AESPA Members Profile

Artist NameAESPA
Current StatusActive
Years Active2020–present
Fandom NameMY
TypeGirl Group
Member NameKarina, Giselle, Winter, Ningning

aespa (에스파; also stylized as æspa) is a four-member girl group under SM Entertainment. They debuted on November 17, 2020 with the digital single “Black Mamba”.

Their name is a combination of “æ”, which means ‘Avatar X Experience’, and “aspect”, which means double-sided. Together it means that you would being able to experience a new world through another avatar of yourself.


Pre-debut activities

On September 19, 2016, Ningning was revealed as a new member of the trainee team SMROOKIES. She appeared on the “Rookies Princess: Who’s the Best?” segment of the program “My SMT” in 2016 and was also part of the soundtrack for the Korean animated TV program “Shining Star” in 2017.

On February 2019, Karina appeared in Taemin’s “Want” music video. She also performed with him on music shows in the following weeks.

2020: Debut with “Black Mamba”, fandom name

On October 26, 2020, an intro video was released on aespa’s social media announcing their name and logo. Later that day, it was announced that SM would be debuting a new girl group in November. The next day, the group’s first member, Winter, was officially revealed. On October 28, the second member, Karina, was revealed. The same day, a video shown during a press conference featuring Lee Soo-Man revealed the group will have four members, including Giselle and Ningning. On October 29, Ningning was officially revealed as the group’s third member. On October 30, Giselle was revealed as the group’s fourth and final member.

On November 2, it was announced the group would debut on November 17 with the digital single “Black Mamba”, The music video for the song counted 21,4225,062 views in its first day, breaking the record for most viewed music videos in the first 24 hours by a K-pop group in its debut, which was previously held by ITZY with the song “Dalla Dalla”.

2021 (1): First music show win, “Forever”, and “Next Level”

On January 8, 2021, the music video for “Black Mamba” hit 100 million views, which took only 51 days and 12 hours to achieve, setting the new record in K-pop history as the debut MV to garner 100 million views in the shortest time period.

On January 14, a Forbes article mentioned that the group is expected to put out new music early into 2021 with all signs pointing to additional international activities.

On January 17, the group won their first music show win with “Black Mamba” on SBS’s Inkigayo.

On January 29, the hashtag #늘_네_옆에_난_서있을게 (#I_will_always_stand_by_your_side) was promoted by the group’s official Twitter account, and it was later revealed that the group would release a surprise single “Forever” on February 5. The single is a remake of the song of the same name by Yoo Young Jin from the SMTOWN album Winter Vacation In SMTOWN.Com. On February 4, SM Entertainment announced that the group would release a series of performances for the single in the following days with various concepts.

On February 10, it was announced that the group became an ambassador of the French luxury house Givenchy, presenting the collections and major lines of Givenchy creative director Matthew M. Williams.

On March 15, an economic analysis by SM Entertainment revealed that a virtual show in conjunction with the group’s “æ-avatars” is expected for the year. Lee Kihoon, a researcher at the Hana Financial Group, also adds that the debut process of the group was largely responsible for making SM the most innovative company in the current era of the “metauniverses”.

On March 19, aespa was one of the two k-pop groups chosen by People magazine in the list “Emerging Artists Making Their Mark on the Musical Landscape in 2021”. According to the article, the group was currently preparing to be able to release their first mini album during the South Korean summer. On April 6, it was reaffirmed again in an article from “Just Jared” that the group are set to release new music in the summer.

On May 4, SM Entertainment confirmed that aespa are preparing for a May comeback. The exact dates will be released once finalized. On the midnight of May 6, a teaser was posted via the group’s social medias announcing the group’s comeback entitled “Next Level”. Later that same day, it was confirmed that aespa would be coming back with their third digital single titled “Next Level” on May 17. The song is a remake of the song of the same name from the original soundtrack of the movie “Fast & Furious: Hobbs e Shaw”.

On May 15, the first video showing the worldview story of the group was released through the group’s official YouTube channel.

On May 17, it was revealed during the press conference for “Next Level” that the group plans to release their first full-length album soon.

2021 (2): Endorsements and Savage

On July 14, Winter appeared in Kangta’s “Free To Fly 2021” music video. On the same day it was announced that the group would collaborate with the game “Eternal Return” by Kakao Games, launching a music video in partnership with the company and also making a presentation at the game’s opening ceremony.

On July 23, it was announced that the group had signed with CAA (Creative Artists Agency) to handle its activities in the United States.

