Yura (South Korean singer)

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Yura on the red carpet of the Gaon Chart K-pop Awards, on February 17, 2016.
Kim Ah-young

(1992-11-06) November 6, 1992 (age 28)
Ulsan, South Korea
Other namesYura
EducationDongduk Women's University
  • Singer
  • actress
Musical career
Years active2010–present
Associated actsGirl's Day
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim A-yeong
McCune–ReischauerKim Ayŏng
Stage name
Revised RomanizationYu-ra

Kim Ah-young (born November 6, 1992),[2]better known by her stage name Yura (Korean:유라), is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known as a member of the South Korean girl group Girl's Day.

Early life and education[edit]

Yura was born on November 6, 1992 in Ulsan, South Korea.[3] She attended Ulsan Art High School as a dance major. Yura is currently attending Dongduk Women's University, alongside fellow group member Minah.[4]


2010: Girl's Day[edit]

In 2010, Yura became a member of the K-pop girl group Girl's Day, where she and Lee Hye-ri replaced two of the former members, Ji-in and Ji-sun, who left after having been with the group for two months.[3] Dream Tea promoted Girl's Day before their debut with the creation of an official Fan Café, a YouTube channel, and Twitter accounts for the group and each of its members. The group also conducted a flash mob dance before the debut in the commercial and entertainment districts of Seoul, gaining much interest.

2012–2014: Acting debut and collaborations[edit]

In 2012, Yura made her acting debut through Sohu TV's Chinese drama Secret Angel.[5] She then collaborated with her label-mate Jevice with their single "I'll Love You".[citation needed] Yura also featured in SBS's series To the Beautiful You.[6]

In 2013, Yura was cast in the sitcom Reckless Family 3.[7] She also featured in a special episode of KBS' night show The Clinic for Married Couples: Love and War 2.[8]

In 2014, Yura starred in the SBS mini drama Be Arrogant.[9] She then became one of the official couples for the variety show We Got Married, where she was paired with model-actor Hong Jong-hyun.[10]

2016–present: MC and acting[edit]

In 2015, Yura co-hosted the fourth season of reality competition series K-pop Star alongside Jun Hyun-moo.[11] Additionally, Yura also serves as the MC for joint Korean-Chinese audition program Super Idol.[12]

In 2016, Yura was cast as one of the new MCs of Olive Channel's Tasty Road with Kim Min-jung.[13] The same year, she joined tvN's variety show After the Play Ends and acted in the web drama Iron Lady.[14]

In 2017, Yura was cast as one of the new MCs of tvN's Life Bar with Kim Hee-chul, joining original MCs Shin Dong-yup and Kim Jun-hyun.[15] She was also chosen as one of the MCs for KBS Drama's Beauty Bible 2017, alongside Han Hye-jin and Im Soo-hyang.[16] The same year, she starred in JTBC's short drama Hip Hop Teacher.[17]

In 2018, Yura starred in KBS' romance drama Radio Romance.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]


On November 8, 2010, Yura's ex-management company Action Music Entertainment filed an injunction against Yura, stopping her from signing a second contract with Dream Tea Entertainment.[20] In response, representatives of Dream Tea stated Action Music had violated contractual terms.[21] The lawsuit was pursued when Action Music insisted that they had a video of Yura's unacceptable behavior. On January 20, 2011, the court ruled in Yura's favor.[22]


As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak positions Sales Album
"I'll Love You"
(Jevice featuring Yura of Girl's Day)
2012 Non-album single



