aespa (에스파) is a South Korean four-member girl group that debuted on November 17, 2020, with the single “Black Mamba” under SM Entertainment. The group members consist of Karina, Giselle, Winter and NingNing.
|Debut||November 17, 2020|
|Aespa Members||Karina, Giselle, Winter, NingNing|
|Genre||Pop/ Hip-hop/ EDM/ Hyperpo|
– The group’s name, aespa, also written as “æspa” expresses “Avatar X Experience” and also the word “aspect” which means knowing another side of self and gaining new experiences.
– The group’s official colour is Aurora and their official lightstick is called “Sebongi”.
– aespa is the first idol group introduced by SM Entertainment in four years and the first girl group in six years since Red Velvet.
– The group’s debut was delayed, deviating from SM Entertainment’s regular debut plan, which aimed to debut at least one group every year and this resulted in high anticipation for a new girl group from SM Entertainment.
– The group’s fan club name “MY (마이)” represents the most precious friend in KWANGYA where their avatar æ lives.
– All members of aespa debuted using stage names, which is a first among SM girl groups.
– Except for Ningning, who was introduced through SMROOKIES, the other members of the group were undisclosed trainees before their debut. -Karina had appeared in Taemin’s “WANT” music video and on music shows.
– aespa performed at the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as part of 88rising’s Head in the Clouds Forever showcase.
– Three out of the four members were scouted by SM Entertainment officials, while Giselle auditioned and joined the company.
– The group signed a global promotions contract with Warner Records, making them the first K-pop group to do so.
– The members were surprised and excited to learn about the group concept for the first time during their debut preparations, as they had initially practiced an innocent concept as trainees.
– Before their debut, the members lived in the same room.
– aespa is the first SM girl group to have a pure foreign member as the main vocalist.
– All members of aespa enjoy Hawaiian pizza and mint chocolate. They also tend to lose their AirPods frequently and sometimes mix up their belongings.
– aespa members opened their personal Instagram account in May 2023 and they all surpassed 2 million followers in just two days of opening.
Appearances & Participations
– The group appeared in various programs and shows including “Weekly Idol”, “Knowing Brothers”, “The Kelly Clarkson Show”, “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
Magazines & Endorsements
– aespa has been featured in notable magazines and pictorials like “DAZED Korea”, “Allure Korea”, “VOGUE Korea”, “W Korea” and “ViVi”.
– The group appeared in many brand endorsements including “Givenchy”, “Clio”, “Mediheal”, “Acqua di Parma” and “Tamz Zero”.
– They were announced as an ambassador for the Swiss jewelry brand “Chopard” at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
– aespa became the first female K-pop group to perform at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.
– The music video for “Black Mamba” reached 100 million views in just 51 days and 12 hours, setting a new record for the fastest debut MV to achieve this milestone in K-pop history.
– The group was featured in TIME Magazine’s Next Generation Leaders list and Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list in the Entertainment and Sports category.
– Their most popular songs include “Next Level”, “Black Mamba”, “Savage”, and “Illusion”.
– “Savage” debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard 200 album chart, making it the highest debut ranking for a K-pop girl group.
– aespa has won several awards including “Rookie of the Year– Music”, “Stage of the Year (Daesang)”, “Best Korean Act”, “New Artist of the Year – Female” and “Best New Female Artist”.
– The group won the Artist of the Year award at the Golden Disc Awards and become the first artist to achieve this milestone.
– They has managed to achieve 33 awards at various award ceremonies in just three years of its debut.
aespa Members Profile
|Stage Name||Karina (카리나)|
|Birth Name||Yu Ji Min (유지민)|
|Position||Leader, Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist, Visual, Face Of The Group, Center|
|Birthday||April 11, 2000|
|Age||23 (in 2023)|
|Height||167.8 cm (5’6″)|
|Weight||45 kg (99 lbs)|
|Representative Animal||Whale (🐳)|
|Representative Symbol||Blue Heart (💙)|
– Karina would like to collaborate with Seulgi from RED VELVET.
– She likes to play the video game “Tetris”.
– Ningning is saved as “Ning-gu-ri” in her phone.
