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Tiffany Hwang

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Tiffany at a fansigning in Busan, in June 2016
Born Stephanie Young Hwang[1]
(1989-08-01) August 1, 1989 (age 27)
San Francisco, California, United States
Other names Hwang Mi-young[2]
Education Korea Kent Foreign School
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul [2]
Revised Romanization Hwang Mi-yeong
McCune–Reischauer Hwang Mi-yŏng

Stephanie Young Hwang (born August 1, 1989[1]), known professionally as Tiffany or Tiffany Hwang, is an American singer and actress based in South Korea. She is a member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation and its subgroup TTS.[3] Tiffany made her solo debut with the release of her first mini album, I Just Wanna Dance, on May 11, 2016.

Early life[edit]

Stephanie Young Hwang was born in San Francisco, California.[4] She grew up in Diamond Bar, California,[5] attending South Pointe Middle School and Diamond Bar High School; she graduated from Korea Kent Foreign School in Seoul.[6] She was invited to audition at the SM Entertainment Starlight Casting System, where she auditioned with Christina Aguilera's song "The Voice Within",[7] and joined the company on October 2004 in Los Angeles at age 15.[8][9]

Music career[edit]

Girls' Generation is a South Korean girl group formed by S.M. Entertainment in 2007.[10] Tiffany and fellow Girls' Generation members Taeyeon and Seohyun formed a subgroup called Girls' Generation-TTS in 2012, releasing Twinkle in 2012 and Holler in 2014.[11]

Tiffany has released several songs for various television dramas and movies, including "By Myself" for the SBS's drama Princess Ja Myung Go,[12] "Because It's You" for the KBS2's Love Rain, and "One Step Closer" for the SBS's All About My Romance. Her collaborations include "Oppa Nappa" and "It's Fantastic" with fellow Girls' Generation members Jessica and Seohyun,[13][14] "A Girl, Meets Love" with K.Will,[15] "Oh! My Love to You" with bandmate Sooyoung and The Blue,[16] and "Rise and Shine" with Super Junior's Kyuhyun for the SBS's To The Beautiful You.

In May 2016, Tiffany debuted as a solo singer with an extended play titled I Just Wanna Dance.[17] The album's title song won first place in the week following its release on two music programs, The Show and Show Champion. On June 10, 2016, she released a song titled "Heartbreak Hotel", featuring South Korean rapper Simon Dominic, as the eighteenth weekly digital single from S.M. Entertainment's Station music project.[18] Tiffany held her first solo concert titled "Weekend", part of the concert series The AGIT by S.M. Entertainment artists, during the second half of June 2016.[19]

Acting and television career[edit]

2012 F/W Seoul Fashion Week

From 2007–2008, Tiffany appeared as the host of Mnet's Sonyeon Sonyeo Gayo Baekseo, along with Kim Hyesung.[20] In 2009, she, along with fellow Girls' Generation member Yuri, became an MC for the MBC's music show Music Core. They left the show in July 2010 to focus on Girls’ Generation's debut in Japan,[21][22] but came back in October 2011. Yuri, however, left the show again in January 2012 and Tiffany started co-hosting alongside two other Girls' Generation members, Taeyeon and Seohyun, until April 2013.[23] They gave their farewell to the show by performing TTS's "Goodbye, Hello" as a special stage.

From November 25, 2011 to January 29, 2012, Hwang played Carmen Diaz, a performing arts student with dreams of becoming famous, in the musical Fame.[24][25] In September 2013, Tiffany participated in the SBS's variety show Fashion King Korea with partner Ji Il-geun, ending up in 3rd place.

In April 2016, Tiffany became a regular cast member on the KBS reality show Sister's Slam Dunk up until August 18 of the same year, alongside actress Min Hyo-rin, Lucky J's Jessi, comedian Kim Sook, and veteran actress Ra Mi-ran.[26] They formed a special girl group named Unnies and released a single titled "Shut Up" featuring Yoo Hee-yeol.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Tiffany is the youngest of three siblings.[28]

In 2008, Tiffany was diagnosed with vocal nodules, which gave her dysphonia. After treatment her voice returned to normal, but the problem reoccurred in 2009, causing her to take a break from activities to receive hospital treatment in September,[29] and again in 2010.[30] While treatment has been successful, Tiffany has stated that her current voice is different from her voice previous to contracting vocal nodules, although it is not necessarily something she views as a bad thing.[31]

In January 2014, Tiffany started dating 2PM's Nichkhun. Their relationship ended in May 2015.[32]


On August 14, 2016, after the Tokyo SM Town concert, Tiffany posted a picture onto Instagram with a Japanese flag in the caption as per her usual practice. The following morning, she uploaded to her Snapchat story an image with an official Tokyo geofilter.[33][34] As August 15 was Korea's Liberation Day, the geofilter, which contained a stylized icon of the Rising Sun design, caused an uproar due to its controversial nature; the filter in question has since been removed from the app by Snapchat.[35] She issued a handwritten apology letter on the incident,[36][37] but the letter was not well received by the Korean public.[38] After viewers of Sister's Slam Dunk urged the show to remove Tiffany with concerns that her continued involvement would be inappropriate,[39] representatives of the program withdrew her as a permanent cast member.[40] On August 26, 2016, Tiffany uploaded a second, more detailed apology letter onto her Instagram account.[41]


Extended plays[edit]