July 15 is the anniversary of Jihyo joining JYP. On this special occasion, she gave ONCE a surprise gift by posting beautiful photos of herself on TWICE’s official Instagram account.
She posted a series of photos with the message, “Today is my 16th year of joining JYP. I thought you guys were all waiting so I decided to post these photos! It’s been a long journey for me but ONCE and your cheers has made my experience even brighter. As always, thank you very much. Let’s continue to live our best in the future.”
TWICE has debuted for nearly 7 years but Jihyo‘s time in JYP has been… 16 years. This number is even bigger than the age of young people of Gen Z now. She won second place in the 1st Naver Child Acting Star Contest, then joined JYP at the age of 9.
Jihyo had to go through a long process of being a trainee before she could officially debut. Her training years were so long that she had been a trainee before Wonder Girls and miss A debuted. Jihyo was also trained with these girl groups but only with TWICE did Jihyo get the chance and debut to become the talented, brave leader and main vocalist as she is today.