We love her not just because she’s a member of SNSD, not just because she is the tallest, or because she’s pretty, because there has to be something more about her.
We love Choi Sooyoung, because she is…
A great entertainer for all. She once said, “I’m just tall, height is everything I have for this group”, without knowing how much she has underestimated herself. Nobody can confidently say that one has never laughed watching Sooyoung on variety programmes. Funny, creative, willing to sacrifice her image – you never know how much effort she has done thinking of how to make everyone laugh, making sure that people’s time are not wasted watching her on TV. Since when did people start saying, “Ah, it’s funny, but I bet it’ll be funnier if Sooyoung was there”, since when did K-sones started saying, “This episode will probably become a legend if Sooyoung was there”. The fact that everyone misses her on TV whenever she doesn’t appear, is the best proof of her entertainment ability.
The embodiment of the SNSD spirit – she’s the best explanation of how endurance and perseverance are the reasons why SNSD grows stronger day by day. Always looking fearless, but she’s the one who sheds tears most often; Always being casual and calls her unnies ‘kids’, but when these ‘kids’ get hurt, got bullied, she’ll be the one who stands up for them reckless of danger. She experienced tremendous amount of pain when she was injured, but she made a video and told her fans “I’m healthy, don’t worry about me”, before discharging from the hospital a week after the major injury; For SNSD, she’s willing to do anything she can.
An extremely hardworking person. Dances well – can you still remember that she’s able to memorize every member’s dance steps, and remind them whenever necessary? Rather than praising her for her memory, it’s perhaps more appropriate to say that she remembers because she’s concerned, she cares and she puts in the effort to memorize. Speaks Japanese fluently – can you still remember, that a little girl named Choi Sooyoung left her homeland at the age of 12 for a competiton in Japan? Debuting in a foreign country, experiencing hardships and cruel reality in the society at such young age – time is not the only thing that Sooyoung sacrificed to achieve her Japanese proficiency. Writes beautiful lyrics and speaks English well – can you still remember, that these abilities did not come naturally to her? While listening to her song, hearing her speak English, what we must be reminded of, is the effort and time she spent learning such skills – just to be a better member for the group.
She said, “This is our job, so it’s natural for us to work hard. This is why we are so thankful for our fans, because they thank us for doing something that is our responsibility.”
She said, “SNSD was not created out of nothing. Besides our 9 girls’ hard work, it was made possible because of many staff. We will continue working hard in the future and be the humble SNSD until the end.”
She said, “Whenever we bow and greet the fans holding one another’s hands, I feel like falling towards the front because of high-heels. But I will never fall, because the 9 girls are holding one another tightly.”
She said, “Even if time passes, please remember us.. So that when everyone has children in the future, you can still say, I once received happiness because there was a group called SNSD…”
She said, “I hope that SNSD and SONEs can have the same dream and walk the same path.”
She said, “Right now it’s Girls’ Generation, in the future it’s Girls’ Generation, forever it’s Girls’ Generation.”
Lastly, Happy 23rd birthday to our dearest Sooyoung!
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