On August 6, it was announced that the group has been selected to be the new model for Clio Cosmetics. On August 20, the group’s first commercial film for Clio was released.

On August 19, Mediheal posted a teaser citing “Kwangya” in its caption, hinting that the group would soon be unveiled as new models for the brand. They were officially announced as the new models for Mediheal on August 24.

On August 26, the group was announced as the new advertising model for outdoor brand Eider. On the same day, SM Entertainment stated that the group has been chosen as advertisement models for various industries including gaming, banking, beauty, apparel, and telecommunications.

On September 10, SM Entertainment’s subsidiary EDM label ScreaM Records announced the release of “iScream Vol. 10 :Next Level Remixes” on September 14.

On September 14, the first teaser for the group’s second comeback with Savage was revealed. Later that same day, SM Entertainment confirmed that the release was the group’s first mini-album which would be released on October 5, with six songs of various genres including the title track of the same name. An online showcase entitled SYNK DIVE: aespa Savage SHOWCASE was held on the same day. On October 5, it was revealed that the album had already reached the milestone of 400,000 copies sold during its pre-order. The title song “Savage” reached the top of all major Korean digital charts.


Mini Album

  • Savage (2021)

Digital Singles

  • “Black Mamba” (2020)
  • “Forever” (2021)
  • “Next Level” (2021)

Remix singles

  • “iScreaM Vol.10 : Next Level Remixes” (2021)

Members Profile


Birth name : Yu Ji-min (유지민)
Birth date : April 11, 2000 (age 21)
Birth place : Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
Height : 167.8 cm (5 ft 6.1 in)
Weight : 49 kg (108 lb)
Blood type : B

Trivia :

  • She was a trainee for four years.
  • Karina is a fan of IU and f(x).
  • She mentioned Girls’ Generation as her role model.
  • She was an ulzzang before becoming a trainee.
  • In the group, her representative symbol is a heart. Her representative animal is a whale.
  • Her favorite color is blue.
  • Her favorite season is spring.
  • When Karina first met Ningning, she thought she was older and so she used formal language for 3 weeks.


Other name(s) : Aeri (에리), Kim Aeri (김애리)
Birth name : Uchinaga Eri (内永 枝利)
Birth date : October 30, 2000 (age 20)
Birth place : Garosu-gil, Seoul, South Korea
Height : 164 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight : 49 kg (108 lb)
Blood type : O

Trivia :

  • Her mother is Korean while her father is Japanese.
  • Upon her reveal, fans said she resembles f(x)’s Krystal and Girls’ Generation’s Yuri.
  • She is fluent in Korean, English, and Japanese.
  • Giselle was part of her school’s choir for four years; she was an alto.
  • She was a trainee for less than a year making her become SM Entertainment female idol with the shortest training period.
  • She was a fan of BLACKPINK and GOT7 (unconfirmed).
  • Giselle is the second Japanese female idol (fourth overall) to debut under SM Entertainment.
  • In the group, her representative symbol is crescent moon.
  • Her favorite color is black.
  • Her favorite animal is a dog.
  • She’s good at doing impressions of other people.
  • She enjoys R&B music.
  • She auditioned for SM with the song “Lifted” by CL and “Cherry Bomb” by NCT 127.
  • She like things that are emo.
  • She used to be a representative athlete (High Jump) for her school in the 2017 Outdoor Season.
  • She personally wrote the lyrics for her SYNK teaser in three different languages (Korean, English, Japanese).


Birth name : Kim Min-jeong (김민정)
Birth date : January 1, 2001 (age 20)
Birth place : Busan, South Korea
Height : 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight : 48 kg (106 lb)
Blood type : A

Trivia :

  • Upon her reveal, fans said she strongly resembled Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon.
  • She was a trainee for three years.
  • In the group, her representative symbol is a star. Her representative animal is a Siberian husky.
  • Her favorite color is ivory.
  • Her favorite season is autumn.
  • She was nominated for “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2020”.


Birth name : Níng Yìzhuō (宁艺卓)
Birth date : October 23, 2002 (age 19)
Birth place : Harbin, China
Height : 161 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Weight : 46 kg (101 lb)
Blood type : O

Trivia :

  • Upon her reveal, fans said she resembled Weki Meki’s Doyeon and TWICE’s Nayeon.
  • Her favorite group is NCT.
  • Ningning was a trainee for four years.
  • Her favorite school subject is art.
  • Her favorite color is violet.
  • She was nominated for “The 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2020”.
  • In the group, her representative symbol is a butterfly and her representative animal is a tiger.
  • Her favorite season is spring.

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