Im Yoona

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Im.
Im Yoona
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Background information
Birth name 임윤아
Born (1990-05-30) May 30, 1990 (age 24)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance-pop
Occupations Singer, actress, dancer, promotional model, TV presenter, rapper, MC
Instruments Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Years active 2004 (model)
2007 – present (singer & actress)
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts Girls' Generation
SM Town
Website SM Town (Girls' Generation)
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Signature of Yoona
Im Yoona
Revised Romanization Im Yun-a
McCune–Reischauer Im Yuna

Im Yoona (Korean: ; born May 30, 1990), also Im Yoon-Ah, is a South Korean singer, dancer, actress, promotional model, TV presenter, and MC. She made her debut as an actress in the 2007 drama, Two Outs in the Ninth Inning.[1][2] Yoona is a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation.


Yoona was born on May 30, 1990,[3] in Seoul, South Korea. She was cast in 2002 SM Saturday Open Casting Audition and began to train with the other trainees under SM Entertainment in the areas of acting, singing and dancing. She has trained with SM for 7 years, after which she joined and debuted under Girls' Generation.

In 2009, she graduated in Daeyoung High School and attended Dongguk University majoring in theater and music, along with fellow Girls' Generation member, Seohyun.[4]

Music Career[edit]

Girls' Generation[edit]

Main article: Girls' Generation

In 2002, Yoona joined SM Entertainment Saturday Open Casting Audition, in which she sang WAX's "Please", danced Britney Spears' "Oops..! I did it again" and BoA's "Valenti".[citation needed] Later, she began to train under SM Entertainment with the other trainees in the areas of acting, singing and dancing. In 2007, Yoona was chosen as a member of the group Girls' Generation. The 9-member girl group debuted on August 5, 2007.

Acting and TV Show Career[edit]


Yoona made her debut as an actress in 2007 with the drama Two Outs in the Ninth Inning.[5] In 2008, Yoona acted in the drama Woman of Matchless Beauty before her first leading role in the daily drama You Are My Destiny which she won her important recognitions in acting.[6] YoonA filmed her 2009 drama Cinderella Man (신데렐라맨) alongside with Kwon Sang-woo.

In 2012, Yoona was cast in a lead role with Jang Keun Suk in the drama entitled Love Rain. The drama began broadcasting on March 26, 2012 on KBS2. Love Rain is a fantasy drama about fate and how the offspring of a previous ill-fated couple who met in the 1970s, also manage to fall in love with each other.

In 2013, Yoona starred alongside with Lee Beom-soo in the romantic-comedy drama "Prime Minister & I". The drama began broadcasting on December 9, 2013 on KBS2, and was produced by SM C&C. Though receiving low ratings, it received very positive reviews for its writing and acting, especially from the leads Yoona and Lee Beom-soo.

In July 14, 2014, SM Entertainment announced that Yoona will make her big-screen debut by starring in the Korean-Chinese movie "Goodbye Ani" as the protagonist Ani after turning down a leading role in Japanese drama "Nodame Cantabile". Production will begin within the second half of 2014.[7]

Television Shows[edit]

Yoona was a guest on SBS TV Family Outing which ended February 14, 2010, and a permanent cast member on Family Outing Season 2 with Yoon Sanghyun, Kim Wonhee, Ji Sangryeol, Shin Bongseon, Jang Dongmin, Super Junior's Kim Heechul, 2AM's Jo Kwon and 2PM's Ok Taecyeon.[8][9] The program ended its run on July 11, 2010 after 5 months.

On December 24, 2011, she was an MC for 2011 KBS Entertainment Awards together with Shin Dongyeob & Lee Jiae. She was also an MC for 2011 SBS Gayo Daejeon together with Song Jihyo and Lee Seunggi[10] and for 2012 KBS Gayo Daejun together with Jung Yonghwa and Sung Sikyung.[11]


Yoona promoting LG phone

Before her debut with Girls' Generation, Yoona had been well known in the entertainment industry as she began to film commercials and model for various magazines when she was a trainee with SM Entertainment. Apart from Girls' Generation's commercials, she is currently a model for Clean & Clear, YeJiMin Pad, Innisfree Cosmetics, S-Oil, Eider, Ciba Vision’s DAILIES & FreshLook Contact Lenses.