Year Title Role Notes
2021 Hauch Bae Kyunghwa

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2010 I Trusted Him MBC Cameo
2012 The Secret Angel Yu-bin Sohu TV
To the Beautiful You Lee Eun-young SBS
2013 Reckless Family 3 Park Yoo-ra MBC Every 1
Family KBS2 Cameo, Episode 11[23]
The Clinic for Married Couples: Love and War 2 Yoo-jung
2014 Be Arrogant Hong Ha-ra SBS Plus
2016 Iron Lady Jenny tvN
2017 Hip Hop Teacher Kim Yoo-bin JTBC
2018 Radio Romance Jin Tae-ri KBS2
2019 Psychopath Diary girl with a dog in park tvN Cameo, Episode 2
2020 Find Me in Your Memory Go Yu-ra MBC Cameo, Episodes 2 & 4
2021 Now, We Are Breaking Up Hye-rin SBS [24]

Variety show[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
2010 We Are Dating MBC
2014–2015 We Got Married with Hong Jong-hyun (Episodes 91–131)
2015 Off to School JTBC Episodes 40–43[25]
2016 After The Play Ends tvN
2017 Living Together in Empty Room MBC Episodes 4–8[26]
Episodes 19–21[27]
2018 Ocean Police MBC Every1 [28]
2018 Those Who Cross the Line MBC Episodes 17-20
2018 Give & Take, Please Buy MBN
2019 Cabin Crew Channel A Episodes 1–12
2019 Seoul Mate 3 tvN Episodes 1–12[29]
2020-2021 Trend Record SBS Plus


Year Title Network Notes
2015 K-pop Star 4 SBS with Jun Hyun-moo
Super Idol! MBC Music & TV Zone
2016 5th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards KBS Joy with Leeteuk[30]
Tasty Road O'live with Kim Min-jung
2017 Life Bar Season 2 tvN with Shin Dong-yup, Kim Jun-hyun, and Kim Hee-chul
Beauty Bible 2017 KBS with Han Hye-jin and Im Soo-hyang
Battle Trip KBS2 (Special MC)

Episode 54–57[31]

2017–2019 Weekly China Now ZHTV With Kim Il-Jung
2018 2018 Miss Korea Pageant MBC Every1 With Park Soo-hong [32]
2018 Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC Chuseok Special (Bowling) With Boom (entertainer)
2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC New Year Special (Bowling) With Kim Shin-young and Shindong

Music video appearances[edit]

Year Song title Artist Ref.
2014 "Night & Day" Wheesung [33]
2015 "On Rainy Days” Kim Tae Bum (Party Street) feat Sojin [34]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Result
2014 MBC Entertainment Awards Rookie Female Award[35] We Got Married Won
2015 2015 Cable TV Broadcast Awards Popularity Award[36] Dodohara Won
2017 MBC Entertainment Awards Female Excellence Award – Variety Living Together in Empty Room Nominated


