In October 2008 in Tokyo
December 16, 1990 |
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Phongchi (フォンチー Fonchī?, born December 16, 1990) is a Japanese idol of Vietnamese descent. Often dubbed "Idoling No. 8", she is a former member of Japanese all-girl idol group Idoling. She was one of original members and had been the most popular member of the group. She also does glamour modeling as a gravure idol, having released two photobooks and five DVDs since 2008.
Phongchi was born in 1990 in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa to Vietnamese immigrant parents who came from Saigon, South Vietnam. Phongchi participated in an audition, the SMA Teens Audition, held by Sony Music Artists in 2005, becoming the runner up. She joined Idoling as an original member in 2006.
She began to be known as the "protégé" of Sayuri Kokusho, a seasoned actress known formerly as "Onyanko No. 8", and began appearing on numerous non-Idoling television shows in late 2007. She released her first photobook titled Fon Fonchi in September 2008 and first DVD titled Cam On : Precious Time in October 2008.
Her second DVD A Letter From a Teen was shot in Okinawa and released in September 2009. Her second photobook Ritual Heart was shot in Bali and released in March 2010. Her third DVD F : Angel's Wing was also shot in Bali and released in March 2010, and fourth DVD if : My Little Sister was released in November 2010.
In September 2010 she made her first Vietnam-related appearance at the annual Vietnam Festival event took place at the Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo. She appeared in the event as its main host, along with several guests from Vietnam including famous Vietnamese artists as Ho Quynh Huong and Nam Cuong. Again, she worked as the host for the Vietnam Festival 2011 (September 17–18) where the guests again include Ho Quynh Huong.
Phongchi graduated from Idoling in December 2011 to start a career in acting, alongside "Idoling No. 7" Erika Yazawa who would later become a comedienne. She released her fifth DVD Kaleidoscope in January 2012. It was her first DVD after leaving Idoling, where she dressed in costumes such as those inspired by Rihanna.
Phongchi always talks about her weight and weight-loss plan whenever she is interviewed. She was a member of Idoling's Pocchari Dohmei ("Axis of Chubby"), a team consisting of the three heaviest members in the group, along with Erika Yazawa and Erika Tonooka. She has weighed up to 48 kg (105 lb) at 1.65m (5 ft 5 in), and she has stated that she considers herself overweight and has always been dieting. She said about it, "I can't announce my weight until I have a decent weight". She has stated that she has idolized the actress Risa Goto and especially the famous model Emi Suzuki, whose BMIs have been reported to be less than 14.
She has revealed that she has a strong addiction to Caramel Frappuccino, a Starbucks beverage which often appears on her blog. There are about 247 kcal in one Caramel Frappuccino bottle and she drinks it twice a day.
She is known as a hardcore gamer, more specifically, a hardcore PS3 player. One time she played Demon's Souls in her room for about 20 hours straight, skipping an appearance on the Idoling show. She is also a wrestling fan, specifically a Dragon Gate fan and has several wrestling game titles.
As for fashion, in her personal life, she did not show any preference in the 2000s, but since around 2010 when she turned 20 she has shown a strong preference for the Ageha style which does not fit her vibrant idol image.
- Fon Fon Chi, September 5, 2008
- Ritual Heart, March 12, 2010
- Cam on, October 22, 2008
- 10-dai Kara no Tegami (A Letter from a Teen), September 30, 2009
- F : Angel's Wing, March 19, 2010
- if : Boku no Imoto (if : My Little Sister), November 27, 2010
- Kaleidoscope, January 25, 2012
- "http://www.sma.co.jp/artists/phongchi/", Sony Music Entertainment
- "Idoling!!! No. 8 Phongchi in a red maid dress" November 23, 2009 Oricon (Japanese)
- Web The Television 10-03-16, MSN (Japanese)
- "Phongchi graduates from Idoling!!!", 14 December 2011, The Real Live News (Japanese)
- Oricon Style News August 28, 2010, Oricon (Japanese)
- "if : My Little Sister, Phongchi" Amazon.co.jp (Japanese)
- Popular gravure idols Maria Yoshikawa & Phongchi releases "Tekkotsu Musume Pao" So-net, April 27, 2010 (Japanese)
- "Phongchi", Hatena Diary (Japanese)
- Sponichi Annex 08-10-25 Sponichi (Japanese)
- The Television Entertainment News September 19, 2008 (Japanese)
- Oricon De View 08-09-16(Japanese) Oricon
- "Phongchi" at goo TV (Japanese)
- "History of Phongchi", page 2, Oricon (Japanese)
- Amazon (Japanese)
- Amazon (Japanese)
- An interview about the DVD (Japanese)
- Amazon (Japanese)
- Article on Nikkansports.com 3/14, 2010 Nikkan Sports (Japanese)
- "Phongchi self-produces costumes and theme, scoring 100 points!", April 16, 2010, Livedoor (Japanese)
- Amazon (Japanese)
- "Vietnam is my pride" - Stick with the Vietnam Fes spokesperson Phongchi MyCom Journal September 20, 2010 (Japanese)
- Report at Barks2010-9-19 (Japanese)
- "Ascii presents ultra rare photobooks made by Phongchi of Idoling!!! with her autographs", 23 October 2011, ASCII (Japanese)
- "'Idoling!!!' Yazawa and Phongchi perform their graduation live", 23 December 2011, Sports Hochi (Japanese)
- "Friend-choco at the Valentine, the newest DVD 'watch my mature side', says Phongchi", February 13, 2012, Mynavi News (Japanese)
- "Phongchi holds her first solo-event after graduating from Idoling!!!", 14 February 2012, Web De-View (Japanese)
- "Popular idol from Idoling Phongchi releases her first DVD" ASCII October 28, 2008 (Japanese)
- Idoling!!! Blog - April, 30, 2009 Fuji TV (Japanese)
- From her blog  "My first step is to have 48kg"
- Yanyan Vol.6, Ryoran Report (p.34) May 2009 (ISBN 9784197202706)
- Official blog's first article(Japanese)
- "Phongchi becomes a spokesperson" September 16, 2010 Sponichi (Japanese)
- Ameba Entertainment News 2008-11-04 Ameba (Japanese)