Jessica Jung

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Jessica Jung
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Background information
Birth name Jessica Sooyeon Jung
Also known as Soo-yeon
Born (1989-04-18) April 18, 1989 (age 25)[1]
San Francisco, California, United States[1]
Genres K-pop, R&B, dance-pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, dancer, actress, promotional model,fashion designer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2007 – present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts SM Town, Girls' Generation, Krystal Jung,
Website SM Town (Girls' Generation)
BLANC
Jessica signature.jpg
Signature of Jessica.
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Jeong Suyeon
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Suyŏn
Birth name
Hangul 제시카 정
Revised Romanization Jesika Jeong
McCune–Reischauer Chesik'a Chŏng

Jessica Sooyeon Jung (Korean name: Jung Soo-yeon; born April 18, 1989)[1] is a Korean American singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, model and fashion designer. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group, Girls' Generation. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she is fluent in both of her native languages English and Korean after moving to South Korea at the age of 11.

Biography[edit]

Jessica was born in San Francisco, California[1] in the same hospital as her fellow Girls' Generation member Tiffany.[2] While on vacation in South Korea, she and her sister were scouted in a shopping mall by S.M Entertainment and joined the company in 2000.[3] She trained for seven years as a trainee before debuting as part of the Korean girl group Girls' Generation. Jessica attended Korea Kent Foreign School in her teenage years.

Her younger sister, Krystal, is a member of the Korean girl group f(x). They are both currently active in their groups, being signed under S.M. Entertainment.

Music career[edit]

Jessica Jung at the Expo 2012 Yeosu

Girls' Generation[edit]

Jessica was the first member to be signed with SM Entertainment in 2000. In 2007, she was chosen as a member of the group Girls' Generation. The 9-member girl group debuted on August 5, 2007.

Solo singing career[edit]

In addition to her group activities, Jessica released two singles with Seohyun and Tiffany: "Love Hate" (Hangul: "오빠 나빠", lit. Bad Older Brother)[4] and "Mabinogi (It's Fantastic!)".[5] Jessica collaborated with 8Eight for the song "I Love You" from their 2nd album Infinity which was released on March 3, 2008. She is not the one in the music video, but is the one singing the harmony and adlibs.

In addition, she had various duets — one with Shinee member, Onew, called "One Year Later", and one with Park Myung-soo, "Naengmyeon". She sang the "Seoul Song" with Super Junior's Leeteuk, Sungmin, Donghae, Siwon, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun and fellow group members Taeyeon, Sunny, and Seohyun.

Jessica released a digital single titled "Sweet Delight" on October 13, 2010.

In 2011, Jessica participated in the soundtrack of KBS drama Romance Town with the song "Because Tears Are Overflowing" (Korean: 눈물이 넘쳐서 ).

In 2012, Jessica sang "What To Do" (feat. Kim Jin-pyo) for the drama Wild Romance, "Butterfly" (feat Krystal) for To The Beautiful You,[6]"Heart Road" for The King's Dream,[7] as well as "My Lifestyle", a Hyundai i30‘s commercial song.[8]

In 2013, she had "The One Like You" for Dating Agency: Cyrano[9]

In 2014, Jessica released "Say Yes"' for Make Your Move featuring her sister, Krystal, and EXO's Kris.

Acting career[edit]

Jessica made her musical theatre debut in the South Korean production of Legally Blonde, alongside Lee Ha-nui and Kim Ji-woo;[10] the production opened on November 14, 2009.[11]

In March 2010, she had a cameo role on SBS TV Oh! My Lady.[12]

In 2012, Jessica appeared in Wild Romance, playing the role of Kang Jonghee, who is Park Mu-yeol’s unforgettable first love. She had her screentime in approximately eight episodes.[13] In the same year, Jessica returned to musical theatre once again with Legally Blonde, alongside Jung Eun-Ji and Choi Woori. Her first performance was on November 28.

Modeling[edit]

Along with Girls' Generation, Jessica has been featured as a model for numerous advertisements, endorsements, and campaigns including Haptic Motion, LG, Samsung, Domino's Pizza, Elite Uniform, J.ESTINA bags and many others.

In early 2011, Jessica modeled for Dior Cosmetics with bandmates Hyoyeon, Yuri, Tiffany, Sooyoung and Sunny.

