Nayeon (Korean: 나연; Japanese: ナヨン) is a South Korean singer under JYP Entertainment. She is a member of the girl group TWICE.
2015: SIXTEEN, TWICE
On May 5, 2015, she became a contestant on JYP's newest survival show, SIXTEEN. She finished the survival in 2nd place, hence becoming a member of the girl group TWICE. They officially debuted on October 20, 2015 with their first mini album, The Story Begins.
Nayeon was originally set to debut in the girl group 6mix.
Instead of entering a cram school to study harder, Nayeon secretly attended JYP Entertainment's 7th Open Audition and became a trainee. She halted university studies during Sixteen, but is majoring in film studies.
Nayeon is a fan of other K-pop girl groups, including f(x) and OH MY GIRL.
She is often considered the "Fake Maknae" of the group because of her childish antics
Nayeon’s left leg is weak due to a car accident when she was young.
The name Nayeon means 'elegant/graceful' and 'beautiful' in Korean.
Nayeon and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo and Jennie are very close friends. Their friendship dates back to their trainee days.
According to the Korea Institute of Corporate Reputation, Nayeon was at the top of the May data in 2017. 31,424,347 pieces of data were examined from April 12th to May 13th. Nayeon had a total of 864,556. This placed her as one of the most desirable female Korean Idols for commercial and modeling campaigns.
In Gallup Korea's annual music polls which interview 1,500 people between the ages 13-29, Nayeon was voted the 11th most popular idol in 2016, only behind Tzuyu, and the 6th in 2017 and 2018, ahead of all her bandmates.