Aespa is composed of 4 members born between 2000 and 2002. Their names are Karina, Winter, Giselle, and Ningning. The oldest member is Karina (born Apr 11, 2000) and the youngest member is Ningning (born Oct 23, 2002). Karina and Winter are Korean. Ninging is Chinese. Giselle is Korean-Japanese.
Karina holds the position of leader in the group. She is also the main dancer. Giselle is the main rapper. Ningning is the main vocalist and Winter is the visual. Besides their main positions, each member may also have other roles as lead/sub-vocalist or rapper.
These are the positions of each of aespa’s members:
leader, main dancer, lead rapper, center
main rapper, sub vocalist
lead dancer, lead vocalist, visual
main vocalist, maknae
Favorite artists: Taeyeon from SNSD, IU, Park Soojin, and f(x).
Favorite thing to do: watching movies (especially action and war movies and movies that are hard to understand).
Favorite amusement park ride: roller coaster.
Favorite word: twisted Korean doughnuts.
Favorite color: purple, red, yellow, pink.
Favorite season: spring.
Favorite animal: tiger and cat.
Favorite food: pork back-bone stew, sundae soup, hot pot.
Favorite movie: Titanic.
Favorite character: Patrick Star from Sponge Bob Square Pants.
Favorite snack: pink Pringles (sweet and salty).
Favorite fruit: watermelon, strawberries.
Favorite group of all time: NCT.
Fun Facts and Trivia
The youngest member (maknae) of aespa is Ningning (born Oct 23, 2002).
The leader and oldest member of aespa is Yoo Jimin, also known by her stage name Karina (born Apr 11, 2000).
The most popular member of aespa is Karina. She has a large social media following and appeared in some of Taemin’s performances prior to aespa’s debut.
The group is the first girl group to debut in six years from SM Entertainment since the debut of Red Velvet in 2014.
Ningning is the only member from SM rookies that remained in the group.
Karina is the tallest member of aespa with a height of 167.8 cm (5’6”).
The shortest member of aespa is Ningning with a height of 161.5 cm (5’4″).
The average height of aespa is 164cm (5’5″).
Languages: Ningning can speak Chinese. Giselle can speak Japanese and English. Winter, Giselle, and Karina can speak Japanese. All members speak Korean.
Ethnicity: Giselle is Japanese-Korean. Ningning is Chinese. Winter and Karina are Korean.
Siblings: Karina as an older sister. Ningning has a brother. Winter has an older brother.
Karina is the official leader of aespa. She also holds the position of main dancer, lead rapper, and center. She is the tallest member in the group with a height of 167.8 cm (5’6”). Prior to her debut, Karina was a famous ulzzang (which means best face or good looking in Korean). She was a trainee for four years.
Stage Name: Karina
Full Name: Yoo Jimin
Korean Name: 유지 민
Country of Birth: Korea
Date of Birth: Apr 11, 2000
Height: 167.8 cm (5’6”)
Giselle, born Uchinaga Aeri, is the main rapper of aespa. Giselle is half Japanese (from her father) and half Korean (from her mother). She can speak fluent Korean, Japanese, and English. Prior to joining SM Entertainment, she joined AJS, an idol training academy. Giselle was a trainee with SM for just 10 months, making her the female idol with the shortest training period out of all SM idols at the time of her debut.
Stage Name: Giselle
Full Name: Uchinaga Aeri
Japanese Name: うちながえり
Country of Birth: Japan
Birthday: Oct 30, 2000
Height: 163.5 cm (5’5”)
Winter, born Kim Minjeong, is the official visual of aespa. She is also the lead vocalist of the group. She trained for 3 years before making her debut with aespa. Fans often compare her visuals to Taeyeon from SNSD.
Stage Name: Winter
Full Name: Kim Minjeong
Korean Name: 김민정
Country of Birth: Korea
Date of Birth: Jan 01, 2001
Height: 164.5 cm (5’5”)
Ningning is the youngest member of aespa. Her position is the main vocalist. She is from Harbin, China. Ningning moved to Korea and joined SM rookies in 2016. She is the only member from aespa that came from SM rookies. Prior to her debut, she was a contestant in the Chinese competition Let’s Sing Kids along with Chenle from NCT.
Stage Name: Ningning (닝닝)
Full Name: Ning Yizhuo (宁艺卓)
Korean Name: Yeo Yetak (저예탁)
English Name: Vivian Ning
Country of Birth: China
Date of Birth: Oct 23, 2002
Height: 161.5 cm (5’5”)
Blood Type: O
Since its debut, each member is recognized by an avatar, symbol and an animal.
Karina: æ-KARINA / Heart / Whale.
Giselle: æ-GISELLE / Moon / Unicorn.
Winter: æ-WINTER / Star / Siberian Husky.
Ning Ning: æ-NIGNING / Butterfly / Tiger.
Glossary of aespa:
SYNK: connections between members and their avatars (application).
Nævis: guide/system linking girls and avatars.
REKALL: time members spend with their avatars.
Plane: place where the members could coexist with their avatars.
KWANGYA: place where the avatars live.
Black Mamba: virus or villain that breaks the link between members and avatars.
The group’s logo appeared before its official unveiling in the final shot of SuperM’s mv “One (Monster & Infinity)”.
The music video for “Black Mamba” reached over 21 million views on YouTube in 24 hours, breaking the record for the most watched K-Pop debut.
On December 1, 2020, aespa’s Twitter account shared two achievements of the group, “Black Mamba” reached #1 on China QQ Music and Kuwo Music charts. In addition, it also reached #138 on the Billboard 200 charts, rising 45 places compared to last week.
Aespa has surpassed 180,000 followers on QQ Music.
“Next Level” reaches 100M views on YouTube.
Aespa joins the list of female groups that reached the #1 spot on the FLO Realtime Chart with “Next Level”.
“Savage” has been certified double Platinum in Gaon for selling over 500,000 units.