Fonchi (フォンチー, born December 16, 1990), also credited as Phongchi, is a Japanese idol of Vietnamese descent. Often dubbed "Idoling No. 8", she is one of original members and has been the most popular member of the Japanese all-girl idol group Idoling. She also does glamour modeling as a gravure idol, having released two photobooks and four DVDs since 2008.
Fonchi was born in 1990 in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa to Vietnamese immigrant parents who came from Saigon, South Vietnam. Fonchi participated in an audition, the SMA Teens Audition, held by Sony Music Artists in 2005, becoming the runner up. She joined Idoling as an original member in 2006.
She began to be known as the "protégé" of Sayuri Kokusho, a seasoned actress known formerly as "Onyanko No. 8", and began appearing on numerous non-Idoling television shows in late 2007. She released her first photobook titled Fon Fonchi in September 2008 and first DVD titled Cam On : Precious Time in October 2008.
Her second DVD A Letter From a Teen was shot in Okinawa and released in September 2009. Her second photobook Ritual Heart was shot in Bali and released in March 2010. Her third DVD F : Angel's Wing was also shot in Bali and released in March 2010, and fourth DVD if : My Little Sister was released in November 2010.
In September 2010 she made her first Vietnam-related appearance at the annual Vietnam Festival event took place at the Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo. She appeared in the event as its main host, along with several guests from Vietnam including famous Vietnamese artists as Ho Quynh Huong and NamCuong. Again, she is scheduled to work as the host for the Vietnam Festival 2011 (September 17–18) where the guests will again include Ho Quynh Huong, a famous female Vietnamese singer.
Fonchi always talks about her weight and weight-loss plan whenever she is interviewed. She has been a member of Idoling's Pocchari Dohmei ("Axis of Chubby"), a team consisting of the three heaviest members in the group, along with Erika Yazawa and Erika Tonooka. She has weighed up to 48 kg (105 lb) at 1.65m (5 ft 5 in), and she has stated that she considers herself overweight and has always been dieting. She said about it, "I can't announce my weight until I have a decent weight". She has stated that she has idolized the actress Risa Goto and especially the famous model Emi Suzuki, whose BMIs have been reported to be less than 14.
She has revealed that she has a strong addiction to Caramel Frappuccino, a Starbucks beverage which often appears on her blog. There are about 247 kcal in one Caramel Frappuccino bottle and she drinks it twice a day. This can be one reason why she struggles so much with her weight, but she has stated that she could not live without it.
Aside from her native Japanese, Fonchi is also fluent in Vietnamese. Her first DVD Cam On featured her conversations with native Vietnamese-speaking children.
She is known as a hardcore gamer, more specifically, a hardcore PS3 player. One time she played Demon's Souls in her room and couldn't stop playing it for about 20 hours straight, resulting in skipping an appearance on the Idoling show. She is also a wrestling fan, specifically a Dragon Gate fan and has several wrestling game titles.
As for fashion, in her personal life, she did not show any preference in the 2000s, but since around 2010 when she hit 20 she has shown a strong preference for the Ageha style which does not fit her vibrant idol image.