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Before debuting with Black Pink, she first appeared in the music video for G-Dragon's single "That XX" and contributed to his single "Black."
Jennie Kim was born in the Seoul Capital Area, South Korea on January 16, 1996, as an only child. When she was eight years old, she went on a trip with her family to Australia and New Zealand. While in New Zealand, her mother asked her if she liked the place and if she wanted to stay, Kim replied "yes". A year later, she was sent to study at Waikowhai Intermediate School in Auckland, New Zealand and lived with a home-stay family. Kim spoke about her experiences on learning a new language on MBC's special documentary English, Must Change to Survive (2006). During her adolescent years, she dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer. After completing Intermediate, she enrolled into ACG Parnell College.
Kim heard of K-pop while residing in New Zealand, particularly finding an interest in YG Entertainment's music. Her mother planned to transfer her to the United States in Florida at the age of 14 to continue her studies leading to an occupation of a lawyer or teacher, however, the idea wasn't to her liking as she may not find work she liked while residing alone; her family supported her decision and soon had her moved back to South Korea in 2010. Kim auditioned to join YG Entertainment that same year and performed Rihanna's "Take a Bow", later succeeding in joining the label as a trainee. Through High Cut Korea, she once revealed how she was afraid of strangers and terrible at taking initiative and so could barely greet during her audition. Initially auditioning as a vocalist, the company believed she should embrace the role of a rapper as at the time she was the only trainee capable of speaking English, while most songs she covered included raps. She attended Cheongdam Middle School for her studies.
On April 10, 2012, Kim was introduced to the public through a photo titled "Who's that girl?" via the official blog of YG Entertainment. Her photograph gained interest from netizens, soon becoming the most searched-after topic on portal sites under the name "Mystery Girl". On August 30, YG Entertainment released a YouTube video through their blog titled "YG Trainee - Jennie Kim"., covering B.o.B.'s song "Strange Clouds" featuring Lil Wayne. On September 1, Kim was given the opportunity to make her first public appearance as the lead actress in G-Dragon's music video "That XX" from his extended play, One of a Kind. On January 21, 2013, another video titled "Jennie Kim - YG New Artist", covering the song "Lotus Flower Bomb" by rapper Wale was released. In March, Lee Hi featured Kim on her B-side track, "Special" from her debut album, First Love, while in August she featured on Seungri’s B-side track "GG Be" for his extended play, Let's Talk About Love. In September, she featured on G-Dragon's B-side track "Black" and recorded the hook in less than five days before the release of his album, Coup d'etat. On September 8, she made her first stage appearance alongside G-Dragon on SBS' Inkigayo.
On June 1, 2016, Kim was the first to be revealed for YG Entertainment's newest girl group, seven years after the debut of 2NE1. On August 8, 2016, she debuted as a member of girl group Blackpink with the release of their single album Square One alongside double A-side singles, "Boombayah" (붐바야) and "Whistle" (휘파람). According to band-mate Jisoo, she is responsible for the general duties and decision making of the group. Kim recalled her six-year experience as a trainee through V Live, stating each month a group, dance and solo song had to be performed where the CEO, producers and artists of the company would watch and evaluate the progress of their training. She further explained that many things had to be done each month, from preparing outfits and songs to making the accompaniment, and practicing choreography.
Jennie's first magazine cover and a solo pictorial were for Dazed Korea with Saint Laurent in April 2017. She was the first Korean celebrity to model for Boucheron Paris, a 160-year-old luxury jewellery brand; it was said that Jennie's "elegant" and "luxurious" atmosphere moved Boucheron to focus more on image marketing. The pictorial, presented in the high-end membership magazine Heren in 2017, was described as "art that embodies light". Jennie has since appeared on the cover of numerous fashion magazines, including Dazed, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, High Cut, W, Cosmopolitan, and Billboard.
Jennie appeared with fellow Blackpink member Jisoo on Running Man in July 2018. A video of her crying after going through a horror room with Lee Kwang-soo went viral within South Korea, gaining over one million views on a portal site, and a combined total of over three million views throughout more portal sites, VODs, and social media. She went on to being selected as one of the best variety star of 2018 discovered by Running Man. Jennie was then invited again after attracting attention through her previous appearance. Jennie was said to rank first among casting choices and received multiple proposals from broadcasters for variety shows. On October 1, Jennie was confirmed to join as a cast member for SBS' new variety show, Village Survival, the Eight. This marked her first permanent casting for a television series.
