Brave Girls (Hangul: 브레이브걸스; RR: Beureibeu Geolseu) is a South Korean girl group formed by producer Brave Brothers of Brave Entertainment in 2011.
They debuted as a five-member group with the single album The Difference on 7 April 2011, promoting the songs “Do You Know (아나요)” and “So Sexy”. On 29 July, they made their comeback with “Easily”, from their mini album Back to da Future. The group promoted a remix version of Easily on 13 August and released it on 26 August. They made also an appearance in the movie Mr. Idol.
Following a 2.5 year hiatus, beginning in early 2014, they returned in 2016 and with seven members – while Hyeran and Yoojin remained part of the group, Eunyoung, Seo-a and Yejin had been replaced with Eunji, Hayun, Minyoung, Yujeong and Yuna.
On 13 January 2017, Brave Entertainment released a statement announcing the departure of Yoojin. According to the company, Yoojin is planning to concentrate on her education and will study abroad, while Hyeran is on an indefinite medical hiatus.
On 14 March 2011, Eunyoung was revealed as the leader of Brave Girls. She is the niece of Shin Ha-kyun, an actor known for his role in Welcome to Dongmakgol and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Yejin also gained attention due to the fact that she was ‘Miss Seattle’ at the Miss Korea competition, and because she bears a resemblance to actress Kim Sa-rang.
On March 31, Brave Brothers released two teaser images of the group, revealing the two concepts that the group would perform with. They then made their debut on KBS’s Music Bank with promotional tracks “So Sexy” and “Do You Know”.
On 24 April, Brave Girls appeared on KBS’s Gag Concert and performed a trot version of “Do You Know”. Additionally, Eunyoung appeared on KBS’s 100 Points out of 100 and won 2 medals (gold and bronze).
A music video for “So Sexy” was released on 8 June.
Brave Girls also made a cameo appearance with Superkidd on the SBS drama, Protect the Boss.
On 22 July, Brave Entertainment announced that the group would make a comeback during the same month, and shared concept photos of their mini album Back to da Future. Their title track, “Easily”, featuring Korean reggae artist Skull, was released along with the music video on 28 July. Brave Brothers stated that the song was homage to Kim Gun-mo’s “Excuse”. The full EP was released on 29 July and peaked at number 14 on the Gaon Album Chart, selling 1,606 copies.
The group participated at the 3rd Idol Star Athletics Championship on September and, on 3 November, made a cameo appearance in Mr. Idol with Chocolat and various other idol groups. At the 19th Korea Culture Entertainment Awards on 15 December, the group received the “Rookie of the Year” award. Following this, on 25 December, they appeared on KBS’s Let’s Go Dream Team! as special guests, and performed for contestants on the show.
On 22 February 2012, Brave Girls’ second mini album Re-Issue was released, with the group holding a showcase that included a guest performance from Teen Top. The EP peaked at #14 on the Gaon Album Chart. The title song “Nowadays” charted highly on charts and became one of the most searched topics on Korean websites. During promotions for the EP, the group sported a masculine concept – the members mentioned spoke on this subject, saying, “We think that we really need to show a different side of us. We understand that fans who waited for our sexy or cute concept might be disappointed, but hope that they would like this concept too.”
On 29 August 2013, it was announced that Brave Girls would have a comeback in the fall, with a new song titled “For You” to be released on 31 August.
In February 2014, Brave Brothers reported that he was going to be working on a full-length album for the group, but the album was put on hold indefinitely due to his working with AOA. Brave Girls remained inactive for the following two years.
In February 2016, after a two-and-a-half year hiatus, it was announced that Brave Girls would be making a comeback as a seven-member group, with five new members and two original members.
The group released “Deepened” on 16 February as a digital single, with new members, Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, Yuna and Hayun and original members Yoojin and Hyeran.
In 19 June, it was reported that the group would be releasing their third mini album in June 2016. High Heels was released on 27 June, alongside the music video for title track “High Heels”.
On 1 September, the group released “Yoo-hoo” as a digital single.
On 13 January 2017, it was announced that Yoojin had departure from the group due to focus on her education and Hyeran would be taking a temporary leave from the group due to health issues.The remaining five members continued as a group, releasing their fourth mini album Rollin’ on 7 March 2017.
On 17 August 2017, it was announced that Brave Girls members Yujeong, Eunji and Yuna will be participating in the idol rebooting show The Unit which premier on 28 October 2017. Yujeong and Eunji passed the audition. Eunji was eliminated in 45th place during the first elimination round while Yujeong was eliminated in 37th place during the second elimination round.
On August 11th, 2018, Brave Girls released “Rollin’ (New Version)”, which marked their first comeback as four members. Shortly before the songs release Brave Entertainment announced that member Hayun would not participate in promotions and is on hiatus due to health issues.