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Nayeon: Wiki, Career, Awards, 5 Fun Facts & More

Biography of Nayeon

Nayeon, whose full name is Im Na-yeon, is a South Korean singer and member of the girl group ‘TWICE’. Nayeon was born on September 21, 1995, in Seoul, South Korea. Her zodiac sign is Virgo and her zodiac animal is Pig. She joined the group in 2015 through the reality show ‘Sixteen’ and in 2022, her debut EP titled ‘Im Nayeon’ reached number 7 on the US ‘Billboard 200’, making her the first South Korean solo artist to reach the top 10 of the chart.

Career & Achievements

Nayeon began her career in the entertainment industry by participating in a modelling contest as a child, and was recruited by ‘JYP Entertainment’. In spite of her mother’s initial reluctance to let her pursue a career in the industry due to her young age, Nayeon secretly auditioned for the agency in 2010 and became a trainee. She was later chosen to be a part of a girl group called ‘6mix’ that never debuted, and made a small appearance in the TV series ‘Dream High 2’ in 2012.

In 2015, Nayeon took part in the reality show ‘Sixteen’ which aimed to find the members of a new girl group under ‘JYP Entertainment’ called ‘TWICE’. She was one of the nine successful contestants who made it to the final lineup. She officially debuted as a member of ‘TWICE’ with the release of their first EP, ‘The Story Begins’.

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In June 2022, she released her debut EP as a solo artist titled ‘Im Nayeon’, which showcases her desire to establish herself as a separate artist apart from her group ‘TWICE’. The EP represents her effort to understand herself better, which was written during long nights in foreign cities during ‘TWICE’s world tour and amidst a busy promotional schedule. She pushed herself creatively and stepped outside of her comfort zone in ‘TWICE’ to create something of her own, as ‘Im Nayeon’ instead of ‘Nayeon of TWICE’. This has been a long-awaited moment for the Seoul-born star who has waited 12 years for it. Through the process, she even rekindled her passion for music.

Discography of Nayeon

Mini Albums

  • Im Nayeon (2022)


  • K/DA – I’ll Show You (with bandmates Jihyo, Sana, Chaeyoung, Bekuh Boom & Anika Wells) (2020)




  • Dream High 2 (KBS, 2012) -cameo (Ep. 2)

Reality Shows

  • SIXTEEN (Mnet, 2015) – contestant

Variety Shows

  • Two Yoo Project – Sugar Man (JTBC, 2015) – guest (Ep. 11)
  • Yeri’s Room (YouTube, 2020) – guest (Ep. 1)

Music Video Appearances

  • Miss A – Bad Girl Good Girl (2010)
  • San E – Please Don’t Go (2011)
  • GOT7 – Girls Girls Girls (2014)
  • Jun. K – No Love (2014)
  • Miss A – Only You (2015)
  • J.Y. Park – Fire (feat. Conan O’Brien, Steven Yeun, & Jimin) (2016)
  • Jun. K – Your Wedding (2017)

Personal Life

Nayeon is currently not in a relationship and there is no information available about her past dating history. However, she was seen on a date with fellow TWICE member Jeongyeon, who later posted a photo of them together on social media with the caption #hotgirl.

As the oldest member of ‘TWICE’, she is known for her strong vocals and upbeat personality, fitting comfortably into each of the group’s concepts. She has a lighthearted approach and doesn’t take things too seriously, including herself. Her cheerful smile and cute front teeth have earned her the nickname ‘Bunny Nayeon’ from her fans.

In an interview, when asked what brings her happiness other than music, she replied that she doesn’t think much about what makes her happy or the definition of happiness. Instead, she finds joy in her everyday life, like laughing and spending time with loved ones over a good meal. To her, happiness is a feeling of comfort.

Fashion and Endorsements

Nayeon has been involved in various endorsements and advertisements, both individually and with her bandmates from ‘TWICE’. She has modelled for brands such as ‘Smart School Uniform’ and ‘TN’ during her trainee years.

In 2021, she became a model for ‘Chaumet’s Joséphine Collection’ and ‘Biotherm Korea’, and in September 2022, she modelled for the South Korean clothing brand ‘Olive Des Olive’. She has also appeared in magazines such as ‘Nylon Korea’, ‘Cosmopolitan Korea’, ‘W Korea’, and ‘Elle Korea’ for fashion brands like ‘Ralph Lauren’, ‘Jill Stuart’, ‘Fendi’, and ‘Louis Vuitton’. In April 2022, she was featured in ‘Harper’s Bazaar Korea’ for ‘Chaumet’s Josephine Collection’ and was also officially named the ‘Friend of the Maison’ by the brand.

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In January 2023, ‘Givenchy Beauty’ declared Nayeon as their official brand muse. A representative from the brand stated that Nayeon was chosen for her charming and lively personality, as well as her sophisticated stage presence, which aligns with ‘Givenchy Beauty’s image. They expect her to contribute positively to the brand through her involvement in various campaigns. Nayeon plans to display various aspects of herself through ‘Givenchy Beauty’s makeup and perfume offerings, eliciting the public’s attention.

Impact & Influence

Nayeon has a prominent role as the central performer in TWICE’s performances and frequently opens their songs. She was voted as one of the most popular idols in South Korea in ‘Gallup Korea’s annual music poll in 2017,2018 and in 2019. Additionally, a survey of soldiers completing mandatory military service in South Korea ranked her as the 8th most popular female K-pop idol.

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In March 2020, Nayeon made a generous contribution of KR₩50 million (approximately $42,500 USD) to the ‘Community Chest of Korea’ in order to support the efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Her donation was a significant contribution to the organization’s efforts to provide aid to those affected by the outbreak, including providing medical equipment and supplies, supporting community health centres, and providing financial assistance to vulnerable communities.


  • MAMA Awards 2022
    Best Female Artist (2022)
  • Asian Pop Music Awards 2022
    Best Female Artist – Overseas (2022)
  • Asian Pop Music Awards 2022
    Solo Artist of the Year – Female (2022)

Interesting Facts about Nayeon

  1. Her name Nayeon means ‘elegant/graceful’ in Korean.
  2. Before she joined TWICE, she was a member of the girl group called ‘6mix’ which never debuted.
  3. She adores the South Korean idol IU.
  4. Her left leg is weak as a result of an accident when she was young.
  5. She is TWICE’s fake ‘Maknae’ (youngest member) because of her youthful beauty, lovely cheeks, and playful nature despite the fact that she is the eldest member.


  1. When is Nayeon’s birthday?
    Her birthday is on September 21, 1995.
  2. How old is Nayeon?
    She is 27 years old.
  3. How tall is Nayeon?
    She is about 1.63 m tall.
  4. What is Nayeon’s Instagram ID?
    @nayeonyny is Nayeon’s Instagram ID.

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