Kwon Mina

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Kwon Min-ah
Kwon Mina at "Psychokinesis" VIP premiere, 29 January 2018 01.jpg
Kwon Mina at Psychokinesis VIP premiere in January 2018
Kwon Min-ah

(1993-09-21) September 21, 1993 (age 26)
Busan, South Korea
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active2012–present
AgentO& Entertainment
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
Years active2012–2019
Associated acts
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGwon Min-a
McCune–ReischauerKwŏn Mina

Kwon Min-ah (born September 21, 1993), better known by the mononym Mina, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as a former member of the girl group AOA. Mina has acted in television dramas, including Modern Farmer (2014) and All About My Mom (2015).

Early life[edit]

Mina was born on September 21, 1993, in Busan, South Korea.[1] She auditioned for FNC in 2009, and her family moved from Busan to Seoul soon after.



On July 30, 2012, Mina made her debut as a member of AOA on Mnet's M Countdown with the song "Elvis" from their debut single album, Angels' Story.[2] She was also part of band unit AOA Black, established in 2013.[3] Due to her father's death on November 29, 2014, Mina took some time off from career activities and did not participate in some promotions for "Like a Cat".[4]

On May 13, 2019, Mina left AOA after deciding not to renew her contract with FNC Entertainment.[5]

Solo career[edit]

In 2013, Mina debuted as an actress with the KBS2 drama special Adolescence Medley, where she played Yoon Jin-yeong.[6] In February 2014, she played the younger role of Kim Hee-sun's character, Cha Hye-won, in the KBS drama Wonderful Days.[7] Mina had her first lead role in the SBS weekend drama Modern Farmer, which aired from October to December 2014.[8]

On February 26, 2015, Mina appeared in the music video for solo singer Shade's song "Bad".[9] In May, Mina made her debut as an MC with Y-Star's variety show Gourmet Road.[10] In August, she was appointed as co-MC on Weekly Idol with Apink's Hayoung and VIXX's N, starting from September 2.[11] On September 9, Mina and Nam Joo-hyuk appeared in the music video for solo singer Kangnam's song "Chocolate".[12] On December 5, she joined the cast of the KBS weekend drama All About My Mom, starting from episode 33. She played Go Aeng-doo, a pretty and innocent, yet mysterious young lady.[6][13]

In March 2016, Mina starred in the seven-part web drama Click Your Heart, produced by her agency FNC Entertainment, where she played a cheerful, but clumsy, 18-year-old high school student who forms friendships and love triangles with four boys.[14] In 2017, she has been cast in the remake of 1986's horror movie Woman's Wail,[15] and in the hospital drama Hospital Ship as a nurse.[16] She compiled an essay collection of quotes and wisdom that are personally meaningful to her titled Stars Don't Lose Their Way at Night that was published on November 1, 2017.[17]

Mina won the Hallyu Star Award at the 10th Korea Drama Awards for her role in Hospital Ship.[18][19]

In February 2018, it was revealed that Mina will also join the cast of KBS weekday drama Queen of Mystery 2 as police officer Shin Na-ra.[20] The same year, she was cast in the web drama Wind-Bell[21][22] and in Loss Time Life, the remake of a Japanese drama of the same name.[23]

On July 1, 2019, it was announced that Mina had signed with O& Entertainment.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Allegations against Jimin[edit]

On July 3, 2020, Kwon alleged in an Instagram post that AOA member Shin Ji-min had bullied her for a decade, which led to her withdrawal from the group in 2019. She posted a photo of her scarred wrist and claimed to have attempted suicide as a result of the bullying.[25] Shin reportedly responded to the accusations by posting the word "fiction" to her Instagram Stories before deleting it shortly after. Kwon criticized the post, stating, "Fiction? It's too scary to say it's fiction."[26][27]



Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2013 Adolescence Medley Yoon Jin-yeong KBS2 Supporting role
2014 Wonderful Days young Cha Hae-won
Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit Han Seul-hee tvN Cameo
Modern Farmer Lee Soo-yeon SBS Supporting role
2015 All About My Mom Go Aeng-doo KBS2
2016 Click Your Heart Mina MBC Every 1
Naver TV Cast
Lead role
2017 Hospital Ship Yoo Ah-rim MBC Supporting role
2018 Queen of Mystery 2 Shin Na-ra KBS2
Sweet Revenge 2 Herself xtvN Cameo
2019 Wind-Bell Yeo-jin Viki Lead role
Loss Time Life So-jin MBN, UMAX Lead role

Reality show[edit]

