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Mingyu

SEVENTEEN Mingyu Profile, Facts, and TMI

Mingyu Profile

  • Birth Name: 김민규 (Kim Mingyu)
  • Stage Name: Mingyu
  • Nationality: South Korean
  • Date of Birth: 1997.04.06
  • Zodiac Sign: Aquarius
  • Chinese Zodiac: Ox
  • Height: 187 cm (6’1”)
  • Weight: 68 kg (149.9 lbs)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Personal Social Media: Instagram

Mingyu Facts & TMI

  • Mingyu was born and grew up in Anyang City.
  • His family consists of mother, father, and a younger sister (born 2001).
  • He has two Maltese puppies named Aji (10 years old) and Bobpul (1 year old).
  • Mingyu is the sub rapper and a member of SEVENTEEN’s hip-hop team.
  • His name Kim Mingyu has the meaning of “to be a star-like shining jade”.
  • He belongs to Gwangsan Kim’s clan.
  • He was street-casted by Pledis staff near his school Burim Middle School when he was in the 2nd grade.
  • Mingyu, who believed the Pledis staff who told him to come without any plans, attended the audition in jeans and flip-flops, and was embarrassed by the sudden demand to sing, clapping his hands and singing the national anthem.
  • He unexpectedly passed the audition and joined Pledis Entertainment in October 2011.
  • Mingyu who was so curious about why he passed the audition, directly asked Pledis’ CEO Han Sungsoo to which he responded, “Because it’s time for a handsome trainee to join our agency.”
  • Mingyu graduated from Seoul Broadcasting High School (Broadcasting Content Major).
  • He was the fourth-longest trainee among SEVENTEEN members.
  • He was supposed to debut with the stage name ‘Dokyeom’.
  • Just like the other members of the hip-hop team, Mingyu also participates in the rap-making and lyrics writing for SEVENTEEN songs.
  • Mingyu also participates in composing SEVENTEEN songs.
  • With handsome facial features, gorgeous physique, and beautiful tanned skin, Mingyu is the representative visual member of the group.
  • Standing at 186 cm, Mingyu is the tallest member of SEVENTEEN.
  • He was already over 180 cm when he first joined Pledis Entertainment.
  • According to S.Coups who accompanied Mingyu for a medical check-up, Mingyu actually grew taller than his height stated in his official profile.
  • His nearly 2 metres tall height earned him the nickname Imeda (Korean pronunciation for 2 metres).
  • Pledis CEO once jokingly said to Mingyu if he grows any taller, he can’t join SEVENTEEN.
  • Due to his chic-looking appearance, people sometimes misunderstood him as a cold person, the members even make fun of Mingyu saying that his cool image will be “ruined” once he opens his mouth.
  • In contrast to his cold city guy appearance, Mingyu has a puppy-like personality. He is very cute, active, confident, sociable, and talkative.
  • He is full of aegyo and likes to do skinship like back hugging the other members.
  • He once won an aegyo battle over Seungkwan.
  • With his excellent talking skills, Mingyu became the fixed MC of SBS’ ‘Inkigayo’ in 2018~2019 for 1 year and 9 months.
  • He is very sloppy and famous for always breaking things on a daily basis.
  • Despite his seemingly intimidating appearances, he becomes the top teasing target in SEVENTEEN.
  • He has high craftsmanship and is very good at doing house chores like cooking, cleaning, and repairing things.
  • He has been in charge of cleaning the dorms and cooking ever since his trainee days.
  • In the variety show ‘One Fine Day: 13 Castaway Boys’, he even cooked dinner for 80 staff members of the show.
  • He volunteered to appear in the variety show ‘Law of The Jungle’ where celebrities have to survive in remote places.
  • His hobbies when he was a kid were assembling RC and plastic models.
  • His MBTI personality type is ENFJ.
  • Different from the other three members of the hip-hop team, Mingyu has melodic-style rap.
  • Due to his melodic rap style, he is in charge of most vocal parts in hip-hop team unit songs.
