Yuri (권유리)

Kwon Yu-ri (권유리)

Biography:

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  • Stage Name: Black Pearl YURI (흑진주 유리 – heukjinjoo Yuri)
  • Birth Name: Kwon Yu-ri (권유리)
  • Also known as: Yul, Black Pearl Yuri, Kkab-Yul (hyper/playful Yul), Kwon Seobang (Husband Kwon), Kwon Banjang (Class-President Kwon), BK Yuri
  • Date of Birth: December 5, 1989
  • Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
  • Bloodtype: AB
  • Origin: Goyang, South Korea
  • Sibling(s): 1 older brother (Kwon Hyuk-jun)
  • Language: Korean (Fluent), English, Chinese (Fluent), Japanese
  • Specialty: Dance, Acting, Swimming
  • Training Duration: 5 Years 11 Months
  • School: ChungAng University (중앙대학교) Department of Theater | graduated from Neunggok High School
  • Genres: K-Pop, Trot
  • Occupations: Singer, Song Writer, Dancer, Actress, MC
  • Instruments: Vocals, Piano, Guitar
  • Casted: 2001 SM 1st Annual Youth Best Contest (Best Dancer, 2nd Place)
  • Company: SM Entertainment
  • Associated Acts: Girls’ Generation, SM Town
  • Website: Official Website

Yuri was born in Goyang, Gyeongi, South Korea on December  5, 1989. She auditioned at SM Entertainment Casting System and joined the company in 2001 after finishing in second place in the 2001 SM Youth Best Dancer Contest. She then underwent training for 5 years and 11 months before her debut. She graduated from NeungGok High School in 2008 and is currently attending at ChungAng University along with fellow group member Sooyoung.

Career:

Solo Appearances

  • 2008 Duet with Sooyoung SBS Working Mom “KKok”
  • 2010 “Cabi Song” (With Jessica, Yoona, Taeyeon, Tiffany, Seohyun, Sunny and Chansung, Junsu and Taecyeon of 2PM)
  • 2012 TVXQ DBSK Album “Catch Me” “Like a Soap”

Movie

Drama

Reality Television

Television Shows Hosting

Music Video Appearances

Endorsements

  • 2006 Orion Chocopie
  • 2006 Dongil Highvill Lake City
  • 2006 Hot Choco Mite
  • 2007 Elite Tuning Style Uniform
  • 2009 Banana Milk
  • 2010 Biotherm UV Supra D-TOX
  • 2010 Biotherm Aquasource 1,2,3 (With Tiffany & Sooyoung)
  • 2011 Christian Dior
  • 2012 Mamonde
  • 2012 Amore Pacific

Awards

  • 2010 Nominated KBS Entertainment Awards (Best Female MC Award) – Invincible Youth
  • 2011 Won MBC Entertainment Awards (MC Special Award with Tiffany) – Show! Music Core
  • 2012 Nominated SBS Drama Awards (Popularity Award Female) – Fashion King
  • 2012 Won SBS Drama Awards (New Star Award) – Fashion King
  • 2013 Won 49th PaekSang Arts Awards (Popularity: Female) – Fashion King

TRIVIA

  • SNSD’s biggest prankster.
  • Her image is that of sexiness, but she’s also known for her “kkab” (crazy / hyper, playful acts).
  • Yuri often talks to herself in a self-hypnosis way.
  • Among her nicknames are “Black Pearl” and “Cola”, both referring to her unique personality and her tanned skin.
  • She wrote the lyrics to one of SNSD’s ballads, titled “Mistake”. The song was included in SNSD’s third mini-album.
  • Yuri is a health nut. Every morning, Yuri drinks grinded Ma juice mixed with milk, honey, and apples. She also regularly drinks Chinese herbal tonic.
  • She does yoga. On the variety show ‘Invicible Youth’, there was a segment of “Yuri’s Yoga Classroom”.
  • “Yuri” literally means “glass” in Korean.
  • Yuri collects Mickey Mouse items. She also likes anime/manga Crayon Shinchan.
  • She gained the nickname “BK Yuri” after she threw an impressive underhand opening pitch at a baseball game back in 2007. The nickname is taken from  Byunghyun Kim, a former major league player known for his underhand pitch.
  • Yuri’s favorite Japanese food is takoyaki.
  • Yuri’s ideal man is Song Seung-hoon.
  • She attends ChungAng University’s Department of Theater along with BIGBANG’s Seungri. Fellow member Sooyoung is her senior in the same department.

