Who is Sunny (SNSD)?
Lee ‘Sunny’ Soon-kyu was born in Orange County, California USA, on 15 May 1989 – her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds American nationality. She is an entertainer, primarily a singer, perhaps best known for being a member of the girl group Girl’s Generation-Oh!GG (SNSD) which was formerly known as Girls’ Generation.
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Early life and education
Sunny grew up in South Korea alongside her 15-year and 10-year senior sisters, who were both also born on 15 May – they were raised by their father who is in the entertainment industry, and their mother who is a singer. The girls’ uncle Lee Soo-man is known as the man who founded the largest entertainment company in South Korea called SM Entertainment Co. Ltd., back in 1995.
Although Sunny was born in California, the family moved to Kuwait before she turned one, and after two years they moved to South Korea around the time of The Gulf War – because of a lot of noise during that war, Sunny grew up being afraid of loud sounds. Motivated by her father, she became a musician, and at the age of nine became an SM Entertainment trainee – she trained there for five years before moving to Starworld Agency, of which her father was the manager. She soon found herself a member of the duo Sugar, together with Ayumi Lee, but they never attracted much attention, and eventually in 2007, Ayumi talked Sunny into rejoining SM Entertainment. She started training under them once again, and in August 2007 became a member of the group Girls’ Generation (SNSD).
Sunny re-launched her career in 2008 when she served as a co-host of Melon Chunji Radio, together with Sungmin, a member of the boy group Super Junior. In August of the same year, she helped write the soundtrack for the series “Working Mom”, entitled “You Don’t Know About Love”.
Sunny started working on her solo singing career in 2009, when she released her debut single “Finally Now”, which found itself in the South Korean movie “Story of Wine”, and she also released a duet with Taeyeon called “It’s Love”. She served as the co-host of the music show “The M” together with Kim Hyung-jun, who is a member of the South Korean boy group SS501, and Im Seulong from 2AM, while she was also appearing in the variety show “Invincible Youth”.
In March 2010 she was invited to sing “Your Doll”, one of the soundtracks of the series “Oh! My Lady” – the song became very popular, and peaked at #88 on the Gaon Digital Chart.
She started working as a voice-over actress too in January 2012, when she voiced Miranda, a koala, in the Korean version of the animated movie “The Outback”, and in March of the same year she started hosting the TV show “Music Island”. Shereleased two duets – “I Love You, I Love You” and “It’s Me” – with Miryo and Luna, respectively, and the songs peaked at #56 and #25 on the Gaon Digital Chart, as well as at #51 and #16 on the Billboard K-pop Hot 100 Chart.
She made her acting debut in 2012, when she played the girlfriend of the lead character in the musical “Catch Me If You Can”, and for her performance was nominated for a 6th Musical Award for Best New Actress.
She released her song “The 2nd Drawer” in June 2013, which became the soundtrack of the series “The Queen’s Classroom”, and which peaked at #76 on K-pop Top 100 Chart. She went on to voice Jewel in the South Korean version of the computer-animated music comedy movie “Rio 2” in March 2014, then in June was cast to play Kathy Selden in another musical “Singin’ in the Rain”. November 2014 saw the release of her solo song “First Kiss”.
In 2014 and 2015, Sunny was shooting for the reality TV program “Roommate”, and also hosted the radio show “FM Date”, and was subsequently rewarded with Rookie Radio DJ Award at the MBC Entertainment Awards. In April 2015, she contributed to the song “Heart Throbbing”, sang by Roof Top House which peaked at #89 on the Gaon Digital Chart.
From August to October 2015, Sunny co-hosted the variety program “Serial Shopping Family”, then became a celebrity judge in the show “Vocal War: God’s Voice” in March 2016, and since June 2016, she has been a member of the main cast of the variety program “Cheonhajangsa”.
The group SNSD
SNSD or Girls’ Generation made their debut stage performance in July 2007 in the show “School of Rock”, when they sang their debut song “Into the New World”, reprised on 5 August, in the show “Inkigayo”. Their eponymous debut album came out in November, becoming the 12th best-selling album in the country selling close to 60,000 copies. The repackaged version of the album came out in March 2008 entitled “Baby Baby”, with the eponymous lead single.
