Kim Hyo-yeon

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Hyoyeon at KBS Gayo Daechukje 2015 02.jpg
Hyoyeon at KBS Gayo Daechukje in December 2015
Native name 김효연
Born Kim Hyo-yeon
(1989-09-22) September 22, 1989 (age 27)
Incheon, South Korea
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Years active 2007–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gim Hyo-yeon
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hyo-yŏn

Kim Hyo-yeon (born September 22, 1989), better known mononymously as Hyoyeon, is a South Korean singer and television personality. She is a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation.

Early life[edit]

Hyoyeon was born in Incheon, South Korea on September 22, 1989.[1] She grew up with her parents and her younger brother, Kim Min-gu. Hyoyeon's formal dance training started in elementary school. At her neighborhood's small hip-hop school,[2] she learned hip hop, jazz and Latin dance.[3] In 1999, she enrolled in Winners Dance School,[4] a famous dance school in South Korea specializing in popping, locking, animation and various other hip-hop styles. At the school she met Miss A's Min, with whom she formed the dance team Little Winners (리틀위너스). The duo performed at various showcases and was spotlighted by in 2004.[5]

Hyoyeon auditioned for S.M. Entertainment at the age of 11 through SM 2000 Casting System. Hyoyeon said she auditioned because her mother brought her to the offices of S.M. Entertainment in the hopes of meeting H.O.T.[6] Hyoyeon then danced in an audition show.[7] In 2004, along with Super Junior's Siwon, she was sent to study Chinese in Beijing. She received dance instruction from the Electric Boogaloos[8] and top choreographers such as Kim Hye-rang,[9] Poppin Seen,[10] Kwang Hoo (aka Crazy Monkey),[11] Poppin DS,[12] Kwon Seok-jin (aka Locking Khan)[13] and Black Beat's Shim Jae-won.[2] She also worked with one of Justin Timberlake's choreographers and a few foreign teachers.[2]

Before debuting with Girls' Generation, she worked with Janet Jackson[14] and was BoA's silhouette dancer during a performance at KM Music Festival 2005.[15] In 2007, she teamed up with Jae Won for a dance collaboration to "Anonymous".[16] Hyoyeon was also picked as Korea's No. 1 idol dancer on Star News.


2007–14: Career beginnings[edit]

Hyoyeon in September 2012

Hyoyeon officially debuted as a member of Girls' Generation, a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment, in August 2007.[17]

On March 7, 2010, Hyoyeon and fellow Girls' Generation members Jessica and Sooyoung played cameo roles in episode 7 of the SBS television mini-series Oh! My Lady, starring Chae Rim and labelmate Choi Siwon.[18] In November 2011, Hyoyeon and fellow Girls' Generation member Sunny became cast members for the second season of Invincible Youth, a South Korean reality television show.[19]

In April 2012, Hyoyeon became a contestant in the second season of Dancing with the Stars, a competitive ballroom dancing television show.[20] Hyoyeon and her partner, Kim Hyung-seok, ended up winning second place. In October 2012, Hyoyeon participated in S.M. Entertainment's special dance group Younique. The group released a single titled "Maxstep" as part of the collaboration between S.M. and Hyundai.[21]

In January 2013, Hyoyeon made a guest appearance on the television show Blind Test Show 180 Degrees, where she took on the challenge of dancing to various types of club music.[22] In May 2013, Hyoyeon was chosen as an Asian ambassador for the Hong Kong branch of Topshop.[23] In June 2013, Hyoyeon and fellow Girls' Generation member Yuri became coaches for the contestants on Dancing 9, a competitive dancing television show.[24][25]

2015–present: Television roles[edit]

On February 12, 2015, Hyoyeon was featured in labelmate Amber's "Shake That Brass" music video, in which she plays a trumpet. On March 14, 2015, Hyoyeon was featured as the rapper in a performance by boyband S on Immortal Songs 2, with which they won with 423 points.[26] In June 2015, Hyoyeon began hosting her own reality television show, Hyoyeon's One Million Likes, broadcast on OnStyle.[27] Before the show was officially announced, an Instagram account was created where Hyoyeon posted pictures and videos with the goal of receiving one million likes from fans.[28] On July 1, 2015, Hyoyeon became the first Girls' Generation member to publish a book with Hyo Style, in which she shares tips on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. The book contains 142 pages and comes with a DVD.[29] In September 2015, Hyoyeon became a contestant alongside Seo In Young, MBLAQ member Mir and AOA member Hyejeong, among others, in a television show titled Mash Up, where they competed in DJ-ing.[30] On September 11, 2015, Hyoyeon was featured in rapper Vasco's "Whoa Ha!" music video, where guest stars lip-sync along to the song.[31]

