Let’s Get to Know Hyewon From Co-ed School and F-ve Dolls!
If you have been around K-pop for a while, the concept of a Co-ed group must not be new for you. After all, Core Contents Media has debuted a co-ed group concept called Co-ed School before it was split into two groups: Speed (for boys) and F-Ve Dolls (for girls). Hyewon herself is a member of the two groups both Co-ed School and F-ve Dolls. In both groups, she filled the position as the vocalist due to her incredible singing talent. Aside from that, she also has a very big passion for dancing and K-pop music.
Are you curious to dig deep into her personality? If so, scroll down this article below!
Stage Name: Hyewon (혜원)
Birth Name: Jin Hye-won (진혜원)
Date of Birth: May 6th, 1995
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Height: 168 cm (5’6″)
Weight: 50 kg (110 lbs)
Blood Type: AB
Subunit: F-ve Dolls
Social Media: Instagram, YouTube
- Seoul, South Korea, is her place of birth
- One Star Hyewon is her nickname
- She’s been described as a tomboy by other F-ve Dolls members
- She really likes dancing
- She was a child model for Yoppy Shop
- She received the nickname Doraewon because she can imitate Doraemon’s voice
- She has always wanted to enter the world of music
- Before she decided to join K-pop, she was asking for her parents’ permission but her parents were very protective and didn’t want her to drop out of school, and thus she decided to finish school first
- After she finished school, she persisted again and her parents finally agreed after Hyewon showed great passion for dance
- After Co-ed School and F-ve Dolls disbanded, she signed a contract with KEYEAST
- After F-ve Dolls’ disbandment, she resumed her career as an actress making appearances in several dramas, such as MBC’s She Was Pretty in 2015, tvN’s Cinderella, and Four Knights in 2016, and KBS2’s Sea of the Woman in 2017
- Not only did she act in dramas, but she has also acted in the SBS movie Run Toward Tomorrow in 2015
Debut As A Co-ed School Member
Co-ed School (남녀 공학) was the first co-ed group in the K-pop music scene. The name Co-ed School means that the group is a school with mixed members (mixed school). The group consisted of 10 members, six boys (Taewoon, Sungmin, Jungwoo, Kwanghaeng, Kang-ho, and Noori) and four girls (Sumi, Hyoyoung, Hyewon, and Chanmi). They debuted under Core Contents Media, which was a part of MBK Entertainment, on September 27th, 2010, with their debut song “Too Late” which was considered quite attractive because they offered a fresh concept in the midst of the boy group-girl group dichotomy. Although in the end, the group was highly underrated.
Hyewon filled the position as the vocalist in the group, due to her singing skills.
“Damn Co-Ed School was great until they had disbanded. It’s a horrible irony that Co-Ed School ended up just like all other mixed-gender groups. If they had been under S.M. Entertainment (or any of the big three) they probably would have stuck together and been more successful. Instead of being split into subgroups which became independent. Just my opinion,” one user commented on their video.
“They had the potential to be big, their company didn’t know how to manage them well, they lost members, went with their sub-units and now what?” another user added.
“I used to really like them! Before this group disbanded. 🙁 They had great songs, one of which is this. The group’s concept was always interesting to me. There aren’t a lot of co-ed groups in KPOP and there should be more since Co-Ed makes it look really good. This group had so much potential and I don’t doubt they’ll be one of the hottest and most iconic groups in the industry had they not separated ways,” added another user.
Although the group didn’t win anything for their debut, their concept was really refreshing. Not until one month later, they returned with their second single “Bbiribbom Bberibbom” featuring T-Ara’s Ham Eun-jung. And another ballad song within the same year titled “I Love A Thousand Times.”
The MV for the song was made on October 11th, 2010, and features T-ara member Ham Eun-jeong. This video, together with the MV for the ballad song “Nae Simjangeul Ttwige Haneun Mar” was released on October 18th, 2010.
The single itself was released on October 19th, and they performed “Bbiribom Bberibbom” for the first time the following day on Mnet’s M! Countdown.
The group released their first mini-album within the same year, Something That Is Cheerful and Fresh, on October 28th, 2010. This album includes the various remixes and original versions of the three previously released songs. Core Contents Media stated that the album had been pre-ordered by 50,000 people and there have been increases in productions of the albums and it sold 47,000 copies despite the intention to limit it to 20,000 copies. It showed that the group had a lot of potential, had the management managed them better.
Active As A F-ve Dolls Member
While Co-ed School was intended to be a mixed-member group, the group members have also divided into two sub-groups: an all-female group, F-ve Dolls (2011), and an all-male group, Speed (2012).
The group originally debuted under the name 5Dolls (literal meaning: Five Dolls) which consists of four female members of Co-ed School along with one new member named Seo Eunkyo. They released their debut MV on February 16th, 2011, titled “Neo Mariya” (너 말이야 “Your Words”) along with a debut mini-album Charming Five Dolls. Their music video was featuring the singer and rapper Jay Park.
The group then performed their debut song on Mnet’s M! Countdown on February 17th, 2011. Their live performances were heavily criticized because they have been caught lip-singing.
Within the same year, the group released their second mini-album Time To Play on May 11th, 2011, with their lead single “Like This Or That” (이러쿵 저러쿵). The song later became the highest-selling song for a rookie of 2011 grossing with $192,000 USD. This was proof that the group was quite successful.
Sadly, the group underwent a hiatus when members Soomi and Chanmi departed from the group in 2012. A year after, the group announced that they would be coming back with the three new members and change their name to F-ve Dolls which stands for Fighting Dolls. Hyewon was the only member aside from Hyoyoung who was from the original line-up. The group’s new line-up included Hyewon, Hyoyoung, Eunkyo, Nayeon, Seunghee, Yeonkyung.