Get Personal With The Former Rainbow Rapper—Woo-ri!
For the K-pop fans who have been here since the 2nd generation groups, you must be familiar with the girl group named Rainbow that debuted on November 12th, 2009, with their first mini-album Gossip Girl. The group was actually one of the most active girl groups back then. They released a few albums during their promotion year. Although the group didn’t hit many massive hits, they were still quite well-known among K-pop fans. Sadly, on November 12th, 2016, DSP Media announced that the group had disbanded, leaving the fans heartbroken.
Ever since Rainbow disbanded, Woori (the former lead rapper of the group) decided to promote as an artist under the name Go Na-eun. She has appeared in dramas such as I Need a Fairy (KBS2, 2012), Couple Clinic: Love and War (KBS2, 2013), Glorious Day (SBS, 2014), and Queen’s Flower (MBC, 2015), and the 2011 film You’re My Pet as well as a hit variety show like KBS2’s Invincible Youth 2. So, are you curious to take a peek at her full profile? If so, let’s scroll down this article below!
Full Profile of Woori
Stage Name: Woori (우리)
Birth Name: Go Woo-ri (고우리)
Position: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer
Date of Birth: February 22nd, 1988
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Height: 165 cm (5’5″)
Weight: 55 kg (121 lbs)
Blood Type: A
Subunit: Rainbow BLAXX
Facts about Woori
- She was born in Jeonju, North Jeolla, South Korea
- She was the last member to join the group
- She was a member of the Rainbow Blaxx subunit
- She studied at Daejeon Arts High School and Korea National Sport University
- She was a former SM Entertainment trainee
- She likes to collect hats and glasses
- She is close friends with f(x)’s Amber; even Amber said that she is almost like her mother
- She made an appearance in Amber’s “Shake That Brass” and AJAX’s “Snake” music videos
- While she joined KBS2’s Invincible Youth 2 program, she was called Halmeoni, which means ‘Grandma’
- She made her acting debut in the 2011 film You’re My Pet and the 2012 KBS2 drama I Need a Fairy
- She has acted in dramas such as I Need a Fairy (KBS2, 2012), Couple Clinic: Love and War (KBS2, 2013), Glorious Day (SBS, 2014), and Queen’s Flower (MBC, 2015)
- She does modern dance and ballet
- She enjoys watching dramas and movies
- She changed her name to Go Na-eun (고나은) for her future promotions as an actress
Debut As A RAINBOW Member
The news of Rainbow’s debut first appeared during late October and early November 2009 when DSP Media released daily teasers in the form of pictures of Rainbow that were meant to represent each member. It was revealed that the group would be a 7-member (like rainbow colors) girl group consisting of members Jae-kyung, Woo-ri, Hyun-young, Ji-sook, No-eul, Seun-gah, and Yoon-hye. They debuted on November 12th, 2009, with their first mini-album Gossip Girl that consisted of five songs. The lead track also had the same name as the album title.
In the group, Woori occupied the position of the lead rapper and the main dancer.
They performed their debut song for the first time on MBC’s Music Core two days after the release of their first mini-album.
Sadly, their debut didn’t attract much public attention at that time, despite the catchy song that kinda resembled 4minute’s hit song “Hot Issue.” But even so, the MV has been watched for more than 1.2 Million times per 2020 and many people have come back to the video to say that they miss the group and how the group was so underrated.
Activities With The Subunit RAINBOW BLAXX
During their promotion year, DSP Media announced that the group would be divided into subunits each of which would consist of 3–4 members. The news was announced on January 3rd, 2012, revealing Rainbow’s Pixie as the first subunit. Then came Rainbow Blaxx as the second subunit.
Rainbow Blaxx was the second subunit of Rainbow. This subunit consisted of four members namely Hyun-young, SeungAh, Jaekyung, and Woo-ri. They debuted on January 20th, 2014, with the mini-album RB BLAXX. For the album, the group released a title track titled “Cha Cha” directed by Digipedi.
The MV was perhaps one of the most controversial K-Pop music videos to date, as it was often commented as being ‘too sexual’ at that time. It was even the fourth-most viewed K-Pop music video globally in January 2014.
