Gong Min-ji better known by her stage name Minzy, is a South Korean singer and dancer. She is a former member of South Korean girl group 2NE1, leaving the group and the group’s agency in April 2016.
Gong Min-ji was discovered by YG Entertainment. There was a video of her dancing that was uploaded onto the internet, and got many hits and praises for her ability to dance. Because of her rising popularity through the internet, YG contacted her and recruited her. She was placed into girl group 2NE1 along with three other members. They debuted in 2009 with “Lollipop,” a collaboration with label mates Big Bang, when Min-ji was fifteen years old. The song reached number one on the Gaon Charts, but questions were raised about whether the group could survive on its own. In May the same year, the group had their official debut with the single “Fire,” that reached number one again along with follow-up promotional single “I Don’t Care.” The mini-album 2NE1 went on to sell over 100,000 copies.
After initial success with 2NE1, the group went on a temporary year-long hiatus with each member releasing their own singles. Dara released “Kiss,” Bom released “You and I,” and CL and Minzy released “Please Don’t Go.” The song was the lowest performing of the three solo singles but still managed to chart at number six on the monthly charts. After all the members released individual singles, the band released “Follow Me” which landed at number one for the week of February 13. In September, the group had their comeback with album To Anyone with a triple hit title tracks namely “Go Away”, “Clap Your Hands”, and “Can’t Nobody” wherein it also included “Please Don’t Go.” The album went on to sold 150,000 copies
Despite being a maknae, Minzy was a member of the most good at cooking than the other members. In addition both in terms of cooking, Minzy is good at sewing and knitting. He’s very good at making clothes or anything with her knitting. Big Bang’s G-Dragon, her label mate choose Minzy as his favorite junior. Minzy is known to be close friends with several idols, such as f(x)’s Amber and Luna, Girls’ Generation’s Yoona, Tiffany, Sooyoung and Hyoyeon, Super Junior’s Siwon, KARA’s Goo Hara and Korean Singer IU. She is also close to Japanese pop star Koda Kumi.