Park Sun-young (born May 30, 1989),[2] known professionally as Hyomin, is a South Korean singer, songwriter and actress. She is a member of South Korean girl group T-ara. Apart from her group's activities, Hyomin has also starred in various television dramas such as My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010), Gye Baek (2011), The Thousandth Man (2012), and in various films such as Gisaeng Ryung (2011) and Jinx!!! (2013). She debuted as a solo artist with her debut EP, Make Up, on June 30, 2014.

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Hyomin in October 2018
Park Sun-young

(1989-05-30) May 30, 1989 (age 33)
Busan, South Korea
EducationSungkyunkwan University
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Musical career
Years active2009–present
Member of
Korean name
Revised RomanizationBak Seon-yeong
McCune–ReischauerPak Sŏnyŏng
Stage name
Revised RomanizationHyo-min


1989–2011: Early life and career beginningsEdit

Hyomin was born Park Sun-young on May 30, 1989, in Busan, South Korea, an only child. In 1997, she won the MiMi Princess modeling contest,[3][4] and became a well-known internet ulzzang before debuting with T-ara.[5] She was a trainee under JYP Entertainment and was considered to be a replacement for Hyuna, who was a member of the Wonder Girls in 2007.[6] Hyomin debuted in 2009 as a member of T-ara, which made their debut stage on July 30 on the music program M Countdown with their single "Lie".[citation needed] On June 14, 2011, Core Contents Media announced that Hyomin would take over leadership as T-ara's third leader for their comeback album, John Travolta Wannabe, and Japanese promotions. She later passed on her leadership to fellow member, Park So-yeon.[7]

Hyomin was a fixed cast member of KBS' variety show Invincible Youth from October 23, 2009, to December 24, 2010.[8] In November 2009, she was cast in the musical production of I Really Really Like You,[9] an adaption of the hit drama Love Truly.[10]

She starred in the drama My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox as Ban Sun-nyeo from August 11 to September 30, 2010.[11] Hyomin made her big screen debut in the horror film Gisaeng Ryung, which was released on August 4, 2011.[12]

2012–2013: Acting career and T-ara N4Edit

In 2012, Hyomin was cast in the musical "Our Youth Roly-Poly" along with group members Park Ji-yeon and Park So-yeon. Hyomin was also cast in the Chinese version of We Got Married, in which her partner is Fu Xinbo, a Chinese idol. On June 14, 2012, it was confirmed that Hyomin was cast in a supporting role in MBC's fantasy sitcom The Thousandth Man.[13]

On February 10, 2013, Hyomin was cast in a lead role in the Japanese film Jinx!!!, starring Kento Yamazaki and Kurumi Shimizu.[14]

In April 2013, Hyomin along with T-ara member Hahm Eun-jung, Park Ji-yeon and former member Areum formed a subgroup called T-ara N4,[15] releasing their first mini-album titled Jeon Won Diary.

2014–present: Solo debut and label changesEdit

On June 30, 2014, Hyomin released her first solo extended play Make Up with the lead single "Nice Body".[citation needed] On March 14, 2016, Hyomin released the pre-released single "Still". Her second extended play Sketch with double title tracks "Sketch and "Gold" was released on March 17, 2016.[16]

In January 2018, Hyomin left MBK Entertainment after her contract ended.[17] She intends to continue promoting with T-ara in the future.[18]

In May 2018, Hyomin joined Sublime Artist Agency to pursue her solo career in South Korea and China.[19][20][21]

On January 20, 2019, Hyomin released her second digital single titled "U Um U Um" ahead of her 3rd mini album expected to be released in mid-February.[22]

On February 20, 2019, Hyomin released her third extended play Allure. The album's title track is also called "Allure".[23]

In May 2021, Hyomin left Sublime Artist Agency after her contract with them had expired.[24]

Other venturesEdit

Endorsements and promotionsEdit

Hyomin modeled for various shopping malls and brands such as Japanese / American multinational convenience store 7-Eleven before her debut.[25]

In 2017, Hyomin filmed a commercial for Adidas and also served as a "style runner" for the brand.[26]

Since 2018, Hyomin has been working as an Instagram model / influencer, she has modeled for several A-List brands including Fendi, Levi's, Le Coq Sportif, car brand Lotus Evora among others.[27][28][29]