The MV now has a total of 11 million views, with 43.000 likes and 6.8K dislikes. At that time the MV received many critiques by the Korean netizens, saying that the outfits were too revealing.
“Now they’re only wearing underwear~,” said one netizen as quoted from Netizenbuzz.
“So crazy… kids grow up looking up to celebrities, what are they supposed to think now ㅋㅋㅋ They’re night dancers, not singers,” added another.
“Go promote in a strip bar… So sad that we live in a world where they have to resort to this to get some money in their bank accounts… A world where music videos are shot like pornos tsk tsk tsk,” one netizen commented harshly.
Although many people commented on this MV as ‘too sexual,’ many also came to the group’s defenses. Many people are returning to the MV and saying that the critiques and harsh comments that the group received back then were too much.
“I bet if this was released this year, this would have way fewer dislikes. This was one of those ‘controversial’ sexy concepts back when people had issues with it. It’s 2016, I think people are more accepting nowadays. I want a Blaxx comeback!” commented a user.
“While being cute is annoying, being sexy is slutty. while being popular is overrated, being new is annoying. while doing a similar concept is being a wannabe, doing a different one is ridiculous. when you go through a scandal, they tell you that you should disband and when you have no scandals, they ask ‘who are these nobodies?’ female idols deal with hate on a powerful level because part of the K-pop fandom won’t be satisfied with them. as comebacks keep happening, the dislike towards girl groups spreads like a fire set by misogynists,” another user also added.
“Don’t know why so many people are saying it’s too slutty and everything since people, it’s hard enough to do a split, try putting your leg in the air while sitting down like them. It’s hard. And it’s supposed to be sexy, that’s why they received a 19+ rating. If anything this isn’t even as sexy or seductive as some other videos I’ve seen,” said another.
Disbandment And Future Activity
After seven years as a group, Rainbow is now confirmed to disband as of mid-November 2016.
On October 28th, 2016, DSP Media announced that Rainbow would be disbanding after seven years of activities after all of the members decided not to renew their contracts with the agency. It was reported that the members have decided not to renew their contracts with DSP Media. Thus, all of their contracts ended on November 12th, 2016.
DSP Media confirmed the disbandment news and stated: “Although we discussed with Rainbow members Kim Jaekyung, Go Woori, Kim Jisook, Noel, Oh Seungah, Jung Yoonhye, and Jo Hyunyoung about their future, they have decided to go their separate ways.”
They went on, “We hope that like a rainbow that shines bright anywhere, the members will be remembered for their bright, positive image and that people will continue to send their wholehearted support and encouragement for their future activities.” They also thanked the fans for their support of the group for the past seven years.
Although the group was officially declared disbanded in November 2016, it turns out that all the former members of the group are still communicating and on good terms. This was revealed by Jisook in 2018 during an interview with fanStar when she revealed that the members were still chatting through group chat and they can always meet all the members (Rainbow) at any time. She even gave a reason for their disbandment due to they ‘just can’t make albums and perform together on stage anymore.’ She went on saying that they never use the word ‘disband’ and it hurt to see that word on the news.
After Rainbow’s disbandment, Woori pursued an individual career as an actress. She signed a contract with an agency called Imagine Asia (then known as Wellmade Yedang) on March 2nd, 2017.
On January 9th, 2019, it was revealed that she legally changed her name to Go Na-eun and would continue her promotion in the MBN drama Yeonnam-dong 539 and her acting career forward using the new name.
Previously, she had been juggling both singing and acting during her Rainbow year. She first debuted as an actress in the film You’re My Pet on November 10th, 2011, before she was cast as a member in the second season of KBS2’s Invincible Youth.
On February 27th, 2012, she made her drama debut in KBS2’s I Need a Fairy, and continued as a supporting role in the dramas Glorious Day (2014) and Flower of Queen (2015).
Woori’s Instagram Live
On April 17th, 2020, Woori did a broadcast through her Instagram LIVE when she shared about her current whereabouts and answered questions from fans.
Check out the video below to see what she’s been up to!
So, those are all the things that you need to know regarding former Rainbow rapper Woori, slash current artist Go Na-eun! So, what do you think? Do you miss her? Let’s chat about her in the comment section below!