Nana (singer)

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Im.
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Nana at a Samantha Thavasa event in 2012
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 Chi-na
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 actress. She is a member of girl group After School and its subgroup Orange Caramel, and is a cast member of the variety show Roommate.

Early life[edit]

Nana was born on September 14, 1991.[2] She graduated from Ochang High School in Cheongju,[3] and was a participant in the 2009 Asia Pacific Super Model Contest.[4] Nana is a licensed makeup artist and also has membership in the Makeup Artists Association.[5]


2009–2013: Debut with After School and Orange Caramel[edit]

In November 2009, Nana and Raina debuted in After School as third generation members. They debuted with the group for the release of their second single, "Because of You". In June 2010, Nana, along with After School members Raina and Lizzy formed a sub-unit called Orange Caramel. Nana's first solo song, "Close Your Eyes", was included on Orange Caramel's single album, "Shanghai Romance". Nana was a member of After School's temporary sub-unit A.S. Red with Kahi, Uee, and Jungah, and promoted "In The Night Sky" in 2011.[6] In 2012, Nana had a solo song included on After School's Flashback maxi-single, titled "Eyeline".[7] In 2012, she joined K-pop stars Hyolyn, Hyuna, Hyoseong, and Nicole to form a super group called Dazzling Red. They performed a charity single called "This Person".[8]

In 2012, Nana was a runway model for the Japanese fashion show Girls’ Award, Park Yoon-yoo's Seoul Fashion Walk S/S 2012, and the Tokyo Girls Collection 2012 Spring/Summer.[4] She also became the main model for Korea's biggest diet brand, Juvis,[9] and was a permanent panelist on the Japanese fashion TV show, Tokyo Brandnew Girls.[10]

2014–present: Roommate, Muse Dress, and Love Weaves Through A Millennium[edit]

During Orange Caramel's promotions for "Catallena" in March 2014, it was announced that Nana would be a member on a new variety show on SBS called Roommate. The show features 11 celebrities living in one house.[11] Starting in April, Nana was a host for the second season of OnStyle's Style Log, along with Hong Jong-hyun and Cho Min-ho.[12] In August–October 2014, Nana participated in the fashion elimination show Muse Dress on Chinese television.[13] While on the show, Nana was praised by the judges and ended up in second place on the final round. The second season of Roommate began airing on September 21, with Nana as a returning cast member. She also had a cameo role in the film Fashion King, which was released on November 6, 2014.[14] In November 2014, Nana was cast in the Chinese television drama, Love Weaves Through A Millennium, a remake of the Korean drama Queen In-hyun's Man (2012).[15]

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.[16]


Nana at Yeongdeungpo Times Square Hottracks fan event

Singles with Dazzling Red[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 "This Person" Charity single[8]


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

Other songs[edit]

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



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 1000 Song Challenge Guest With Kim Jungah
2010 Playgirlz School Cast member
2011 Quiz to Change the World Guest With Kahi[episode needed]
2011 1000 Song Challenge Guest With Kim Jungah, Raina, E-Young
2012 Tokyo Brand New Girls Fixed panelist
2012 Chuseok Wrestling Special Herself with E-Young, Kaeun, 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 Kaeun, Lee Jooyeon
2013 Hidden Singer Herself with Lee Jooyeon, Raina
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[episode needed]

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[17] Nana Won


  1. ^ "Nana's profile" (in Korean). Pledis Entertainment. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "After School artist info". Hanteo Chart. Hanteo Information System. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Kwon Seok-jeong (August 31, 2014). "‘룸메이트’ 나나 고등학교 졸업사진 공개 세상에나 지금하고 똑같아!". TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Choi EunHwa (February 10, 2012). "Nana Finding Success in Japan as Model". enewsWorld (Mwave). Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Orange Caramel′s NANA". enewsWorld (Mwave). July 20, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "After School Red". KBS World Radio. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Lee Hyun-jae (June 22, 2012). "After School returns to Korea after Kahi’s departure". The Korea Herald. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b 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. 
  9. ^ Ho, Stewart (June 25, 2012). "After School’s Nana’s Untouched Images Receive Praise". enewsWorld (Yahoo!). Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Ho, Stewart (March 29, 2012). "Girls’ Generation, After School Set to Appear on Japanese Variety Programs". enewsWorld (Mwave). Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ Jin Eun-soo (March 28, 2014). "Cast confirmed for ‘Roommate’". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  12. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (March 24, 2014). "Hong Jong Hyun, After School’s Nana and Cho Min Ho to Host New Season of ‘Style Log’". Mnet America. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "After School's Nana to appear on Chinese fashion show". The Korea Times. August 3, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  14. ^ Kim Hee-eun (April 15, 2014). "Nana to make a movie cameo". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  15. ^ Ha Soo Jung; Yeawon Jung (November 28, 2014). "After School’s Nana Cast in Chinese Drama ‘Empress’ Man’". Newsen (Mwave). Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "After School’s Nana, miss A’s Jia & Fei receive scholarships from Seoul Art College". April 16, 2012. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  17. ^ 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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