Profile Tzuyu: TWICE’s Maknae on Top – A Look at Her Journey and Achievements (2024 Updated)

Get to know Tzuyu from TWICE - the youngest member and lead dancer. Discover her profile, birthday, nationality, and more.

Who is Tzuyu?

Tzuyu (쯔위) is a Kpop idol from Taiwan under JYP Entertainment. She is also the youngest member of the famous girl group – TWICE.


In 2012, she was discovered by talent scouts at the MUSE Performing Arts Workshop in Tainan. She moved to South Korea in November of that year to become a K-Pop trainee. After over two years of training, she appeared on the South Korean reality show Sixteen in 2015. Subsequently, she was chosen as one of the 9 members of the girl group TWICE.

Tzuyu’s Biography

  • Birth Name: Chou Tzuyu (周子瑜)
  • Stage Name: Tzuyu (쯔위)
  • Korean Name: Chou Tzu Yu (저우쯔위/주자유)
  • English Name: Sally
  • Nationality: Taiwanese
  • Position: Lead Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Visual, Maknae
  • Birthday: June 14, 1999
  • Zodiac Sign: Gemini
  • Height: 170 cm (5’7″)
  • Weight: 48 kg (106 lbs)
  • Blood Type: A


Tzuyu rose to fame at a very young age after being discovered by a talent scout at the MUSE Art Workshop in Tainan, Taiwan. She was formally trained to become a singer at JYPE since 2012. Park Jin Young, at that time, evaluated her as the most progressive among the 16 trainees.


After over 2 years of training, Tzuyu participated in the South Korean reality show Sixteen in 2015. From this point on, her talent was officially recognized. She became the most voted member online and eventually was selected as the 8th member of the girl group Twice.

She officially debuted with the group in October 2015. Tzuyu’s artistic journey has officially entered a new chapter.

Scandals/ Controversies

In 2015, the idol found herself embroiled in a political scandal when she held the Taiwanese flag during an appearance on the show “My Little Television.” This action inadvertently sparked outrage in China, with many accusing Tzuyu of showing support for Taiwanese independence. Despite her management company’s explanation that the idol had never spoken or taken any actions that influenced politics, many still accused her of profiting from activities in China while openly supporting Taiwan as an independent country (not part of China). The incident caused JYP’s stock to plummet, and Tzuyu faced the cancellation of numerous advertising contracts and the risk of leaving Twice.

It seemed like everything was just a “rough start,” but in March of the same year, she found herself embroiled in controversy again for wearing a shirt with a sensitive slogan on the show “Inkigayo.”

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Furthermore, many criticized the youngest member of Twice for the “overdone” event of bringing along a “entourage” of 44 people, including 35 police officers and 9 company personnel, back to Taiwan for her middle school graduation exam.


Facts about Tzuyu

  • Tzuyu’s English name is Sally Chou.
  • Tzuyu didn’t intend to appear on Sixteen, but she replaced Lena, a former JYP trainee.
  • Mina chose Tzuyu as the member she didn’t want to introduce to her brother. The reason was Tzuyu’s height was close to her brother’s, and she feared he might feel hurt due to the height difference.
  • Tzuyu made a spelling mistake in her Thanks to section. She wrote JYP 네이년 (NaeYiNyeon) instead of JYP 네이션 (JYP NATION).
  • Tzuyu received the most votes in Sixteen.
  • Tzuyu’s nickname is “Chewy” because that’s how her name is pronounced.
  • Jihyo invited Tzuyu to her house, and when the MC asked what they did there, Tzuyu said they bathed and slept together. Jihyo showed Tzuyu her yearbook and childhood photos.
  • Tzuyu’s favorite season is spring because summer is too hot, winter is too cold, and autumn is a bit sad.
  • Tzuyu is envious of Nayeon’s plump lips.
  • Tzuyu shared before her debut that she wanted to be recognized for her singing and dancing skills, not just her appearance.
  • Tzuyu’s mother likes Tzuyu with her hair tied up because she looks very cute.
  • Tzuyu comes from a wealthy family; her mother is a shareholder in a hospital and owns several cafes in Taiwan.
  • Tzuyu and her mother frequently video call each other, but they don’t talk much.
  • Tzuyu likes to sing under a showerhead.
  • Tzuyu joined JYPE on November 12, 2012.
  • Fans asked Tzuyu whether she speaks Mandarin or Korean in her dreams, and Tzuyu said she doesn’t hear any sounds in her dreams, so she doesn’t know.
  • Tzuyu has a dog named Gucci.
  • She sleeps the earliest and wakes up the earliest.
  • Tzuyu likes Yoda from “Star Wars.”
  • Tzuyu likes tonkatsu and kimbap.
  • Her favorite color is purple.
  • Tzuyu often sleeps with her eyes open.
  • Tzuyu is most confident in her eyes and chin.
  • She admitted she wore braces before.
  • She confesses to being a fervent fan of Sistar, especially Hyorin.
  • She admits she used to fake illness to skip school.
  • She can move her ears at will.
  • She can roll her tongue and make a full circle.
  • Her favorite music genre is Pop, and she especially likes Beyonce.
  • Tzuyu is close to Rosé (Black Pink).
  • Tzuyu is also close to Elkie of CLC.
  • Tzuyu and Shuhua of (G) I-DLE are good friends. In 2021, both couldn’t return home due to COVID-19, so they decided to spend their vacation together.
  • Tzuyu ranked 13th in “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2015.”
  • Tzuyu ranked 8th in “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2016.”
  • Tzuyu ranked 3rd in “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017.”
  • Tzuyu ranked 2nd on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2018.”
  • Tzuyu ranked 1st on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2019.”
  • In the dorm, Tzuyu, Dahyun, and Chaeyoung share a room.
  • Tzuyu’s ideal type: “Someone who understands the importance of filial piety. Someone who loves me more. A person who likes puppies. Good at eating and dressing. Someone who can approach me first.”
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