Today is #SeoDay.
Birthdays are meaningful celebrations that many of us take for granted. They are a lot more than just a day where we receive gifts or hear praises. They mark a milestone in a person’s life, acknowledging the fact that we have lived another year, hopefully having achieved greater things.
Yet Birthdays also serve another important function. They separate one year from the next, allowing us to capture our lives into tiny slices that come together to create a greater whole – our life as individuals. When you think back on your last year, you remember who you met, what you did, the memories that defined that particular slice.
For the last five years, SONEs have watched Seohyun grow before our eyes. We have witnessed five slices of her life. Today on her 22nd Birthday, it seems appropriate to look back on these five years and to see how far our maknae has come.
The First Slice – Seohyun Age 17
When Girls’ Generation first debuted in 2007, there were certain roles that each members were given. For Seohyun, she was handed the title of maknae, and on the surface, no one in Girls’ Generation could have fit the role any better (Sorry Sunny).
Seohyun was the definition of cute, a young girl who was obsessed with Keroro, loved school, and was awkwardly shy around others. She was the girl who pirouetted and danced with the paper airplane in Into The New World. Innocent, charming, and unique were words that seemed like an appropriate description of our maknae at the time.
During their debut year, Seohyun sat down for an interview with MTV Television and revealed a wish that she would go on to fulfill as time passed.
My first dream would be to work hard and turn everything into a Girls’ Generation.
In a candid talk with her fellow members, the maknae shared a rather meaningful and personal thought that gave us our first glimpse into the deep complexities that were already lying dormant underneath our innocent maknae. Something that would be a re-occuring theme as years passed – the fact that Seohyun has a maturity that surpasses her age.
My classmates study really hard, so I feel like I should too, but they were saying ‘You don’t have too,’ ‘Aren’t you busy?’ ‘Just give up you have another way.’ But I don’t think that’s right. There is no reason for me to give up. I didn’t quit high school.
The Second Slice – Seohyun Age 18
For SONEs, mid 2008 to mid 2009 was a roller coaster ride of emotions. It was a year where we learned to appreciate the girls more than ever. At the beginning, the girls excelled with individual promotions with Yuri & Sooyoung landing roles in a Korean sitcom, Unstoppable Marriage, and Yoona starring in her first leading role in You Are My Destiny, winning actress and popularity awards.
On the other hand, this was also a time where Girls’ Generation went on their infamous 8-month hiatus. This time wasn’t easy for the members. Many of them had to stay in the dorm while others worked late into the night and made a name for themselves in the industry. Girls’ Generation did not release any new songs as nine, but that didn’t mean that it wasn’t a valuable year of growth. They learned through inactivity just how valuable it was to be able to promote together as a group. As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to be unemployed to appreciate work.
Which was exactly what happened when they reached star studded popularity through Gee, claiming first place on Music Bank for nine-consecutive weeks, selling hundreds of thousands of albums, capturing triple crowns and becoming true hallyu stars.
As a result they started appearing on shows like Horror Movie Factory, Star Golden Bell, and others – showcasing their variety skills and personalities for more interested audiences.
Naturally Seohyun got more comfortable with the cameras as time passed, and the girl who once needed encouragement to make impersonations on a radio show, started to get comfortable in her own skin. We witnessed as she became more open and candid about her thoughts and feelings, and saw her logical nature arise as she confronted her unnies on variety shows like Intimate Note. Her serious personality and disinterest in boys garnered attention, and she began to form a place in the mind of SONEs as The 4-dimensional one. Some fans even called her robotic, but this was just an awkward stage in her personal growth where she was still discovering what she wanted.
The Third Slice – Seohyun Age 19
This evolution continued to happen after her 19th birthday with the release of their mini-album Genie. Fans always joked about her seriousness as a maknae, her disinterest in boys, but this was a year where she also learned how to show off her humorous side. Let’s not forget her cameo on We Got Married as Taeyeon’s & Hyungdon’s father. Of course, this was also when she lectured Hyungdon about the vileness of hamburgers, and the dire long term consequences of ingesting them.
Yet there were also meaningful moments on Hello Baby when the girl’s fooled Seohyun on her own birthday with a hidden camera prank that brought her to tears. It was a way for them to teach her not to take things so seriously. Perhaps it was the cameras, but surely the members also played a role in helping her develop into a more fun loving person, no longer the only child, she found herself with 8 older sisters. This was also the year where she started her virtual marriage on We Got Married.
