Pretty Since Since Before Her Debut, Check Out Red Velvet’s Yeri’s Transformation Throughout the Years

Get to Know the Red Velvet’s Maknae

Kim Ye-rim, better known as Yeri, is a South Korean singer that belongs to the girl-group  Red Velvet. She was born in Seoul on March 5, 1999. Before debuting as a member of Red Velvet, she spent her school life at Hanlim Multi Art School, graduating in 2018.

In Red Velvet, Yeri is the youngest among the members. She joined SM Entertainment as a trainee in 2011 and became part of SM Rookies. Even though she is still very young, she has stolen a lot of attention even before she debuted.

Putting Yeri into Red Velvet seemed to be too good to be true. Because of her role as a maknae, the entire group looks more lovely because she has such a lovable character.

When Red Velvet became the guest star on ‘Weekly Idol’ in August, 2018, the 3 members seemed very cohesive, calling Yeri “SM Princess” when they were asked about how each of the member figured in their eyes.

Joy wrote that Yeri was a scary sister. She also wrote that she was jealous of Yeri’s image as a maknae, which allowed her to say and do anything she wanted. Then Wendy called Yeri “a free soul”, while Seulgi repeaed that Yeri had everything the way she wanted. Last, Irene only answered that Yeri was her sister.

It seemed that Irene loves Yeri a lot after the fun fact between them has been revealed. In ‘Weekly Idol’, Irene also said that she was the one who often ironed Yeri’s school uniform during her school years. Even the group’s fans often call them a mother and daughter.

Not only Red Velvet’s members, but there are also many other idols who seem to love Yeri because she is irresistibly adorable. SNSD’s Yuri likes to tease Yeri when they’re on stage and Blackpink’s Jennie showed a sweet interaction with Yeri when they were on the Korean Music Festival 2018 stage.

How Does She Look Year after Year?

As we get older, our appearance will change according to our age. Maturity starts to change the way we think, change our physical appearance, makeup style, fashion style, and so on. So what about Yeri? Let’s take a look at her transformations since before her debut.


Before debuting as a member of Red Velvet, Yeri had been a trainee in SM Entertainment since she was still in 5th grade of Elementary School. After debuting with Red Velvet in 2015, fans were really curious about Yeri’s pre-debut photos.

Starting with Yeri’s childhood photos, she looked really adorable with those chubby cheeks, round eyes, and silky hair that is really pretty with her bright color hairclip on. From the photos, we can assume that Yeri has been feminine since childhood, she must have been a fan of the color pink back then.

These are Yeri’s photos from when she was in elementary school. At the time, she looked skinny enough with her long black hair left loose.

Since she was a member of SM Rookies, Yeri had already shown her charm in the Korean entertainment industry. By this video below, Yeri stole much attention from K-pop fans because of her natural beauty.

FYI, when she joined the SM audition, she sang some songs from JYP Entertainment even though there were rumors that singing a song from another agency was a big no-no. Even so, she passed the audition andshe became a part of SM Rookies.

When she was still an SM Rookies member, she had already appeared in a Red Velvet music video titled Happiness, along with the other SM Rookies members.

Had Her Debut in 2015

Red Velvet had their debut as a group in 2014 with a song titled Happiness and performed with only 4 members, Joy, Irene, Wendy, and Seulgi. In 2015 they had a comeback with a song called Ice Cream Cake, and returned with Yeri as their fifth member. When SM announced that Red Velvet would be returning with a new member, fans were shocked and curious about Yeri.

After the promotions for Ice Cream Cake came to an end, Yeri became a host of MBC’s music program Show! Music Core, along with Shinee’s Minho and VIXX’s N  from May 9, 2015, to November 14, 2015.

Yeri at the ‘Dream Concert 2015’. Source:
Joy and Yeri at KCON 2015 at Los Angeles Convention Center on August 2, 2015. Source:
Yeri at the ‘MBC Gayo Daejun 2015’ at the end of 2015. Source:

Looks More Mature after Her Debut Year (2016-2019)

Yeri at a fan meeting in Incheon, March 2016. Source:
Yeri at ‘2016 Dream Concert’ in June, 2016. Source:
The photo teaser of Yeri for Russian Roulette in September, 2016. Source:
Yeri at ‘Seoul Music Awards 2017’ on January 19, 2017. Source:
Yeri at ‘Dream Concert 2017’ on June 3, 2017. Source:
Yeri at ‘Friendship Super Show Red Velvet’ on October 14, 2017. Source:
Yeri’s 2018 Season’s Greetings
Yeri for Ceci Korea April 2018
Yeri at ‘Korean Pop Culture Awards 2018’. Source:
Yeri at the airport when she had a trip to Hawaii in March 2019

Looks Sexier and More Mature after Years

Red Velvet’s youngest member, Yeri, is famous for her cute and adorable image as a visual of Red Velvet. But fans were shocked when they saw that Yeri was rocking a whole new, dangerously seductive, look for Peek A Boo.

She got her hair cut for a more mature look that successfully changed the whole look of her. The red suit she wore fit perfectly with her sexy new look.

What Happened to Yeri lately?

As Red Velvet’s maknae, Yeri hasn’t had a lot of opportunities for going solo until recently. on March 14, 2019, SM Entertainment released Yeri’s first self-composed, self-written solo single, titled Dear Diary, after previously revealing the “sneak-peek” of her self-composed song during JTBC4’s ‘Secret Unnie’.

Dear Diary is relatively simple, and puts its focus on Yeri’s voice. Free from the shadows of Red Velvet’s bombastic and cheerful music, it’s a pleasure to focus on Yeri’s sweet tone. The warm harmonies fit perfectly with the calming, “throwback” instrumental.

Let’s check the MV below!