  • Mingyu’s rap lyrics got revised the most by Woozi out of the four hip-hop team members.
  • He showcased his vocal skills through the solo song titled ‘Like the Beginning’ that he performed at SEVENTEEN IDEAL CUT FINAL in SEOUL concert.
  • Prior to his debut, he made several appearances in labelmates MVs and stages such as NU’EST’s ‘Face’ (MV appearance), ‘Hello Venus’ ‘Venus’ (MV appearance), SanE & Raina’s ‘Midsummer Sweet Dream’ (stage back dancer), Orange Caramel’s ‘My Copycat’ (MV appearance & stage back dancer), and BUMZU’s ‘28.5’.
  • He began exercising in 2018, and since then, his body has grown bigger.
  • Mingyu is one of SEVENTEEN members with the most variety show appearances, such as in ‘1:100’, ‘Baek Jong-won’s Top 3 Chef King’, ‘Law of The Jungle: Komodo Island’, ‘Hello Counselor’, ‘Battle Trip’, ‘Master Key’, ‘Weekly Idol’, ‘Happy Together’, 2018 & 2019 edition of ‘Idol Star Athletic Championship’, ‘Baek Jong-won’s Alley Restaurant’, ‘Running Man’, etc.
  • Mingyu is also a skillful host, he became MC for music broadcasts like ‘MCountdown’, ‘Dream Concert’, ‘KCON 2017 JAPAN’, as well as SEVENTEEN’s GV events.
  • Mingyu is a member of the famous 97 Liners chat room alongside fellow SEVENTEEN members DK and The8, BTS’ Jungkook, NCT’s Jaehyun, ASTRO’s Cha Eunwoo, and GOT7’s Yugyeom and BamBam.
  • Yugyeom of GOT7 revealed that he received a Cartier bracelet from Mingyu, Cha Eunwoo, Jungkook, and Jaehyun for his birthday.
  • Mingyu and The8 were the first members who made Instagram accounts in SEVENTEEN.
  • He designed SEVENTEEN’s official mascot BongBongie, earning the nickname BongBong’s Dad.
  • In 2017, Mingyu walked the runway for 17 F/W Hera Seoul Fashion Week.
  • In 2020 Mingyu was involved in the Itaewon Break case during corona-19 quarantine in Seoul where he visited a bar with his 97 liner friends Jungkook, Cha Eunwoo, and Jaehyun.
  • During a series of accusations of celebrity school bullying scandal in 2021, Mingyu was falsely accused of abusing a disabled student in his middle school (Burim Middle School), when in fact he is on good terms with the student.
  • He hosts two solo broadcasts in VLive: Mingyu’s Choco Bread and Mingyu’s Dinner Show.
  • Mingyu is left-handed, he is the only left-handed member in the group.
  • He has a big appetite, he is the second biggest eater in SEVENTEEN after Woozi. It is said that Mingyu always orders at least 2 portions of food.
  • He has never been small his entire life, was born weighing 4.6 kg. Top 3 among celebrities.
  • Mingyu and Jeonghan were the first members that attained driving licenses in the group.
  • Mingyu is especially close to fellow ‘97 born member, The8.
  • The8 is also close to Mingyu’s family, he even went fishing with Mingyu’s dad without Mingyu knowing.
  • Mingyu and Seungkwan are known as the Tom & Jerry of the team because of their frequent childish quarrels.
  • In the variety show ‘One Fine Day in Japan’ Jeonghan shared that he and Mingyu have opposite personalities.
  • DK once said in a magazine interview that he is envious of Mingyu’s social skills (because DK is timid and awkward around strangers).
  • He has a mole on his left cheek and on the tip of his nose.
  • He has severe rhinitis, so he sneezes often.
  • Because of his friendly nature, he has many celebrity friends such as Kang Daniel, Ong Seongwoo, Ha Seongwoon, Jung Sewoon, actor Song Kang, DIA’s Jung Chaeyeon, MONSTA X members (especially Kihyun).
  • He went to the same high school as Seungkwan and Dino.
  • He has acrophobia.
  • Mingyu is afraid of ghosts, amusement park rides, and bugs.
  • He doesn’t like watching horror movies.
  • His ‘Kart Rider’ nickname is ‘Mingyu’s Shoulder’.
  • He likes to wear outerwear without separate clothes underneath.
  • He had his first overseas trip with his father when he was in the 2nd year of elementary school, they went to Cebu, Philippines.
  • When he was in elementary school, he went to school an hour early to play soccer every day.
