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HeeJin (희진) is a South Korean singer currently under BlockBerryCreative. She is a member of the girl group LOONA and its sub-unit LOONA 1/3. She was introduced as the group's first member in October 2016.

In October 2017, HeeJin joined the survival reality show MIXNINE as a contestant and representative of her agency and girl group LOONA.

Career

2000-2018: Early life and career beginnings

HeeJin was born as Jeon Heejin on October 19, 2000 in Bundang-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. She is the youngest of three daughters in her family. HeeJin's decision to become a singer occurred in middle school. At one time, both her sisters had similar dreams to hers, but they remained unfulfilled. She has stated that one of the reasons she became a singer was to make her sisters’ unfulfilled dreams come true and has cited her sisters as being her biggest supporters. For this, she traveled long distances in order to attend a dance academy. Her father began discouraging her dreams of becoming a singer after she was rejected at several auditions. However in 2015, she was casted through social media by BlockBerryCreative and became a trainee. HeeJin trained for 1 year before she was selected to be the first member of the agency's upcoming girl group.[2]

On September 26, 2016, HeeJin was revealed as the first member of girl group LOONA, and released her pre-debut single on October 5, 2016.

In October 2017, HeeJin, along with fellow LOONA members HyunJin and HaSeul, auditioned for survival reality show MIXNINE. Having passed the audition, she became a contestant as a representative of her agency and idol group.[3] HeeJin made it until the final episode, but was eliminated when the boys' team won against the girls', and hence ultimately did not get to debut.[4]

Discography

Single albums

Filmography

Reality shows

  • MIXNINE (JTBC, 2017–2018) - contestant

Trivia

  • Her nickname is Heekki (희끼), which is a portmanteau of her name and the word for rabbit (토끼).[5] She originally gave this name to the rabbit she met on set while filming her first MV.[6]
  • Her role models are Girls' Generation's Taeyeon and Shim Kyusun (Lucia).[citation needed]
  • Her goal is for LOONA to become the best girl group in Korea, and to become a singer that others can look up to.[2][5]
  • In the audition, she sang Lyn’s ‘Ring Tone’ and got accepted.[7]
  • HeeJin likes animals, but is allergic to animal fur.[8] She also has a fear of birds, especially pigeons.[9][10]
  • HeeJin really likes bread, she visits bakeries as a hobby.[10] She says the taste of European bread is best.[5]
  • HeeJin can twist her tongue from side to side.[citation needed]
  • HeeJin revealed that as a trainee, she lived in the countryside and had initial difficulties attending training because she lived over 4 hours away from Seoul, didn't have enough training time and struggled financially with affording transportation.[7] She currently lives in a dorm with the other LOONA members and shares a room with HyunJin, HaSeul and ViVi.[citation needed]
  • HeeJin can play both the guitar and piano,

Gallery

Promotional

References

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