  1. ^ "Girl's Day members pivot to acting". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 30, 2019.
  2. ^ "유라 프로필". Naver (in Korean).
  3. ^ a b "[Interview] My Name Is… Girl's Day – Part. 1". TenAsia. December 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "걸스데이 유라, 동덕여대 방송연예과 진학 '2011년 새내기". MK News (in Korean). February 5, 2011.
  5. ^ "Girl's Day Yura joins Jang Woo-hyuk in Chinese drama "Secret Angel"". TenAsia. March 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "걸스데이 유라, '아그대' 캐스팅..이민호 열혈팬 역". Star News (in Korean). August 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Girl's Day Yura Cast in Sitcom". 10Asia. July 24, 2013.
  8. ^ "ZE:A Moon Jun-young to Pair Up with Girl's Day Yura in TV Show". TenAsia. August 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "'도도하라' 유라·신소율, '2014 단막극 페스티벌' 포문 연다". E Daily (in Korean). October 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Model-actor Hong Jong-hyun and Girl's Day Yura join 'We Got Married'". Asia Today. May 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "걸스데이 유라, 'K팝스타4' 생방송 MC 합류..전현무와 호흡". Osen (in Korean). March 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "걸스데이 유라, '슈퍼아이돌' MC 낙점…조력자 역할". Xports News (in Korean). July 9, 2015.
  13. ^ "김민정·걸스데이 유라, '테이스티 로드' MC 확정". Osen (in Korean). January 19, 2016.
  14. ^ "'연극이 끝나고 난 뒤' 하석진·윤소희·이민혁·유라, 생생한 현장컷". TV Daily (in Korean). June 30, 2016.
  15. ^ "Super Junior's Kim Hee-chul, Girl's Day's Yura to host 'Life Bar'". Kpop Herald. April 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "걸스데이 유라, '뷰티 바이블 2017' MC 발탁..新 뷰티여신". Herald Corporation (in Korean). April 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  17. ^ "[공식] 수영·이원근부터 유라·닉쿤까지…JTBC, 웹드 라인업 공개". My Daily (in Korean). April 20, 2017.
  18. ^ "Girl's Day Yura to star in 'Radio Romance' with Kim So Hyun & Yoon Doo Joon". KBS World. KBS World. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  19. ^ "Yura in love with sweet villain character". Kpop Herald. April 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "'걸스데이' 유라, 연예활동 금지 가처분 소송 당해". Chosun (in Korean). November 8, 2010.
  21. ^ "'소송' 걸스데이 측 "유라, 아무 문제 없이 소속사 이적"". Asiae (in Korean). November 11, 2010.
  22. ^ "'걸스데이' 유라, 前소속사 분쟁에서 이겼다". Segye (in Korean). January 28, 2011.
  23. ^ Kwon, Hye-rim (July 17, 2013). "걸스데이 유라, '무작정패밀리3' 캐스팅" [Girl's Day Yura Cast in 'Recklessly family 3']. Joy News. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  24. ^ Jeong Hee-yeon (April 6, 2021). "유라, SBS '지금, 헤어지는 중입니다' 합류 [공식]" [Yura joins SBS 'Now, we're breaking up' [Official]]. Sports Donga-A (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  25. ^ "'학교 다녀오겠습니다' 은지원 유라 슬기, 만화창작과 전학생으로 합류". TenAsia (in Korean). April 14, 2015.
  26. ^ Lee, Hyun-ju (May 19, 2017). "'발칙한동거'유라X김민종X김구라, 나이차이 무색한 '동심 라이프'(종합)". News1 Korea (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  27. ^ Lee Eun-jin (August 24, 2017). "'발칙한 동거' 김민종X소진, 유라 집에서 다시 동거 시작… '반가운 재회'". TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  28. ^ "Yura to Star in TV Show "Ocean Police" With Kim Soo-ro, Jo Jae-yoon and Kwak Si-yang". Hancinema. Star News. July 19, 2018.
  29. ^ 헤럴드경제 (2019-07-01). "이규한, "'서울메이트3' 메이트, 도벽만 없길 바란다"". biz.heraldcorp.com (in Korean). Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  30. ^ "Yura, Leeteuk to host Gaon Chart K-pop Awards". Kpop Herald. January 25, 2016.
  31. ^ "'Battle' Girl's Day Yura is Special MC for 4 weeks! [Battle Trip]". KBS World. June 23, 2017.
  32. ^ "Girl's Day's Yura will host 2018 Miss Korea". Korea JoongAng Daily. June 23, 2018.
  33. ^ "Wheesung's MV Teaser for "Night and Day" Features Girl's Day's Yura and Teen Top's C.A.P". Soompi. May 10, 2014.
  34. ^ "Kim Tae Bum reveals MV teaser for "On Rainy Days" ft. Girl's Day Sojin". Koreaboo. Feb 3, 2015.
  35. ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (December 29, 2014). "걸스데이 유라&혜리, 여자 신인상 수상 "가수가 받아도 되는 지…" (2014 MBC 방송연예대상)" [Girl's Day Yura & Hyeri Won Rookie of The Year]. TV Daily (in Korean). Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  36. ^ Lee, Seon-hwa (March 13, 2015). "'케이블TV 시상식' 유라, "'도도하라' 찍으면서 정말 행복했다"". TV Report (in Korean). Retrieved 2015-03-15.

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