In mid-October 2018, an announcement of Jennie's official solo debut was made. Following a series of promotional teasers, it was revealed she would release a single album titled Solo with a lead single of the same name. In the midst of preparation for her debut, it was decided that her single "Solo" would first be revealed through Blackpink's In Your Area tour in Seoul on November 10 ahead of release two days later. Jennie explained how "Solo" became the song for her debut through her press conference on November 12, stating: "When I'm at Teddy's studio, he'll make a song and I'll just record the guide for it. It wasn't that he was working on a solo track for me. He just said, 'I have something new, let's try it.' So I recorded the song he had, and it happened to be a great fit." The song was described as a "hip hop track with pop elements", and is designed to showcase the co-existence of Jennie's external and internal characters of a "delicate girl" while in contrast an "independent woman".
She is known for her brand recognition and marketing power, having placed first on the Korean Business Research Institute's monthly "Individual Girl Group Members Brand Power Ranking" numerous times. In 2018, she ranked second, receiving 12.2 percent of the votes in the Most Favorite Idols survey conducted annually by Gallup Korea that involved 1,501 Korean male and female respondents aged 13 to 29. Instagram awarded Jennie as the "Most Loved Account of 2018" in South Korea based on the number of views and likes received by her Instagram stories and posts that year.
Jennie was chosen as the new model for Chanel Korea Beauty and shot her first pictorial for the brand with Harper's Bazaar Korea as their new muse in January 2018. Jennie became the Ambassador of Chanel Korea in June. A spokesperson from Chanel Korea explained that Jennie's loyalty to the brand as well as her trendy style is in line with Chanel's image, as they seek to target young and trendy millennial's in addition to current consumers. Jennie attended the launch of Chanel's new fragrance "Les Eaux De Chanel" in Deauville, France, that same month. She met and interviewed Chanel's in-house perfume creator, Olivier Polge, and shot a pictorial for his new collection of fragrances with Cosmopolitan Korea. In October, she became the Global Ambassador for the French fashion house, joining label-mate G-Dragon. She attended her first Chanel fashion show as a Korean representative during Paris Fashion Week, sitting front row next to Pharrell Williams and Pamela Anderson.
In April 2019, she became the first Korean solo artist to perform at Coachella. Her performance was listed under "The 10 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2019", with Billboard describing it as "mind-blowing" and "stunning" for fans and casual passersby. Jennie co-wrote her group's single "Lovesick Girls", which was released on October 2, 2020, as the third single off the group's first Korean-language studio album, The Album.
Forbes acknowledged that Jennie has been "gaining a new foothold in Korea's beauty trends" and cited it as one of the reasons why Blackpink topped Forbes Korea Power Celebrity in April 2019. Jennie was the most-searched female K-pop idol of 2019 according to Google's mid-year chart. That year, Jennie was also ranked as the seventh most popular female K-pop idol in a survey of soldiers completely mandatory military service in South Korea.
Hera, a South Korean luxury beauty brand owned by Amore Pacific, announced in January 2019 that they had chosen Jennie as their new model due to her "elegant and luxurious" image. She will represent the brand alongside actress Jun Ji-hyun, as the company aims to expand its target audience through both models. Jennie's first advertisement for the brand was in February for the Red Vibe lip series, the sales were five times higher than Hera's previous lip product and due to the growing popularity they are referred to as "Jennie's lipsticks".
KT Corporation, South Korea's largest telephone company, recruited Jennie an endorsement model alongside Soojoo for the Samsung Galaxy S20 Aura Red and Blue respectively in February 2020. For marketing purposes, the product was also dubbed as "Jennie Red", similarly to the previous campaign of Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Aura Red, "Daniel Red". It was launched exclusively for KT customers residing in South Korea. On June 11, 2020 Lotte Confectionery announced Jennie as their brand endorser for their latest snack product, Air Baked. A representative revealed they believed Jennie is considered "trendy" within their targeted customer demographic among women in their 20s and 30s for their latest product.
Although she was born in South Korea, she studied abroad in New Zealand. Jennie's mother is a director and shareholder of the media company CJ E&M and her father owns a hospital. Jennie briefly dated EXO's Kai in 2018.
Currently, Jennie Kim is 26 years, 0 months and 5 days old. Jennie Kim will celebrate 27th birthday on a Monday 16th of January 2023. Below we countdown to Jennie Kim upcoming birthday.
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