Year Title Role Network Note
2013 Cheongdam-dong 111 Herself tvN [28]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2015 Gourmet Road MC Y-Star
Weekly Idol co-MC MBC Every 1

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2017 10th Korea Drama Awards Hallyu Star Award
Hospital Ship
36th MBC Drama Awards Best New Actress Nominated


  1. ^ "AOA Profile on FNC Official Website".
  2. ^ Park HyunMin (September 2, 2012). "[Interview Part I] AOA Lands on Earth on Angel Wings and Guitars". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on April 8, 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Lee KyungNam (July 11, 2013). "AOA to Launch Band Unit AOA Black". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on April 8, 2016. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Sung So-young (December 1, 2014). "Mina takes personal time". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "FNC 측 "AOA 5인 재계약 후 팀유지, 민아는 탈퇴"(공식입장 전문)" (in Korean). Naver. May 13, 2019. Retrieved May 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Yi, Yoonjung (November 24, 2015). "AOA Mina to Join Drama 'All About My Mom'". BNT News. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  7. ^ Jin Eun-soo (July 16, 2014). "AOA's Mina cast in 'Modern Farmer'". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  8. ^ An So-hyoun (July 11, 2014). "[Exclusive] AOA's Mina Cast as Lead in Drama 'Modern Farmer'". enews World. CJ E&M. Archived from the original on September 25, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "[MV] Shade(그늘) _ Bad(나쁜 짓)". YouTube. February 25, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  10. ^ Lee Hye-rin (May 1, 2015). '식신로드' AOA 민아, 녹화 중 졸음 밀려와 '폭소'. OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  11. ^ Ghim, Sora (August 13, 2015). "N, Ha Young And Mina Join 'Weekly Idol' As Fixed Members". BNT News. Retrieved August 14, 2015.
  12. ^ Kim Yu-jin (September 9, 2015). "Kangnam releases 2nd teaser video of 'Chocolate'". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  13. ^ Oh Su-jeong (November 24, 2015). AOA 민아, '부탁해요 엄마' 합류…최태준·조보아와 삼각관계. TV Daily (in Korean). Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  14. ^ Lee Woo-young (March 17, 2016). "Viewers to choose ending in new Web drama 'Click Your Heart'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  15. ^ Cheon, Seol-hwa (May 22, 2017). 조여정 X 이유영, 전설의 사극 공포 영화 '여곡성' 리메이크판 주연 유력 [[Exclusive] Jo Yeo-jeong and Lee Yu-yeong to star in the legendary horror movie "Woman's Wall". AOA's Mina, Joo Da-young confirmed too]. Star Daily News (in Korean). Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  16. ^ Choi, Na-young (June 15, 2017). [단독] AOA 민아, MBC '병원선' 합류..연기돌 입지 굳힌다 [AOA's Mina joins MBC "Hospital Ship"]. News Chosun (in Korean). Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  17. ^ Park, So-hyun (October 23, 2017). AOA 권민아, 에세이 작가 변신…'별은 밤에도 길을 잃지 않는다' 출간 (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  18. ^ "[단독] AOA 민아, MBC '병원선' 합류..연기돌 입지 굳힌다" (in Korean). Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  19. ^ "AOA's Mina and KARA's Gyuri win big at 2017 Korea Drama Awards". SBS PopAsia. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  20. ^ "[공식입장] AOA 권민아, '추리의 여왕2' 출연 확정..철부지 경찰" (in Korean). Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "아이돌스타 진영·민아, 서울시 웹드라마 '풍경' 주인공". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). October 1, 2018.
  22. ^ "AOA's Minah cast in web drama". Korea JoongAng Daily. October 3, 2018.
  23. ^ "[공식]AOA 민아, '로스타임라이프' 주연 확정…송유빈과 커플 호흡" (in Korean). Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  24. ^ "Former AOA member Mina signs with new label O& Entertainment". July 1, 2019.
  25. ^ Kim, Seung-hyeon (July 3, 2020). 걸그룹 AOA '멤버 간 괴롭힘' 논란…권민아 "자해 시도도" VS 지민 "소설" 반박. The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Chosun Ilbo Company. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  26. ^ Yoon, Gi-baek (July 3, 2020). 권민아, AOA 지민 향해 사과 요구… 증거사진 공개까지 [전문]. Edaily (in Korean). Retrieved July 3, 2020.
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  28. ^ Kwon Soo-bin (November 12, 2013). "FT Island and CN Blue to Appear in a FNC Reality Drama". enewsWorld. CJ E&M. Retrieved March 26, 2016.

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