Shin Ryu-jin biography
Shin Ryu-jin was born in South Korea on 17 April 2001 – her zodiac sign is Aries and she holds South Korean nationality. Shin is a singer and a dancer, best known for being a member of the girl group ITZY, created by JYP Entertainment.
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Childhood and family
Shin was raised an only child in South Korea by her father who is an engineer and her mother who is a housewife. She started dreaming about becoming a famous dancer at the age of six, and she was eight when her parents enrolled her at a dancing school.
After completing her elementary education in 2015, Shin enrolled at Hanlim Multi Art School’s Department of Practical Dance, where she continued working on her dancing skills and also began developing her singing voice.
Shin is a huge fan of the South Korean boy band GOT7, and while she was attending their fan meeting in 2016, she was noticed by a scout working for JYP Entertainment, who invited her to become a JYP trainee.
Career as a singer and the group ITZY
In 2017, Shin entered the competition “MIXNINE” organized by JTBC and although she ranked as one of the best girls, she was unable to win because the boys turned out to be overall winners.
In the same year, she appeared in the reality program “Survival Show” created by Stray Kids and Shin also made her debut film appearance in 2017 when she portrayed a supporting character in “The King”. She was offered to sign a contract with YG Entertainment under better conditions than she has with JYP Entertainment but Shin turned the offer down.
After Shin matriculated in 2019, she decided not to attend college but to focus on becoming a famous singer. Shin officially became a member of ITZY on 12 February 2019 – around 20 days after ITZY was announced by JYP – and that its other members would be Chaeryeong, Lia, Yeji, and Yuna.
They debuted with their album “It’z Different”, which had the song “Dalla Dalla” as its lead single and which became a huge success in both Asia and the US as it reached #2 on the World Digital Song Sales Chart, which is one of the best debuts on Billboard. it was seen on YouTube around 17 million times On the first day of its upload, and eventually became the fastest debut music video to gather over 100 million views. The fans were mostly attracted by the song’s mix of bass and future house sound as well by its ‘empowering lyrics’. Another song from the album called “Want It?” was also well-received, as it peaked at #8 on the World Digital Song Sales Chart and sold over 1,000 digital copies.
Only eight days after the band started performing, they competed in the South Korean music program “M Countdown”, winning it and becoming the fastest group to win such a show.
On 29 July 2019, ITZY released their debut extended play (EP) called “It’z Icy”, with “Icy” as its lead song, and two months later, it was announced by JYP Entertainment that the girls would start their world tour on 2 November from Jakarta, and would begin performing in the US in January 2020. In November and December 2019, “Dalla Dalla” continued to attract attention and on the Gaon Music Chart the song reached over 100 million streams, becoming certified platinum which was the first debut song of a K-pop group to achieve this since it was first introduced in April 2018.
“Dalla Dalla” ranked #8 on the list of “The 20 Best K-pop Songs of 2019” compiled by the British magazine “Dazed”, while it also became the second most popular South Korean song on YouTube (“Icy” became seventh most popular). By the end of 2019, ITZY had won a Mnet Asian Music Award as well as a Melon Music Award.
On 17 January 2020, the girls performed in Los Angeles, California marking the beginning of their tour of the US. ITZY’s second EP “It’z Me” came out on 9 March 2020, with the song “Wannabe” as its lead single. The extended play peaked at #1 on the Gaon Album Chart, and at #5 on the Billboard World Albums Chart.
Relationships and boyfriend
On 13 April 2019, Shin uploaded several pictures onto her Facebook accounts in which she can be noticed talking to someone on her phone, while a part of her caption reads ‘my boyfriend’ – many of her fans understood that Shin was seeing someone who maybe wasn’t living in her city, and that they were only able to see one another using video calls. However, it is very unlikely that Shin is actually in a relationship, because JYP Entertainment doesn’t allow its new singers to be dating, nor to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or go to parties. According to many of Shin’s fans, these pictures were only uploaded to spark the rumors about her being in a relationship.
As of July 2020, Shin is single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and interests
Shin is a highly sociable person, and is close friends with Jiu who is a member of the group Dreamcatcher, Bella who is singing for ELRIS, and Heejin and Hyunjin who are both members of LOONA. She likes to listen to South Korean music, while her idol is Lee Hyori who is a singer, actress and a model among other things.
Shin is a huge lover of animals and has two pet cats called Dal and Buyl.
She is keen on tasting cuisines of various countries, and her favorite type of food is the spiciest which is why she enjoys eating Hungarian food.
According to her group members, Shin is the smartest girl among them.
In her spare time, Shin likes to watch movies, and her favorite actress is Emma Watson while some of her favorite movies are “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, the franchise “Harry Potter” and “The Art of Getting By”.
Age and height
Shin’s age is 19. She has long brown hair and her eyes are brown as well, while her height is 5ft 5ins (1.64m) and she weighs around 103lbs (47kgs). As of July 2020, the best estimate of Shin’s net worth is that it’s over $100,000, which is quite impressive for a 19 year-old, in the entertainment business full-time for less than a year.