Taeyeon was born in the city of Jeonju, North
Jeolla on March 9, 1989. She was trained in
singing and dancing. Taeyeon was discovered in
the 2004 SM Entertainment's 8th Annual Best
Contest winning Best Singer 1st Place & Grand
Award in the contest. Then, she was trained at
SM for 5 years and 3 months. In 2004, she was
featured in The One's song "You Bring Me Joy"
before debuting as Girls' Generation leader.
She is a 2008 graduate of Jeonju Art High
School and was decorated by the Lifetime
Achievement Award of the high school.
Jessica was born in San Francisco, California on
April 18, 1989.She auditioned at the SM
Entertainment Casting System and joined the
company in 2000.Her younger sister, Krystal
Jung, is a member and one of the lead vocalists
of girl group f(x).
Sunny was born in America. Sunny lived in Kuwait
when she was young. However, her family then
moved to South Korea because of the Gulf War.
Her father was in the college band Hwaljooro with
Bae Chul-soo. She is the niece of Lee Soo Man, the
founder of SM Entertainment.In 1998, Sunny
entered Starlight Entertainment and became a
trainee for 5 years before transferring to
Starworld where she became a member of a duet
called "Sugar" which never debuted.In 2007, she
was then recommended by the singer
Ahyoomee, who transferred to SM
Entertainment.After several months of training
under SM Entertainment, Sunny debuted as a
member of Girls' Generation that same year.
Tiffany was born in Los Angeles, California, and
grew up in Diamond Bar as the youngest of
three siblings. She auditioned at the SM
Starlight Casting System and joined the
company in October 2004 in Los Angeles. She
was trained at SM for 3 years and 7 months.
Although Tiffany graduated from Korea Kent
Foreign School in April 2007, she had attended
primary and secondary schools in California -
South Pointe Middle School (US) and Diamond
Bar High School (US). Tiffany speaks both
fluent English and Korean.
Hyoyeon was born in Incheon, South Korea on
September 22, 1989. She is ambidextrous and grew up
with her parents and her younger brother Kim Min Gu.
She auditioned for SM Entertainment at the age of 11
through SM 2000 Casting System and trained for 6
years and one month. She's the fourth longest SM-
trained Girls' Generation member after Jessica (7
years and 6 months), Yoona (7 years and two months)
and Seohyun (6 years and 6 months). Hyoyeon herself
said she had no intentions to audition. Her mother was a
fan of SM Entertainment's boy band H.O.T. and
brought her to the SM offices in the hopes, perhaps, of
seeing them. For her audition, Hyoyeon danced. In
2004, she was sent to study Mandarin Chinese in
Beijing, China alongside with Choi Siwon.
Yuri was born in Goyang, South Korea on
December 5, 1989. She auditioned at the SM
Casting System and joined the company in 2001
after finishing in second place in the 2001 SM
Youth Best Dancer Contest. She then
underwent training for 5 years and 11 months
before her debut. She graduated from
NeungGok High School in 2008 and is currently
attending at Chung-Ang University along with
band mate Sooyoung and Big Bang's Seungri.
Sooyoung was born in Gwangju, Gyeonggi, South
Korea on February 10, 1990. She was discovered on
SM Casting System via the 2000 SM Open
Audition. She then auditioned for the 2002 Korea-
Japan Ultra Idol Duo Audition and won first place,
marking her debut into the Japanese music scene
with the band Route 0.Sooyoung graduated from
Jungshin Women High School (Korean: 정신 여자
고등학교) in 2009 and is currently majoring in
performing arts and theater at Chung-Ang
University. After winning first place in the 2002
Korea-Japan Ultra Idol Duo, Sooyoung was sent to
Japan and debuted as a member of the duo Route
0, alongside Marina Takahashi. The band released
three singles: "Waku! Waku! It's Love,“ "Start,"
Im Yoona was born in Seoul, South Korea on May
30, 1990. At a young age, she auditioned at the SM
Saturday Open Casting Audition and joined the
company in 2002. She began to train with the other
trainees under the same company in the areas of
acting, singing and dancing. She trained for seven
years and two months before debuting as part of
Girls' Generation. She is a 2009 graduate of
Daeyoung High School and is currently attending
Dongguk University majoring in theatre and music.
As of 2010, her fellow member, Seohyun, also
attends this university and is majoring on the same
course as her.
Seohyun was born on June 28, 1991, in Seoul,
South Korea as an only child. She attended
Seoul Middle School and Daeyoung High School,
from which she graduated on February 9, 2010
with the Achievement Award and currently
attends Dongguk University like her fellow
member, Yoona. Seohyun's major is acting. She
has been taking lessons on jazz piano.