Nana (singer)

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Nana in 2014
Native name 임진아
Born Im Jin-ah
(1991-09-14) September 14, 1991 (age 26)
Cheongju, North Chungcheong, South Korea
Education Seoul Institute of the Arts
  • Singer
  • actress
  • model
Musical career
Genres K-pop
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels Pledis Entertainment
Associated acts
Korean name
Hangul 임진아
Revised Romanization Im Jin-a
McCune–Reischauer Im China
Stage name
Hangul 나나
Revised Romanization Nana
McCune–Reischauer Nana

Im Jin-ah (born September 14, 1991[1]), known professionally as Nana, is a South Korean singer, actress and model. She is a member of the South Korean girl group After School and its subgroup Orange Caramel.

Early life

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

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]

In 2013, she walked the runway for a-nation’s “NYLON” fashion show.[14] The same year, Nana collaborated with Electroboyz on their single "Ma Boy 3".[15] In December 2013, Nana gained global recognition when she placed second on the Independent Critics List of 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2013.[16] She rose to #1 position in 2014,[17] and placed first again in 2015.[18][19]

2014–present: Acting career

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.[20] In April, Nana became the host for the second season of OnStyle's Style Log, along with Hong Jong-hyun and Cho Min-ho.[21] In August 2014, Nana participated in the Chinese fashion elimination show Muse Dress,[22] and emerged runner-up in the competition.[citation needed] She also had a cameo role in the Korean film Fashion King, which was released on November 6, 2014.[23]

In early 2015, Nana starred in the Chinese television drama, Love Weaves Through a Millennium, a remake of the Korean drama Queen In-hyun's Man (2012).[24] The same year, she starred in the Chinese romantic comedy film Go Lala Go 2, the sequel to Go Lala Go!.[25]

In February 2016, Nana joined the cast of Real Men for the fourth season's female soldier special.[26] Later in the year, she was cast in a supporting role in the television drama The Good Wife, a remake of the American series of the same name[27][28] Nana earned positive reviews for her role as Kim Dan,[29] and received the Rookie Actress award at the 2016 Asia Artist Awards.[30]

Following her success on the small screen, Nana was cast alongside her The Good Wife co-star, Yoo Ji-tae in the film, Ggoon (Conman).[31] In 2017, she was cast in her first leading role for upcoming romantic thriller Four Men.[32]


Nana at a fan event in 2012


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 The Swindlers Choon-ja

Television series

Year Title Network Role Notes
2006–2007 High Kick! MBC Herself Cameo
2015 Love Weaves Through a Millennium Hunan Television Zhao Nana Supporting role; Chinese drama
2016 The Good Wife tvN Kim Dan Supporting role
2018 Four Men TBA Yeo-rin Lead role

Variety show

Year Title Network Role Notes
2010 Playgirlz School MBC Cast member
2012 Tokyo Brand New Girls Fixed panelist
2014 Style Log OnStyle Host
Roommate SBS Cast member
Muse Dress Runner-up in competition overall
2015 Roommate 2 SBS
Celebrity MasterChef Season 2 Dragon TV Challenger Contestant Chinese variety show
2016 Real Men: Female Special MBC Cast member Season 4 (Episode 146 and 147)[33]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 7th Style Icon Awards Tony Moly K-Beauty N/A Won [34]
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Best New Actress The Good Wife Nominated
9th Korea Drama Awards Nominated
1st Asia Artist Awards Best Rookie Award, Actress (TV) Won
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (TV) Nominated
6th Korea Film Actors Association Awards Popular Star Award The Swindlers Won [35]
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress (Film) Nominated [36]
Bazaar Icon Award N/A Won [37]
13th Asia Model Awards Popular Star N/A Won [38]
23rd Chunsa Film Art Awards Popularity Award N/A Won [39]


