Jihyo (Korean: 지효; Japanese: ジヒョ) is a South Korean singer under JYP Entertainment. She is the leader and main vocalist of the girl group TWICE.
2015: SIXTEEN, debut with TWICE
On May 5, 2015, she became a contestant on JYP's newest survival show, SIXTEEN. She finished the survival in 8th place, hence becoming a member of the girl group TWICE. The group officially debuted on October 20, 2015 with their first mini album, The Story Begins.
On August 5, 2019, local news source Dispatch reported that she and soloist Kang Daniel were dating. Later that day, the reports were confirmed by both agencies. Also, it was revealed the two were introduced to each other through 2AM's Seulong.
She was voted leader by the members by anonymous voting.
Although Jihyo is left-handed, she writes and draws with her right hand. She is ambidextrous.
Jihyo likes taking public transport because her home is close to Nayeon's and they often took the bus to work when they were trainees.
She's been friends with Nayeon and Jeongyeon for 6 years.
Jihyo and Tzuyu are really close, so close even that they would shower together when Tzuyu came over.
Jihyo has a pineapple allergy. Her throat gets itchy if she eats it.
Her MBTI personality is ISFP-T (adventurer). Same as Mina.
She was a part of the all-female non-professional soccer club called 'FC Rumor W', along with other idols, such as her fellow member Mina, Sejeong and Nayoung of gugudan, Jeonghwa of EXID, Hayoung of Apink and U.Ji (former of BESTie), and also non-celebrities. On August 11, 2020, it was announced by Hayoung that she and other idols, including Jihyo, decided to leave the team after the controversy surrounding it became too big.