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Fearless Brave Girls
Fearless Brave Girls
Fearless Brave Girls is a site created to share the love for the Korean music group Brave Girls (브레이브걸스), post information, news and create a space where fans can connect with one another and stay updated. Their latest song release is After 'We Ride', released on August 23rd, 2021 along with the mini-album repackage of the same name. Current active members are Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji and Yuna.
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Brave Girls (Hangul: 브레이브걸스)
Number of Members: 4 active
Origin: Seoul, South Korea
Debut Date: 8 April 2011 (they are also considered to have a 2nd
debut date of 16 February 2016 when the new members joined)
Label: Brave Entertainment
Fandom Name: Fearless

Company: Brave Entertainment

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  1. Introduction
  2. Members
  3. First Era – Original Lineup (April 2011 – February 2016)
  4. Second Era – OT7 (February 2016 – January 2017)
  5. Third Era – Back to five, but not the same (March 2017 – August 2018)
  6. Fourth Era – And then there were four (August 2018 – February 2021)
  7. Fifth Era – Rollin’s Reverse Climb (February 2021 – Now)
  8. Awards & Music Show Wins

Introduction

Brave Girls (Korean: 브레이브걸스) is a South Korean girl group formed by producer, Brave Brothers of Brave Entertainment. The group debuted in 2011 with five members, Eunyoung, SeoA, Yejin, Yoojin and Hyeran. However, now the group currently consists of four members, with no original members active. The current members are Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, and Yuna. Eunyoung, SeoA, Yejin, Yoojin, Hyeran and Hayun are all now considered ‘former members’.

Members

Active Members

Minyoung
  • Main Vocal
  • Stage Name: Minyoung (민영)
  • Real Name: Kim Minyoung (김민영)
  • Birthdate: September 12, 1990
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 166cm
  • Education: She is currently under a leave of absense from Hanyang University Dance Arts program.

Minyoung is the eldest member of the group and trained from age 21. In the past she was a part of the project trio HavyT and the group ZZBest (the group never formally debuted) and had a small stint with the dance team Rosemass. She finally got to formally debut at the age of 27 (Korean age) with Brave Girls. She has stated in the past that there were many times that she thought of quitting and that she thought she would never debut.

One of her talents is dancing. She majored in traditional Korean dance and has also done ballet. It is her legs on the cover of Brave Girls album, “High Heels”.

In 2019, she featured on a song that was released by fellow Brave Entertainment artist and producer Chaukun, titled “Tears (2019)”.

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Yujeong
  • Vocal
  • Stage Name: Yujeong (유정) 
  • Real Name: Nam Yujeong
  • Birthdate: May 02, 1991
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 163cm
  • Education: Sungshin Women’s University Media Communications

The members (and Yujeong herself) consider her one of the ‘cutest’ members of Brave Girls. She has very flexible lips and can contort them into different shapes (she can make a face that makes her look like Pokemon’s Squirtle). She says she’s the best at giving objective reactions to what the members say/do. Yujeong is the one that often handles public speaking and interviews for the group, and even had a temporary position on KBS’ Entertainment Weekly during Brave Girls promotions. In 2017, she participated in KBS Idol Rebooting Project – The Unit, but was eliminated in the second round. 

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Eunji
  • Main Rapper/Vocal
  • Stage Name: Eunji (은지)
  • Real Name: Hong Eunji (홍은지)
  • Birthdate: July 19, 1992
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 168cm
  • Education: Myongji University Film and Musical (leave of absence) 

Eunji was showing up on the music scene even before her debut with Brave Girls. She appeared in the music video and stage performances for Lim Chang Jung’s “Shall We Dance With Dr. Lim” (2014) when she was a trainee at NH Media. Even though she is shown rapping in “Shall We Dance With Dr. Lim”, the rapping vocals for the song were done by EXID’s LE. She was also in the music video for Bigstar’s “Full Moon Shine” in 2015, presumably after she moved to Brave Entertainment.

Eunji participated in KBS Idol Rebooting Project – The Unit, but was eliminated in the first round. In 2019, Eunji joined Park Bom in performances of her new song, “Spring”, as Dara (whose voice was featured in the song), was unable to as well was Bom’s dance fill in for the competition show, Queendom.