  1. ^ "Nana's profile" (in Korean). Pledis Entertainment. Archived from the original on December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "After School artist info". Hanteo Chart. Hanteo Information System. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kwon Seok-jeong (August 31, 2014). "'룸메이트' 나나 고등학교 졸업사진 공개 세상에나 지금하고 똑같아!". TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Choi EunHwa (February 10, 2012). "Nana Finding Success in Japan as Model". enewsWorld. Mwave. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Orange Caramel′s NANA". enewsWorld. Mwave. July 20, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "[쿠키人터뷰] 애프터스쿨 "크리스마스 선물로 1위 트로피 받고 싶어요"". Kuki News (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  7. ^ "After School Red". KBS World Radio. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  8. ^ jbarky (August 31, 2011). "After School's Nana Chosen as Main Model for "Tokyo Girls Collection"". Soompi. Retrieved 2016-07-30. 
  9. ^ Lee Hyun-jae (June 22, 2012). "After School returns to Korea after Kahi's departure". The Korea Herald. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Benjamin, Jeff (December 28, 2012). "The Color of K-Pop: HyunA, Yo Seob and K-Pop All-Stars Unite for Charity Singles". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ Ho, Stewart (June 25, 2012). "After School's Nana's Untouched Images Receive Praise". CJ E&M enewsWorld. Retrieved July 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ "'미라클 몸매' 애프터스쿨 나나, CG보다 완벽한 무보정 직찍 화제". 네이트뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  13. ^ "After School's NaNa joins cast of Japanese TV show". 10Asia. March 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ "After School's Nana to Strut Runway in Japan". 10Asia. August 2, 2013. 
  15. ^ "KPOP NEWS - After School's Nana to Sing 'Ma Boy 3' with Electroboyz". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2016-07-31. 
  16. ^ "Independent Critics Names After School's Nana as #2 in 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2013". enewsWorld. December 26, 2013. 
  17. ^ "After School's Nana tops international beauty ranking". Kpop Herald. December 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Nana again 'most beautiful face'". The Korea Times. December 27, 2015. 
  19. ^ "K-Pop Star Nana Named "Most Beautiful Face in the World"". Fuse TV. Retrieved February 29, 2016. 
  20. ^ Jin Eun-soo (March 28, 2014). "Cast confirmed for 'Roommate'". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  21. ^ Hong, Grace Danbi (March 24, 2014). "Hong Jong Hyun, After School's Nana and Cho Min Ho to Host New Season of 'Style Log'". Mnet America. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  22. ^ "After School's Nana to appear on Chinese fashion show". The Korea Times. August 3, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  23. ^ Kim Hee-eun (April 15, 2014). "Nana to make a movie cameo". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  24. ^ Ha Soo Jung; Yeawon Jung (November 28, 2014). "After School's Nana Cast in Chinese Drama 'Empress' Man'". Newsen. enewsWorld. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Nana to star in Chinese rom-com". Kpop Herald. June 2, 2015. 
  26. ^ Ahn Sung-mi (February 16, 2016). "Eight female stars enter military". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  27. ^ Park Jin-hai (July 3, 2016). "Jeon Do-yeon returns with "Good Wife"". The Korea Times. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Nana from After School talks about acting in 'The Good Wife'". Kpop Herald. August 29, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Girl Group Member Nana Proves Herself in Acting Debut". The Chosun Ilbo. August 20, 2016. 
  30. ^ "'AAA' 조진웅∙엑소 대상…방탄소년단∙박보검∙윤아 2관왕 [종합]". TV Daily (in Korean). November 16, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Nana making big screen debut in "Kkun"". Korea JoongAng Daily. September 24, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Actor Park Hae-jin to star in new drama with singer-turned-actress Nana". The Korea Herald. August 25, 2017. 
  33. ^ Kim, Eun-jeong. "진짜 사나이 여군특집 4기, 김성은·공현주·나나·전효성 등…'비주얼 멤버' 특집?". Nate (in Korean). Herald Pop. Retrieved February 14, 2016. 
  34. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (October 28, 2014). "Diplo, Girls' Generation-TTS, 4Minute, CL & More Shine at 2014 Style Icon Awards". Billboard. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Top Star Awards for NA Moon-hee, LEE Jung-hyun, CHOI Min-shik and Hyun-bin". Korean Film Biz Zone. January 8, 2018. 
  36. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018. 
  37. ^ "[SBS Star] 'The 54th Baeksang Arts Awards' Complete List of Winners". SBS News. May 4, 2018. 
  38. ^ "[2018 아시아모델어워즈] 한혜진·비투비, 아시아 스타상 수상…뉴이스트W, 2관왕(종합)". MBN Star (in Korean). May 6, 2018. 
  39. ^ "[제23회 춘사영화제]나나X오대환, 특별인기상 수상 "더 발전하는 배우되겠다"". Herald Corporation (in Korean). May 18, 2018. 

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