Kang Daniel in September 2017
|Born||December 10, 1996|
Busan, South Korea
|Associated acts||Wanna One|
|Revised Romanization||Gang Daniel|
|Revised Romanization||Gang Ui-geon|
Early life and pre-debut
Kang Daniel was born as Kang Eui-geon (강의건) in Busan, South Korea as the only child of his family. He decided to legally change his name due to family and relatives having difficulty pronouncing his birth name. Later on, due to the suggestion from a teacher, Daniel began dancing. During a guest appearance at variety show Hello Counselor, he revealed that he was ostracized in elementary school because of his appearance and developed passion and built self-esteem through dancing. Prior to appearing on Produce 101 Season 2, Daniel had trained for two years and one month. He initially started as a trainee under B2M Entertainment until management separation, and then became a trainee under MMO Entertainment. One of the most notable moments during his time as trainee was his appearance on Her Secret Weapon, performing “Invitation” by Uhm Jung-hwa, where he served as a backup dancer to Fiestar's Cao Lu and Spica’s Sihyun.
2017–2018: Produce 101 and Wanna One
In 2017, Kang represented MMO Entertainment in the boy group reality survival show, Produce 101 Season 2. He is known for finishing first in the final episode and becoming the center of the project boy group Wanna One under YMC Entertainment.
Kang officially debuted with Wanna One during Wanna One Premier Show-Con on August 7, 2017, at the Gocheok Sky Dome with the debut mini-album 1×1=1 (To Be One). During the preparation for this debut, he was also confirmed to join the pilot season of MBC variety show, It's Dangerous Beyond The Blankets which premiered on August 27, 2017. On the same month, he was featured on the cover of Weekly Chosun magazine, one of the major news and current events publication in South Korea, with an article focusing on his popularity among the general public. Following the conclusion of the mini-album promotion on August 30, 2017, he was chosen as the first male celebrity to appear on the cover of InStyle Korea fashion magazine in its 14 years history for its October 2017 issue. He was also signed as a cast member for SBS variety show Master Key, for which he was awarded the Rookie Award (Variety Category) at the 2017 SBS Entertainment Awards.
In 2018, he was involved in several prominent solo activities, most notably as the main model for Davichi's "Days Without You" (너 없는 시간들) music video and as the main cast of the second season of It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets. He was later awarded the Rookie Award (Variety Category) at the 2018 MBC Entertainment Awards for his work at the respective show. He also continued to promote with Wanna One, including as a part of Wanna One's unit "Triple Position" which won Best Unit Award at 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards. He concludes his contract with Wanna One on December 31, 2018, although he would still appear with the group until its official farewell concerts on January 24–27, 2019.
2019: Solo activities
On March 21, 2019, Daniel submitted an application to suspend his exclusive contract with LM Entertainment. His legal representative revealed that LM Entertainment signed joint business contracts that sell Daniel’s exclusive contract rights to third parties without his prior consent; which completely breached the terms of his contract. 
In the media
He was recognized for his brand recognition and marketing power, having topped both 'Male Model Brand Power Ranking' and 'Individual Boy Group Members Brand Power Ranking', published by the Korean Corporate Reputation Research Institute. By the end of 2017, he ranked second in Most Favorite Idols survey conducted annually by Gallup Korea which involves 1,500 Korean men and women aged 13 to 29 as respondents.
In January 2018, his name was included in Forbes Korea Power Leaders 2030 annual list, under "Entertainment" field category. The list, consisting 30 individuals within the age range of 20 to 39 considered as rising stars in their respective fields, was selected by six panels of industry experts alongside Forbes journalists.
On January 3, 2019, his name was included in Guinness World Record for "Fastest time to gain one million followers on Instagram" category with a new record of 11 hours and 36 minutes after registering his account and uploading his first post on the respective social media platform the day before.
|2017||Produce 101 Season 2||Mnet||Contestant||Finished at first place|||
|Master Key||SBS||Cast member||Episode 1, 4–10|||
|2017–18||It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets||MBC||Seasons 1 and 2|||
|2018||Produce 48||Mnet||Special Host||Episode 1|||
|2018||"Days Without You" (너 없는 시간들)||Davichi|
Awards and nominations
|2017||3rd Fashionista Awards||Best Fashionista (Rising Star Category)||N/A||Won|||
|11th SBS Entertainment Awards||Rookie Award (Variety Category)||Master Key||Won|||
|2018||10th MTN Broadcast Advertising Festival||Grand Prize (Audience Category)||N/A||Won|||
|Brand of the Year Awards||Grand Prize (Male CF Model)||Won|||
|Elle Style Awards||Best Magazine Cover Award||Won|||
|18th MBC Entertainment Awards||Rookie Award (Variety Category)||It's Dangerous Beyond the Blankets||Won|||
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- "[엑's 토크] '한끼줍쇼'PD "솔직한 강다니엘·박지훈, 규동형제와 케미 굿"" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-15.