On February 3, 2016, Hyoyeon was a special MC on the OnStyle television show Get It Beauty.[32] In May 2015, she became a cast member of the Korean-Chinese reality television show Star Advent. The show followed 12 Korean and Chinese celebrities tasked with working as office workers in foreign countries and premiered on July 9.[33] In June 2016, Hyoyeon became a contestant alongside Shinee member Taemin, Sistar member Bora and Infinite member Hoya, among others, in the Mnet television show Hit The Stage,[34] where they collaborate with professional dancers to compete in different genres of dancing under a given theme.[35] Later in June 2016, Hyoyeon was featured in the song "Up & Down" from fellow Girls' Generation member Taeyeon's second mini-album Why.[36] In August 2016, Hyoyeon, miss A member Min and 2AM member Jo Kwon formed a special group named Triple T and released a single titled "Born to Be Wild", featuring Park Jin-young.[37]

Personal life[edit]

On April 3, 2014, it was announced that Hyoyeon had been dating writer Kim Jun Hyung, age 35, for two years. SM Entertainment confirmed that the two had been a couple, but broke up on April 1 following a controversial incident where she accidentally hit him and was reported to the police for assaulting him.[38]

Hyoyeon is close with bandmate Seohyun, labelmate f(x)'s Amber and Miss A's Min. Shinhwa's Min Woo dubbed her as the next BoA and labelmate Super Junior's Eunhyuk also acknowledged her dancing skills.[39]


Title Year Peak chart
Sales Album

(as part of Younique Unit)
2012 228 PYL Younique Volume 1
"Up & Down"
(Taeyeon feat. Hyoyeon)
2016 84
  • KOR (DL): 34,300+[42]
"Born to be Wild"
(as part of Triple T, feat. Park Jin-young)
To be announced Non-album single



Year Title Role Notes
2012 I AM. Herself Biographical film of SM Town[43]
2015 SMTown The Stage Herself Documentary film of SM Town[44]

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2008 Unstoppable Marriage KBS Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo
2010 Oh! My Lady SBS Herself Cameo

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2007 Cutie Honey, Mini Musical KBS2 A bully with Yuri & Jessica
2011–2012 Invincible Youth 2 KBS Main Cast with Sunny
2011 Dalgona SBS Herself with Yuri & Sooyoung
2012 Dancing with the Stars 2 MBC Main Cast Hyoyeon & Kim Hyung-suk won 2nd place
2013 Blind Test Show 180 Degrees MBC Herself
Dancing 9 Mnet Coach with Yuri
2014 Jessica & Krystal OnStyle Herself with Tiffany & Shindong
2015 Immortal Song 2 KBS2 Contestant
Hyoyeon's One Million Likes OnStyle Herself
Channel Girls' Generation OnStyle Herself With the other members of Girls Generation
Mash Up SBS MTV Contestant
2016 Get It Beauty OnStyle Herself
Star Advent Shandong TV Main Cast
Hit The Stage Mnet Contestant

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Title Singer Note
2015 Shake That Brass Amber With Taeyeon
Whoa Ha! VASCO

Television shows hosting[edit]

Year Title Role
2008 Star Live Power Music Co-hosted with members
2009 Mnet's The M Guest host with Jessica and Sunny (Aug 27)
2012 MBC Show! Music Core Guest host with Seohyun and Yonghwa (April 7)
2013 M! Countdown Guest host with Yuri (Jan 3)

Hosted events[edit]

Year Date Event Co-host
2014 March 22 HEC Korea Festival in Vietnam Isaac


Year Awards Notes Result
2012 MBC Entertainment Awards Female Newcomer Show Variety for Dancing With The Stars 2 Nominated


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