Jessica had her first runway for Lee Juyoung’s fashion show for the 2011/12 Seoul Fashion Week at Seoul’s SETEC Center on March 29. Jessica wore the line, Resurrection by Juyoung. She also modeled for Levi's in a Marie Claire issue, as well as featuring in a photoshoot, titled ‘Break The Ice’, in the December issue of 1st Look magazine.[14]

In 2012, Jessica became models for several brands such as Banila Co.,[15] Hyundai Motors[16] and Cartier.[17]

On August 17, Jessica and her sister Krystal were appointed as the ambassadors for the London Paralympics Team.[18] On September 19, they visited the 'Blue House', to attend the event for the London Paralympics Team.[19]

Jessica and Krystal have been chosen as new models for jewelry brand STONEHENgE. The two will be the new muses of the jewelry brand for 2013. It is the first time the two sisters have been chosen as models for a brand together.[20]

During her career, she featured in several solo covers/photoshoots for various magazines like Allure, Nylon, Singles, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, CECI, 1st Look, W Korea, Dazed & Confuzed, Style, Vogue, Beauty+ and Star 1. She has covered the 17th anniversary CeCi issue, W Korea magazine, Cosmopolitan magazine, First look magazine, Singles magazine, and many others.

In 2012, Jessica and Yoona tied for second place for individual commercial filmings (CFs) by participating in 13 different CFs while Girls’ Generation as an entire group are in 1st place combined, with the girls modeling for a total of 21 different brands including chicken, perfume, jewelry, handbags, TVs, beds, and department stores.[21]

In 2014,Li Ning, a Chinese clothing brand, has recently revealed its “LI-NING X Jessica” collaboration, featuring Jessica as one of its newest models. Jessica is shown on the brand’s site, modeling shirts, pants, and shoes, some products featuring Jessica’s signature. LI-NING also provides a brief history of Jessica’s activities prior to and after debuting as a member of Girls’ Generation on its website.[22]

Variety Show appearances[edit]

In May 2010, Jessica became a regular guest on the show Happy Birthday until she withdrew on June 7, 2010 due to Girls' Generation's overseas activities.[23]

She was also a regular guest on the show Star King, with fellow band member Yuri.

In 2009, she took a special part on the show Infinity Challenge for their summer special, in which she was chosen to sing a duet entitled "Naengmyun" with Park Myung-soo, one of the MCs.

2014: OnStyle's Jessica & Krystal[edit]

In early April, Jessica and her sister, Krystal, were announced to have their own reality TV show. Jessica & Krystal was premiered on June 3 and consisted of 10 episodes. The show took on a personal side of the two sisters, featuring their daily life activities as well as never-before-seen footages.[24]

During one interview segment, the two sisters addressed their public "cold" image together. Jessica explained "The average person thinks of idols' bright images, but my sister and I tend to not have strong expressions. If I'm not so lively, other people could get in a bad mood or misunderstand. I wish they wouldn't think me as rough."[25]

Other Ventures[edit]

Blanc[edit]

On August 6, 2014, Jessica announced that she's launching her own fashion line BLANC, a brand of modern-classic items, clean-cut silhouettes, and interesting details inspired by Jessica's own style. Jessica shared, "My dream of establishing BLANC has finally been fulfilled. I am excited to develop a fashion collection and introduce new items and style to the world. Through creative work with other designers and fashion icons, I am learning a lot and I want to consistently continue to share news of the partnership and collaboration that I have going on right now."[26]

Discography[edit]