  • He felt regretful about his elementary school graduation photo because it was less than a week after his mother cut his hair very short.
  • Mingyu’s elementary school friends called him by the nickname Ggyu.
  • He won a futsal competition when he was in middle school.
  • According to his middle school friend, Mingyu cried because he got 20 points for his math test, so he studied really hard and finally got 70 points.
  • Before joining Pledis, he did receive a casting offer from another agency, but he didn’t go to the audition.
  • He sleeps a lot, once he falls asleep it’s hard to wake him up (that’s why he often arrived at school late).
  • Mingyu once asked Jeonghan (who just joined Pledis Entertainment at that time) with ‘Mingyu-sunbaenim’, because of this event, Mingyu is still getting teased by the other members until this day.
  • When Mingyu was still a trainee, he joked around too much and made Hoshi angry.
  • He is the most diligent member within the hip-hop team, in terms of practice, works out, or house chores.
  • Mingyu was voted by the members as a must-have item(?) if they ever go to a deserted island because Mingyu can live just fine anywhere. [S.Coups: “I only need to bring Mingyu with me, because he will build a house, lights up the fire, and cooks for me.”]
  • He loves helping the other members, from cooking ramyun, grilling meats, cleaning up the dorm to setting up the computer.
  • The other members love to sit beside Mingyu when they go to the meat house because Mingyu will do all the grilling by himself.
  • He is number 1 in terms of self-love, even when Seungkwan teased him by showing his derp photos, he still thinks that the photo is cute rather than embarrassing.
  • He loves receiving attention from people.
  • He loves being busy and always feels worried if he doesn’t have schedule.
  • He chose seas over mountains and outdoor over indoor.
  • He works out every day.
  • He said that he sleeps with the light on while hugging plushie and listening to music.
  • He has a habit of biting his fingernails.
  • He is the type that likes to plan things beforehand.
  • He enjoys learning foreign languages, practicing dance, painting, learning photography, and video editing on his day off.
  • His hobby is photography and painting, he once opened a painting exhibition with The8.
  • He pays a lot of attention to fashion.
  • Mingyu solely planned, directed, shot, and edited the music video of SEVENTEEN’s ‘Snap Shoot’.
  • He said that he wants to build a house with his own hands.
  • He wants to go for a Europe trip.
  • He is good at English up to some extent.
  • Mingyu, DK, and Seungkwan have the same taste in food so they often go out together for meals.
  • He is the best cook in the group (along with DK).
  • His favorite foods are seonjit-kuk, gyudon, and beef.
  • When he was still a trainee, he worked part-time in a cafe with S.Coups.
  • His favorite beverage is iced americano.
  • He can drink up to 4 bottles of soju.
  • He will laugh and talk a lot when he’s drunk.
  • Hoshi bought Mingyu a Cartier ring for his birthday. Mingyu said that he really cherishes the ring and only wears it on special occasions.
  • His favorite body parts are his eyes and snaggletooth.
  • He also has long and thick eyelashes.
  • Just like most SEVENTEEN members, he has a strong winning desire.
  • Mingyu (alongside Wonwoo and Jun) used to receive acting lessons during their trainee days.
  • Mingyu is a K-Pop Department Major at Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts.
  • His shoe size is 280 mm.
  • Among his nicknames are Ming-gyu, Ming-gu, MingMung-i, Housewife Ming, Mingjji, Imeda, Kim Spicy, BongBongi’s Dad, Mingyu Sunbaenim, Mingyu Hair Shop Director, Maltese, Kim Mango, Giant Puppy, 2.3 Billion Assets Owner, CEO Kim, Kim Weverse, Mr. Human Balloon, etc.

(Special credit: Everything is Alright @ Naver Blog)

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