Get To Know the Oldest Member of TWICE, Im Nayeon: Profile, Mnet’s ‘SIXTEEN’, Relationship Among the Members, and More


Everything You Need to Know About The Oldest Member of TWICE, Better Known as a Fake Maknae, Im Na-yeon

Im Na-yeon was born on September 22nd, 1995, in Seoul, South Korea. She is better known by the mononym Nayeon. She is a South Korean singer. After winning in the survival television show Sixteen in 2015, she became the lead singer of the South Korean girl group Twice, under JYP Entertainment. For two years in a row (2017 and 2018), she was voted the sixth most popular Korean idol in Gallup Korea’s annual music poll. In Gallup Korea’s annual music poll for 2017, Nayeon was voted the sixth most popular idol in South Korea, ahead of all her groupmates. In the 2018 poll, she was again ranked sixth, receiving 6.7% of the votes.

On September 15th, 2010, Nayeon secretly attended JYP Entertainment’s 7th Open Audition after which she became a trainee. In 2013, she was cast as a member of 6mix, a JYP girl group that was planned for a debut but never did. Prior to Sixteen and her debut as a member of Twice, she appeared in few television advertisements. She also made a cameo appearance in the second episode of KBS2’s 2012 Korean drama Dream High 2.

In this article, Channel-Korea will introduce you with everything you need to know about the oldest member of Twice, Im Na-yeon. Starting from her profile, through the facts about her, her appearance on SIXTEEN, her debut, and a lot more. So, if you want to know just stay tuned!

Full Profile and Facts

Nayeon’s Full Profile

Stage Name: Nayeon (나연)
Birth Name: Im Na-yeon (임나연)
Nationality: Korean
Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Center
Date of Birth: September 22nd, 1995
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Official Height: 163 cm (5’4″)/Approx. Real Height: 164 cm (5’5″) *
Weight: 47 kg (104 lbs)
Blood Type: A

Facts About Nayeon

  • Nayeon has a younger sister named Im Seo-Yeon.
  • When she was a kid, Nayeon entered a child model contest and got cast by JYP. At the time, her mom refused, but 10 years later, in 2010, she secretly entered a JYP open audition and passed.
  • Nayeon was chosen for JYP’s girl group 6mix but they disbanded and never debuted.
  • She is a big fangirl of F(x) and Krystal, and SNSD’s Taeyeon.
  • Nayeon is also a huge fan of Oh My Girl.
  • She was the first Sixteen contestant to be announced and also the first member to be confirmed in Twice.
  • Her nickname is MC Rail. (IDOL ROOM ep. 10)
  • Her representative color is Sky Blue.
  • Nayeon likes badminton.
  • She likes grapefruitade (beverage).
  • Nayeon cannot eat sushi that isn’t salmon sushi, and also cannot eat chicken feet.
  • She likes jellies. She likes sweet foods.
  • Nayeon’s favorite color is purple (vLive).
  • When she’s happy, she raises one arm.
  • Nayeon’s left leg is weak due to her being in a car accident when she was still in her childhood years.
  • She was surprised that light brown hair doesn’t fit her. After 3 days, she dyed it to all black.
  • Nayeon and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo and Jennie are very close friends.
  • She starred in San E’s “Please Don’t Go” MV, GOT7’s “Girls Girls Girls” MV, Jun.K’s “No Love” (Japanese) MV, miss A’s “Only You” MV, and Jun.K’s “Your Wedding” MV.
  • Nayeon is scared of the sea.
  • Nayeon got scolded by Jungyeon for touching her Legos while Jungyeon was doing something else.
  • Nayeon is most confident in her lips.
  • Nayeon doesn’t think that light brown hair fits her.
  • She likes spicy foods.
  • Nayeon likes marinated soy sauce crabs.
  • She likes salmon sushi.
  • Nayeon is most confident in making chicken rice, but (according to Jihyo) she’s also really good at making pho.
  • She has the habit of frowning when she’s focused on something.
  • According to Jeongyeon in Twice TV6, Nayeon is scared of fireworks.
  • Nayeon has a rabbit doll called Kkaengi. She often talks to it and often makes other members talk to that ‘lucky’ doll too.
  • Nayeon is a huge fan of IU.
  • Nayeon was ranked 82nd on TC Candler “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2018.”
  • In the dorm, Jihyo, Nayeon, Sana, and Mina share the biggest room.
  • Nayeon’s ideal type: “I don’t have a particular ideal type, but… Someone trustworthy and dependable; Someone who can take care of me well; Someone who can handle technology well.”
  • Nayeon wore hip pads in some of TWICE’s performances.
  • TWICE’s Nayeon’s English name is Sophie.
  • Nayeon will do dancing, pilates, and eating healthy for her diet.