Solo discography[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2007 SBS Thirty Thousand Miles in Search of My Son "Touch the Sky" 03:49 With Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
2008 Roommate "Love Hate" 03:45 With Seohyun and Tiffany
It's Fantastic "It's Fantastic" 03:40 With Seohyun and Tiffany
Infinity "I Love You" 03:40 With 8eight
N/A "Holding Hands" 03:54 With Tiffany, Super Junior, SS501, Jewelry, Brown Eyed Girls, Lee Hyun and T.G.U.S
KBS Hong Gildong OST "The Little Boat (작은 배)" 03:27 With Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A "Haptic Motion" 01:31 With Taeyeon, Seohyun and Sunny
2009 Olympic Duet Song Festival "NaengMyun" 03:41 With Park Myung-soo
Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) "One Year Later" 04:00 With Onew
MBC Heading to the Ground OST "Motion" 04:06 With Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Tiffany
N/A "S.E.O.U.L." 03:47 With Taeyeon, Seohyun, Sunny and Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Ryeowook, Donghae and Leeteuk of Super Junior
N/A "I Can't Bear Anymore (Bear Song)" 02:43 With Taeyeon, Seohyun and Sunny
2010 Sweet Delight "Sweet Delight" 03:20 Solo
N/A "Cabi Song" 03:19 With Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny, Yuri, Chansung, Junsu, and Taecyeon
N/A "Cooky" 02:50 With Tiffany, Seohyun and Sunny
My Friend Haechi "Haechi Song" (해치송)[27] 03:26 With Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany and Seohyun
2011 Romance Town "Because Tears Are Overflowing" 04:46 Solo
2012 KBS Wild Romance "What To Do" 03:54 With Kim Jin-pyo
SBS To the Beautiful You "Butterfly" 03:01 With Krystal
KBS The King's Dream "Heart Road" 04:19 Solo
PYL Younique Volume 1 "My Unique Lifestyle" 03:06 With Dok2
2013 Dating Agency: Cyrano "The One Like You" 04:15 Solo
2014 Make Your Move 3D "Say Yes" 03:58 With Krystal and Kris
"Cheap Creeper" 03:01 With Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sunny & Seohyun

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
KOR USA
Gaon[28] Billboard K-pop Hot 100
2010 "Sweet Delight" 48 Digital Single
2011 "Because Tears Are Overflowing" 20 KBS Romance Town OST
2012 "What To Do" (with Kim Jin-pyo) 12 14 KBS Wild Romance OST
"Butterfly" (with Krystal) 22 17 SBS To The Beautiful You OST
"Heart Road" 57 43 KBS The King's Dream OST
"My Lifestyle" (with Dok2) 34 30 PYL Younique Volume 1
2013 "The One Like You" 37 21 tvN Dating Agency: Cyrano OST

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Other notes
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[29]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
2008 Unstoppable Marriage Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo KBS2
2009 Tae-hee, Hye-kyo, Ji-hyun! English teacher Cameo MBC
2010 Oh! My Lady Herself Cameo SBS
2012 Wild Romance Kang Jong-hee Supporting role KBS2

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Episodes Note
2007 Cutie Honey, Mini Musical A bully along with Yuri, Hyoyeon
2009 We Got Married Season 1 42, 45, 47, 49, 51 & 52
Strong Heart 7–8
2010 Happy Birthday All
2010-2013 Running Man 4-5, 63-64, 141
2011-2013 Strong Heart 101-102, 165-166
2014 Jessica & Krystal 1-10 with Krystal, featuring daily activities of the two sisters

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
2007 "Love is Late, I'm Sorry" Kim Jo Han Love interest
2008 "Love Hate" Jessica, Tiffany and Seohyun
"Haptic Motion" Jessica, Yoona and Tiffany
2009 "Super Girl" Super Junior-M Love interest
"S.E.O.U.L." Super Junior and Girls' Generation Female photographer
2012 "Sherlock" Shinee Spirit/Ghost

Endorsements[edit]

Aside from her endorsements alongside Girls' Generation, Jessica has also endorsed the following brands:

Year Commercial Note
2008 Samsung Anycall Haptic "Haptic Motion CF" with TVXQ
2010 Dior Snow With Sooyoung, Yuri, Sunny, Hyoyeon and Tiffany
2012 Banila Co. Until 2014
Coming Step
Chanel With Tiffany
Hyundai PYL With Hyoyeon, Eunhyuk, Henry, Lu Han, Taemin, Kai
2013 Stonehenge With Krystal[30]
SOUP Until 2014
2014 Li Ning
Lapalette With Krystal

Musical theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010; 2012–2013 Legally Blonde Elle Woods Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominated Work Result
2012 3rd Annual Barbie & Ken Awards Korean Barbie Herself Won[31]
SBS MTV Best of the Best Best Cameo Nominated[32]
2013 7th The Musical Awards Popularity Award Herself Won

