Nana (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Im.
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Background information
Birth name Im Jin-ah (임진아)
Born (1991-09-14) September 14, 1991 (age 23)[1]
Origin Cheongju, South Korea
Genres K-pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, model
Years active 2009–present
Labels Pledis Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 임진아
Revised Romanization Im Jin-a
McCune–Reischauer Im Jin-a
Stage name
Hangul 나나
Revised Romanization Nana
McCune–Reischauer Nana

Im Jin-ah (born September 14, 1991), known by her stage name Nana, is a South Korean singer and member of girl group After School. She is also a member of its subgroups A.S. Red and Orange Caramel, and the super idol group Dazzling Red.[2] Nana is a current member of the South Korean variety show Roommate. She was ranked at #2 on The 2013 Independent Critics List of the 100 most Beautiful Faces and #1 in 2014. [3]

Early life[edit]

Nana was born on September 14, 1991.

Before her debut as a member of After School in 2009, Nana was a participant in the 2009 Asia Pacific Super Model Contest and she walked the runway for the ‘Girls Award‘ event in Japan.[4] Nana is a licensed makeup artist and also has a membership at the Makeup Artists Association.[5]


In November 2009, Nana along with Raina debut in After School as third generation members. Nana officially debut with the group for the release of their second single, "Because of You", which attained No. 1 on the Gaon Singles Chart and won the "triple crown" on SBS "Inkigayo"

In March 2010, After School released their third single album "Bang! before the released of first sub-unit. In June 2010, Nana, along with After School members Raina and Lizzy formed a sub-unit called Orange Caramel. They released two mini-albums: "Magic Girl"[6] and "A~ing♡".[7] Nana has then gone on to record a solo song, which is included on the "Shanghai Romance" single, titled "Close Your Eyes". She is also a member of After School's temporary sub-unit A.S. Red together with Kahi, Uee, and Jungah and promoted "In The Night Sky" in 2011 before debuting in Japan.[better source needed] In 2012, Nana had a solo song included on the After School's Flashback maxi-single, titled "Eyeline".[better source needed]. The title track "Flashback" topped many major music charts in South Korea.

In 2012 Nana was a runway model for the Tokyo Girls Collection 2012 Spring/Summer.[8]

After School's Nana became the main model for Korea's biggest diet brand, Juvis. This is her first solo CF[expand acronym] as an After School member.[9]

In 2012, she joined K-pop stars Hyorin, Hyuna, Hyoseong, Nicole to form a super group called Dazzling Red. They performed a charity single called "This Person".[2]

In May 2013, After School released their sixth single, it was revealed that the title track is called "First Love"

Orange Caramel made a comeback on March 12, 2014 with their third single album "Catallena"[10] During promotions for "Catallena", it was announced that Nana would be a member on a new variety show on SBS called Roommate. The show features multiple other celebrities and has quickly built up a fanbase not only in Korea, but internationally as well. Nana is a returning cast member to the second season which first aired on September 21, 2014.

Orange Caramel returned with their fourth single album titled "My Copycat" on August 18. [11]

In November 2014, Nana was cast in a Chinese television drama. The drama is a remake of Queen In-hyun's Man titled The Empress' Man. Pledis Entertainment stated, "We are happy that Nana can be part of this project. As this is Nana's first attempt at acting, she is very positive about the new challenge, and the expectations are high. Nana's will to be an actress as well as a singer is very strong. She is preparing diligently, as all the lines are in Chinese."[12]

Personal life[edit]

She is currently attending Seoul Institute of the Arts (SeoulArts), formally known as Seoul Art College, alongside miss A's Jia and Fei.[13]



Year Title Album
2011 "Close Your Eyes" Shanghai Romance & Lipstick
2012 "Eyeline" Flashback
2013 "Sleeping Forest (眠れる森)" Orange Caramel

Singles with Dazzling Red[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 "This Person" Charity single[2]


Year Title Artist Album Notes
2013 "Ma Boy 3" Electroboyz In Love
"Just A Moment" Hello Venus Would You Stay For Tea? narration