In May 2008, she with fellow Girls' Generation members Tiffany, Jessica and TVXQ members participated in a TV ad for Haptic Motion. Along with her fellow member Choi Sooyoung, she modeled for the '08-09 F/W SFAA Seoul Collection – Lee Joo-Young Fashion Show' at Seoul Hakyohul Exhibition Hall on March 20, 2008.

On March 29, 2010, Yoona, along with members Kim Taeyeon, Kwon Yuri, Seohyun, and Choi Sooyoung, was hired by Nintendo Korea as campaign models for the portable game console, Nintendo DSi.[12]

In April 2010, with fellow members Kwon Yuri and Seohyun, along with 2PM members Nichkhun, Ok Taecyeon and Hwang Chansung, she filmed a commercial for Everland's Caribbean Bay. The commercial was released in mid-May and is accompanied by the song "Cabi Song.[13][14]

Yoona was chosen along with Korean celebrities such as Rain, Kim Heesun, Ji Jinhee, Ha Jiwon, Son Yejin, Kim Hyunjoong and Yunho to be the model of Cartier's LOVE collections. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will go to the international organization International Vaccine Institute (IVI).

Yoona released her first solo song "Innisfree Day" on August 30, 2010 for the Eco Handkerchief's promotion of Innisfree Cosmetics.

In 2012, Yoona and Jessica were tied for 2nd place for individual commercial ads by participating in 13 different ads while Girls’ Generation as an entire group are 1st place combined. The girls are models for 21 different brands including chicken, perfume, jewelry, handbags, TVs, beds, and department stores.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2014, Yoona and South Korean actor Lee Seunggi were confirmed to be currently in a relationship since September 2013.[16]


Solo discography[edit]

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2008 Haptic Motion "Haptic Motion" 01:30 Duet with Jessica, Tiffany & TVXQ
2010 Innisfree "Innisfree Day" 03:42 Solo



Year Title Role Other notes
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[17]
2014 Goodbye Ani Ani Lead Role

Television drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
2007 Two Outs in the Ninth Inning Shin Joo-young Supporting role MBC
2008 Unstoppable Marriage Bulgwang-dong's Seven Princesses Gang Cameo KBS2
Woman of Matchless Beauty, Park Jung-geum Mi-ae Cameo MBC
2008 You Are My Destiny Jang Sae-byuk Lead role KBS1
2009 Cinderella Man Seo Yoo-jin Lead role MBC
2012 Love Rain Kim Yoon-hee/Jung Ha-na Lead role KBS2
2013 Prime Minister and I Nam Da-jung Lead role KBS2

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Network
2007 Happy Shares Company Herself MBC
2009 We Got Married Season 1 Herself Episode 42, 45, 49 MBC
2009 Family Outing Season 1 Herself Episode 36,37 SBS
2010 Family Outing 2 Herself Permanent member SBS
2010 We Got Married Season 2 Herself Episode 69 (On stage) MBC
2011 Running Man Herself Episode 39, 63, 64 SBS
2013 Strong Heart Herself Episode 1, 4, 5, 19, 103, 104, 153, 154, 165, 166 SBS
Happy Together Herself Episode 282, 328 KBS2
Shinhwa Broadcast Herself Guest on Episodes 47 and 48 JTBC[18]
1 Night 2 Days Herself Episode 441, 442 KBS2

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Role
2004 Magic Castle TVXQ Herself
2006 U Super Junior Herself
My Everything The Grace Herself
2007 Marry U Super Junior Herself
2008 Propose Lee Seung-Cheol Herself
Haptic Motion Jessica, Yoona and Tiffany Unknown
2009 That Guy's Woman 24/7 Herself
2010 Caribbean Bay Girls' Generation and 2PM Herself
2011 Replay (Japanese Ver.) SHINee Herself