Facts about Yuri 🙂

  1. When Yuri is focused on something, she doesn’t pay attention to other things.. (Win Win Ep. 11)
  2. Yuri cried most of the time, if she’s talking about members..
  3. Once Yuri cried in IY, because she’s talking about Tiff that cares her so much.. (IY Ep 1)
  4. Yuri is thinking about the member when she’s acting crying in K.Will’s MV (Jeon Hyunmoo’s Freeway Radio – Sooyoung & Yuri cut [07.31.09])
  5. Yuri hope Sooyoung would play with her on rest days (Win Win Ep. 11)
  6. Yuri got slapping habit
  7. Yuri was said a member that has the most pride of being SNSD member by more than 1 psychologist (you can watch from viewable radio that invites psychologist)
  8. Yuri acts feminine when a handsome guy is near her
  9. Yuri can’t play badminton well
  10. Yuri has a mischievous childhood (Shin Dongyup & Shin Bongsun – SNSD)
  11. Yuri can’t do Math well
  12. Yuri is now SooYoung’s university hoobae
  13. Yuri has an ahjussi fan who used to manage and deliver them chinese food… He always came with free dishes for the girls because he likes Yuri very much (Sweet Night EP 04 – SNSD [01.31.10])
  14. Yuri can make an imitation of Oh Duri
  15. Yuri ever pranked Sunny with a call to Chunji radio just because she missed Sunny so much
  16. Yuri is the slowest member in learning new moves (Jeon Hyunmoo’s Freeway Radio – Sooyoung & Yuri cut [07.31.09])
  17. When Yuri forgot her “Honey” lyrics, she just kept smiling when it’s her turn (check Honey Live Performance 22 December 2007)
  18. Yuri takes care of her health so much
  19. Yuri is one of the shikshins in SNSD
  20. Yuri used to be very skinny before being casted in Unstoppable Marriage but after appearing in the sitcom with Sooyoung, her weight increased by5kg! Interestingly, Sooyoung didn’t gain any weight at all over the same time period
  21. Yuri admitted that she likes to cry (SNSD Physiognomic Judgements of Fortune-YURI)
  22. Yuri once had an oppa friend that she liked, but he only saw her as a little brother (yes, brother) figure! According to Yuri, he regrets it a LOT now
  23. Yuri and Sooyoung once went over to a public bath house and was noticed by other high school girls there, who in the end figured that SNSD wouldn’t come to such place and left without saying a word to them
  24. Yuri can’t cook. But she holds cooking contests with Taeyeon sometimes. And as expected, Taeyeon is always the winner. Haha!
  25. HyoYeon used to be angry at Yuri and treated her like an enemy before because she was jealous at how many people thought Yuri was the best dancer in SNSD
  26. Yuri had a boyfriend when she was in grade 10
  27. Yuri appeared in a Super Junior’s movie “Attacks of the pin up boys” and she play as a ballerina who in the end get in a dance group with Heechul, Donghae
  28. She licked the cake that they made for maknae’s surprise party.. She was asked by the other members, but she said that she just smelled it, but if you see properly, I guess she’s licking it.. (Hello Baby X-File Ep 4)
  29. Once, the members pranked Yuri in the April fool day in 2008.. Yuri was so shocked that the members didn’t wanna give this kind of prank to her anymore..
  30. Yuri has 3 stages when she’s mad!
  31. Yuri has a healthy habit of grinding ma and drinking it every morning
  32. Yuri’s nickname “Black Pearl”, was given by an unni back in her training days
  33. Yuri has an older brother who’s currently doing military service
  34. When she’s tired, she sleeps with her tongue slightly sticking out
  35. Yuri likes to talk to herself (Win Win Ep. 11)
  36. Yuri’s brother has ended his military service
  37. Yuri’s specialty is swimming
  38. Yoona is amazing and dedicated. She barely slept while working on YAMD & Yul liked to call her just to listen to her voice
  39. Yuri posted private pics like her using 1st anni stuff in 2008 and more on her blog!
  40. Yuri used to own a blog (tossi) and no one believed it was her until she posted her baby picture … you can read trans at ssf
  41. Yuri used to stay at home a lot and listen to Sunny’s Chunji radio
  42. Yuri likes to collect candles and the most recent one she bought looks like chocolate and even smells like chocolate
  43. Yuri makes the most dance mistakes (MTV Class Up – SNSD [02.21.08])
  44. Yuri forgets the lyrics very frequently (she ever forget several songs’ lyrics. One of them is Honey song)
