Everything You Need to Know About Aespa: Profile, Facts, Debut Stage, Meaning, etc.

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Let’s Find Out More About SM Entertainment’s New Girl Group—Aespa!

SM Entertainment just announced the debut of a girl group in November 2020! SM has announced the launch of full-scale debut promotions by launching the Aespa logo icon and picture via the official SNS account of Aespa and has attracted the explosive attention of K-pop lovers all over the world.

Basically, Aespa consists of four members: Karina, Giselle, Winter, and Ningning. Aespa debuted on November 17th, 2020, with the release of their debut single, “Black Mamba.” The MV reached about 100 million views in a span of two months.

Are you curious to find out more about Aespa’s members? Don’t worry, Channel-Korea will tell you all about Aespa in the article below. So, stay tuned and keep on scrolling.

Aespa Group Profile

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  • Group Name: Aespa (에스파) also known as æspa
  • Fandom Name: MY (마이)
  • Group Name Meaning: “aespa” is a name created by combining “æ” which expresses “Avatar X Experience” and the English word “aspect” which means both sides, and “Meet your other ego, Avatar and You will experience a new world” is epoch-making based on the world view, and we are planning to show off various activities, and future activities are expected.
  • Greetings: “Be my ae! Hi, we are æspa!”
  • Members: Karina, Giselle, Winter, Ningning
  • Debut Date: November 17th, 2020
  • Debut Single: Black Mamba
  • Labels: SM Entertainment
  • Genres: K-Pop
  • Official YouTube Channel: aespa
  • Official Twitter: aespa_Official
  • Official Facebook: aespa.official
  • Official Instagram: aespa_official
  • Official VLive Channel: aespa (에스파)
  • Official TikTok: aespa_official

Karina’s Profile

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  • Stage Name: Karina (카리나)
  • Full Name: Yoo Ji Min (유지민)
  • Nicknames: Rina, Karomi, Yuja
  • Date of Birth: April 11th, 2000
  • Place of Birth: Gyeonggi-do, Seongnam-si, Bundang-gu, South Korea
  • Star Sign: Aries
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Blood Type: B
  • Height: 167 cm
  • Weight: 45 kg
  • Religion: Catholic (Baptismal name: Katarina)
  • Education: Seongnam Shingi Elementary School, Jeongja Middle School, Hansol High School

Facts About Karina

  • Official Symbol: Heart ❤
  • Official Animal: Whale
  • Official Number: 24
  • Karina is the leader of Aespa. She is also the main dancer, lead rapper, and sub-vocalist.
  • She is the visual of the group and the tallest member.
  • In 2019, Karina appeared in Taemin’s “WANT” music video and participated in the music broadcasting stage.
  • She trained for about four years. When she was a trainee, she fell asleep in the practice room without realizing it. After that, she saw a ghost once, but she was so scared that she slept again.
  • Since middle school, her dream was to be a celebrity. She used to be part of a dance club in the school. She dreamed of becoming a singer for the first time when she saw Girls’ Generation dance.
  • She used to be an ulzzang. She has a lot of followers on her Instagram. She was cast through DM.
  • Karina was chosen as the member who takes the best selfies.
  • She can play the piano and guitar. She has attended a piano academy and won a prize. She said that she is interested in producing, so she is studying lyrics and wants to challenge composing. Besides music, she wants to learn cooking.
  • Karina is good at swimming.
  • Her favorite color is blue.
  • Her favorite animals are dogs, cats, tigers, sharks, crocodiles.
  • Her favorite season is spring.
  • Her favorite movies are Frozen, Rapunzel.
  • Her favorite foods are pork cutlet (tonkatsu), soda, jelly.
  • Her favorite mobile game these days is Battleground (PUBG). Winter and Ningning said that she was really bad at it.

Giselle’s Profile

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  • Stage Name: Giselle (지젤)
  • Full Name: Aeri Uchinaga (우치나가에리, うちながえり)
  • Korean Name: Kim Aeri (김애리)
  • Nicknames: Riri, Jelly, Jigu-jelly
  • Date of Birth: October 30th, 2000
  • Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
  • Star Sign: Scorpio
  • Nationality: Japanese-Korean
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 166 cm
  • Education: Tokyo International School, International School of the Sacred Heart in Japan

Facts About Giselle

  • Official Symbol: Crescent Moon 🌙
  • Official Animal: Unicorn
  • Official Number: 22
  • Giselle is in charge of the main rapper and sub-vocalist positions of the group (Aespa).
  • She trained for 11 months.
  • Her father is Japanese and her mother is Korean. She was born and raised in Japan, but used Korean a lot since she was young because of her mother.
  • She can speak Japanese, English, and Korean. English seems to be the closest to the first language because she went to an American international school since she was young in Japan.
  • Her favorite color is black.
  • Her favorite animal is a puppy.
  • Her favorite season is fall.
  • Her favorite movie is Deadpool.
  • Her favorite foods are sweet and salty foods, also Mother’s Seaweed Soup.
  • Her favorite Christmas carol song is “Coming Home” by NCT U.
  • During her school days, she worked as an alto part in a suburban choir. She was in choir for four years and part of St. Mary’s Choir.
  • Giselle is one of the members who go to bed early with Karina.