The Fourth Slice – Seohyun Age 20
For Seohyun, this was the year where she really started to stand out. It started with Seohyun being paired with fellow hallyu star Jung Yonghwa from CN Blue on We Got Married. This was where she really started capturing fans as they got an in-depth glimpse into her personality. She wasn’t robotic like everyone thought, she had a caring and innocent personality. She had a warm heart, and while she nagged and worried about things, it was clear how pure she really was. Her love for sweet potatoes became a hot issue over the course of the years and in the show, prompting Yonghwa to buy her an entire field. Fans gradually fell in love with the aptly named Goguma Couple, because of their contrasting personalities. Seohyun was the mature maknae with the love for childish things and health products and Yonghwa was the choding rocker that wanted piggyback rides. It was interesting to watch the two interact, and share personal tidbits about their thoughts on life and love.
But this year was also significant because Seohyun really became one of the more central members in Girls’ Generation when they debuted with the Hoot concept in late 2010. She was always one of the main vocals, but this time the spotlight really centered around her, in which she got her own solo with the James Bond spy concept. She oozed with sex appeal, and this was when SONEs around the world started to realize that SeoBB was starting to become Seolady.
The Fifth Slice – Seohyun Age 21
In many ways, this past year was perhaps the most significant one for her on a personal and professional level. It all started with The Boys, in late 2011 – an album that really helped Girls’ Generation reach a new level of success as they debuted internationally.
Seohyun showcased fierceness and charisma during their The Boys promotions – a stark contrast from the girl from Into the New World. She was no longer a modest rookie, or a shy maknae – instead she was a maknae that was worthy of admiration because of her capability to do almost anything and succeed.
At the 2011 MAMA awards, Seohyun stunned SONEs everywhere with her beauty – making us realize that she was now more confident with her body. Fans were pleasantly surprised by her transformation, from the baby of the group to another one of the girls. She started ruining bias lists, transforming more SONEs into Seomates.
Seohyun continued to shine on variety shows, appearing on Strong Heart where she shared her experience of meeting her personal hero Ban-Ki Moon – The UN Secretary General. Her admiration for him displayed a maturity beyond her years, and she talked about her personal dreams of wanting to make the world a better place. She was recently appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for the UN 2012 expo in Yeosu and continues to get involved with philanthropic activities as a member of Girls’ Generation.
She identified her ideal type on The Beatles Code, picking a man with values and morals over one with looks. On Kangta’s Pasta E Basta, Taeyeon even revealed that Seohyun wanted to start meeting boys. She impressed with her intellect on Million Dollar Quiz Show, being the first idol to answer all the questions correctly winning the prestigious prize.
As an artist, Seohyun showcased her dynamic vocals more this year than any other year. With a sub-unit group in TaeTiSeo, she captured award show trophies and gained recognition for her individual talents. She sang an OST track for Yuri’s drama, Fashion King, and even did a collaboration with Korean ballad singer Yoon Gun, making it a busy year for her professionally. However, fans were delighted to see and hear more sides of her. All this was really just a culmination of her hard work and determination to make everything into a “Girls’ Generation.”
A New Slice…
As Seohyun turns 22 years old, it marks another year – another slice in the cake that will become her life. As SONEs we have the luxury of getting a brief glimpse into her accomplishments and can watch her as she matures into a lady. But if there’s one theme that we’ve seen from the past five years it’s that you should never doubt what the maknae is capable of. Because there’s one thing that hasn’t changed since Seohyun’s debut – the determination to achieve her dreams.
For everyone here at SNSD Korean:
Happy 22nd Birthday to Girls’ Generation Seohyun!
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Happy Birthday Seohyun!! You are such a beautiful person inside and out! I hope you have a great birthday with your friends and family :D!!
Helen Lin said:
OMG, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SEOHYUN, MY FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!
Helen Lin said:
CONTINUE 2 BE WAT U R NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 WISH YA GOOD LUK!!!!! 😉
Happy Birthday to you~
Happy Birthday to you~
Happy Birthday to Seo Joo Hyun~
Happy birthday to you!
Saengil chukhamnida woori maknae!
HBD seohyun unnie..
