Minami Takahashi, also known as Takamina, is a Japanese idol singer. She is one of the founding members of AKB48 and was the captain of Team A, as well as one third of the subgroup No Sleeves.
Before auditioning for AKB48, Takahashi competed in The 30th HoriPro Talent Contest (第30回ホリプロタレントスカウトキャラバン) and was among the Top 15 out of 52,547 contestants. She received the loudest applause after her singing performance during this contest, and was the only girl who didn't cry when the winner was announced.
In 2005, Takahashi auditioned for AKB48 and was one of 24 girls to be selected to join, out of 7924 applicants. It was revealed on the July 7th, 2010 episode of AKBINGO! that the only reason Takahashi passed the initial written auditions was because of her height (148cm) and her birthdate (4/8/1991). She debuted on stage on the 8th of December, 2005.
In 2008, Takahashi starred in the TV Tokyo drama 「Mendol」 / メン☆ドル as Nami/Kai along with fellow No Sleeves members Kojima Haruna and Minegishi Minami.
In 2009, Takahashi was ranked 5th in AKB48's 2009 Senbatsu Election. It was also in this year that she was officially announced as the captain of Team A at their Budokan - AKB48 Bunshin no Jutsu Tour / AKB104 Senbatsu Members Sokaku Matsuri concert during the Team Shuffle. Takahashi also starred as co-lead in the second night of AKB48 Kagekidan 「∞・Infinity」 with Akimoto Sayaka.
In 2010, Takahashi was ranked 6th in AKB48's 2010 Senbatsu Election. She starred in the TV Tokyo drama 「Majisuka Gakuen」/ マジスカ学園 as Minami.
On December 8, 2014, Takahashi Minami announced her graduation at AKB48's 9th Anniversary Show. She graduated from AKB48 on March 27, 2016 at Yokohama Stadium.