– She saved Winter’s contact as “Kim Min-Doong-Men-Doong”. (BuzzFeed Celeb)
– Her favorite snack is ‘Bebe’. (First We Feast)
– Her celebrity crush is Kendall Jenner.
– She prefers athletic attire such as leggings. (ELLE)
– She enjoys flexing her newly dyed hair.
– If she wasn’t a performer, she’d have been a flight attendant.
– She is good at giving inspiring speeches.
– She follows the ‘478 breathing technique’ to fall asleep faster. (ELLE KOREA)
– Her preferred makeup look is the “No Makeup” look. (Source)
– Her desire to become a singer increased after watching Girls’ Generation’s choreography for Into The New World. (Glass Magazine)
– She uses a lot of essences and hair packs to keep her hair healthy. (Vivi)
– She has earned the nickname “more AI than AI” because her beauty appears more unreal than her AI character, “ae Karina.”
– She is considered as one of the strongest arm wrestlers among aespa members.
– She is a fan of Jjanggu and even watched the movie version of Jjanggu alone at a theater.
– She is known to be the most affectionate one in the group. (MTV UK)
– Karina is the tallest member in aespa.
– She is skilled in swimming and she is good at dog paddling.
Read More Facts About Karina
Social Media Handles
|Stage Name||Giselle (지젤)|
|Birth Name||Uchinaga Aeri (うちながえり/우치나가에리)|
|Korean Name||Cho Aeri (조애리)|
|Position||Main Rapper, Sub Vocalist|
|Birthday||October 30, 2000|
|Age||23 (in 2023)|
|Height||163~164 cm (5’4″)|
|Representative Animal||Unicorn (🦄)|
|Representative Symbol||Crescent Moon (🌙)|
– If Giselle could be any animal, she’d like to be a cat.
– She used to be uninterested in skincare at first, but now she likes to try new products to see what suits her best.
– She specializes in making the ‘miso shiru’ soup. (ELLE KOREA)
– One of her favorite k-dramas is “Bloodhounds”.
– If she gets to debut as an actress, she’d like it to be from the action genre.
– She saved Winter’s contact as “Yangsan girl” in her phone. (BuzzFeed Celeb)
– Karina’s contact is saved as “Kem Dusty”.
– She loves to eat salad.
– Her go-to Karaoke song is “Loser” By BIGBANG. (BuzzFeed Celeb)
– She likes black hair the most. (Vivi.tv)
– She would’ve worked in fashion if she wasn’t a performer.
– She likes coral-colored lip tints by YSL Beauty.
– Back in Japan, she used to eat manjū very often. (ELLE KOREA)
– Her favorite cereal is ‘Cornfrost Light Sugar’.
– She loves Hello Kitty products. (VOGUE KOREA)
– When meeting someone for the first time, she tends to notice their looks and fashion style, as it helps her understand their vibe.
– She likes to eat chocolate clusters and peperos as snacks. (Snacked)
– Giselle has the shortest training period among all aespa members and SM female idols.
– Her fluency in English is a result of studying at an international school in Japan.
– Her favorite bag is the 4G Soft Bag (medium) by Givenchy. (VOGUE KOREA)
Read More Facts About Giselle
Social Media Handles
|Stage Name||Winter (윈터)|
|Birth Name||Kim Min Jeong (김민정)|
|Position||Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual|
|Birthday||January 1, 2001|
|Age||22 (in 2023)|
|Height||165 cm (5’5″)|
|Representative Animal||Siberian Husky|
|Representative Symbol||Star (⭐)|
– Winter would choose to be a puppy if she could be an animal.
– She has a habit of smelling clean bed sheets as she falls asleep.
– She is a fan of ‘Honey butter chips’. (First We Feast)
– Her favorite food is whole-fried chicken. (BuzzFeed Celeb)
– She loves the song “She’s Gone” by Steelheart.
– She wants to visit Switzerland and experience nature. (ELLE KOREA)
– Even though her name is winter, she is not a fan of the winter season. (Allure Korea)
– She wants to learn snowboarding since she is looking for a new hobby that isn’t related to her job. (Allure Korea)
– She likes using perfumes when making first impressions.
