[KPOP]: Learn more about SNSD

So if you’re someone like me who’s been following K-Pop since the 2000s, then you must be familiar with this girl group I’m about to introduce to you.

Long before American concert appearances or millions of YouTube views were standard fare, they were the first Asian girl group to achieve over 100 million views on five separate music videos and is often still revered as “The Nation’s Girl Group.”

It’s almost impossible to talk about the international fame of the K-Pop industry without discussing Girls’ Generation, or SNSD because they propelled K-Pop to international fame.

But aren’t you curious how the girls were originally formed? If you are then I dare you to sit back, relax and enjoy reading cause I’m about to blow your mind!

In case you didn’t know, Girls’ Generation was initially known as “Super Girls,” a fan-made name, before their debut.

Touted as the female Super Junior by SM Entertainment, the group was announced to include members with diverse talents able to speak in different languages such as English, Chinese, and Japanese fluently for future expansion in different markets. 

Initially, 11 members were in the group. 

However, 2 members withdrew; one of them being So Yeon who is now in T-ara and the other is Chanmi who is a former member of Co-ed School and F-VE dolls. The members were unveiled individually from July 7, 2007 to the 14th.

The debut of SNSD was really a redo for SM when it came their debut of girl groups. There had been plenty of try’s to replace the mega group that was S.E.S between the group’s disbandment in 2003 and SNSD’s debut in 2007. 

Sugar being the first attempt with them debuting a couple years before S.E.S’s departure but they were never able to find sure footing and replace S.E.S

Likewise, M.I.L.K and Shinvi were never able to fill the void left by S.E.S and the story is the same for The Grace

It was the situation for SM then that coming into 2007 they had not had a successful girl group for nearly four years and hadn’t debuted a successful girl group in nearly a decade.

The idea for how SNSD would be formed took on many stages at first  and it was decided that it would be multiple groups under one large umbrella group known as Yeoja Danchae (여자단채). 


Thus, the umbrella group would have been made up of multiple smaller girl groups one being SNSD, probably not called SNSD, which was originally planned to have only four members.

Think of this as a prototype version of how NCT Dream, NCT 127, and NCT-U all make up what is collectively known as NCT.

 However, this plan was later abandoned and after the debut of Super Junior in 2005, SM toyed with the idea of debuting a likewise big girl group and thus a project group was created with 11-members; the eldest Lee Yeonhee, the leader of the Girl Group Project Group 1, Hwang Bo-ra, Bae Seok-bin, Zhang Liyin, Jessica Jung, Kim Hyo-yeon, Kwon Yu-ri, Choi Soo-young, Im Yoon-a, Seo Ju-hyun, and the maknae Kim Ye-jin. 

With this group of eleven women you have your first draft of what would one day become Girls’ Generation. 

After much training and deliberation, this line-up was changed and several of the girls were taken out of the project girl group. 

The proposed leader Lee Yeonhee would be taken out and debut as a rather successful actress instead. Hwang Bo-ra would also go on to be an actress, while Zhang Liyin would go on to debut as a soloist under SM entertainment in 2006.

The careers of trainees Kim Yejin and Bae Seok-bin are unknown and it is assumed they did not continue an idol career. The six remaining girls; Jessica, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Soo-young, Yoona, and Seo Ju-hyun did not have to wait for long as five new girls were added to the group.

This project girl group that SM Entertainment experimented on, continued until there was a fourth project girl group in the picture.

From an 11 member girl group, the final lineup for SM’s new member girl group came down to 9 and was decided; eldest Kim Taeyeon, the new leader of the group, Jessica Jung, Lee Soon-kyu, Stephanie Hwang, Kim Hyoyeon, Kwon Yuri, Choi Soo-young, Im Yoona, and maknae Seo Ju-hyun

Next came their name which after some deliberation was made So-nyuh Si-dae (소녀시대) which literally means “The Era of Maidens” but is often translated into English as Girls’ Generation

The name was taken from the 1989 hit song of the same name by artist Lee Seung-chul. Since the name consists of Chinese roots the name of the group is relatively consistent in Chinese and Japanese, the name in Chinese being spelt Shaonu Shidai, and in Japanese being spelt Shojo Jidai. 

Thus, the start of a great era in the K-Pop Industry was born!

Fast forward to 2020…

While the group’s future now is unclear, the members’ careers are far from over. Regardless of where things may go from here, nothing can diminish the existing impact Girls’ Generation has had on K-Pop and in the music industry. 

Their work will remain emblematic of some of the most recognizable, iconic songs ever produced by a K-Pop group. Hopefully, we’ll see even more of the group’s successes and achievements in the years to come!

So what did you think about the formation of the girl group, “SNSD”?

I would love to know your opinions on the comment section below.


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