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Yuna
  • Lead Rapper/Vocal/Maknae
  • Stage Name: Yuna (유나)
  • Real Name: Lee YuNa (이유나)
  • Birthdate: April 6, 1993
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 163cm

Yuna is considered the charismatic and ‘boyish’ member of Brave Girls. She considers one of her talents to be her ability to ‘look tough’ and chic. Yuna loves dogs and she and her family have raised and loved several schnauzers. She has also shared support for dog rescue charities on her social media. There have been articles in the past due to some seeing a resemblance between Yuna and Red Velvet’s Irene. She participated in the audition for KBS Idol Rebooting Project – The Unit in 2017, but unfortunately did not make it any further. In 2018, Yuna released an original song along with fellow artist Park Soojin on her Soundcloud titled, “With U”.

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Former Members

Park Eunyoung
  • From: Debut Lineup
  • Birthdate: 1987.10.15
  • Hometown: Busan
  • Position: Leader, Main Vocal, Lead Dancer
  • Departed Group: (announced) February 2016

Eunyoung was the first member of Brave Girls to be revealed after the group was announced and was the leader, main vocal and lead dancer. After debut, she became famous for her abs. After leaving Brave Girls and Brave Entertainment she became a pilates instructor. She is the niece of actor Shin Hakyun.

Park Seoa
  • From: Debut Lineup
  • Birthdate: 1988.02.09
  • Hometown: Mokpo
  • Position: Sub-vocal
  • Departed Group: (announced) February 2016

SeoA grew up in the countryside in Mokpo. She was involved in theater since middle school and was class president for three years, as well as second place in studies. Before debuting in Brave Girls, she was a model for CiCi and had been in the group Flying Girls under the stage name Jisoo. SeoA was the member that tended to handle speaking for interviews and events, even though she was not the leader. After leaving Brave Girls she’s been active as a model and influencer, and began posting videos on Youtube and AfreecaTV at the beginning of 2019.

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Han Yejin
  • From: Debut Lineup
  • Birthdate: 1990.11.24
  • Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Position: Subvocal
  • Departed Group: (announced) February 2016

Yejin was considered the ‘Visual Ace’ of Brave Girls original lineup. She was “Miss Seattle”, competing for the crown of Miss Korea in 2008 and her appearance was often compared to that of Kim Sarang. After leaving Brave Girls she has worked as a model, had a supporting role in the 2017 SBS Drama, ‘Whisper’ and in 2018, she began posting on Youtube under the name “MissHanye”. 

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Jung Yujin (Yoojin)
  • From: Debut Lineup & New 2016 Lineup
  • Birthdate: 1992.09.14
  • Hometown: Seoul
  • Position: Lead Vocal
  • Departed group: (announced) January 2017

After Eunyoung, Yoojin was considered to have the most stable vocals of Brave Girls while both singing and dancing. She was considered to be very mischievous and often playfully teased the other members. She was one of the two members from the original lineup that participated in the 2017 “Deepened” comeback.  She departed Brave Girls in early 2017 to pursue her studies.

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Noh Hyeran
  • From: Debut Lineup & New 2016 Lineup
  • Birthdate: 1993.04.09
  • Hometown: Seoul
  • Positon: Main rapper, Main dancer
  • Departed group: (announced) January 2017

Hyeran was the very first member recruited for Brave Girls and the maknae of the original lineup. Before her debut, she was famous as an ulzzang and was often compared to Son Dambi. Her rapping and dancing skills drew in many new fans. In dance, along with Minyoung, she helped the other members learn their dances and helped develop choreography. She was one of the two original members that participated in the 2017 “Deepened” comeback. After departing Brave Girls in early 2017, she opened a jewelry shop on Instagram and has continued to post dance and lifestyle videos on YouTube and TikTok.

