Karina (aespa)

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Karina Aespa - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

Yoo Ji Min, or popularly known as Karina, is a Korean singer. She is a member of the K-POP girl group aespa.

She became famous after debuting as the Leader, Face of The Group, Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Lead Rapper of aespa.


Before Karina being recognized by the public in the K-pop industry, she was a popular ulzzang in her early life.

Her journey in the K-pop industry began when one of SM Entertainment’s staff sent her a Direct Message on her Instagram. On that DM, she was offered to do an audition for SM Entertainment. Shortly, she then did an audition and successfully passed it.

Before she made her first debut with aespa, she did some appearances in a music video titled Want by Taemin in February 2019. She also did some backup dance for Want’s promotional stage.

This girl trained for 4 years until she finally debuts with aespa on October 28, 2020. She was the second member of aespa which revealed by SM Entertainment.

The group then did their first debut by releasing their top hit digital single, Black Mamba, on November 17, 2020.


  • Real Name: Yoo Ji Min (유지민)
  • Stage Name: Karina (카리나)
  • Nickname: Karomi
  • Birthday: April 11, 2000
  • Birthplace: Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • Chinese Zodiac Sign: Dragon
  • Nationality: South Korea
  • Position: Leader, Face of The Group, Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist, Lead Rapper (aespa)
  • Official Symbol: Heart ❤
  • Official Animal: Whale
  • Official Number: 24
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Profession: Singer, Rapper, Dancer
  • Education: Hansol High School
  • Hobbies: Playing mobile games
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Height, Weight & Appearance

  • Height: 167 cm (5’6″)
  • Weight: 45 kg (99 lbs)
  • Blood Type: B
  • Hair color: Black
  • Eye color: Brown
  • Body measurements: ‎34-28-40 (Bust -34, Waist -28, and Hips -40 inches)
  • Shoe size: 6.5 (US)
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  • Brother: –
  • Sister: 1

Boyfriend & Dating History

Jungwoo (NCT)

These label mates have been linked together due to social media coincidences but nothing more since SM did not release a statement regarding them dating.

Hyunjin (Stray Kids)

Hyunjin and Karina were also involved in a dating rumor because of coincidences, such as having the same blue heart next to their name in the app ‘Bubble’.

However, these are only speculations and neither side have officially confirmed, but Hyunjin, just to prove a point, changed his blue heart to a red one.

Net Worth

Karina has an estimated net worth of $1 million to $5 million. She mainly earns from her career in aespa, but she also earns from brand deal endorsements.


Allegedly Recommended a Controversial Japanese Anime to Fans

In June 2023, Karina received backlash for recommending My Hero Academia to fans. The famous anime series is considered to be very controversial in South Korea and China due to its reference to human experimentation during WW2.

Shortly after, she apologized via Dear U. Bubble messaging service, citing that she “didn’t know that there was issues with it before,” and that she “did not recommend it with any intentions.”

She concluded the apology statement by promising to be more careful in the future.

Plastic Surgery 

Karina was accused of plastic surgery but it has never been confirmed that she did any surgery.

However. according to a plastic surgeon’s opinion, Karina has had eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and facial bone surgery.