Runway Shows[edit]

  • 2009 Asia Pacific Super Model Contest
  • Tokyo Girls Collection 2011 S/S
  • TOKYO Girls Collection 2011 A/W
  • Girls Award 2011 A/W
  • 2012 Kiss SUPPORTED BY Girls Award
  • Seoul Fashion Week 2012 S/S
  • Tokyo Girls Collection 2012 S/S
  • Girls Award 2012 S/S
  • a-nation musicweek collection supported by Girls Award
  • Super Model & K Collection in Okinawa
  • Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week TOKYO 2013 S/S Collection
  • Girls Award 2012 A/W
  • Girls Award 2013 S/S [14]
  • a-nation & GirlsAward island collection By NYLON JAPAN [15]
  • KANSAI Collection 2013 A/W
  • Girls Award 2013 A/W
  • Kobe Collection 2014 S/S
  • KANSAI Collection 2014 A/W
  • Girls Award 2014 A/W



Year Title Role
2011 White: The Melody of the Curse Cameo
2014 Fashion King Cameo

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2015 Love Weaves Through A Millennium (相愛穿梭千年) Jo Nana Hunan Television

Variety shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
2010 Playgirlz School Episode 1 to 13
2010 Star Golden Bell Herself with After School (Band)
2010 Star King Herself with After School
2011 Quiz to Change the World Guest With Kahi
2012 Tokyo Brand New Girls Fixed panelist
2012 Beatles Code 3D Herself with After School
2012 Weekly Idol Herself with After School
2012 Chuseok Wrestling Special Herself with E-Young, Raina, Lizzy
2012 Dream Team Herself with E-Young, Raina, Kim Jungah
2012 This is Magic Herself with Raina
2013 ON! Faitin Korea Herself with Lee Jooyeon
2013 Star King Herself with After School (Band)
2014 Style Log Is a MC
2014–present Roommate Fixed member
2014 Quiz to Change the World Guest With Raina, Lizzy
2014 Beatles Code 3D Guest With Raina, Lizzy
2014 Muse Dress (Chinese fashion survivor show) Fixed member
2014 Weekly Idol Guest With Raina, Lizzy

MV Featuring[edit]

Year Title
2010 Featuring in Eru “White Tears" MV
2010 Featuring in Honey Dew “Like A Fool" MV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Style Icon Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Result
2014 K-Beauty Icon[16] Nana Won


  1. ^ "After School" (in Korean). Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Benjamin, Jeff (December 28, 2012). "The Color of K-Pop: HyunA, Yo Seob and K-Pop All-Stars Unite for Charity Singles". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "100 Most Beautiful Faces 2014…". TC Candler. December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "After School member Nana graces the cover of ‘SWAK’ magazine". February 10, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "After School’s Nana is a licensed makeup artist". August 28, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "After School’s Orange Caramel tracklist revealed!". June 13, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Orange Caramel releases 2nd mini album". November 17, 2010. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  8. ^ "After School’s Nana walks the runway for the ’2012 Tokyo Girls Collection S/S’". March 8, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  9. ^ "BTS cuts of After School’s Nana modeling for her first solo Commercial Film (CF) released". June 23, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  10. ^ alim17 (February 25, 2014). "Orange Caramel reveals single album cover and release date". Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ alim17 (August 12, 2014). "Orange Caramel dance around in MV teaser for 'My Copycat'". Retrieved August 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ "After School Nana Cast in Chinese Remake of “Queen In Hyun’s Man”". Soompi. November 28, 2014. Retrieved November 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "After School’s Nana, miss A’s Jia & Fei receive scholarships from Seoul Art College". April 16, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ "ナナ、恋愛観&美脚の秘訣を語る モデルプレスインタビュー" (in Japanese). modelpress. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ "ナナ、夏の思い出&ハマっているスタイルキープ法を語る" (in Japanese). modelpress. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (October 28, 2014). "Diplo, Girls' Generation-TTS, 4Minute, CL & More Shine at 2014 Style Icon Awards". Retrieved October 30, 2014. 

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