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Kwon Yuri

Kwon Yuri
Background information
Birth name Kwon Yuri (권유리)
Born (1989-12-05) December 5, 1989
Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea[1]
Origin South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, violin, piano,[2] guitar
Years active 2006–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts Girls' Generation, SM Town
Website .com.smtowngirlsgeneration
Korean name
Hangul 권유리
Hanja 權俞利
Revised Romanization Gwon Yu-ri
McCune–Reischauer Kwŏn Yuri

Kwon Yuri (born December 5, 1989) is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation.


Yuri was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea on December 5, 1989. She auditioned at the S.M. Entertainment 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[3] and is currently attending Chung-Ang University with fellow group member Sooyoung.[4] She and Sooyoung were appointed as the university's new ambassadors on May 20, 2014.[5]

Music career

Girls' Generation

Kwon Yuri is a member of South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation. She joined the S.M. Entertainment Casting System when she competed in the 2001 SM Youth Best Dancer Contest where she finished in 2nd place.

Solo activities and songwriting

Over the years, Yuri has released two solo songs, "Bling Star" and "Twinkle Twinkle", for her own movie No Breathing.[6] She also had two duets. One is "Must!", with fellow Girls' Generation member Sooyoung, for the SBS's drama Working Mom,[7] and the other is "Like A Soap" with TVXQ, featured in their sixth Korean studio album, Catch Me.[8]

Besides singing, Yuri has also contributed to songwriting. In Girls' Generation's third Korean mini album, Hoot, Yuri wrote the lyrics for the song "Mistake".[9] She then collaborated with fellow Girls' Generation member Sooyoung for the song "Baby Maybe", and Seohyun, for the song "XYZ", featured in the group's fourth studio album I Got a Boy.[10]

Acting career

Yuri at a LG event in 2010

Yuri played a role in the KBS2 sitcom Unstoppable Marriage alongside Sooyoung.[11]

In 2012, Yuri played the female lead role Choi Anna in SBS's television drama Fashion King.[12][13] This 20-episode drama was aired on SBS from March 19, 2012 to May 22, 2012. On December 31, 2012, Yuri received the New Star Award at the 2012 SBS Drama Awards[14] and on May 9, 2013, she won the Most Popular Actress (TV series) award at the 49th PaekSang Arts Awards for her role.[15]

Yuri has been cast as the lead female role in South Korea's first swimming-themed film, No Breathing, which will portray the friendship and love of youth. Yuri is planning on showing an enthusiastic performance in the role of Jung-eun, a girl who dreams of becoming a musician. It is a character who has a variety of charms, from an easygoing personality to an innocent appearance, along with emotion-filled singing skills. There will be a love triangle between her and childhood friends, who will be played by Lee Jong-suk and Seo In-guk.[16] She won the "Most Popular Actress (Film)" award at the 50th Paeksang Arts Awards on May 27, 2014.[17]

Hosting career

In 2009, Yuri, along with fellow Girls' Generation member Tiffany, became an MC for the MBC's music show Music Core. They left the show in July 2010 to focus on Girls’ Generation's debut in Japan,[18][19][20] but came back in October 2011. Yuri, however, left the show again in January 2012 to focus on her drama debut Fashion King.

Yuri was also the occasional co-host to several awards programs such as the 2009 Incheon Korean Music Wave,[21] 2010 Incheon Korean Music Wave,[22] 2010 MBC Gayo Daejeon Show,[23] 20th Seoul Music Awards,[24] 50th Anniversary Music Wave Concert,[25] 2011 Incheon Korean Music Wave,[26] K-Pop All Star Live in Niigata,[27] K-POP Music Festival in Sydney, 2013 Incheon Korean Music Wave,[28] 2014 Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards,[29] and most recently, the 2014 Korean Music Wave in Beijing.[30]

Variety show appearances

She had a small role in a television segment, The King's Boyfriend, which was part of the 2005–2006 KMTV Super Junior documentary, Super Junior Show.

In 2008, Yuri became a part of the second season of KBS2's celebrity dating reality show, Kko Kko Tours Single♥Single, which her fellow member, Tiffany, was a part of during its first season. The show's second season premiered on November 2.[31]

At the end of 2009, she cast for KBS2 reality show Invincible Youth with her fellow member, Sunny.[32] Because of Girls' Generation's international promotions, Yuri left the show along with Sunny and Hyuna of 4Minute on June 2010.[33]

On June 17, 2013, it was revealed that Yuri together with Hyoyeon and others would appear on Dancing 9, Mnet's global dance survival show. The two Girls' Generation members coached the show's contestants as "K-pop dance masters" alongside other notable stars.[34][35]



Year Title Song Duration Artist
2008 SBS Working Mom "Must" 03:24 Duet with Sooyoung
2012 TVXQ's Album "Catch Me" "Like a Soap" 03:29 TVXQ
2013 No Breathing "Bling Star" 04:02 Solo
"Twinkle Twinkle" 03:22



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Attack on the Pin-Up Boys Ballerina Cameo
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[36]
2013 No Breathing Jung Eun Lead role

Television drama

Year Title Network Role Notes
2007–2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS Yuri Supporting role
2012 Fashion King SBS Choi Anna Lead role

