KPOP Female Group Profile of Kara Members (Facts, Age, Height, Weight, and Positions)

Full profile of Kang Jiyoung

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  • Real Name:  Kang Jiyoung
  • Stage Name: Jiyoung
  • Position: Vocalist and Maknae
  • Date of Birth: January 18th, 1994
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Religion: N/A
  • Height: 165 cm
  • Weight: 46 kg
  • Zodiac: Capricorn
  • Blood Type: A
  • Instagram: @kkangjji_
  • Twitter: N/A
  • Hobbies: N/A

Interesting facts about Kang Jiyoung

  1. She is cousins with NS Yoon-G.
  2. She always wanted Hara to be her blood sister because Hara always took good care of her.
  3. She often makes all sorts of noises when she sleeps.
  4. She is a member of the one-time subunit Mystic WHITE with 4Minute’s Gayoon, SECRET’s Sunhwa, After School’s Lizzy, and SISTAR’s Bora.
  5. She is a member who does not care about her appearance. She will like what she wears even if the other members think it’s weird.
  6. A psychologist says Jiyoung is very childish and cheerful. Because Jiyoung is the youngest at home and the youngest in KARA, she often considers herself a small child. Plus, she is always spoiled by her sisters and adults, so her character is considered impartial and spontaneous. However, Jiyoung actually has many similarities with Hara.
  7. She can play the guitar really well.
  8. She is a big fan of BIG BANG’s Daesung.
  9. She often did aegyo to the other members when she was in KARA.
  10. Her ideal type is a funny guy.
  11. She left the girl band KARA in 2014 and started her solo career after signing a contract with the agency Sweet Power in Japan. She focused on her acting career in Japan under the name Kanji.
  12. One year after she left KARA and pursued an acting career, she came out as a solo singer with her first single, “The Last Farewell.” She continued her singing career in 2016 with an EP consisting of three songs.
  13. Her acting in Japan is on a good path. She joined the manga TV series Assassination Classroom, and Case Closed: Sunflowers of Inferno, both in 2015.
  14. She’s so good at the Japanese language because apart from being born in Paju, Korea, she also spent quite a lot of time in Japan.
  15. She is still in a close family relationship with K-Pop Singer NS Yoon G.

Full profile of Nicole Jung

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  • Real Name: Jung Yong Joo
  • Stage Name: Nicole Jung
  • Position: Main Rapper, Main Dancer, Vocalist
  • Date of Birth: October 7th, 1991
  • Age: 29 years old
  • Religion: N/A
  • Height: 167 cm
  • Weight: 46 kg
  • Zodiac: Libra
  • Blood Type: N/A
  • Instagram: @_911007nicole
  • Twitter: @_911007
  • Hobbies: N/A

Interesting facts about Nicole Jung

  1. Nicole is terrible at memorizing the members’ names.
  2. She’s a member of the one-time subunit Dazzling RED with 4Minute’s Hyuna, SECRET’s Hyosung, After School’s Nana, and SISTAR’s Hyorin.
  3. She is good at cooking.
  4. Her best friends are SHINee’s Key and Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun.
  5. Nicole is a sincere member; she would hate it if anyone lied to her.
  6. When she was a child, she learned to play the piano, but because her fingers were so short and hard to reach the distant notes and some other difficulties, she turned to learn the violin and could play it very well.
  7. Nicole often finds it difficult to keep up with her education because of KARA’s hectic schedule.
  8. She was born in Los Angeles and lived with her mother and her grandmother.
  9. Nicole suffers from nearsightedness and had surgery in July 2010.
  10. Her ideal type is a guy who can take care of a girl.
  11. Nicole was active as an MC of the 2018 Korean reality show Star Golden Bell (Level With Me, Season 2). Her ability to describe things to the other celebrities in the show was amazing.
  12. Nicole ended her activities as a KARA member in 2014 following her contract with DSP Media. Nine months later, she signed an exclusive contract with B2M Entertainment as a solo singer. The owner of B2M Entertainment is Gil Jong Hwa, who was with KARA since their debut. They have maintained a good relationship until now.
  13. Similar to Kang Ji Young, Nicole also pursued a career in Japan. But she debuted as a solo singer right away, while Kang Ji Young started as a Japanese actress. Nicole also had the chance to perform in KCON Japan in 2015.

