A four-member girl group “aespa” belongs to SM Entertainment, which is known as a major entertainment agency in Korea.
aespa is a female group that was born from SM Entertainment for the first time in about 6 years and 3 months since Red Velvet. It consists of Karina and Winter from South Korea, Giselle, the first Japanese female member of the company, and Ningning from China. It consists of 4 members!
Aespa, which debuted on November 17, 2020, has gained support with such momentum that it is hard to believe that it is a newcomer, and has grown into a global group that has attracted attention in the world beyond Korea, and is now the fourth generation of K-POP.
We will introduce the member profile of aespa, who is popular in Japan as SM Entertainment’s super rookie and is famous all over the world!
Aespa with a Unique World view and Story
Looking ahead to future lifestyles, SM Entertainment has developed its own shared universe and created ‘ SMCU (SM Culture Universe) ‘.
This “SMCU (SM Culture Universe)” is a project that develops storytelling content by artists belonging to SM!
Storytelling is a method that can give the other side a strong image such as a specific episode or message by telling a specific thing in the form of a story.
SM Entertainment started SMCU with aespa, which debuted in November 2020, and is currently developing SMCU with other SM artists. (Sometimes, they are preparing a story that connects artists)
In aespa, the story unfolds based on the world view that members in the real world and avatar members in the virtual world communicate with each other in the digital world of the intermediate world and grow together!
The avatar in the virtual world is called ” ae ” and appears as an existence with a different ego!
Aespa members and avatars ae can communicate by SYNK (the connection between real and virtual world members) and support real-world members!
In addition, ae will not only play an important role in the story but will also work together in promotions and performances.
The debut song “Black Mamba”, which is the first story of aespa, depicts the story of searching for “Black Mamba”, a threat to the world. Pay attention to the story that deepens with each comeback!
In addition to the songs, aespa’s SMCU video, which contains a deeper worldview, has been released up to episode 2 as of July 8, 2022 (when the 2nd mini album is released).
aespa’s SMCU has closed Season 1 with their latest album “Girls”, and we can expect new story developments in the future!
Don’t miss the novel storyline unique to aespa that unfolds in the real and virtual worlds!
Origin of the Group Name
The group name aespa is a coined word made by combining “ae” which expresses “Avatar X Experience” and “aspect” which means double-sided!
This aespa has the meaning of “meeting your other self, your avatar, and experiencing a new world.”
Review the aespa terminology to enjoy the world of aespa more deeply!
・ae (eye) = aespa avatar
・The world where FLAT=ae live
・ KWANGYA = meaning “wilderness” in Korean. Like FLAT, it is a world where ae lives, but KWANGYA is an infinite place beyond FLAT.
・Mysterious existence that supports NAVIS=aespa and virtual world avatars (ae)
・The SYNK = aespa member and the avatar (ae) are connected
・ SYNKDIVE = state in which consciousness is synchronized with members and avatars (ae)
・SYNKOUT = Phenomenon in which SYNK between members and ae is forcibly cut off
・RECALL= ae visiting the real world
・POS (Port of Soul) = A portal that connects FLAT and the real world
・Black Mamba = threat to the world
Fans Club Name (fan nickname)
aespa’s fan club name is MY.
It means “the most important friend ” in the world (KWANGYA) where the aespa avatar (ae) lives. Applying that to the real world, aespa’s most important friends are their fans.
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Aespa Japan Official SNS Opened
On May 27, 2022, aespa’s official Japanese website and Twitter were opened.
・JAPAN Twitter: aespa JAPAN OFFICIAL (@aespaJPofficial) / Twitter
A mysterious countdown was announced on the official website, but the information was lifted on June 1st, and it was decided that aespa’s first showcase in Japan would be held!
|Name||Yoo Jimin ( 유지민 )|
|Date of Birth||April 11, 2000|
|Birthplace||Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea|
|Blood Type||Type B|
|Trainee Period||about 4 years|
|Position||Leader Main Dancer Lead Rapper Sub-Vocal Center|
It is said that aespa’s visuals are on par with 2D, as it is based on avatars, but among them, Karina, who is the oldest member and leader of aespa, has particularly strong CG elements visual.