In 2019, Hyomin was selected as the public relations ambassador for "South Korea's National Youth Day" and received an ambassador's certificate for her role, she was chosen as an ambassador again the following year,[30][31]

Fashion designEdit

During T-ara's "Roly-Poly" promotions in June 2011, Hyomin designed the stage costumes, which flaunted a retro pattern and short shorts that were popular during the period.[32][33]

Hyomin launched an exclusive clothing collection, in collaboration with celebrity stylist Kim Sung-il, for G-Market on June 4, 2012.[34]

In May 2012, Hyomin became labelmates Gankiz's stylist and director for their debut. She spent 2 days looking for costumes matching their debut song HONEY HONEY.[35] Hyomin

previously bacame the group's official assistant photographer fo their US$ 1 Billion debut project. She was also the narrator behind their debut reality show "9 Days 8 Nights In Europe".[36]

On February 25, 2019, Hyomin launched an exclusive cosmetic brand "MINITT" in collaboration with VT Cosmetics. Hyomin participated in the entire production process from brand planning to product development. The brand name is a compound word of Hyomin's 'Min' and 'MINUTE', which means 'Fall in the charm of MINITT just for a moment'.[37]

In 2September 2021, Hyomin launched her own clothing line named "SAY NO MORE".[38] The brand had its first pop up store in Seoul, South Korea on March 19, 2022. Hyomin was revealed to be the designer behind the brand[39][40]


In January 2017, Hyomin participated in "Give Love" campaign, a charity event organized by "Save The Children Korea" organization. Hyomin donated several products and signed albums.[41]

In 2019, Hyomin donated relief supplies for the victims of Gangwon-do wild fire disaster.[42]

In February 2020, Hyomin donated 3,000 masks to Daegu City citizens during the spread of COVID-19.[43]

On March 8, 2022, Hyomin donated items to help the victims of the fire that started in Uljin, Gyeongbuk and has spread to Samcheok, Gangwon. Hyomin personally helped deliver the goods to charity organizations and people in need.[44]


Extended playsEdit

Title Album details Peak positions Sales
Make Up 6 15
Sketch 3 1
  • Released: February 20, 2019
  • Label: Sublime Artist Agency
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album


V Chart

"Nice Body" 2014 13 18 2 Make Up
"Sketch" 2016 120 1 Sketch
"Mango" 2018 3 Allure
"U Um U Um" 2019 3
"Allure" 2
"Cabinet" (with JustaTee) Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Other appearancesEdit

Song Year Peak Sales [55] Notes Album
"N-Time" 2009 with Hwang Jung-eum N-Time
"Wonder Woman" 2010 6 with Eunjung, Seeya and Davichi Wonder Woman
"Coffee Over Milk" 74
  • KOR: 526,000
with Soyeon and Lee Bo-ram Coffee House OST Part 3
"Beautiful Girl" 2011 23
  • KOR: 113,000
with Brave Brothers and Electroboyz Beautiful Girl
"Vision" 2017 album from DJ H.ONE Mix And The City Part 2
"Just one more" (produced by CashCash) with Jessi, DJ H.ONE, Tritops, Jimin and Xie Mix And The City Part 4
"I Love You" 2018 cover of Shin Hyo-beom King of Mask Singer Episode 162
"Empty Space " 2021 - Summer Guys OST Part 3
**The Gaon Digital and sales chart officially launched in 2010

**Sales from Gaon Charts are no longer available since 2018





Awards and nominationsEdit

Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
China Powerstar Awards 2016 Most Influential Female Foreign Artist Hyomin Nominated [56]
2017 Nominated [57]
2018 Won [58]
2019 Nominated [59]
MBC Drama Awards 2011 Best New Actress Gyebaek Won [60]
MTV Best Of The Best Awards 2014 Best Sexy Nice Body Won [61]
Instyle Korea Awards 2016 Star Beauty Award Hyomin Nominated
2017 Nominated [62]
Seoul Music Awards 2014 Bonsang Award Nice Body Nominated [63]
Hallyu Special Award Nominated
Popularity Award Nominated
V Live Awards 2020 Stage of K-pop Hyomin Won [64]
YinYueTai V-Chart Awards 2017 Best Female Artist – Korea Sketch Won [65]


Publisher Year List Placement Ref.
Forbes China 2017 Global Idol Chinese Popularity Ranking 14th [66]


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