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- Jo, Yoon-sun (5 July 2017). "[공식] 워너원, 8월 7일 정식 데뷔…고척 스카이돔서 데뷔 무대" (in Korean). Sports Chosun. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
- "'Produce 101' group Wanna One makes debut". Korea JoongAng Daily. 8 August 2017.
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- R, Choi (14 August 2017). "Xiumin, Kang Daniel, And Yong Junhyung's Hobbies Revealed In Profiles For New Variety Show". Soompi.
- "시사 주간지 표지모델에 등장한 강다니엘" (in Korean). Naver. 11 August 2017.
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- "강다니엘 섹시미 폭발...'따끈따끈한 강다니엘 화보'" (in Korean). Biztribune. 12 September 2017.
- "강다니엘-옹성우, SBS 새 예능 '마스터키' 출연…10월 14일 첫방 [공식입장]". Naver. 21 September 2017.
- "미우새母'가 남긴 이변…SBS연예대상 대상 수상". Dailian. 31 December 2017.
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- "컬투쇼' 다비치 "MV 출연 강다니엘에게 소고기 쿠폰 선물" (in Korean). Osen. 25 January 2018.
- "MBC 연예대상] 이영자, KBS 이어 MBC 대상 수상···여성 최초 2관왕" (in Korean). Naver. 30 December 2018.
- "Wanna One Triple Position Wins "Best Unit" at 2018 MAMA in Hong Kong". Mwave. 14 December 2018.
- "워너원 측 "12월31일 계약종료, 1월 콘서트로 마무리"(공식입장 전문)" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-12-18.
- The Korea Times (21 March 2019). "[강다니엘 측 "LM 상대로 전속계약 효력정지 가처분 신청, 팬들에 죄송" [전문]]". hankookilbo.com. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
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- "[브랜드평판] 보이그룹 개인 브랜드 2018년 6월 빅데이터 분석...1위 워너원 강다니엘, 2위 방". Rekorea. 2018-06-16.
- "2017년 올해를 빛낸 가수와 가요 - 최근 11년간 추이, 아이돌 선호도 포함". Gallup Korea. 2017-12-19.
- "아이유, 올해를 빛낸 가수 1위..올해의 노래는 '좋니'". Naver. 19 December 2017.
- "[파워리더 2030] 한국 사회 혁신 이끌 30인의 유망주들". Joins. 23 January 2018.
- "[파워리더 2030 ENTERTAINMENT] 김태리 배우 외 1그룹, 3인". Joins. 23 January 2018.
- "South Korean K-Pop star Kang Daniel breaks pope's Instagram fans record". Guinness World Record. 2019-01-03.
- "강다니엘, 기네스북 올랐다...개인 SNS 최단 100만 팔로워 '신기록'". 2019-01-04.
- "Season 2 of 'Produce 101' ends with 11 winners". The Korea Herald (in Korean). June 18, 2017.
- "워너원 강다니엘X옹성우, '마스터키'고정 출연…예능돌 접수 [공식입장]" (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-10-18.
- "[공식입장] 강다니엘X시우민 '이불밖은 위험해', 4월 5일 정규 첫 방송 확정". Sportal Korea (in Korean). March 19, 2018.
- "'프로듀스48' 전소미·강다니엘, 국민 프로듀서로 등장 '금의환향'". Sedaily (in Korean). June 15, 2018.
- "[패셔니스타어워즈] 2017 올해를 빛낸 스타일 아이콘 7인(수상자 발표)". Sports Chosun (in Korean). 13 November 2017.
- "'My Ugly Duckling' moms win grand prize at 2017 SBS Entertainment Awards". International Business Times. December 31, 2017.
- "SK하이닉스, 2018 MTN 방송광고 대상 수상". MTN (in Korean). July 19, 2018.
- "인물 정보, 강다니엘". Naver (in Korean). August 8, 2018.
- "ELLEzoomin". Elle Korea. November 12, 2018.
- "'신인상' 강다니엘 "워너원으로서 받는 마지막 상" 감동 수상소감[MBC연예대상]". Newsen (in Korean). December 29, 2018.
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