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Instagram: yelloyellow____& intheyelloyellow

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC61-uV4aD5CethV2A_5tB_w

TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@yelloyellow

Lee Hayun
  • From: New 2016 Lineup
  • Birthdate: 1994.08.29
  • Hometown: Jinhae
  • Position: Sub-Vocal, Lead Dancer
  • Departed group: mid-2018

Before she was in Brave Girls, Hayun had been part of a group called 슈티/Super Pretty and then a duo called Date (데이트). Joining Brave Girls, Hayun became the ‘new’ maknae of the re-vamped 2017 lineup. She was the ‘bouncy’ ball of the group, and seemed to have never-ending energy. She went on hiatus just before “Rollin’ (New Version)” was released in 2018, and while her leaving was never officially confirmed, Brave Brothers called Brave Girls a ‘4-member group’ in later interviews. Hayun is now active on TikTok and Twitch.

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First Era – Original Lineup (April 2011 – February 2016)

Brave Girls debuted on April 8th, 2011, with the single album, The Difference. The song “Do You Know” was the main promoted single and music video, but they also performed the song “So Sexy” during music shows and eventually released a music video for the song.

On July 29th, 2011, they made their comeback with the reggae song “Easily featuring Skull”, from their mini album Back to Da Future. Later on, the group began promoting a remix version of “Easily” on August 13th and released the audio on August 26th, 2011. 

In their debut year they made various appearances, such as appearing on KBS’ Gag Concert, attending the 3rd Idol Star Athletics Championship and they made a cameo in the film Mr. Idol. They were awarded Rookie of the Year for the 19th Korea Culture Entertainment Awards, and were nominated for Best New Female Artists for the 13th MNet Asian Music Awards. 

Brave Girls didn’t come back again until February 22nd, 2012 with the mini-album, “Re-Issue”,  and the promoted track of “Nowadays You”. After that, activity dropped off and nothing new was released until Yoojin and Hyeran’s song, “For You”, on August 31st, 2013.

Though Eunyoung, Seoa and Yejin had been rumored to have left the group in 2013, no official announcement was made until February 3rd, 2016 via a post on Brave Girls fan cafe.

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Second Era – OT7 (February 2016 – January 2017)

At the beginning of 2016, after a two and a half year hiatus, the group announced they would be making a comeback in February with five new members, as well as original members Hyeran and Yoojin.

On February 16th, 2016 they returned with the digital single, “Deepened”, with the seven member line up of Minyoung, Yujeong, Yoojin, Eunji, Yuna, Hyeran and Hayun. The song had a peak chart position of 131. Beyond just music show performances, the group took the stage on KBS’ Immortal Songs, performing a rendition of the song, Mapo Terminal.

June 27th, 2016, Brave Girls released their 3rd EP, High Heels, and promoted a song of the same name. The album peaked at 22 on the Gaon Weekly Chart and came in at 87 on the Gaon Monthly Chart. The song, High Heels, peaked at 135.

On September 1st, 2016, Brave Girls released a gift song for their fans, Fearless, titled “Yoo-Hoo”. It was an un-promoted single and was the last song and music video to feature all seven members that had made their comeback in February 2016 with Deepened.

September 27th, 2016, a MakeStar crowdfunding event was set up to fund their eventual next release, with different rewards for donations. On the MakeStar website, the members released incentive videos and photos to encourage donations. At the end of the crowdfunding period, the group had raised $18,721.73 (US dollars).

The group changed once again on January 13th, 2017, with an announcement on MakeStar and the fan cafe that Yoojin was leaving the group to study and Hyeran was going on hiatus. It was later confirmed by Hyeran on her Instagram that she left the group as well.

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Third Era – Back to five, but not the same (March 2017 – August 2018)

They made a comeback on March 7th, 2017 with “Rollin’” as a five member group including Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, Yuna and Hayun. The album was funded and was the result of the earlier Makestar campaign. The album peaked at #30 on the Gaon Weekly Chart for the week after its release, and was #62 on the Gaon Monthly Chart for the month of March with 1,091 physical copies sold. In August of 2017, it was announced that Yujeong, Eunji and Yuna would be participating in the KBS elimination show, The Unit. While Yuna unfortunately did not make it past the original audition, both Yujeong and Eunji passed. They were then eliminated in the first and second elimination rounds.

