Everything About Gugudan: Profile, Facts, Discography, etc.

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Get to Know Gugudan, Jellyfish Entertainment’s First Girl-Group

Being the first girl-group which debuted under their talent agency undoubtedly made the majority of Gugudan members nervous. What’s more, there have been suggestions that the public thinks their debut preparation seemed rushed. If those weren’t big enough issues for a new group to cope with, there’s also the stigma of being the sister-group to VIXX, and Kim Sejeong who hard-carried the group may make the members feel burdened. Even so, Gugudan still did fairly well as they’ve released a number of mini-albums and digital singles, as well as extending their audience to Japan, which proves that they are still improving and have the opportunity to be more known by the public.

In this article, Channel-Korea will tell you all about the members of Gugudan: their personal profiles and fun facts, their sub-units and Hyeyeon’s withdrawal, their discography, filmography, awards, and nominations, their plastic surgery rumors and diet tips, their Instagram feed, and their latest news. So, keep reading!

Gugudan’s Hana: Full Profile

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Stage Name: Hana

Birth Name: Shin Bo Ra

Date of Birth: April 30, 1993

Age: 27 (Korean age) / 26 (International age)

Position: Leader, Main Dancer, Vocalist, Visual

Time Table: #1

Symbol: Flower

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

Chinese Astrology: Rooster

Height: 163 cm

Blood Type: A

Nationality: Korean

Religion: Buddhism

Education: Beombak High School, Seokyung University

Siblings: 2

Fun Facts About Gugudan’s Hana

  • Hana’s hobby is looking for animal photos.
  • She can speak some English and Japanese.
  • She had a cameo appearance in the tvN drama High School King of Savvy, and was the model in the music videos of VIXX’s Eternity and Seo In-guk’s Everlasting Love.
  • Hana has a firm personality. Her motto is to not be close-minded and be someone who knows how to look back on the past.
  • Despite having a position as the main dancer of Gugudan, Hana already has her own soundtrack, Fluttering Forecast, which became the soundtrack of the drama My First Love.
  • Hana’s ideal type is someone who has broad shoulders and pretty hands. To this day, she said that she hasn’t met her ideal type yet.

Gugudan’s Mimi: Full Profile

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Stage Name: Mimi

Birth Name: Jung Mi Mi

Date of Birth: January 1, 1993

Age: 27 (Korean age) / 26 (International age)

Position: Vocalist

Time Table: #7

Symbol: Arrow

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Chinese Astrology: Rooster

Height: 160 cm

Blood Type: B

Nationality: Korean

Education: Hyundai High School, Daeyoung High School

Fun Facts About Gugudan’s Mimi

  • Mimi used to be a trainee at FNC Entertainment. In 2013, she appeared in the tvN variety show Cheongdamdong 111 as an FNC Entertainment trainee.
  • Her hobbies are watching dramas and reading webtoons.
  • She’s a bad cook.
  • She has a driving license.
  • Mimi had cameo appearances in the LINE TV drama One Sunny Day and KBS2 TV drama Producers.
  • She was the model in the music video in FTISLAND’s Madly. She also acted in the drama I Picked Up A Celebrity On The Street.
  • Similar to Hana, Mimi’s ideal type is someone with broad shoulders.

Gugudan’s Haebin: Full Profile

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Stage Name: Haebin

Birth Name: Han Hae Bin

Date of Birth: Busan, August 16, 1995

Age: 25 (Korean age) / 24 (International age)

Position: Main Vocalist

Time Table: #6

Symbol: Equalizer

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Chinese Astrology: Pig

Height: 168 cm

Nationality: Korean

Religion: Buddhism

Education: Daemyung Girls’ High School

Fun Facts About Gugudan’s Haebin

  • Among the Gugudan members, Haebin trained the longest as she has trained since 2009.
  • Unlike Mimi, Haebin is known for being a good cook.
  • Her hobbies are walking and finding cooking blogs.
  • She occupies the role as the ‘mother’ in Gugudan.
  • Many people think that Haebin resembles Ashley from Ladies Code.
  • As the main vocalist of Gugudan, it’s not a wonder that she’s sung for many drama soundtracks, such as Everyday, the soundtrack of Because This is My First Life, Forever Love, the soundtrack of Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim, and On The Road, the soundtrack of Radio Romance. She also said that she wants to be known as “Queen of OST” in the future.
  • In addition to her work as an idol, she also acted in the musical Monte Cristo.
  • Haebin picked actor Yoo Yeon-seok as her ideal type.