– She wants to go to Okinawa when she travels to Japan. (Vivi)
– She thinks the smell of chicken is the most delicious. (Allure Korea)
– She revealed that her mother often listened to K-pop and K-drama OSTs while she was pregnant. (W magazine interview)
– Winter is regarded as the visual ace of aespa.
– Winter is most likely to get caught snacking often. (MTV UK)
– She has a calm and tidy personality.
– Among aespa members, Winter is known for being the quickest to learn choreographies.
– Her favorite makeup routine includes Mascara, blush and smokey eyeshadow under her eyes. (Source)
– Despite having small feet, she has large hands, ranking second in size among aespa members, with Giselle having the largest hands.
– She likes diffusers.
– Her celebrity crush is Harry Styles. (BuzzFeed Celeb)
– Back in school, she was in the bowling club, so she used to participate in bowling competitions.
Read More Facts About Winter
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|Stage Name||Ningning (닝닝)|
|Birth Name||Ning Yizhuo (宁艺卓)|
|Korean Name||Jeo Ye Tak (저예탁)|
|Position||Main Vocalist, Maknae|
|Birthday||October 23, 2002|
|Age||20 (in 2023)|
|Height||161 cm (5’3″)|
|Weight||43 kg (94 lbs)|
|Representative Animal||Tiger (🐯)|
|Representative Symbol||Butterfly (🦋)|
– If Ningning could turn into an animal, it’d be a bird because she likes the idea of being able to fly and be free.
– “Matdongsan” was the first snack she tried when she came to Korea. (First We Feast)
– Her celebrity crush is Doja Cat.
– She likes going to amusement parks.
-Her motto is “when you make a decision, follow it till the end”. (Vivi)
– Her favorite CVS snack is ‘mogu mogu’. (ELLE KOREA)
– She prefers to be called “Ning Ging.”
– Her favorite time of day is when it’s time to get out of bed and have breakfast. (Vivi.tv)
– She is friends with Chenle (NCT Dream) and An Yujin (IVE).
– She prefers applying foundation and glossy red lipstick when it comes to makeup. (Source)
– She likes to take a warm shower and do light stretching before going to bed.
– For her, the most exciting moment is when they’re all performing on the stage.
– She adores vintage fashion. (Vivi)
– She uses the word “O ing” quite often when she’s surprised, which translates to “Eh?” in Japanese.
– She often misplaces her Airpods.
– NingNing was revealed as the third member of aespa.
– She loves to eat pink Pringles.
– She has the longest training period among all aespa members.
– She prefers watching Korean dramas over animations.
– “Love on Top” by Beyoncé is her go-to karaoke song. (BuzzFeed Celeb)
Read More Facts About NingNing
1. How old are the aespa members (oldest to youngest)?
Following is the age and birthday of all aespa members’s:
– Karina was born on April 11, 2000 and is 23 years old.
– Giselle was born on October 30, 2000 and is 22 years old.
– Winter was born on January 1, 2001 and is 22 years old.
– Ningning was born on October 23, 2002 and is 20 years old.
The members were of the following ages when they debuted in 2020: Karina was 20 years old, Giselle was 20 years old, Winter was 19 years old and Ningning was 18 years old.
2. How tall are the aespa members? (tallest to shortest)
aespa members have the following heights from tallest to shortest:
– Karina’s height is 167.8 cm (5’6″).
– Winter’s height is 165 cm (5’5″).
– Giselle’s height is 163~164 cm (5’4″).
– NingNing’s height is 161 cm (5’3″).
3. Where are aespa members from? (ethnicity & nationality)
Following is the nationality/ethnicity of all aespa members:
– Karina and Winter are South Korean by ethnicity and nationality.
– Giselle is Japanese-Korean by ethnicity and Japanese by nationality.
– NingNing is Chinese by ethnicity and nationality.
4. What are the official positions of aespa members?
Following are the official positions for all aespa members:
– Karina is the leader, main dancer, lead rapper, center.
– Giselle is the main rapper, sub vocalist.
– Winter is the lead dancer, lead vocalist, visual.
– NingNing is the main vocalist, maknae.
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