Their debut extended play (EP) “Gee” came out on 7 January 2009, and was instrumental in making the girls famous in South Korea – the eponymous lead single topped the Music Bank’s Chart, and held its position for over two months. They released their second EP “Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)” in June 2009,which peaked at #8 on the Taiwanese G-Music Chart. SNSD started their first tour “Into The New World” in November 2009, with all the tickets reputedly sold in less than three minutes. In January 2010, the girls released their second full-length album – “Oh!” – which topped the Gaon Albums Chart, and was repackaged as “Run Devil Run” in March of the same year, and it also topped the Gaon Albums Chart.
Their music came to Japan in August 2011, with the release of their DVD “New Beginning of Girls’ Generation”, which peaked at #4 on the Japanese Oricon DVD Chart. Their Japanese debut single “Gee” came out in October, reaching #2 on the Oricon Singles Chart, eventually becoming certified platinum. In the same month, SNSD released their third EP – ”Hoot” – which topped the Gaon Albums Char,t and peaked at #2 on the Oricon Albums Chart. At Seoul Music Awards in both 2010 and 2011, the girls were rewarded with the Artist of the Year Award.
In April 2011, they released their second Japanese song “Mr. Taxi / Run Devil Run”, followed in June by their debut Japanese album.
The repackaged version of the album entitled “The Boys” came out in December 2011, and reached #5 on the Oricon Albums Chart – it won SNSD an MTV Video Music Award Japan for Album of the Year.
They released their third full-length Korean album in October 2011 entitled “The Boys”, while its eponymous lead single topped the Gaon Digital Chart. They continued to make Japanese music too, as they released two singles – “Paparazzi” and “Oh!” – followed by their second full-length Japanese album “Girls & Peace”.
Their fourth Korean full-length album came out on 31 December 2012 called “I Got a Boy”, and it topped the Gaon Albums Chart as well as the Billboard World Albums Chart. The album’s lead song won the YouTube Music Award for Video of the Year, beating Justin Bieber and Psy.
In December 2013, they released their third Japanese album “Love & Peace” and it topped the Oricon Albums Chart – it was followed by the girls’ fourth EP “Mr. Mr” which came out in February 2014, topping several South Korean charts.
In March 2015, SNSD released their new song “Catch Me If You Can”, while its Japanese version followed on 22 April. On 19 August of the same year, the girls released their new Korean album “Lion Heart”, which topped several South Korea charts. After nearly two years of touring around the world, they released their new South Korean album “Holiday Night” on 7 August 2017, and it topped the Billboard World Albums Chart, and reached #2 on the Gaon Album Chart.
In October 2017 after three girls left the group, SM Entertainment announced that it wouldn’t be disbanding SNSD, but it has since been on ‘indefinite hiatus’, allowing the girls to focus on their solo careers.
Love life and boyfriend
Sunny hasn’t talked about any men she might have dated, and in an interview in 2019 revealed that she is single but would like to be in a relationship, as most of her friends from SNSD have had boyfriends for years now. She has stated how she would like to find a man who is generous and gets along with older people and children, and that she would also like him to be younger than she is. There are rumors circulating the internet that she has been in a long-term relationship only once, and that this was while she was still attending high school – it lasted for around two years, and they broke up shortly after she debuted with SNSD. Sunny hasn’t commented on this, and it remains unclear whether or not she has ever been in a serious relationship.
As of August 2020, Sunny is single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
— Sunny (@Sunnyday515) September 15, 2018
Hobbies and interests
Sunny likes to drive her car and is apparently a great driver, as she has scored 97.5/100 on her driver’s test. She is keen on tasting various cuisines, and could eat nearly anything but can’t stand eating red bean paste – although she likes to eat the cake bungobbang, she will always remove the red bean paste from it. She combines her love for food with her love for travelling, and Sunny has been all around the world for both fun and work, while her favorite city out of all those she has visited is Paris in France.
One of her hobbies is cycling, and she can also play a variety of sports such as soccer and badminton. In her spare time Sunny likes to watch movies, and her favorite actress is Julia Roberts, while two of her favorite movies are “Notting Hill” and “Runaway Bride”.
She is scared of firework explosions, loud noises!
There are many rumors circulating the internet about alleged plastic surgery which Sunny might have undergone – according to many netizens (citizens of the internet), Sunny has undergone so many plastic surgery operations that at one poin, her face was deformed, and had to be fixed with more surgery.
Age, height and weight
Sunny’s age is 31. She has long brown hair and her eyes are brown as well, while her height is 5ft 2ins (1.58m) and her weight is 105lbs (47kgs).
As of August 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $13 million.