Winter’s Profile

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  • Stage Name: Winter (윈터)
  • Full Name: Kim Min Jeong (김민정, 金玟庭)
  • Nicknames: Kim-Winter, Baby Bunny, Win-Yo-Rabbit, Win-yomi (Winter + Gwiyomi)
  • Date of Birth: January 1st, 2001
  • Place of Birth: Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
  • Star Sign: Capricorn
  • Nationality: Korean
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 165 cm
  • Education: Yangsan Samsung Elementary School, Yangsan Samsung Middle School, Yangsan Girls’ High School, High school graduation qualification examination (Passed)

Facts About Winter

  • Official Symbol: Star ⭐
  • Official Animal: Siberian husky
  • Official Number: 44
  • Winter is in charge of the lead vocalist, lead dancer, and visual positions of the group.
  • She trained for four years.
  • Since she was young, her dream was to become an idol singer. She joined in a school dance club back then.
  • She was cast at a dance festival in Yangsan.
  • Her specialty is the tongue twister.
  • Winter can play the guitar.
  • Her favorite color is ivory.
  • Her favorite animals are desert fox, arctic fox, puppy, cat, husky.
  • Her favorite season is fall.
  • Her favorite movies are Tenet and American Sniper.
  • Her favorite foods are chocolate, taro smoothie, bean noodles, cake, bread, cookies, milk, jelly, snacks, lasagna. She likes Hawaiian pizza and mint chocolate.
  • Her favorite Christmas carol song is EXO’s “First Snow.”
  • She wants to travel abroad with the members in 2021.

Ningning’s Profile

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  • Stage Name: Ningning (닝닝)
  • Full Name: Níng Yìzhuó (닝이줘, 宁艺卓)
  • Korean Name: Jeo Ye Tak (저예탁)
  • English Name: Vivian Ning
  • Nicknames: Ningningie
  • Date of Birth: October 23rd, 2002
  • Place of Birth: Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China
  • Star Sign: Scorpio
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 165 cm
  • Weight: 43 kg
  • Education: High School Affiliated to Harbin Normal University, Beijing Modern Music School

Facts About Ningning

  • Official Symbol: Butterfly 🦋
  • Official Animal: Tiger
  • Official Number: 94
  • Ningning is the maknae of the group. She is in charge of the main vocals in the group.
  • She trained for four years.
  • Ningning was cast by SM Entertainment by an official who saw the video on Chinese television. When she got a call, she thought it was a swindler.
  • On September 19th, 2016, she was announced as a member of SM Rookies, a pre-debut team of SM Entertainment.
  • Since childhood, she has participated in numerous audition programs, such as Harbin Qualifying Tournament for China’s Got Talent Season 2, Sinseong University of China Season 3, Music Awards Season 1, and more.
  • She participated in MBC’s Shining Star, which aired on October 16th, 2017, along with Lee Yang, Ko Eun, Hina, Rami, and Jeongyeon.
  • She can speak Chinese and Korean.
  • She knows how to play the piano and guitar.
  • Her favorite color is purple.
  • Her favorite animals are tigers and cats.
  • Her favorite season is spring.
  • Her favorite movie is Titanic.
  • Her favorite foods are gamjatang, sundae soup, hot pot. She likes watermelon and strawberries.
  • Her favorite Christmas carol song is “Last Christmas” by Ariana Grande.
  • Karina thoughts that Ningning is older than she actually is because Ningning was a part of SM Rookies.
  • She said that she likes pop, hip-hop, and R&B in 2020 and wants to collaborate with Taeyeon. She also wants to meet Beyonce and Park Jae-beom.

Aespa’s Virtual Members

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SM Entertainment executive producer Lee Soo-man said, “The future world will be a world of celebrities and robots,” and introduced SMCU (SM CULTURE UNIVERSE) as the first project to open up the future world of entertainment.

Lee Soo Man (the executive producer of SME) participated in the 1st World Cultural Industry Forum (WCIF) as a representative of the Korean cultural world. He talked about Aespa’s concept for the future.

He said, “Aespa will be created as a completely new and innovative group of concepts that transcend the boundaries of the ‘real world’ and ‘virtual world’ by projecting a future world centered on celebrities and avatars. From the planning stage, I thought about creating a worldview with innovative and powerful storytelling, and I think about how future content can create, deliver, and enter the worldview as a game. I think that this story is an essential element of expressing artists and music and is the key to success by creating storytelling content that contains a completely new, very attractive character and story, not a worldview interpreted as a symbol and a metaphor. When Aespa is released to the world, I’m sure you will experience new entertainment through attractive stories in addition to all IP (Intellectual Property Rights), visuals and performances, including their music, lyrics, and video content, including MV.”

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In addition, referring to the storytelling of Aespa, “the artist members in the ‘real world’ and avatar members in the ‘virtual world’ have storytelling where they communicate, interact and grow through the ‘digital world,’ which is the middle world of reality and virtuality. Members of the ‘real world’ and avatar members of the ‘virtual world,’ as well as mysterious beings in the ‘virtual world’ who support and encourage them by their side, are new concept groups with innovative identity to work together in reality.

Since the members of the ‘Real World’ and ‘Virtual World’ have AI brains as different organisms, they will show a completely new concept of storytelling that they have never met before, such as talking to each other, helping each other, being friends, sharing information about the world, and going back and forth.”