Victoria Song (born February 2, 1987), better known mononymously as Victoria, is a Chinese pop singer and model active in South Korea. She was first introduced as an upcoming artist from SM Entertainment and modeled for several Korean brands, such as Spris, Anycall, and Samsung in early 2008. In August 2009, she was introduced as the leader of quintet dance group, f(x).
Early life and career
Victoria was born in Qingdao, Shandong on February 2, 1987. Before she set foot in Korean Entertainment, she was (and still is) a big fan of famous singer Kang Ta, as a loyal fan, she followed KangTa through fan meetings and concerts and the footages of her journey were shown in KangTa's MV (ETERNITY).  After her high school graduation, she was accepted to the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy and majored in Chinese ethnic dance. Victoria's outward appearance and skilled dancing caught the eyes of a talent agent during a dance competition that was held in Beijing in September 2007, and she was recommended to audition for SM Entertainment. She passed the auditions that same month and began preparing for her modeling career in South Korea.
Victoria's first media appearance was for a Spris commercial in early 2008 with South Korean singer-actor Lee Jun-ki and nobrain. A Spris publicist noted, "While Victoria Song is just a rookie, she carries a lot of potential. Whether she decides for a modeling career or an acting career, I can see a bright future ahead of her. Having such an innocent and playful image, she is very suitable to model our company's brand." In April 2008, Victoria was signed to model for Samsung in a music video with Korean actor-singer Rain, and drew attention from the Chinese audience.