She was born as Wong Ka Hei (Cantonese: 黃珈熙) on December 9, 1996 in Hong Kong, China.
She debuted on February 14, 2017 as a member and subsequently released her solo single album ViVi on April 17, 2017.
Early life (1996–2017)Edit
ViVi was born in Hong Kong in 1996 as the oldest of three siblings. She has a younger sister, born in 2000, and a younger brother, born in 2008. ViVi was inspired to pursue a career in Kpop after seeing music videos by BIGBANG and 2NE1. Starting around 2011, ViVi worked as a freelance model in Hong Kong under the name Viian Wong. She modeled for a variety of projects between 2011–2016, including a video tutorial for Blush Cosmetics, and as a PlayStation model at Asia Game Show 2012. ViVi also participated in a number of short YouTube skits, presumably with friends.
There is some uncertainty in regard to ViVi’s age. Officially, her birthdate is December 9, 1996. However, one photographer who worked with ViVi in 2012 gave her birthdate as December 9, 1993, albeit with no sources. If ViVi was born in 1996, she would have been fourteen in 2011 when her modeling career began, and seventeen if born in 1993. A leaked image from 2016 with the names of several Polaris-BlockBerry trainees, including HeeJin, HyunJin, Kim Lip, and JinSoul, appears to include ViVi under the name 비엔 (Bi-En, possibly Viian) with her age given as 24. If accurate, this would indicate her birthdate to be 1993 rather than 1996. Additionally, ViVi is reported to have been in Form/Secondary 5 (approx. Grade 11) in 2010, making her seventeen in 2010. BlockBerry Creative has maintained ViVi’s birthdate as 1996 since her debut.
ViVi most likely became a trainee under Polaris Entertainment/BlockBerry Creative in 2016. Like several other members of LOONA, she was initially a trainee under Polaris Entertainment who transferred over to BlockBerryCreative to participate in the LOONA project.
2017: Reveal, Debut in LOONA 1/3, solo debut, Woomanna, ViRryVesEdit
On February 12, ViVi was revealed as a member of the then-upcoming sub-unit LOONA 1/3. She is the only member of LOONA to not release a solo album prior to her inclusion in a sub-unit. She and LOONA 1/3 debuted with “Love & Live” on March 13.
On March 31, the fourth “Who’s Next Girl?” teaser was released, and ViVi was officially revealed as the fifth member of LOONA on April 5. On April 17, she released her solo single album ViVi, including title track “Everyday I Love You” featuring HaSeul, and B-side “Everyday I Need You” featuring JinSoul. ViVi was the only member of LOONA to feature other members on both of her solo tracks prior to the release of Olivia Hye.
From June 30 to July 23, ViVi starred in the first season of the web drama Woomanna in a minor role as a waitress from overseas. She returned for the second season from August 23 to September 13 in a main role.
2018: Debut in LOONA Edit
On August 18, ViVi officially debuted as a member of LOONA with [+ +], featuring the title track “Hi High”. Hong Kong-based news site HK01 reported on ViVi’s debut, criticizing her lack of lines and screen-time in lead single “favOriTe”.
- ViVi (2017)
|2017||Do You Remember The First Time We Met? Season 1||YouTube||ViVi (minor)|
|Do You Remember The First Time We Met? Season 2||ViVi (main)|
Music Video AppearancesEdit
- ↑ Official birthdate (NAVER result)
- ↑ Predebut height
- ↑ Daebak Jjang “(ENG) Show Champion Behind EP.106 Loona Cut” (@ 05:01) YouTube. 2018.09.07
- ↑ /viˈ.vi/, VEE-vee
- ↑ /wɔːŋ˩ kaː˥ hei˥/, wong GAH-HAY or KAH-HAY
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 loona-trans “I dreamed of being a Kpop star after watching Big Bang’s music video.” (Orig) Tumblr. 2017.03.12
- ↑ Kevin Law “Viian Wong” Flikr. 2011.10.15
- ↑ Blush HK “Makeup Tutorial for Work” YouTube. 2016.02.19
- ↑ PlayStation Asia “Asia Game Show 2012 - 1 minute highlight” @ 00:04, @00:29. YouTube. 2013.01.08
- ↑ Coco Cherry “男朋友𥄫女的方法&後果” YouTube. 2015.10.12
- ↑ Jony Wong Facebook post - 180214
- ↑ Ricky Tang “Viian Wong” Flikr. 2012.05.21
- ↑ Wikipedia “Catholic Ming Yuen Secondary School/Famous Alumni” Retrieved 2020.03.28
- ↑ Hong Kong International School “Grade Level Equivalent” Retrieved 2020.03.28
- ↑ loona-trans “LOONA 1/3 A 200 Character Mini Proﬁle” (Orig) Tumblr. 2017.03.16
|HeeJin • HyunJin • HaSeul • ViVi|
|Characters||LOONA 1/3 : HeeJin • HyunJin • HaSeul • ViVi|
|Analysis||Love & Live • Sonatine • Love & Live 2.0|