incheon, Seoul National Capital Area, South Korea
Umji studied at an English preschool and then got enrolled at the Shinsong Middle School. Later, she 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 Sowon, Yerin, Yuju, SinB, and Eunha.
- Father – He has served as the CEO of a famous dentist group called Moa Dentist Group.
- Siblings – Kim Bogeun (Older Brother) (Sergeant), Kim Jiwon (Older Sister)
Umji is represented by –
- Source Music (Former)
- BPM Entertainment
Source Music (Former), King Records Co., Ltd., BPM Entertainment
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
48 kg or 106 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Umji has revealed that her ideal type is someone who is like the actor, singer, television personality, radio DJ, and director, Cha Tae-hyun.
Race / Ethnicity
Umji is of South Korean descent.
- Natural double eyelids
- Lean body
- Deep-set eyes
As a member of GFriend, Umji had been a part of a number of commercials for different brands such as Pepsi, Hyundai Sonata, and several others.
Best Known For
- Being a member of the 6-membered girl group, named GFriend, which also includes Sowon, Yerin, Yuju, SinB, and Eunha 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 has since 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 number #2 in the Gaon Album Chart, at number #195 in the Oricon Albums Chart, and at number #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 number #3 in YouTube’s top 10 “Most Viewed K-Pop Videos Around the World in January 2016” and at number #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 number #1 in the Gaon Album Chart, at number #63 in the Oricon Albums Chart, and at number #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 number #1 in the Gaon Album Chart, at number #73 in the Oricon Albums Chart, and at number #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 number #3 in the South Korean Albums (Gaon) chart and at number #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.
Umji stayed fit by working out on a regular basis alongside her other GFriend group mates and the members often posted their gym pictures and workout videos on Instagram as well.
Umji Favorite Things
- Disney Movie – The Little Mermaid
- She was born into a well-off family.
- In Korean, ‘Umji’ means thumb.
- Umji was discovered by the CEO of Source Music while she was walking on the street. Soon after, he invited her for an audition.
- 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”.
- Her older brother is very supportive of Umji and has also appeared alongside his little sister on KBS2 TV’s Idol and Family National Singing Contest’s lunar new year special. He sang a song along with Umji and earned a positive response from the audience for his looks, voice, and the sheer love and support for his sister.
- She shares her birth date with her fellow GFriend member, Yerin.
- 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.
- Umji shares a close bond with Somi from the girl group, I.O.I.
- She is repelled by bugs, dust, and sports.
- Whenever she gets the time, Umji enjoys watching the sky as well as cooking.
- She has been cast as Pheasant in the singing competition program, King of Mask Singer.
- GFriend‘s first-ever fan meet, named “Dear Buddy”, was organized in April 2017.
- Whenever any of the GFriend‘s members has a problem, she consults Umji. Therefore, Umji is often called the consultant of the girl group.
- She is a huge Disney fan and loves to sing Disney OSTs.
- As a member of GFriend, Umji 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.
- 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.
- Just like Yuju, she is also fluent in English.
- She enjoys walking alone in a garden.
- Umji has also sung the original soundtrack for the romantic comedy-drama series, Shopping King Louie.
- She is a fan of singer Sunmi and has also danced to her song, Gashina, on the variety show titled Weekly Idol.
- Umji likes collecting several cosmetic products.
- In May 2021, it was revealed that all the members of GFriend had parted ways with Source Music after the expiration of their contracts and the group had disbanded.
- In October 2021, it was announced that Umji and other GFriend members Eunha and SinB had signed a contract with BPM Entertainment to debut as a trio called Viviz. Their first extended play titled Beam of Prism was released in February 2022.
- Follow GFriend on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Spotify, iTunes, and Facebook.
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