Karina is a fan of her agency’s senior group Girls’ Generation, and was attracted to the kicking choreography of her debut song “Into The New World”, which led her to dream of becoming a singer.
Then, when she was active as an Instagrammer, she was scouted by DM and became an SM trainee. By the way, the first time she was scouted by DM, she refused because it was suspicious and joined the company the second time.
As an experienced Instagrammer, she is good at taking selfies! In addition, the app “Bubble”, which allows you to exchange messages with artists, is popular with fans for its high posting frequency!
It is said that she is so considerate that the members recognize her as one of her strengths, and that she is good at observing people and taking care of other members. Because of that, the members and staff may have judged her to be a suitable leader!
On the contrary, her weak point is that she has a bad memory so she is not good at remembering what happened yesterday. Sometimes she can’t even remember what happened a few minutes ago.
There must be a lot of people who thought Karina had a small face! She is the tallest member of aespa, and maybe because of her smaller face, she is sometimes called a “quail egg” by the members and fans!
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|Date of birth||October 30, 2000|
|Birthplace||Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea|
|Blood Type||Type O|
|Trainee Period||about 11 months|
|Position||main rapper sub vocal|
Giselle is the first Japanese female member of SM Entertainment, and has a Japanese father and a Korean mother.
She passed the highly difficult “Saturday Public Audition”, which is known for a large number of applicants and rarely successful applicants, and became an SM trainee. She made her debut as an SM idol after only 11 months as a trainee, the shortest period in history!
At the audition, she chose NCT 127’s “Cherry Bomb” and performed a difficult rap part. Now, she is active as aespa’s rap line!
In addition to Japanese and Korean, her English speaking is also native level. She can also speak French, which she learned at school. It seems that she once spoke French in her sleep!
It is also said that her favorite movie is “Deadpool”.
|Name||Kim Min Jung ( 김민정 )|
|Date of Birth||January 1, 2001|
|Birthplace||South Korea Busan Metropolitan City|
|Blood Type||Type A|
|Trainee Period||about 4 years|
|Position||lead vocal lead dancer|
Along with Karina, Winter is also a famous visual member of Aespa.
The stage name “WINTER” was given because she was born in winter and has a white and beautiful image.
Ever since she was little, she admired being a singer, and when she was a student, she was scouted to perform at a dance festival and became a trainee.
In addition, Winter seems to have dreamed of becoming a “soldier” when she was little, contrary to her cute appearance!
Before her debut, she gave the impression of being quiet, but after her debut, she is said to be the mood maker of Aespa due to her mischievous side and bright personality!
Her morning routine is to go to the kitchen and eat, and she eats without opening her eyes to wake up!
|Name||Ning Yi Zhuo|
|Date of Birth||October 23, 2002|
|Birthplace||Harbin, Heilongjiang, China|
|Blood Type||Type O|
|Trainee Period||About 4 to 5 years|
Ningning, the youngest (maknae) member of Aespa is from China.
Influenced by her mother, who is a musician, she loved singing from an early age, dreaming of becoming a singer and appearing in numerous audition shows since she was a child.
In the midst of this, she was contacted by SM Entertainment who saw her appearing on an audition program in China, and was scouted.
Boasting overwhelming singing ability, she is the first foreign member of SM Entertainment to serve as the main vocalist!
Aespa Member Information List
How to Identify an Aespa Member
Karina, the leader of aespa, is the tallest among the group members. She has a small face and a model-like style! Also, the mole on the lower left corner of her lips is a charm point!
The Chinese member Ningning has a clear face and a cat-like face!
Winter, who is in charge of aespa’s visuals, has a cute voice and snow-white skin!
Giselle, who is half Japanese and Korean, has particularly long legs, and you can see that the sitting height is low when four people sit!
Aespa Official Member Symbol (Emoji)
Aespa Official SNS List
Follow aespa’s official SNS accounts and be updated with their comebacks!
・ Twitter [Japan official]
Aespa is a four-member girl group consisting of Karina & Winter from South Korea, Giselle from Japan, and Ning Ning from China.
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