I pray you’re always be a SUPERSTAR IDOL…
HAPPY 22ND BIRTHDAY SEOHYUN NOONA! May all your wish come TRUE~! Study hard! Always stay and think positive! Pretty too! – Sze Jian.K
Hey I thought Sooyoung was the one who got the solo with Siwon in Hoot
I was referring to Seohyun’s strut from Hoot in the choreography xD
SEOHYUN HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYYYY
Happy Birthday Seohyun!!! \(^_^)/
All grown up now… and wanting to date…
…we’re gonna be keeping a close eye on you, Seobaby’s future boyfriend! >:/
Happy Birthday Seohyun ^^~
happy bsday unnie!!! saengil chukahammida… , MGBU….
Here’s wishing you a Very Blessed 21st/ 22nd Birthday, Seohyun 😀 !
May All your fondest wishes come true ;).
Fridrix Hansen said:
Happy Birthday Seo Hyun..!! Wish you and SNSD get all the best!!
Aigoo…our Seobaby has turned into Seolady :’) You are such a role model for me ^^
Time goes by so fast, and i can’t believe i’ve known you as our resident Angel Maknae for 3 years & 3 months already~
Noona, welcome to your new slice of life…i know you’ll improve and become more mature, and i just wish all the best for you & your 8 sisters this year. May God grant you with health, prosperity, and safety. May all your wishes come true.
Keep being the Seohyun noona whom i know and love. Be with us SONEs forever until the end..
Happy 21st/22nd Birthday, Seo Joohyun xD Saengil Chukhahae ❤ ❤ ❤
Happy birthday Seo Ju Hyun ! 🙂
belated happy birthday seohyun :>
Happy Birthday Seo Hyun !
Happy Birthday Seo Hyun ! 😀
Happy Birthday Seo Hyun ! >:)
Happy Birthday Seo Hyun ! >:P
^.^ Wah Seo Hyun happy 20th birthday. I wish you all the best and keep following your dream. I’m confident that you can achieve them all :P. Take care and have fun
Happy Birthday Seohyun!! Thanks for sharing.
saengil chukkae hamnida to our baby Seo Joo Hyun,,,^_^
great read Steve! awesome job!
Happy Birthday Seo Hyun GBU
Yudi "Didi" said:
생일 축하합니다.. 생일 축하합니다…
사랑하는 우리 서현씨..
seohyun may this year will be success to u…….SARANGHAE
socha asd said:
Happy 21/22th birthday Seohyun,hope you will be more success and not forgeting the others who always by your side
Happy Birthday Seohyun. SNSD Makenae is forever pure and hard working. Hope you can spend some great time with family and friends today.
hyo baek hyun said:
happy birtday seohyunnie!!! Saengilchukahanmida!!! wish you all the best! Saranghaeyo maknae!! 😀
Happy Bday SeoHyun…
Hopefully one day U can become UN Secretary General and make this world so much better. Fighting <3<3<3
She debut at 17 years old?! Wow!
Kristine Gatchalian said:
Happy birthday Seohyun unnie!! :)) you’d always be my favorite! :))) I wish you all the best! 😀 ❤
happy birthday seohyun seohyun pretty
占美 (Jamie) said:
To my hero(ine), Seohyun, the SNSD member I respect and look up to the most:
You are such a good person; I hope today you are treated with the same kindness and respect you always treat everyone around you with.
You have grown up into such a mature, respectable, responsible figure and a perfect example to everyone on Earth. There is not much I need to say to you (as I know you will always do the right thing) other than I hope you will enjoy your birthday and continue being the wonderful person you are, doing the wonderful things you do.
In several ways, I find you are like me, only much, much better. You inspire me and I hope you will inspire as many people as possible to be like you. But don’t work too hard, please. Please find the right balance in life so you can keep yourself happy as well as others.
I wish you the best of luck for the future, but of course you will not need it.
Utmost respect and best birthday wishes from Jamie (占美) ♥
Become the first woman to be Korean President.
Selamat ulang tahun ke-21 Seohyun.
Semoga panjang umur dan sehat selalu.
Semoga selalu menjadi berkah bagi semua.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAKNAE SEO JU HYUN!! sones will always love you. ❤ you have been a great source of inspiration to us with your hardworking personality. we're proud to be sones because of you! happy birthday unni. 😀
Janet Wu said:
Happy b-day SEO JU HYUN
Dalena Vu said:
Happy Birthday Seohyun ♥♥♥
I and everyone else are so happy and proud to be a Sone. We love both the talented, professional and dorky, cute side of SNSD. Seohyun, no matter how mature you get, you will always have this innocent yet sexy aura with you which made you stand out in the group.
Happy birthday to you!
My Love Seohyun
Seohyun Many Happy Birthday Happiness