Lim Na Young (임나영; also known simply as Nayoung) is a South Korean singer, rapper, actress and model currently under Sublime Artist Agency. She is a former member of the girl group PRISTIN, its sub-unit PRISTIN V, and the project girl group I.O.I.
2016: Produce 101 and I.O.I
In 2016, Nayoung participated in Mnet's survival television show, Produce 101, along with other five trainees from her agency, Pledis Entertainment. She and Kyulkyung were the only one to made it to the final line up, ranking 10th and 6th respectively, becoming members of the girl group I.O.I.
On May 4, 2016, she debuted in I.O.I with the mini album, Chrysalis, and its title track, "Dream Girls".
2017–2018: PRISTIN and PRISTIN V
After the disbandment of I.O.I on January 29, 2017, Pledis announced that Nayoung and Kyulkyung would debut together with their former Produce 101 contestants, as members of PRISTIN, which debuted on March 21, 2017 with the mini album Hi! PRISTIN and its title track, "Wee Woo".
2019: PRISTIN's disbandment, I.O.I reunion and new agency
On May 24, 2019, was announced by Pledis that PRISTIN was officially disbanding after almost two years without activity. It was also announced that 7 out of 10 members had not renewed their contracts with the agency, Nayoung being one of them.
- Main article: I.O.I reunion
In late August 2019, it was reported that Nayoung had signed an exclusive contract with Sublime Artist Agency where she would be focusing on many areas of entertainment including acting and choreography production.
- Produce 101 (Mnet, 2016) - contestant
Music video appearances
- Nayoung has various nicknames, one of them being "Stone Nayoung". The reason for the nickname is because during the production of Produce 101, she was always be portrayed having the same expression over and over again.
- The lyrics for the group's debut album's, Chrysalis, intro "I.O.I" were penned by Nayoung and Yoojung. Additionally, both members also co-wrote the rap lyrics for the album's title track, "Dream Girls".
- She is a big fan of groups SHINee and Girls' Generation.
- She has trained for 4 years and 3 months, if including Produce 101, then she has trained for 4 years and 7 months. Coincidentally, this is the same amount of time with her fellow rapper in I.O.I, Yoojung.
- She failed JYP Entertainment's auditions three times and SM Entertainment's auditions once.