  45. Yuri’s hobby is Yoga
  46. Yuri’s very flexible (definitely)
  47. Yuri’s current roommate is Yoona (previous roommate is Sunny)
  48. Yuri is a prankster. She has teased Fany with fake bugs
  49. Yuri once tied other members shoelaces together and ran away
  50. Yuri is also a bug catcher
  51. Yuri can play the violin and piano
  52. She has impressive Engrish skills. Some of her quotes,”Don’t touchy me”, “Made in USA”,and “Today is Monday”
  53. Yuri has a mole right above her bellybutton
  54. When Yuri talks to guys the tone of her voice changes
  55. Yuri’s favorite dishes are jjajjangmyun and omurice (The first one was mentioned on invincible youth and the second on some radio show I think)
  56. Yuri likes listening to Jason Mraz (link for the proof is in page 6 )
  57. Ok Ju Hyun talked on Invincible Youth once about Yuri’s butt. According to her Yuri has an Apple Butt
  58. Yuri likes to imitate other members
  59. Yuri is the lawyer of SNSD cause when in an argument, she list down what she has to say first
  60. Yuri loves Mickey Mouse so much and she has the same birthdate as Walt Disney (maker of that famous mouse XD)
  61. Aside from Black Pearl, Yuri was also called “black beans” and “cola” as her nickname (from MTV)
  62. Yuri has a clean personality. Sports Korea looked through their bags and they said that Yuri likes to make things clean/organize by only bringing things which are absolutely necessary
  63. Yuri said that she was a “happy virus”
  64. Yuri scared SuJu’s Leetuek because of her dinosaur noises. (Champagne)
  65. Yuri said that his ideal guys is “someone who can adeptly change a tire.” (Love Generation)
  66. Yuri was the last person to graduate from high school out of the SNSD members graduating in year 2008
  67. Yuri usually bring up the mood in their family during Lunar New Year by singing “trot” in front of her grandmother and grandfather and doing cute things. (Interview from StarNews, 2008)
  68. Yuri was bashed before just because she made a wrong term of using ‘our’ country in a video. The phrase ‘our’ (ju-hee) country is the wrong expression with the mearning of lowering oneself. (During debut days)
  69. In KJE Chocolate, Yuri chose Justin Timberlake as his ideal guy and Yuri said that if they get married, they would dance while eating every morning and dance while walking down the street or sing together
  70. In a very old show, when SNSD was hypnotized to see their previous lifes (Actually the show is about to prove that they can make pp see their fake previous life by adding some info/pics before they got hypnotized). When all the members saw themselves as a same certain person. Yuri saw her as a daughter of Indian village leader in her previous life. Isn’t she so cool and awesome? I really believe that she actually saw her true previous life. No wonder she has her chocolate milk skin
  71. In some of Hello baby ep, the girls said that Yuri and her brother are really similar to each other and they even thought that Yuri grew beard
  72. Yuri didn’t have much girl friends to play with until she’s joined SNSD since she doesn’t have any sisters but brother, so she was friend with most of her brother’s friends
  73. Yuri’s first crush was one of her brother’s friends. She even bought chocolate and put it in his mail box ^^
  74. Yuri is scared of elephant. When SNSD went to Thailand to promote, she was the only one who didn’t ride on the elephant
  75. Yuri like kissing stuff. HyoYeon revealed that in Hello baby
  76. Yuri once scared the girls with her fake rat. She put it in their garbage can, covered it but let the tail out
  77. Yuri once put the fart-pillow on a chair and covered it, Maknae was her victim when she innocently sit on it and then embarrassedly tried to explain that it wasn’t her who farted
  78. “200 Pounds Beauty” Korean movie has come to life but a male version. A really fatty boy has succeeded to lose wieght thanks to his dream girl’s motivation and encourages. Lol seriously i don’t lie. Do you still remember that in SK a boy with his OMG weight declared that he was thinking of Yuri and Yuri is his motivation while putting all his effort to lose weight. Then Yuri encouraged him and told him that she would fall for him if he put more effort to gain some muscle and chocolate abs. For the picture results, click here
