Gong Min-ji (born January 18, 1994), better known by her stage name Minzy, is a South Korean singer under The Music Works Entertainment – a subsidiary of CJ E&M's music division. She is a former member of South Korean girl group 2NE1, leaving the group and the group's agency of YG Entertainment in April 2016.

Early life

Minzy was born in Seoul, South Korea on January 18, 1994. She is granddaughter of Gong Ok-jin, a legendary folk dancer. When she was young, she moved to Gwangju with her family. She participated in a large number of dance contests and competitions, winning various awards. A video of her at a dance competition in Gwangju was uploaded onto the Internet, and became viral with a large number of people sending praise for her ability to dance. This video was then uploaded onto YG's homepage, whereupon the CEO, Yang Hyun-suk , contacted and recruited her to join the agency when she was only in sixth grade.

Career

2009–2016: 2NE1

YG Entertainment stated in early 2009 that they would be debuting a new four-member group that had been training for four years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM's leader Teddy Park and G-Dragon of Big Bang. The group's name was initially announced as "21"; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was renamed "2NE1", with "NE" being an abbreviation of "New Evolution". Minzy was placed in 2NE1 as the main dancer, alongside Park Bom, Sandara Park and CL. The group went on to debut with their first single "Fire" in May 2009, with Minzy being the youngest member at just 15 years old.

2NE1 appeared on variety shows such as Running Man and Strong Heart.

Minzy officially left the group on April 5, 2016.

Solo career

In May 2016, Minzy signed with Music Works.

In June 2016, Minzy was featured in Taiwan's Juksy magazine as the "Juksy Girl" for the month of June.