Think of Monsta X as the K-Pop version of One Direction. This group of young boys has been a K-Pop sensation since 2015, when they were created by MNet survival show Merciless. The boy band has gone from fame to fame and is looking to make history with their music.

Like One Direction, the boys who make up Monsta X are loved around the world, with their fans collectively referred to as Monbebe! Seven young boys make up Monsta X. In this article, we introduce you to each member as we reveal facts about the group themselves.

Who are the Monsta X members

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Every boy group has a frontman and for Monsta X, Shownu is that man. He is the chef and of course a singer. Sohn Hyun-woo was born on June 18, 1992 in Changdong, Donbonggu, Seoul, South Korea.

Shownu is the only child of his parents. Before he started singing with Monsta X, he was a JYP Entertainment trainee with GOT7. He still remains friends with GOT7. After being an auxiliary dancer, Shownu is responsible for choreographing many of Monsta X’s dances. Her favorite animal is the cat and her favorite color is black.

2. Kihyun

Kihyun has arguably the best vocals in Monsta X, and as such, he is the lead vocalist. He was born as Yoo Ki-hyun on November 22, 1998 in Goyang, South Korea. During his lifetime, Kihyun has worked as a chef, and unsurprisingly, he is the best cook among Monsta X members.

He attended DIMA, Dong’Ah Institute of Media and Arts and made it all the way to graduation. He has blue as his favorite color and chicken as one of his favorite things to eat. Kihyun hates fish and cranberries. He is 5ft 9in tall and has blood type B.

3. Wonho

Wonho was born Lee Ho-seok on March 1, 1993 in Sanbon-dong, Gunpo, South Korea. Shownu might be involved in creating most of the group’s choreography but Wonho is the best dancer of them all. He is actually the main dancer of Monsta X.

Wonho stands 5ft 10in and has a phobia for heights. He is a gadget freak and keeps up to date with the latest trends. He idolizes American rapper Kanye West. This Monsta X member has black and white as his favorite colors as well as cats and dogs as his favorite animals. Wonho has blood type B.

4. Minhyuk

Minhyuk was born Lee Min-hyuk on November 3, 1993, in Gwangju, South Korea. He has a younger brother. Minhyuk is the friendliest character in the group and never runs out of energy to cheer everyone on.

He has four favorite colors. blue, orange, black, and red. His favorite animal is the lizard. Lee stands at 5ft 10in and is A blood type. Minhyuk’s most memorable moment dates back to his childhood when he was gifted with inline skates.


His birth name is Chae Hyung-won. He was born on January 19, 1994. Hyungwon had gained some fame as a model before joining Monsta X. As a child, he worked for his parent’s travel agency.

Standing at 6 feet tall, the singer belongs to blood type O. Black is his favorite color and his favorite animal, a dog. His group members often make fun of him for sleeping too much. Hyungwon describes excessive sleep as one of his weaknesses.


Lee Ho-joon was born on October 6, 1994, in Daegu and grew up in Seoul. Jooheon is the rapper of Monsta X. He likes red especially and the most beautiful Tiger among all animals. His weakness is that he is easily sulky.


IM is the other member of the group who raps. He was born on January 26, 1996 in Im Chang-kyun and is the youngest member of the group. The young IM traveled a lot due to his father’s work and lived in Boston for 3 years and in Israel for 4 years. He once got lost while living in Israel.

IM had wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a scientist. Black, white and purple are some of his best colors. His favorite animal is the Jaguar.

Facts you need to know

• The name of the group, Monsta X, simply means “Monsters conquering the K-pop scene”. The word Monsta was inspired by the French word “Mon” which means “My” and “sta” is short for Star. The name of the group therefore literally means that My Stars conquers the K-pop scene. The origin of the “X” is unknown.

• After releasing two EPs, Monsta X won the Next Generation Asian Artist award at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

• Their first concert, MONSTA X The First Live, sold out in less than 5 minutes.

• They are the first K-Pop group to perform in Los Angeles.