  79. Yuri told that she once said “jagi (honey) ah” to a girl on a show. And then Jessica wanted to tried to call honey-ah with Yuri. lol This is more Yulsic fact
  80. She like cooking / like to cook for other members but they told her to stop giving them her food ^^ (Intimate Note)
  81. Yuri fall asleep after 10 minutes watching film and wake up 10 minutes before the movie ends. When the members laughing or claping at the movie, she suddenly walk up and laugh with them without knowing the reason (Intimate Note)
  82. Her favorite movie : “Mother” (Intimate Note)
  83. She hate to lose. and She’s very competitive
  84. She’s the sexiest Pearl ever (lol everyone know that )
  85. Yuri’s very close to her brother. Her brother is quite popular in army thanks to being Yuri’s brother ^^. She gave him her sponsor things like Biotherm and DSI … on the last time they met ^^ (fanaccount)
  86. In the fan signing event,s Yuri likes to draw pp’s faces before signing for them (but i think this habit was in the past, nowadays she doesn’t have much time to do anything but sign)
  87. Yuri’s dream man is Song Seung Heon, a super famous hallyu star, someone she looks up to since most of my friends (who are girls) seems to want their boyfriends to be like him or want someone like him. You all might say, ‘but this is SNSD’s overall ideal man’ they chose from their episode of Sweet Night (Ideal World Cup segment aired on Feb. 7th 2010)’. Besides Song Seung Heon, i’m sure she likes other Hallyu stars out there, but this is just a few videos that i could find to proof that she likes him and to even admitted publicly and i know that she also likes Justin Timberlake to be her husband if there is a show where MBC’s WGM can have international guests (KJE’s Chocolate episode)
  88. Another nickname for Yuri is BK Yuri given by baseball players after they saw her pitch sidearm in 2007 at a Doosan Bears game. The initial “BK” comes from a famous baseball pitcher named Kim Byung Hyun
  89. Yuri got caught drinking out of Kyungsan’s baby bottle (Hello Baby Ep. 14)
  90. Yuri can be successful in a solo career according to Lee Hyori
  91. Yuri sleepwalking consists of getting up, turns on the light, checks her cellphone and then turns off the light (PKL’s WO – Dangerous Invitation)
  92. Yuri does Yoga positions in her sleep
  93. Yuri’s look is more refined since debut
  94. Yuri is majoring in Theater Arts @ Chung Ang University
  95. Yuri had help from Seungri (Big Bang) in introducing her to his friends, but also was embarrassed by him during one of her ‘basic acting exercise’ class
  96. Yuri’s mindset when she’s in school are: she’s not ‘SNSD Yuri’ but just Yuri, try to avoid getting attention and not stand out, and study hard
  97. When Yuri was browsing internet, she locked the door. Then she came out and Yoona asked her why she is so much sexier since that event. ([100410] KBS2 Entertainment Relay Guerrilla Date – SNSD)
  98. Yuri once called a restaurant and asked what their menu was.when the employee was done selling her, yuri chose omelet rice.which the employee did not mention.
  99. During a signing event,when a fan showed up a piece paper saying ” i heard yuri is a goddess,is that true?”.yuri wrote on the bottom.“yes ^^”
  100. It takes 3 days for Yuri to master a choreography
  101. Yuri is very proud with her S-line
  102. Yuri can’t reach the high so(3rd octave??) note (IY)
  103. Yuri is a never-say-die person when she’s competing with others (Factory Girl)
  104. Yuri is HyoYeon’s biggest rival when comes to dancing (Girls Go To School)
  105. Yuri has the most hand holding scences with Jessica
  106. Yuri’s most closest friend in SNSD is Jessica
  107. Yuri is now in College with Big Bang’s Seung-ri
  108. Yuri’s hair grows fast
  109. Yuri is one of the best looking in Boys Attire (MNet Sonyeon Sonyeo Gayo Baekso)
  110. Yuri is also scared of alive fish her expression was so priceless! (IY Ep 27)
  111. Yuri said that she was a huge fan of G.O.D back then, and she held a blue balloon or something. She also said that Kim Tae Woo was her favourite G.O.D member. But she said he wasn’t her ideal type in IY
  112. Danny Ahn of G.O.D said that he likes Yuri and he thinks that he can beat Taewoo to win her over(LOL).

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