Gugudan’s Nayoung: Full Profile

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Stage Name: Nayoung

Birth Name: Kim Na Young

Nickname: Shining Nayoung

Date of Birth: November 23, 1995

Age: 26 (Korean age) / 25 (International age)

Position: Main Vocalist

Time Table: #4

Symbol: Astric/Light

Sub-Unit: SEMINA

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Chinese Astrology: Pig

Height: 169 cm

Weight: 50 kg

Blood Type: O

Nationality: Korean

Education: Seoul Chongmok Elementary School, Shin Mok-Jung Middle School, Kyungbok Girls’ High School, and Baekseok Arts University

Fun Facts About Gugudan’s Nayoung

  • She was a trainee for more than two years. She trained in Born Star Training Academy and Dream Vocal.
  • Her special talent is singing jazz, and her hobbies are watching videos on YouTube and listening to music.
  • Along with Sejeong and Mina, Nayoung participated in Mnet’s Produce 101 Season 1. Her final ranking was 14.
  • Among the Gugudan members, Nayoung is considered the clumsy one.
  • She’s afraid of heights & rides.
  • She’s said that she’s closest to Sejeong among all the Gugudan members.
  • Nayoung appeared on KBS2 drama Sweet Stranger and Me and became the model of the music video in VIXX’s The Closer, Dynamite, and Fantasy.
  • She’s part of a group called “Sunny Girls” with GFriend‘s Eunha, Cosmic Girls‘ Cheng Xiao, Oh My Girl‘s Yooa, and MOMOLAND‘s Nancy.
  • Nayoung’s motto is to be thankful, do your best for anything, and has positive energy.
  • Nayoung identifies Eric Nam as being her ideal type.

Gugudan’s Sejeong: Full Profile

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Stage Name: Sejeong

Birth Name: Kim Se Jeong

Date of Birth: August 28, 1996

Age: 24 (Korean age) / 23 (International age)

Position: Main Vocalist, Face of the Group

Time Table: #3

Symbol: Clover

Sub-Unit: SEMINA

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Chinese Astrology: Rat

Height: 164 cm

Weight: 48 kg

Blood Type: AB

Nationality: Korean

Fun Facts About Gugudan’s Sejeong

  • Sejeong participated in SBS’s K-Pop Star Season 2.
  • Prior to her debut, Sejeong was a trainee for 1 year and 11 months.
  • Her hobbies are painting and re-watching movies.
  • Along with Nayoung and Mina, Sejeong participated in Mnet’s Produce 101 Season 1. Her final ranking was 2, so she was included in the line-up of I.O.I, the show’s final group.
  • She has debuted as a soloist months after her debut with Gugudan, with the single Flower Road.
  • Sejeong appeared as the lead cast of the television series School 2017 and was part of the regular cast of Busted: The Culprit is You, along with other popular stars such as Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Kwang-soo, Park Min-young, and EXO’s Sehun.
  • She was picked by Kang Daniel as his role model. On the other hand, Sejeong picked IU as her role model.
  • Sejeong’s motto is to try once more, at the last moment.
  • She named the singer Park Hyo-shin and the actor Cho Jinwoong as her ideal type.

Gugudan’s Sally: Full Profile

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Stage Name: Sally

Birth Name: Liu Xie Ning

Korean Name: Ryu Sa Jeo

Date of Birth: Guangdong, China, October 23, 1996

Age: 24 (Korean age) / 23 (International age)

Position: Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist

Time Table: #8

Symbol: Eight

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Chinese Astrology: Rat

Height: 165 cm

Nationality: Chinese

Education: Beijing Normal University, Beijing Contemporary Arts Academy

Fun Facts About Gugudan’s Sally

  • Sally was a former CF model in China.
  • She can speak both Chinese and Korean.
  • She appeared as the model of the music video in VIXX’s Chained Up.
  • Sally loves to make everyone laugh by goofing and joking around. She can also make dimples that look like a cat’s mustache and catch the cockroaches.
  • Her hobbies are cooking, eating, and shopping.
  • Similar to the other members, Sally also has her own acting gig. She’s been cast in the Chinese drama Hello, My Rival.
  • Sally’s motto is to live while smiling.
  • Her ideal type is a rapper, someone whom she respects. She once said that she likes G-Dragon.

Gugudan’s Soyee: Full Profile

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Stage Name: Soyee

Birth Name: Jang So Jin

Nickname: Joy Bear

Date of Birth: Gwangju, South Korea, November 21, 1996

Age: 24 (Korean age) / 23 (International age)

Position: Lead Vocalist

Time Table: #2

Symbol: Sharp

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Chinese Astrology: Rat

Height: 172 cm

Nationality: Korean

Education: Seoul Chongmok Elementary School, Shin Mok-Jung Middle School, Kyungbok Girls’ High School, and Baekseok Arts University

Fun Facts About Gugudan’s Soyee

  • Soyee has been trained for over five years. She was a trainee both for Cube Entertainment and Plan A Entertainment.
  • She was supposed to be a member of the girl-group Apink. However, the plan failed so she debuted with Gugudan.
  • Among the Gugudan members, Soyee is the best at videogames.
  • Soyee appeared as the model of the music video in VIXX’s Leo and Lyn’s Blossom Tears and VIXX’s Chained Up.
  • She did a narration for Seo In-guk’s Bomtanaba.
  • She loves jazz music.
  • Soyee briefly went on hiatus in mid-October, 2017, due to a shoulder injury. She resumed her activities starting The Boots promotions.
  • Her ideal type is someone with a cute eye-smile. She likes Maze Runner’s Ki Hong Lee.

