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Karina (카리나) is a South Korean singer and rapper under SM Entertainment. She is the leader of the girl group aespa and a member of the female unit GOT the beat.


2019: Pre-debut

On February 2019, Karina appeared in Taemin's "Want" music video and also acted as backup dancer for the song's promotional stages.[2]

2020: Debut with aespa

On October 28, 2020, Karina was revealed as the second member of aespa.[3][4] The group debuted on November 17 with the digital single "Black Mamba".

Before her debut with aespa, on November 1, she performed alongside Kai for the virtual showcase held by Hyundai Motors.[5]

2021: GOT the beat

On December 27, 2021 it was revealed that she alongside her groupmate Winter would be part of the new unit "GOT the beat" from the project Girls On Top alongside BoA, Taeyeon & Hyoyeon from Girls' Generation and Wendy & Seulgi from Red Velvet making their debut with the digital single "Step Back" on January 3, 2022.[6][7][8][9]

Personal life


Karina attended Hansol High School before she took her GED to graduate.[10]


Variety shows

  • Travel Diary - Soul ; Seoul (History Channel, 2021)

Music video appearances


  • She was a trainee for four years.[2]
  • Karina is a fan of IU and f(x).[2]
  • She mentioned Girls' Generation as her role model.[11]
  • She was an ulzzang before becoming a trainee.[2]
  • She is a black belt in Taekwondo.[12]
  • In the group, her representative symbol is a heart. Her representative animal is a whale.[13]
  • Her favorite color is blue.[14]
  • Her favorite season is spring.[14]
  • When Karina first met Ningning, she thought she was older and so she used formal language for 3 weeks.[14]
  • Karina has a phobia (fear) of heights.[15]
  • Karina's possible MBTI personality types are ESFJ and ISFJ.[16]
  • She is very fond of dinosaurs (she always talks about them during the backstage of the group's MVs shootings and during an interview she mentioned that she wanted to travel back in time just to meet them).[17]
  • Her favorite food is cold noodles with pork cutlets.[18]
  • She has an older sister.[19]
    • According to Karina, her older sister works as a nurse in a large hospital.[20]


Main article: Karina (aespa)/Gallery


  1. Soompi: aespa Shares Meanings Behind Their Stage Names, Variety Shows They Want To Appear On, And More
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Koreaboo: SM Reveals 2nd Member Of New Girl Group Aespa-Here's Everything We Know About Her
  3. @aespa_Official on Twitter (October 28, 2020)
  4. SMTOWN: KARINA, the second member of SMs new girl group "aespa" has been revealed!
  5. Soompi: Watch: SM’s New Girl Group aespa’s Karina Teams Up With EXO’s Kai To Show Off Her Dancing Skills Before Debut
  6. Allkpop: SM Entertainment reveals female supergroup Girls On Top featuring BoA and members of aespa, Red Velvet, and Girls' Generation
  7. Girls On Top on Twitter: "GOT the beat(GOT:Girls On Top) Special Stage ➫ 2022.01.01 New Song Release ➫ 2022.01.03. 6PM KST
  8. Sedaily: SM 새 걸그룹 티저 공개...新 프로젝트 '걸스 온 탑(GOT)'
  9. Naver: '보아→윈터' SM 新유닛 GOT the beat, 신곡 'Step Back' 1월 3일 공개
  10. YouTube: 에스파 세계관 흑막은 누구? 원더케이는 윈터 흑막설에 치킨 걸었음 | 에스파(aespa)_Next Level | 아이돌등판 | IDDP
  11. KBS World Indonesia Interview
  12. K-Netizens Rank The Top 5 Rookie Groups They Want At "ISAC" (& These Are The Members Who’d Ace It). Koreaboo.
  13. YouTube: aespa 에스파 - SYNK, KARINA
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Melon Magazine: 우리 좀 더 친해질까요? aespa TMI 대방출!
  15. Re:Masterpiece | YouTube Original
  16. Personality Database: Karina (aespa) is ESFJ
  17. Koreaboo: There’s One Animal aespa’s Karina Will Never Stop Talking About, And It’s The Cutest Obsession Ever
  18. Koreaboo: Aespa Spills On Their Celebrity Crushes, And They Couldn’t Be More Different
  19. YouTube: aespa Takes The BFF Test
  20. Koreaboo: Aespa’s Karina Has An Older Sister Who’s Supposedly Even Prettier Than Her