Date Event
December 26, 2009 KBS Entertainment Awards
November 14, 2010 Love Sharing
December 24, 2011 KBS Entertainment Awards
December 29, 2011 SBS Gayo Daejun
December 28, 2012 KBS Gayo Daechukje
June 28, 2013 Korea-China Friendship Concert in Beijing
December 31, 2013 KBS Drama Awards


Aside from her endorsements alongside Girls' Generation, Yoona has also endorsed the following brands:

Year Commercial Note
2004 Elite Uniform Model Until 2008
2006 Teun Teun English "Follow Me"
Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable Battery
Elite Until 2007, with SS501
2007 Sunkist Lemonade With Heechul and Kangin
2008 Solar-C Vitamin With Shin Bong Sun and Park Seul Gi
Clean & Clear Until 2009, with Kim So-eun
YeJiMin Until 2010
2009 Innisfree Until 2014
2010 S-Oil
2011 Intel Visual Life with the 2nd Intel® Core™ Processor With Seohyun, Taeyeon
2011 EIDER Until 2013, with Lee Minho
2012 Ciba Vision FreshLook & Dailie Until 2013
2013 SK Telecom LTE Until 2014, With Sulli
Alcon Until 2014
2014 Cartier
Amore Pacific

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominated work Result
2008 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress You Are My Destiny Won
Netizen Award Won
2nd Korea Drama Awards Netizen Award Won
2009 45th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Won
Most Popular Actress (TV) Won
2010 46th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Cinderella Man Won
2012 6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Female Drama Star Love Rain Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
Netizen Award Won
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Prime Minister and I Won
Best Couple Award with Lee Beom-soo Won
Netizen Award Nominated
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards Most Popular Actress (TV) Nominated


  1. ^ (Korean) ‘소녀시대’ 윤아, MBC ‘9회말 2아웃’ 브라운관 데뷔,
  2. ^ (Korean) Yoona's profile at
  3. ^
  4. ^ YoonA and Soo Young Graduates From High School
  5. ^ (Korean) ‘소녀시대’ 윤아, MBC ‘9회말 2아웃’ 브라운관 데뷔 ( 'Girls' Generation SNSD, MBC '9 End 2 Outs' Debut Tube ) July 23, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  6. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 윤아, '너는 내 운명'으로 첫 주연 (SNSD Yoon Ah, 'You Are My Destiny (너는내운명)' first lead role in) ETO. April 29, 2008. Retrieved April 15, 1521.
  7. ^ Yoona declines ‘Nodame Cantabile‘ for Korea-China rom-com The Korea Herald
  8. ^ (Korean) Official Good Sunday page. The Family. SBS. Retrieved June 7, 2010
  9. ^ (Korean) "조권 합류로 '패떴2' 출연진 7명 확정". Yahoo! Korea News. January 19, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010. 
  10. ^ Yoona to MC 2011 SBS Gayo Daejun
  11. ^ Yoona Nominated in 2012 KBS Drama Awards and Will MC for 2012 KBS Gayo Daechukje
  12. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 ‘닌텐도 DS Crimson/Black’ 모델 발탁! (SNSD Chosen as Models for Nintendo DSi). TodayKorea/Newsen. March 29, 1010. Retrieved on April 14, 2010.
  13. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대-2PM ‘캐비’ M/V서 섹시한 라이프 가드로 변신,, May 7, 2010
  14. ^ (Korean) 소녀시대 유리, 머리카락 넘기는 모습도 '섹시', SSTV
  15. ^ List of CFs in 2012
  16. ^ Lee Seung Gi & YoonA are dating! (December 31, 2013). Retrieved on July 20, 2014.
  17. ^ "Documentary Shows Top K-Pop Singers Behind the Scenes". Chosun Ilbo. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Lee, Nancy (8 February 2013). "SNSD Members Say They Fought to Appear on Shinhwa Broadcast". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 

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