Full profile of Kim Seunghee

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  • Real Name: Kim Seung Hee
  • Stage Name: Seunghee
  • Position: Lead Vocalist
  • Date of Birth: May 17th, 1989
  • Age: 31 years old
  • Religion: N/A
  • Height: 167 cm
  • Weight: 46 kg
  • Zodiac: Taurus
  • Blood Type: N/A
  • Instagram: N/A
  • Twitter: N/A
  • Hobbies: N/A

Interesting facts about Kim Seunghee

  1. She officially left Kara on February 29th, 2008, upon her father’s wish. She wanted to focus on school, as it was a promise to her parents.
  2. Her favorite flower is a rose.
  3. She got married to Yang Won Joon in May 2011.
  4. She was a student of GooJung High School.
  5. Kim Sung Hee left the group not long after their debut. KARA debuted in 2007, and she left in 2008.
  6. She, Gyuri, Nicole, and Seungyeon were members of the first line-up. She was a member of the girl group KARA when the expectations were so high following their senior Fin.K.L. But it happened otherwise. Kim Sung Hee left in 2008 because she promised her parents. Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung were then brought in as new members. The agency changed their music style, colors, and image. They released a mini-album titled Rock U in 2008.
  7. Kim Sung Hee couldn’t hold her grade in school during her activity with KARA. It’s believed to be the trigger of her leaving.

Who are the leader and maknae of KARA?

Who are the leader and maknae of KARA
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When KARA first debuted with the first line-up in 2007, Park Gyuri was the oldest member and leader. She was the lead vocalist and sub-rapper. The maknae of the first line-up was Nicole. Because out of the original four members (Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Nicole, and Kim Seung Hee), she was the youngest one who was born in 1991.

When Kim Seung Hee left the group, Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung were set as new members. Goo Hara was born in 1991 and Jiyoung in 1994. Therefore, Kang Jiyoung became the maknae. A few years later, in 2014, Kang Jiyoung left the group. New member Heo Young Ji, who was born in 1994, become their new maknae.

KARA members’ height: from the shortest to the tallest

KARA members' height
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  • Han Seungyeon is the shortest KARA member, although she is one of the oldest members after Park Gyuri. She has a height of 1.58 m, which is rarely found in most girl group members.
  • The tallest members are Heo Youngji and Kang Jiyoung. It’s funny because they’re the youngest members of KARA but are the tallest members.
  • Both Hoe Youngji and Kang Jiyoung have 1.66 m in height. A member who just 1 cm shorter than Youngji and Jiyoung is Nicole Jung.
  • Nicole is 1.65 m tall. Simultaneously, Park Gyuri is quite shorter, too, with a height of 1.62 m. They often wear high heels to compensate for their height.
  • If we’re going to sort them out based on height from shortest to tallest, it will be Han Seungyon (1.58 m), Park Gyuri (1.62 m), Goo Hara (1.63 m), Nicole Jung (1.65 m), Heo Youngji, and Kang Jiyoung (1.66 m). 

KARA members’ positions and roles

KARA members' positions and roles
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  • Park Gyuri is the leader, lead vocalist, and sometimes sub-rapper of the group.
  • Han Seung Yon is the main vocalist of KARA.
  • Heo Youngji, who joined later became a member who took many roles. She’s the lead dancer, rapper, and vocalist.
  • Goo Hara was the lead dancer even before Heo Youngji joined the group. She also took the position of vocalist and face of the group. It’s not only because she has the most beautiful face, but also her face feels consistent since she was a child. This was demonstrated in the Korean reality show Strong Heart, where she showed the audience her childhood photos.
  • In the first line-up of KARA, Kim Seunghee, as a former member, took the role of lead vocalist.
  • Nicole is the main rapper, lead dancer, and also a vocalist of the group.

KARA’s latest member, who is she?

KARA's latest member
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The newest KARA members came not long after Nicole Jung announced that she would like to withdraw from the group and did not extend her contract with DSP Media. Her name is Heo Youngji, who then became the new maknae, Kang Jiyoung also left the group. Heo Youngji successfully joined KARA after she won the KARA Project held by DSP Media with 49,591. Heo Youngji was previously a trainee of Core Contents Media along with T-ara’s ex-member, Areum. She was also about to debut but left the group shortly before it. She also joined KeyEast as a trainee before ending up as a KARA member under DSP Media.