Brave Girls’ next sign of life also brought some sadness. When the “Rollin’ New Version” remix was released on August 11th, 2018, Hayun was nowhere to be found. She also disappeared on social media, and did not attend military performances with her fellow members. Hayun later returned to social media and became active on TikTok and Twitch.

Like with most past Brave Girls group departures, Hayun’s leaving was never officially confirmed by Brave Entertainment (except to say it was a medical hiatus). However in articles and interviews, Brave Brothers has referred to the group having “4 members”. 

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Fourth Era – And then there were four (August 2018 – February 2021)

Beyond small appearances and military performances, 2019 was a quiet year for Brave Girls. Though they did not have a comeback, some of the members participated in outside projects. In March 2019, Eunji was the stage fill-in for Dara in Park Bom’s song “Spring”, and later in the year in October she was Bom’s dance segment surrogate for the competition show, Queendom. In November, Minyoung featured on a song titled “Tears (2019)”, by fellow Brave Sound artist and producer, Chakun.

In 2020, the group consisted of four members, none of which were in the original 2011 debut lineup: Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji and Yuna. On July 22nd, 2020 during a military performance, Minyoung announced that the group was preparing for a comeback in August.

That promise actually became reality, when Brave Girls returned with ‘We Ride’ on August 14th, 2020 after a three year hiatus from promotions (as the new version of Rollin’ was not promoted on music shows). ‘We Ride’ was a retro-inspired song in the style of city pop, about coming to the realization that interest in a relationship had faded. Though it didn’t give them the success they were hoping for, it gave their fandom a small sigh of relief in seeing them perform again.

Fifth Era – Rollin’s Reverse Climb (February 2021 – Now)

It wasn’t until 2021, when Brave Girls and Fearless received their next glimpse of hope. On February 23rd, 2021, the YouTube channel, Viditor, released a compilation video for the song “Rollin'” that managed to grab the attention of Korean viewers, with a little help from the YouTube algorithm and former Korean military members that had seen the girls perform at military concerts. The compilation video received nearly one million views in two days, which kicked off a trend of the song moving up the Korean music charts. On February 27th, 2021, Brave Girls received their first #1 song ranking with “Rollin'”, on the Bugs real-time hourly music chart. The song also began to trend on other charts as well.

As “Rollin'” climbed higher on Korean charts, eventually reaching no. 1 on almost all major real-time and daily music service charts, Brave Girls began receiving love calls from music shows, radio shows, reporters and variety shows. Brave Girls officially began Rollin’ promotions again on March 11th, 2021 with a return stage on Mnet MCountdown.

On March 12th, 2021, Brave Girls received their first ever “Perfect All-Kill” for “Rollin'”, where a song is #1 on all Korean realtime/hourly and daily charts counted by the charting system iChart, as well as #1 on iChart’s realtime and weekly charts. They were the first idol group to accomplish this for the year 2021.

They continued to break records, when on March 20th, 2021 they became the girl group with the most “Perfect All-Kills” for a single song, surpassing the previous record of 130 hours atop all Korean music charts, as certified by Instiz iChart.

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Awards & Music Show Wins

Awards

YearAwardCategory
2011 19th Korea Culture Entertainment Awards
(Note: The first Brave Girls lineup)
Rookie of the Year
2021The 9th Annual Korean Arts and Culture Awards
Date: 05.20
Popular Singer

Music Shows

DateShowSong
March 14th, 2021 (21.03.14)SBS InkigayoRollin’
March 16th, 2021 (21.03.16)SBS MTV The ShowRollin’
March 17th, 2021 (21.03.17)MBC Music Show ChampionRollin’
March 18th, 2021 (21.03.18)Mnet MCountdownRollin’
March 19th, 2021 (21.03.19)KBS Music BankRollin’
March 21st, 2021 (21.03.21)SBS InkigayoRollin’
May 9th, 2021 (21.05.21)SBS InkigayoRollin’
June 22nd, 2021 (21.06.22)SBS MTV The ShowChi Mat Ba Ram
July 3rd, 2021 (21.07.03)MBC Show! Music CoreChi Mat Ba Ram
July 4th, 2021 (21.07.04)SBS InkigayoChi Mat Ba Ram
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