[TRANS] ⑪ Seohyun, Maknae On Top

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Maknae On Top
She recommended a book to the person opposite her on MBC ‘We Got Married’, Jung Yonghwa. On another variety program, when the MC asked her to speak informally, she replied, “Ah… Alright.” She was awkward about not being allowed to use honorifics. Proper living maknae amongst talented unnies. However, her eating habits, enjoying vegetables and tomatoes, helped her have a body that other women want to imitate. And her earnest way of living helped her handle various roles from TaeTiSeo’s ‘Twinkle’, to singing ‘Jjalajajja’ with senior Joo Hyunmi. Also, during the introduction of ‘Mr.Mr.’, following Taeyeon’s part, she attacks men with the line, “It’ll be too late if you calculate everything.” The maknae who is in the middle of Girls’ Generation through hard work before talent. This is the proper living maknae who hears the words ‘maknae on top’ by Girls’ Generation unnies.

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[TRANS] ⑩ Yoona, Girl the Wild’s

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Girl the Wild’s
In idol groups, the ‘center’ is a position that’s just as important as the leader or main vocal. Fair and slender ‘standard beauty’ Yoona stands at the center of Girls’ Generation. Jumping into acting and being met with innocent, sad, and sometimes a cheerful ‘Candyrella’ (mixing Candy from ‘Candy Candy’ and Cinderella) character is an expected sequence. However, Yoona’s actual image, wrinkling her face waving her hands going, “Oh [no]~” when you bring up her beauty, is beyond all this. She’s called a ‘choding’ (elementary school student) amongst her members for being strong, eating well, and pulling pranks. This brave, boy-like lady gives a letter to the people she worked with after filming ends, and quietly does charity work. The way she smiles freshly, like someone who is modeling a cool drink, talking about how she’s become “determined” (not entirely sure if that’s what it translates to..but I couldn’t think of anything else) after doing 100 auditions makes it clear there are more charms to discover from her.

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[TRANS] ⑨ Sooyoung, Lady Long Legs’ Wish

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Lady Long Legs’ Wish
Tall with big eyes and lips, Sooyoung is like a cool senior unnie in an athletic club in Girls’ Generation with her outgoing way of speaking. Auditions she didn’t make during her trainee years was “training to let go of things that aren’t ‘mine’.” Debuting first in Japan as a teen, going to schedules riding the subway became the background of how she pleasantly takes on Girls’ Generation’s busy schedules. But, with her early start, she has a lot of thoughts. The general public asks to see idols’ honest appearances, yet they don’t like it when they stray from the image they anticipated. This worry has been Sooyoung’s dilemma for 10 years. And so, the weight of honesty that you feel from Sooyoung’s request to fans, “After time passes, when you recall today, could you remember that you were happy that Girls’ Generation was there?” isn’t light.

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[TRANS] ⑧ Yuri’s Place

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Yuri’s Place
Beautiful on the outside, a dork on the inside. She wants to hide her trademark ‘kkab’ as she gets older, but, after being shy about it, once she focuses, she shows slapstick comedy. Her members also exposed how she slept through the movie she said she likes the most, only watching the beginning and end. Those kinds of things makes you want to tease her. Yuri’s a young lady that makes you like her more after seeing her put in 200% of her efforts into dancing, pitching, and variety shows, not being able to hide her greed of wanting to stand out amongst the members and receive love. So it doesn’t matter if she’s not the center, leader, or main vocal. Yuri’s bright and healthy energy right now is, and will continue being, one of the most important things that makes the ‘girl’ in Girls’ Generation.

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[TRANS] ⑦ Hyoyeon, The Girl Who Rides a Groove

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The Girl Who Rides a Groove
2011. During Girls’ Generation’s performance at the SM TOWN Paris concert, the loudest cheers for Hyoyeon probably felt gratifying for everyone, and not just Hyoyeon’s fans. That’s because people who know how Hyoyeon has played her part as the choreography and dance leader, not showing a hint of distress despite receiving groundless criticism during their early debut days, could do nothing but be happy together at that moment. Not only on stage, but but even on variety shows, she minds the members’ ad libs and readily parries persistent MCs’ attacks against members. She’s like the eldest sister of Girls’ Generation with a big heart. The words she said energetically to the camera, despite being covered in mud after rolling around a mud flat for a show, is the way she lives. “I came to work right now. How would you work without getting any dirt on your hands?”