KARA members’ popularity ranking

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KARA is a girl group under DSP Entertainment formed in 2007 and has undergone several member changes. KARA was originally formed with a four-member line-up that included Gyuri, Seungyeon, Nicole, and Seunghee. But in 2008, Seunghee decided to leave KARA and focus on her education as she had promised her parents. However, DSP Entertainment did not remain silent, and they opened auditions to add members to KARA. Jiyoung and Hara successfully passed the audition and became the new members of KARA in 2008. KARA continued promotions with a five-member line-up until 2014.

In 2014, KARA stole the netizens’ attention as they lost two members, Nicole and Jiyoung, who did not renew their contract with DSP Entertainment. Nicole decided to get out of KARA because she wanted to focus on her solo career in America. Jiyoung also decided to get out of KARA to focus on her education and acting career in Japan.

Hara, Seungyeon, and Gyuri extended their contracts with DSP Entertainment. Then DSP Entertainment opened auditions again to add members to KARA until they reached four members. DSP Entertainment created a project called Baby Kara to find new members for KARA. Baby Kara consisted of seven candidates, three of whom were former members of PURETTY:

1. Ahn Sojin – May 25th, 1992
2. Cho Shi Yoon – February 21st, 1996
3. Heo Young Ji – August 30th, 1994
4. Yoon Chaekyung – July 7th, 1996
5. Jeon Somin – August 22nd, 1996
6. Kim Chaewon – November 8th, 1997
7. Son Yoo Ji – November 25th, 1998

On July 1st, 2014, Heo Young Ji was named as the fourth member of KARA. However, the Baby Kara project has caused some controversy. The eldest member of the Baby Kara project, Ahn Sojin, ended up miserable.

She committed suicide. It is suspected that she was depressed because she could not qualify as a member of KARA. Sojin managed to do every mission. Sojin’s hard work and success got her elected as a contestant who appeared in the final round that was aired on July 1st, 2014.

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Sojin did not come out as a champion. But her appearance can not be said to be bad on stage. She stands out with the ability to dance and sing KARA hit songs, including her solo performance in which she sang a song titled “Tambourine.”

During the KARA Project, she was given the nickname Emotional Leader. As the oldest KARA Baby, she was required to mature among her juniors. Her cheerful image was already synonymous with Sojin backstage. When she was appearing, she could display a sexy performance.

“I will do my best, I will fight to the end,” Sojin said in the last KARA Project episode. That was her last appearance on the screen as a trainee of DSP Entertainment. But in the end, Sojin chose to commit suicide.

In the past, KARA was considered one of the most legendary girl groups in the Korean music industry. KARA became the most influential girl group, especially in Japan. With a unique musical genre and a sexy and elegant concept, KARA was able to steal netizens’ attention in every comeback. Still, after the departure of Nicole and Jiyoung, KARA’s popularity declined. However, it did not become a barrier for KARA to keep a career with Youngji. Kamilia was again disappointed because KARA disbanded, but the fans always remember their songs of the group.

In January 2016, DSP Entertainment stated that KARA had been disbanded because all the members want to focus on their own careers. KARA is very grateful to their Kamilia fans, who have always supported them since their debut to date. All of the KARA members still contact each other, which makes Kamilia happy.

Below is a list containing the ranking of KARA members in terms of popularity.

  1. Hara – 27,74%
  2. Youngji – 27,66%
  3. Seungyeon – 16,86%
  4. Gyuri – 12,85%
  5. Nicole – 7,86%
  6. Jiyoung – 5,76%
  7. Seunghee – 3,23%

Unfortunately, two years after Nicole and Kang Jiyoung left the group, KARA was disbanded. Although they have another line-up with Heo Youngji as a new member and have been extensively active with their new song, most of the members didn’t want to extend their contracts anymore. It automatically resulted in their disbandment as a group. They did mention the possibility of a reunion, but we haven’t heard any news again after that.

That’s pretty much all about KARA’s journey and their career in the Korean entertainment industry. They were not only known as singers but also actresses. They have been active as MCs, appeared in reality shows, and even joined the stage with other groups as collaboration projects.

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