Gugudan’s Mina: Full Profile

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Stage Name: Mina

Birth Name: Kang Mi Na

Date of Birth: Jeju Island, South Korea, December 4, 1999

Age: 21 (Korean age) / 20 (International age)

Position: Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Vocalist, Maknae (youngest member of the group)

Time Table: #9

Symbol: Pinwheel

Sub-Unit: 5959 (OGUOGU), SEMINA

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Chinese Astrology: Rabbit

Height: 162 cm

Weight: 48 kg

Blood Type: O

Nationality: Korean

Education: Jeju Girls’ Middle School, Seoul School of Performing Arts

Fun Facts About Gugudan’s Mina

  • Mina’s specialty is falling asleep really fast. Her hobbies are watching plays and dramas and traveling alone.
  • She likes the Harry Potter series.
  • Along with Nayoung and Sejeong, Mina participated in Mnet’s Produce 101 Season 1. Her final ranking was 9, so she was included in the line-up of I.O.I, the final group of the show.
  • Currently, she’s the host of MBC’s Musc Core, along with SF9’s Chani and Stray Kids’ Hyunjin.
  • She appeared in JTBC’s variety show Girls Who Eat Well and various dramas, such as 20th Century Boy and Girl, Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter, and Dokgo Rewind.
  • Mina is the brand ambassador for the cosmetics line, ‘Lilybred’, along with JBJ’s Kwon Hyun-bin.
  • Mina was classmates with NCTs Mark, GIRLKIND‘s Xeheun, and OH MY GIRL‘s Arin,
  • Her motto is to eat in any kind of situation.
  • Mina’s ideal type is someone who smiles refreshingly. She once said that she likes Nam Joo Hyuk.

Former Member Gugudan’s Hyeyeon: Full Profile

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Stage Name: Hyeyeon

Birth Name: Cho Hye Yeon

Nickname: Dancing Machine

Date of Birth: August 5, 2000

Age: 20 (Korean age) / 19 (International age)

Position: Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae (youngest member of the group)

Time Table: #5

Symbol: Heart

Sub-Unit: OGUOGU

Zodiac Sign: Leo

Chinese Astrology: Dragon

Height: 165 cm

Blood Type: O

Nationality: Korean

Education: Ansan Yangji Middle School, Seoul School of Performing Arts

Fun Facts About Former Member Gugudan’s Hyeyeon

  • Hyeyeon lived in the Philippines for a year.
  • Her hobby is baking.
  • She can speak a little English.
  • Hyeyeon has three dimples whenever she smiles.
  • She picked She’s the Man and The Impossible as her favorite movies.
  • Her ideal type is someone who is passionate and humorous. She once said that she likes Seo In Guk.
  • Before her departure from Gugudan in late October, 2018, Hyeyeonhad already gone on hiatus in May to focus on her health. Even so, Hyeyeon is still under Jellyfish Entertainment right now.

Gugudan Members on Produce 101

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Along with Pristin and Weki Meki, Gugudan also has several members who participated on Mnet’s survival program Produce 101 Season 1. Three of them, namely Sejeong, Mina, and Nayoung were introduced as Jellyfish Entertainment’s female trainees. They put on an excellent performance of  Nikki Yanofsky’s Something New in the first episode, which led them to receive rank A.

Slowly but surely, the girls gained their own fanbase. Sejeong attracted the general public with her performance of Wonder Girls’ Irony, Mina exuded her innocent charm with Apink’s I Don’t Know, and Nayoung, who rocked the stage with KARA’s Break It.

In the final episode of the show, it was announced that Sejeong and Mina would debut with I.O.I after finishing in the 2nd and 9th ranks, respectively. Nayoung returned to the agency to continue her training after being ranked 14th.

Gugudan’s Sub-Units

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Almost a year after Gugudan’s debut, Jellyfish Entertainment announced the group’s first sub-unit, named Gugudan 5959, in July, 2017. The sub-unit consisted of two youngest members, Hyeyeon, who represents number five, and Mina, who represents number nine. ‘5959’ is pronounced as ‘ogu-ogu’ in Korean and became the interjection used to express someone’s cuteness, just like the youthful charm that Hyeyeon and Mina have.

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The first concept photo for Gugudan 5959 was released on August 1, showing the youngest Gugudan members’ cheerful vibe in the summery concept. Their first digital single, Ice Chu, was released on August 10.

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Gugudan has a second sub-unit, SEMINA, which was announced in late June, 2018. Initially, the Twitter account for the group shared a clip featuring a slot machine with yellow, pink, and blue flowers with the text ‘Coming Soon’, and the names of Sejeong, Mina, and Nayoung in the hashtags.

The past and present photos of Sejeong, Mina, and Nayoung were shared on June 30. Each of them had their respective colors, namely Sejeong in yellow, Mina in pink, and Nayoung in blue.

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Before the release of their sub-unit single, Gugudan SEMINA released a prequel video where they performed a cover of Nikki Yanofsky’s Something New, the same song which they performed on Produce 101.

On July 3, it was announced that Gugudan SEMINA would release Getting Jealous, and the b-side track Ruby Heart, on July 10. The title of the song Getting Jealous is a play on words which sounds similar to their unit name ‘SEMINA’ in Korean. Notably, Gugudan SEMINA shot their music video in Bali, Indonesia, which suited the refreshing, summer vibe