IZ*One Debut Performance
Yena and Her Brother, Choi Sung-min
Choi Yena has an older brother who is four years her senior, Choi Sung-min. Choi Sung-min debuted with a mixed group, Coed School, in 2010, and later become a member of the all male group SPEED in 2012. However, Choi Sung-min’s journey has been difficult, which left their parents opposed Choi Yena’s choice to pursue career as idol at first. Choi Yena and Choi Sung-min’s sibling relationship is very close and they rely on each other’s support. When Choi Sung-min had an event with SPEED before the group’s disbandment in 2015, Choi Yena accompanied her brother, disguising herself among the fans.
Yena Talks About Her Cancer
Choi Yena has talked about her difficult childhood. She shared the information that she was a cancer survivor on IZ*One’s debut reality series IZ*One Chu. On its final episode, Choi Yena was visiting her family to spend time together and gave them a present. The gift was a lunch box contain gimbap she made herself and snacks made by other IZ*One members. For her and her family, gimbap has a special meaning.
Choi Yena is a lymphatic cancer survivor. She was ill to the point where her medical team told her parents to give up. Choi Yena parents decided to sell gimbap rolls on the streets every morning to overcome the financial difficulties the cancer put them in.
Lymphatic cancer, or lymphoma, is a cancer which begins in the infection-fighting cells of the immune system. There are 3 or 4 stages of this cancer and it often spreads to the liver, bone marrow, or lungs. However, it still treatable and even curable, depending on whether its the HL(Hodgkin Lymphoma) or NHL(Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) subtype.
Yena’s Pre-debut Photos
Before debuting with IZ*One, Choi Yena was already full of hidden talent and charm. Here are some of Choi Yena’s pre-debut photos and videos to prove it.
Yena’s Best Style
Among all outfits Choi Yena had wore on stage, one of the most popular outfits was the red dress that showed one of her shoulders. Here are some of the popular styles worn by Choi Yena which surfaced online.