Nana (singer)

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Nana at a public performance with Orange Caramel in 2015
Native name 임진아
Born Im Jin-ah
(1991-09-14) September 14, 1991 (age 25)
Cheongju, North Chungcheong, South Korea
Other names Nana
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels Pledis Entertainment
Associated acts
Website After School's Website
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[1]), better known by her stage name Nana, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is a member of the South Korean girl group After School and its subgroup Orange Caramel.

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 is a member of the Makeup Artists Association.[5]


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

In November 2009, Nana debuted in After School along with Raina as third generation members with the release of After School's second EP, Because of You.[6] 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 third single, "Shanghai Romance".

In July 2011, Nana was part of the After School sub-unit A.S. Red along with After School members Kahi, Jungah and Uee, releasing the single "In the Night Sky".[7] In September 2011, she was chosen as the main model for the Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show.[8]

In March 2012, Nana again modeled for Tokyo Girls Collection, walking the S/S 2012 show. She was also a model for the Japanese fashion show Girls' Award and Park Yoon-yoo's Seoul Fashion Walk S/S 2012.[4] In June 2012, After School released their fifth maxi-single Flashback. Nana has a solo song on it titled "Eyeline".[9] In December she joined fellow K-pop stars Hyolyn, Hyuna, Hyoseong, and Nicole to form super group Dazzling Red for SBS Gayo Daejun, performing the song "This Person".[10] She also became the endorsement model for the biggest diet brand in Korea, Juvis.[11][12] Nana was also a permanent panelist on the Japanese fashion TV show, Tokyo Brandnew Girls.[13][14][15][16][17][18]

In April 2013, Nana collaborated with Electroboyz on their single "Ma Boy 3".[19] In December 2013, Nana placed second on the Independent Critics List of 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2013.[20] She rose to the top position in 2014,[21] and placed first again in 2015.[22][23]

2014–present: Roommate and start of acting career[edit]

In March 2014, it was announced that Nana would be a member on a new SBS variety show called Roommate. The show features 11 celebrities living in one house.[24] In April, Nana became the host for the second season of OnStyle's Style Log, along with Hong Jong-hyun and Cho Min-ho.[25] In August 2014, Nana participated in the Chinese fashion elimination show Muse Dress.[26] While on the show, Nana was praised by the judges for her sense and style, and emerged runner-up in the competition. The second season of Roommate began airing on September 21, with Nana returning as a cast member. She also had a cameo role in the Korean film Fashion King, which was released on November 6, 2014.[27] 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).[28][29] The drama aired in February 2015 on Hunan TV.

In April 2015, Nana walked the Girls Award S/S 2015 Fashion Show in Tokyo. In June, Nana was cast in the Chinese romantic comedy film Go Lala Go 2, the sequel to Go Lala Go![30] In October, Nana again modelled for Girls Award, walking their A/W 2015 Fashion Show.

In February 2016, Nana joined the cast of Real Men for the fourth season's female soldier special.[31][32] Later in the year, she was cast in a supporting role in the television drama The Good Wife.[33] The drama is a remake of the American series of the same name, and began airing on tvN in July 2016. Nana earned positive reviews for her role as Kim Dan.[34][35]

Following her success on the small screen, Nana is cast alongside her The Good Wife co-star, Yoo Ji Tae in the film, Ggoon (Conman).[36]

Nana received the Rookie Actress award at the 2016 Asia Artist Awards, which took place on November 16.

Personal life[edit]

She is currently attending Seoul Institute of the Arts (SeoulArts), formally known as Seoul Art College.

She studied acting for two years in preparation for her debut role.


In 2014, Nana became the main endorsement model for Daigaku Honyaku Center. Her contract with the company was renewed in April 2016.[37] She also became the model for Skechers, FOSSIL, Alton Sports Bike with Hong Jong-hyun and Baskin Robbins and Tving with Orange Caramel. She was also chosen as the model for Cordajour in Japan.[38]

In 2015, Nana became the model for Xtep Sports[39] and Kafellon[40] in China. She also became the model for mobile game OST Chronicle, Miero Fiber, Mad for Garlic, Memebox, GLAMM, waterpark Ocean World with Lee Kwang-soo[41] and fashion brand Bcuz with group-mate Lizzy.

In 2016, she gained an endorsement with Yves Saint Laurent's cosmetics line and appeared in High Cut magazine modeling the products in September and later appeared in another issue in February 2017.

In 2017, Nana became the model and spokeswoman for Puma (brand) Women's "DoYou" campaign for women's athletic apparel and shoes.


Nana at a fan event in 2012

Solo 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 Artist Album Notes
2012 "This Person" Dazzling Red Charity single[10]
2013 "Ma Boy 3" Electroboyz In Love
"Just a Moment" Hello Venus Would You Stay for Tea? Narration



Year Title Role Note
2011 White: The Melody of the Curse Herself Cameo
2014 Fashion King Kim Hae-na
2015 Go Lala Go 2 Sha Dangdang Supporting role
2017 Ggoon Choon Ja

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006–2007 High Kick! Cameo[citation needed] MBC
2015 Love Weaves Through a Millennium (相愛穿梭千年) Zhao Nana Hunan Television
2016 The Good Wife Kim Dan tvN

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Role Notes
2010 1000 Song Challenge SBS Guest with Kim Jungah
Playgirlz School MBC Cast member
2011 Quiz to Change the World Guest with Kahi
Weekly Idol MBC Every 1 with Orange Caramel
Gag Concert KBS with Uee and Raina
1000 Song Challenge SBS with Kim Jungah, Raina, E-Young
2012 Tokyo Brand New Girls Fixed panelist
Weekly Idol MBC Every 1 Guest with After School
Chuseok Wrestling Special with E-Young, Kaeun, Raina, Lizzy
Dream Team with E-Young, Raina, Kim Jungah
This is Magic MBC with Raina
2013 Radio Star with Lizzy
ON! Faitin Korea with Kaeun, Lee Jooyeon
Hidden Singer JTBC with Lee Jooyeon, Raina
2014 Style Log Host
Roommate SBS Fixed member
Quiz to Change the World MBC Guest with Raina, Lizzy
Beatles Code 3D
Muse Dress Fixed member Runner-up in competition overall
2015 Roommate SBS
Weekly Idol MBC Every 1 Guest with Orange Caramel
Seventeen Project MBC Music with After School, Episode 6
Celebrity MasterChef Season 2 Dragon TV Challenger Contestant Chininese variety show
2016 Radio Star MBC
Real Men: Female Special MBC Guest Season 4 (Episode 146 and 147)[42]

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist
2010 "White Tears" Eru
"Like A Fool" Honey Dew

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 Style Icon Awards K-Beauty Icon [43] N/A Won
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actress
The Good Wife
9th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actress Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Rookie Award, Actress Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Television) Nominated


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