IZ*ONE Strongest Member, Choi Ye-na
Choi Ye-na is a member of the South Korean girl-group IZ*One, who trained under Yuehua Entertainment. She has been an active part of IZ*One since 2018, and has shown a lot of charm ever since her first appearance on Mnet’s Produce 48. Behind her bright and cheerful smile, Choi Yena hides a tearful story. Let’s get to know more about IZ*One’s Choi Yena.
Profile and Facts of Yena
Yena’s Full Profile
Real Name = Choi Yena
Stage Name = Yena
Nickname = Happy Virus
Birthday = September 29, 1999
Origin = Gil-dong, Gangdong, South Korea | Gwangju
Nationality = Korean
Zodiac = Libra
Height = 163 cm
Weight = 45 kg
Blood Type = A
Education = Hanlim Multi Art School | Joy Dance Academy, Hip-hop dance
Agency = Polaris Entertainment | Yuehua Entertainment
Position in IZ*ONE = Rapper, Vocalist, Dancer
Interesting Facts About Yena
- She was a former trainee of Polaris Entertainment.
- She has an older brother who’s also an idol, SPEED’s Sungmin.
- Her talent is playing claw machines.
- She has a dog pet, named Audrey.
- Her best feature is her lips.
- Her favourite ice cream flavors are strawberry and chocolate.
- She well known for looking a like a duck.
- Her favourite Korean artist is the former SISTAR member, Bora.
- She goes to the same school as IZ*One’s Hyewon.
- She was one of the MCs for “요리조리 맛있는 수업 (Cooking Class)”.
- Her parents opposed her decision to become an idol because her older brother didn’t do well with the boy-group, SPEED.
- She is a childhood cancer survivor who had lymphoma before.
- For her and her family, gimbap (Korean sushi) has a lot of meaning to them.
- Among all the trainees in Mnet’s Produce 48, she was the strongest and beat Lee Chae-yeon from WM Entertainment as ‘Punch Queen’.
- She appeared on KBS’s Hello Counselor with IZ*One’s Won-young.
Yena’s Appearance on Produce 48
Choi Yena was a trainee from Yuehua Entertainment who had already been training for two years and a few months when she appeared on the show and introduced herself as ‘Happy Virus’. Along with other two trainee from Yuehua Entertainment, Kim Sihyun and Wang Yiren, she joined Produce 48 and placed 7th in the first episode. Choi Yena maintained a position in top 20 in every one of the show’s episodes.
During the hidden box mission, Choi Yena and AKB48’s Nakanishi Chiyori showed great chemistry as they were trying to guess what the mudfish in the box was, even if their guesses were completely wrong.
Choi Yena has had a lot of appeal since her appearance on the show. Her character was cheerful, cute, innocent, and playful right from the start, and could be seen in every episode.
Choi Yena’s Performance on “Produce 48”
Yena’s Debut with IZ*ONE
The show’s final episode was the most nerve-wracking among the show. Even so, Choi Yena finished in the 4th position on the final episode and was given the opportunity to debut with IZ*ONE.
Together as a group, the members of IZ*One greeted their fans for first time through V Live in September, 2018, and the group immediately started preparing for their group debut under Stone Music Entertainment in Korea and EMI Records in Japan.
IZ*ONE debuted on October 29, 2018, with La Vie En Rose and their popularity has been rocketing as they become one of ‘Rookie Monsters’ of the year. The music video for La Vie En Rose had four million viewers on YouTube in one day. IZ*ONE also debuted in Japan with Suki to Iwasetai in February, 2019.
Along with IZ*ONE, Choi Yena received a group award in 2018 in many award ceremony events as the year drew to a close.
Choi Yena kept her fresh and innocent charm as a member of IZ*One. Her playful side is always seen on-camera, although she’s sometimes a little clumsy at the same time.