Gong Min-ji (born January 18, 1994), better known by her stage name Minzy, is a South Korean singer. She is a former member of South Korean girl group 2NE1, leaving the group and the group's agency in April 2016, shortly before their official disbandment.
Minzy was born in Seoul, South Korea on January 18, 1994. She is granddaughter of folk dancer Gong Ok-jin. When she was young, she moved to Gwangju with her family. She participated in many dance contests and competitions, winning various awards. A video of her at a dance competition in Gwangju was uploaded onto the Internet, and became viral with many people sending praise for her ability to dance. This video was then uploaded onto YG's homepage, whereupon the CEO, Yang Hyun-suk, contacted and recruited her to join the agency when she was only in sixth grade.