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Minzy in 2012
January 18, 1994
Seoul, South Korea
|Revised Romanization||Gong Min-ji|
Gong Min-ji (born January 18, 1994), better known by her stage name Minzy, is a South Korean artist under The Music Works Entertainment – a subsidiary of CJ E&M's music division. She is a former member of South Korean girl group 2NE1 under YG Entertainment, leaving the group and the agency in April 2016.
Minzy was born in Seoul, South Korea on January 18, 1994. She is granddaughter of Gong Ok-jin, a legendary folk dancer in South Korea. When she was young, she moved to Gwangju where she participated in many dance contests and competitions. A video of her at a dance competition in Gwangju got uploaded onto the Internet, and got many hits and praises for her ability to dance. This video was then uploaded onto YG's homepage, whereupon Yang Hyun-suk himself contacted and recruited her to join the agency.
YG Entertainment stated in early 2009 that they would be debuting a new four-member group that had been training for four years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM's leader Teddy Park and G-Dragon of Big Bang. The group's name was initially announced as "21"; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was renamed "2NE1", with "NE" being an abbreviation of "New Evolution". Minzy was placed in 2NE1 as the main dancer, alongside Park Bom, Sandara Park and CL.
In June 2016, Minzy was featured in Taiwan’s ‘Juksy’ magazine as the ‘Juksy Girl’ for the month of June.
- Mark Russell (29 April 2014). K-Pop Now!: The Korean Music Revolution. Tuttle Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-4629-1411-1.
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- Maolen E. (May 18, 2016). "Ex-2NE1 member Minzy officially signs new record deal with Music Works". yibada.com. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
- Ash Krater (May 16, 2016). "2NE1 Ex-Member Minzy Puts YG Entertainment Behind Her, Officially Signs With Music Works". designntrend.com. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
- "【 JUKSY Girl 】別叫我忙內，我是自己的女神 - Minzy 孔旻智 - JUKSY 流行生活網". JUKSY 流行生活網. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
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