Kwon Yu-ri (born December 5, 1989), better known by the mononym Yuri, is a South Korean singer and actress. She debuted as a member of girl group Girls' Generation in August 2007, who went on to be one of the best-selling artists in South Korea and one of South Korea's most popular girl groups worldwide. Apart from her group's activities, she has been in several television dramas such as Fashion King (2012), Neighborhood Hero (2016), the web drama Gogh, The Starry Night and Innocent Defendant (2017). In 2013, she made her film debut in No Breathing.
Yuri was born in Goyang, Gyeonggi, South Korea on December 5, 1989. She has one older brother, Kwon Hyuk-joon. She auditioned at the S.M. Entertainment Casting System and joined the company in 2001 after finishing in second place in the 2001 SM Youth Best Dancer Contest. She then underwent training for 5 years and 11 months before her debut. She graduated from Neunggok High School in 2008. She and Sooyoung were appointed as Chung-Ang University new ambassadors on May 20, 2014. On February 15, 2016, she graduated with a degree in Theater and Film as well as receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award as Honorary Ambassador of the school at the graduation ceremony.