Reality and variety shows

Year Title Network Role Notes
2009–2010 Invincible Youth KBS2 Main Cast with Sunny (Episode 1–32, 42)
Show! Music Core MBC Co-host with Tiffany
2011–2012 Show! Music Core Co-host
2013 Dancing 9 Mnet Coach with Hyoyeon

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2010 KBS Entertainment Awards Best Female MC Invincible Youth Nominated
2011 5th Mnet 20's Choice Awards Hot Campus Girl[37] Herself Nominated
MBC Entertainment Awards MC Special Award (with Tiffany)[38] Show! Music Core Won
3rd Philippine K-Pop Awards Hottest Female Artist[39] Herself Won
2012 SBS Drama Awards New Star Award Fashion King Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (Film) No Breathing Won


  1. ^ Dalgona EP 17 – Hyoyeon, Yuri & Sooyoung Cut [2011.09.12] (en) – YouTube
  2. ^ SNSD Christmas Fairy Tale - SNSD - Yuri & Seohyun - Winter Wonderland
  3. ^ SNSD Yuri Receives her Shiny High School Diploma (in Korean) (February 13, 2008). Retrieved on November 28, 2014.
  4. ^ "빅뱅 승리-소녀시대 유리, 새내기로 중앙대 입학식 참석 활짝 웃음". Newsem. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "김수현·박신혜·수영·유리, 중앙대 홍보대사 위촉". 20 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "‘No Breathing’ Releases Music Video for Yuri’s OST, ‘Bling Star’". Soshified. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "워킹맘 OST".  
  8. ^ "소시 유리, 동방신기에 굿나잇인사? 신곡에 목소리 깜짝등장". Newsen. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  9. ^ Cyworld BGM – The 3rd Mini Album"Hoot"Girls' Generation – (Korean)
  10. ^ "Details on Girls' Generation's 4th Korean Album 'I Got A Boy' Revealed". Soshified. 2012-12-31. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  11. ^ "コミックで戻って来た『春のワルツ』ソ・ドヨンの、『止められない結婚』制作発表会". Innolife. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  12. ^ "SNSD’s Yuri up for Fashion King alongside Yoo Ah-in". Dramabeans. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "Yuri’s Role in the Drama ‘Fashion King’ Confirmed". Soshified. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "'"Yuri \ Win Awards at SBS and KBS '2012 Drama Awards' and Seohyun MCs for MBC's 'Gayo Daejejun. Soshified. 
  15. ^ "'"Winners of the '49th Baeksang Arts Awards.  
  16. ^ Yuri Cast as Lead Female in the Movie ‘No Breathing’
  17. ^ "50th Baeksang Arts Awards". Dramabeans. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  18. ^ (Korean) 티파니·유리, '음악중심' 새 MC..."샤방샤방 즐거움 드릴게요", March 28, 2009
  19. ^ "소녀시대 티파니 유리, '쇼! 음악중심' 새 MC 발탁". webpage (in Korean). Media Retrieved March 28, 2009. 
  20. ^ Tiffany and Yuri perform MC farewell stage on Music Core!
  21. ^ "[09.05.09] SNSD at ‘Incheon Korean Music Wave 2009′". Soshified. 7 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  22. ^ "2010 Incheon Korean Music Wave Red Carpet".  
  23. ^ Ryu Si Won, SNSD’s Tiffany & Yuri to MC for MBC’s “2010 Gayo Daejun”
  24. ^ "The 20th Seoul Music Awards".  
  25. ^ "MBC’s Korean Music Wave Concert In Bangkok".  
  26. ^ SNSD’s Yuri and Tiffany to MC 2011 Incheon Korean Music Wave Concert
  27. ^ Yuri, Tiffany & Sooyoung to MC 'Kpop All Star Live in Niigata’
  28. ^ "'"Girls' Generation's Tiffany and Yuri to show their perfect teamwork as MCs for 'Incheon Korean Music Wave 2013.  
  29. ^ "'"Yuri to Host '3rd Gaon K-Pop Chart Awards. Soshified. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  30. ^ "MBC鸟巢开唱 少时EXO担主持16组嘉宾献艺". Sina. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  31. ^ "[10.23.08] SNSD Yuri will be Featured Next on Kko Kko Tour". Soshified. October 23, 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  32. ^ "‘Invincible Youth’, First episode jumps to 1st place in it’s time slot, Amazing ‘Girl Power’". Soshified. October 24, 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  33. ^ (Korean) '하차설 끝내 사실로..' 유리-써니-현아 19일 ‘청춘불패’ 마지막 녹화, Newsen. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 15, 2010
  34. ^ Hyoyeon and Yuri will soon appear on “Dancing 9"
  35. ^ "Hyoyeon and Yuri to Appear on Mnet’s ‘Dancing 9′". Soshified. 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  36. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  37. ^ """Mnet releases nominees for "Mnet Summer Break 20's Choice Awards. Koreaboo. June 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 
  38. ^ "Tiffany and Yuri Receive Special MC Award at MBC Entertainment Awards". Soshified. 29 December 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  39. ^ "Thousands gather for the 3rd Philippine K-Pop convention".  

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