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[TRANS] ⑥ Tiffany, Shoujo Jidai

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Shoujo Jidai
When Girls’ Generation held lollipops and sang ‘Kissing You’ in 2007, Tiffany show cute eye smiles on KM ’SSGB’, becoming the general trend amongst many males. She also earned the nickname ‘ddilfany’ for speaking broken Korean and dancing in the opposite direction on stage. However, she was a vocalist who showed off explosive vocals on stage. It’s now 2014 that’s singing ‘Mr.Mr.’, which Girls’ Generation showed with flashy stylings through the music video. Tiffany became a cosmetics model and shot a beauty photoshoot, her airport fashion became a hot topic, and she lets us hear vocals that have enough presence as a voice of Girls’ Generation with Taeyeon. In her teenage years, she represented the ‘girl’ in Girls’ Generation, and her 20s represents Girls’ Generation currently. Like the word itself, she is Girls’ Generation.

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[TRANS] ⑤ Sunny, Ability to Open Everyone’s Hearts

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Ability to Open Everyone’s Hearts
She’s the youngest sibling with two older sisters who are 15 and 10 years older than her. She used aegyo (cuteness) naturally while growing up, and her personality has become one that she herself describes as being, “optimistic about everything and too bright.” And so she fit in well with four actors who aren’t just big seniors, but elders. On KBS ‘Invincible Youth’, when a baby she was looking after hugged her, she commented, “Auntie can’t feed you,” showing that girl group members are capable of having variety show skills. Regardless of the program, she gets along with anyone, and, if needed, she tosses out her girl group image. With her name Sunny, as is, she approaches anyone brightly and gets along well with them. Saying she’s the most compatible member for variety shows out of other girl group members is a low appraisal. If Sunny didn’t exist, would Girls’ Generation have been able to receive as many favorable impressions from any gender and age?

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[TRANS] ④ Jessica, Blushing Young Lady

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Blushing Young Lady
She looks coy. She’s also chic. From her eyelashes to her pedicure, it seems like she’d be perfectly maintained. Who knows. But this young lady who is physically weak, sensitive to heat, and sleeps a lot could be full of cracks. On a talk shows, with a beautiful facial expression, she says things like, “I’m normally not the type to clean,” or, when speaking about their title song, she would say, “I didn’t really feel it.” MCs then proceed to tease her, and Jessica’s face turns red and she becomes flustered. The reason why this happens so often for her is because she isn’t good at expressing [things/herself]. To be honest, it’s a risk for idols to show their actual intentions and images unexpectedly, rather than making comments that smooth out the show’s mood. It’s hard being loved by everyone. However, some people receive love especially because of those things. Jessica’s really ‘daedanada’ (=대단하다=great…playing off on how they said this numerous times on a past episode of Radio Star).

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[TRANS] ③ Taeyeon, Her Voice

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Her Voice
The girl wearing goggles, shyly hiding her young face in the ‘Into the New World’ music video turned into a different person when she stood in front of the mic. OSTs she participated in became consecutive hits, and by standing next to seniors like The One and Kim Bumsoo, she used tactics of appealing to people through music. And, like how she cutely sang Rain’s ‘It’s Raining’ on KBS ‘Happy Sunday — Immortal Song Special’, Taeyeon knows when and when not to show off her singing skills. It’s the reason why Taeyeon, a singer for 8 years, is still called ‘Woo.Choi.Ri’ (우최리=우리 최 리더=the first characters of ‘the best leader’ written in Korean) by fans. The way she uploaded a video of her covering Justin Bieber’s ‘Be Alright’ without a word to console fans was like a strong side of her. Taeyeon says a lot of things through songs than [spoken] words.

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[TRANS] ② Girls’ Generation 2007-2014

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CONCEPT 2007-2014
Into the New World (2007) ▹ Gee (2009) ▹ Tell Me Your Wish (2009) ▹ Oh! (2010) ▹ Run Devil Run (2010) ▹ Hoot (2010) ▹ The Boys (2011) ▹ I Got A Boy (2013) ▹ Mr. Mr. (2014)

GIRLS’ VARIETY
’Girls Go to School’ — Fresh girls’ debut process
‘Factory Girl’ — The girls became fashion editors