Appearance on Mnet’s SIXTEEN


Before becoming a member of Twice, Nayeon had already been a part of JYP Entertainment’s trainee program since 2010. After training for around five years, Nayeon competed in the SIXTEEN survival girl group project, which determined the final members of the new girl group formed by JYP Entertainment, TWICE, after successfully debuting Miss A in 2010.

Nayeon was a contestant of the MNET reality show titled SIXTEEN. This event was attended by JYP Entertainment trainees to compete for positions in the girl group TWICE. The reality show SIXTEEN was aired on the Korean television channel in 2015. Eventually, nine girls who were trainees of JYP Entertainment succeeded and won positions in the TWICE girl group, including the oldest member, Nayeon.

Nayeon was the first member chosen by Park Jin-young, the CEO of JYP Entertainment, as a TWICE’s member. She was also praised by Park Jin-young thanks to her nurturing nature and was almost appointed as the leader of TWICE.

Check out Tzuyu and Nayeon’s “Battle” at the Sixteen Audition

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The K-Pop industry often screens young talent to be born as new idols. In the form of boy groups, girl groups or solo singers; it turns out it’s not easy for trainees to carry the title of the actual “K-Pop artist,” including Twice’s Tzuyu and Nayeon.

Tzuyu and Nayeon are known as members of the famous girl group in South Korea, Twice. This girl group was formed as a result of a rigorous selection process and is run through a reality show program in South Korea titled Sixteen which was formed by MNET and JYP Entertainment.

All members of the group had to go through a long and tiring process so that they could be chosen as one of the members of the girl group that is surrounded by fans. Under the big three agencies of South Korea, JYP Entertainment, Tzuyu and Nayeon also participated in the selection. The Sixteen program itself is the right place to look for young talent. Tzuyu and Nayeon had been involved in a “fight” on the stage of Sixteen. Each of them demonstrated their skills to be the best.

The “Fight” began when Nayeon appeared on stage with Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” and appeared very energetic. Once worried, Tzuyu did not want to lose so she performed the Pussycat Dolls’ “Sway” by dancing gracefully on the stage.

Tzuyu’s and Nayeon’s actions are a small part of the strict auditions in the K-Pop industry, especially if they are under the South Korean big three agencies. Now, Twice has been formed with 9 members fronted by Tzuyu, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, and Chaeyoung with the hits song titled “Like OOH-AHH.”

Debut as a Member of TWICE

On October 20th, 2015, TWICE officially debuted with the release of their first mini-album, The Story Begins and the main song “Like OOH-AHH.” Their debut showcase was held on the same day.

Relationship Among TWICE Members

Participating in training and living in a dormitory together has made K-Pop idols very close to each other. So it’s not surprising that there are some K-Pop idols who are close to each other like sisters.

As the oldest member of TWICE, Nayeon has always nurtured younger members better than her, she was even almost appointed as leader of TWICE by JYP Entertainment CEO Park Jin-young.

Nayeon’s Dating Rumor

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Nayeon was seen on television with a carrot-shaped bag when she showed her lipstick collection. The bag seems to be similar to the bag made by EXO’s fans for Suho dolls. These items made like bags are sold by fans and are often given to suitable idols as gifts too. As a result, many suspected that EXO’s fans had given it directly to Nayeon, or Suho had received it from his fans and gave it to Nayeon. So that’s how the dating rumors between Suho and Nayeon emerged!

BTS’ Maknae Jungkook

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Jungkook is also a member of the famous K-Pop group BTS and Nayeon is also a member of a famous K-Pop group, TWICE. Dating rumors about TWICE’s Nayeon’s relationship with BTS’ Jungkook sparked when she openly expressed her support for BTS.

Then, during a TV program, Jungkook was caught glancing at Nayeon multiple times, which added more to the speculation. Neither of them has commented on the rumor.

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