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 agency in April 2016.
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 where she participated in many dance contests and competitions. A video of her at a dance competition in Gwangju got uploaded onto the Internet, and got many hits and praises for her ability to dance. This video was then uploaded onto YG's homepage, whereupon Yang Hyun-suk himself contacted and recruited her to join the agency.
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.