Before Blackpink and Twice was Girls’ Generation … so where are they now? Taeyeon is an award-winning solo artist while Yoona stars in Confidential Assignment 2 with Hyun Bin
Blackpink and Twice might be the queens of K-pop today, but before their reign another girl group paved the way. Girls’ Generation, also called So-nyuh Shi-dae or SNSD in Korean, dominated music charts from 2007 to 2018 under SM Entertainment that, releasing catchy hits like Gee and Oh!
Although it’s been three years since the band last released a song, its members have remained in the limelight thanks to their solo activities.
So what have they been up to?
Solo music careers
Despite no longer performing together as a group, a few members still pursued opportunities in the music industry by starting solo careers.
Her bandmate Tiffany, meanwhile, returned home to the US to start a career there. She released singles such as Over My Skin and Lips on Lips, which won her an award for best solo breakout at the iHeart Radio Music Awards.
Leading films and K-dramas
While a few Girls’ Generation members did TV cameos in the past, many of them took the band’s indefinite hiatus as an opportunity for bigger roles in films and TV series.
Sooyoung also chased a career on the big screen. Just last February 2021, her movie New Year Blues was released, where she played the optimistic gardener Oh-wol.
On the other hand, fellow member Yuri has been a fixture on TV, taking main roles in series such as Break Up Probation, A Week and Bossam: Steal the Fate.
Sunny became a popular variety show host
Sunny has also been a constant on Korean TV – not as a lead actress of a drama, but as a witty and entertaining variety show MC. She is currently the main host of shows like Idea Panda and Legendary Trainee.
Jessica is helming her own fashion empire
- Jessica Jung earned a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 2017 list in Asia with her fashion brand Blanc & Eclare while Hyoyeon went from K-pop idol to DJ, working with (G)I-dle
- Seohyun has acted in K-dramas like Private Lives, Tiffany returned home to the US to make music there, and Sunny became a popular variety show MC