Boram was born on March 22, 1986. Her father is Jeon Youngrok, who was a hugely popular singer in South Korea in the 1970s and 1980s. Her mother is Lee Mi-young, a well-known actress. She is a third-generation artist in Korea as both her grandfather, Hwang Hae, and grandmother, Baek Sul Hee, were both famous singers. Her younger sister, Wooram, is a member of a Korean girl group called D-Unit.
Boram has studied at the Myungji University, enrolling in the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts, same as group member Qri.
Boram was the first new member to be added to T-ara after two former members, Jiae and Jiwon, quit the group in mid-2009. She was contacted by the CEO of Core Contents Media after he watched a video clip of Boram dancing to BoA's "My Name".
It was announced on July 15, 2010 that she will take over Eunjung's position as the second leader of T-ara, following the addition of new member Hwayoung.