On the 7th of October 2013, Jessica represented her group Girls' Generation to receive the Global Best Idol Group award in the 10th Huading Awards in Macau, China. [33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The Birth of Jessica Jung. californiabirthindex.org
  2. ^ "Win Win Episode 11" (in Korean). Win Win. April 20, 2010. KBS2.
  3. ^ (Korean) Chosun.com: 제시카, "관객 앞에서의 제 목소리에 감동했어요", February 18, 2009
  4. ^ (Korean) Kim Hyeong-wu. 소녀시대 티파니 “‘오빠나빠’ 활동 당시 성대 결절 고생” (Girls' Generation's Tiffany: "'Bad Older Brother' Activities Were Difficult on Vocal Nodules"). JoongAng Ilbo/Newsen. February 16, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  5. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 티파니 제시카 서현 게임 주제가 신곡 발표 (Girls' Generation's Tiffany/Jessica/Seohyun Announce Game Theme Song as New Single). IS Plus/Newsen. August 1, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  6. ^ Jessica and Krystal releases 'Butterfly', an OST of 'To the Beautiful You'
  7. ^ SNSD Jessica releases 'Heart Road', an OST of 'The Great King's Dream'
  8. ^ Jessica sings “My Lifestyle” (ft. Dok2) for Hyundai’s ‘PYL Younique Album’
  9. ^ Girls' Generation's Jessica lends her voice for OST of Sooyoung's starring drama 'Dating Agency: Cyrano'
  10. ^ (English) Chung Ah-young. 'Legally Blonde' Sparkles With Starry Cast. The Korea Times. September 16, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  11. ^ (English) 3 Starts to Share Lead in 'Legally Blonde' Musical. The Chosun Ilbo. October 31, 2009. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  12. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대, 최시원과 의리 지키며 '오 마이 레이디'서 카메오 출연 (SNSD Makes Cameo Appearance on "Oh! My Lady", Showing Loyalty to Choi Siwon). asiae/Newsen. March 7, 2010. Retrieved on April 9, 2010
  13. ^ Jessica’s Casting in ‘Violent Romance’ Confirmed
  14. ^ (English) Jaccofashion.com: Jessica of Girls’ Generation ‘Break The Ice’ in 1st Look Magazine, December, 2011
  15. ^ Girls’ Generation’s Jessica models for cosmetics brand ‘banila co.’
  16. ^ SNSD’s Jessica promotes a car as a hot racing model
  17. ^ Girls’ Generation’s Jessica models ‘Cartier’ for ‘W Korea’
  18. ^ Jessica and her Sister Krystal Interviewed at the 2012 Paralympics Inaugural Ceremony
  19. ^ SNSD's Jessica and f(x)'s Krystal visited the 'Blue House'
  20. ^ Jessica and Krystal model for jewelry brand STONEHENgE
  21. ^ List of CFs in 2012
  22. ^ Jessica Becomes Model for LI-NING and Will Attend Fanmeet with f(x)’s Krystal
  23. ^ (Korean) Bae Sunyoung: 제시카 ‘해피 버스데이‘ 5주 출연 끝, 7일 하차 (Jessica, After Five Weeks of Appearances in 'Happy Birthday', Will be Withdrawing on 7th), Newsen.com. June 5, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  24. ^ Jessica and Krystal's reality show Jessica&Krystal. Allkpop.com (April 16, 2014). Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  25. ^ Jessica and Krystal shed tears and talk about their complex on their reality program Allkpop.com (June 3, 2014). Retrieved on June 3, 2014.
  26. ^ Girls' Generation's Jessica announces the launch of her own fashion line 'BLANC' Allkpop.com (August 6, 2014). Retrieved on August 7, 2014.
  27. ^ "내친구 해치 (My Friend Haechi) [Original Soundtrack] – Single". iTunes US Apple. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  28. ^ "Gaon Chart Search" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. 
  29. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  30. ^ Ho, Stewart (7 January 2013). "SNSD’s Jessica-f(x)’s Krystal Siblings Model for Stonehenge". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  31. ^ SNSD's Jessica and TVXQ's Yunho as Korea's Barbie and Ken 2012
  32. ^ Girls’ Generation Nominated for ’2012 World Music Awards’ and ’2012 SBS MTV Best of the Best’
  33. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2013/10/jessica-accepts-best-global-idol-group-award-on-behalf-of-girls-generation-at-10th-huading-awards-in-macau

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