  • She once participated in the music video Want by Taemin.
  • She also appeared in the virtual showcase Hyundai x SM Entertainment alongside EXO’s Kai in 2020.
  • In SM Entertainment, Karina being a trainee for 4 years.
  • In her previous moment, she was a popular ulzzang.
  • She once went to Seongnam Shingi Elementary School and Jeongja Middle School.
  • Karina is the tallest person among Aespa members.
  • She really likes the song Red Light owned by F(X).
  • She has some favorite female artists, such as Park Soojin, Taeyeon, F(X), and also IU.
  • Karina has some favorite songs, such as How Do I Look, Boogie On and On, Nike Shoes, and If I Die Tomorrow which is owned by Beenzino.
  • In the future, Karina would like to take a trip to Croatia.
  • She really loves barley and green tea.
  • Her foot size is around 23,5-24,5 cm.
  • Karina once joined an academy for piano and surprisingly, she won the prize.
  • She made a cover for Boombayah by Blackpink and Bubble Pop by HyunA at the 2016 hansol festival. In the Boombayah, she covered the part that originally did by Jennie.
  • Karina loves to say ‘cute’, ‘bbuing’, and ‘uing’.
  • Blue is her favorite color.
  • She has surprising talent, catch some stuff with her own feet.
  • She really loves spring.
  • She loves animals, such as dogs, tigers, sharks, cats, and also crocodiles.
  • Karina loves to eat jelly, tonkatsu, and carbonated drinks.
  • She has her favorite movies, such as Frozen and Rapunzel.
  • She loves mint choco so much.
  • Karina loves eating pineapple pizza.
  • If she has to choose between Ice Americano and Hot Americano, she will pick Ice Americano.
  • She picks dipping sauce compared to ttangsuyuk.
  • She prefers migraine to teeth pain.
  • She prefers AC in winter to a heater in summer.
  • Karina prefers jelly kimchi stew to chocolate bibimbap.
  • If she has to choose between melted ice cream and over-carbonated drink without bubbles, then she prefers the first one.
  • Karina thought that Winter is very small.
  • At first, she thought both Giselle and her were shy and finally they greeted each other.
  • Karina said that Ningning always used formal language for approximately 3 weeks directly after she knew she is the youngest.
  • Karina really loves PUBG. Even so, Winter and Ningning said she isn’t good at it.
  • Karina loves watching variety shows when she is at home.
  • She always wears a rosary ring whenever she thinks that day will be important.
  • Before she goes to sleep, she always wears a sleeping pack and vaseline on the lips.
  • She often uses the crying emoji.
  • Her stress relievers are shopping and eating delicious food.
  • Karina tends to love reading in a comfortable and silent place.
  • She always cracks the knuckles of hers.
  • She collected so many lipsticks, especially pink and red.
  • According to Giselle, Karina’s drawer always filled with lipsticks.
  • Karina loves giving lipstick for their birthday gift.
  • In the future, Karina wants to learn how to cook, doing make-up, producing, and composing songs.
  • Karina’s biggest strength is for being a caring and quick-witted person.
  • She revealed that she would like to be given a nickname by MY (Aespa’s fans).
  • Karina can’t ride the roller coaster, according to Winter.
  • She has an ideal type: a guy who is nice. She also wants a guy who has a beautiful nose, taller than 180 cm, and only likes her.

See Full aespa Members

Variety shows

  • Travel Diary – Soul ; Seoul (History Channel | 2021)

Music video appearances

  • Want (2019) – Taemin


“I think aespa’s charm is our… confidence? I think we never feel defeated wherever we go. Honestly when we debuted, we felt very defeated but on the stage, we were never so. I think that’s what moved the hearts of our fans as well.”

“Since I was little, I gravitated to playing instruments such as the piano, guitar and flute. Whenever I saw people singing and dancing on television, I was enamoured and energised by it—they looked happy and like they were having a great time. I thought to myself, “I really want to be able to give off the same energy.” 

“I really like the expression ‘aespa-like’ because it sounds like our genre has been created.”

“After I joined SM Entertainment, I practiced harder and longer than anyone else, which led to the opportunity to become a singer.”

“These days, I’ve been into dancing, so I’m practising by poring through videos. It’s my belief that I should give my best effort in all that I do to try and be a genuine all-rounder.”

“We want to be known as artists and leaders who give positive energy to our fans through our music, energy, and message.”

“The training system in K-pop in Korea is relatively very competitive and intense. You’re all close together and you’re all trying to reach for the same goal, but there naturally is a competition among the group as well.”

“We are always open to changes and we are confident that we’re able to pull off any concept. As an artist, I want to show various sides of myself and I will continue to do so.”

Pics of Karina

1. Karina’s side profile is totally amazing

Karina Aespa - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

2. She looks so cute in this photo

Karina Aespa - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

3. She is a gorgeous and glamorous girl

Karina Aespa - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

4. A real model is here

Aespa - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career

5. Look how cool Karina in this leather jacket and sunglasses

Aespa - Biography, Profile, Facts and Career


Who is Karina (aespa)?

She is a Korean singer. 

Who is Karina (aespa)’s real name?

Her real name is Yoo Ji Min (유지민).

What makes Karina (aespa) famous?

She’s famous as a member of the K-POP girl group aespa, where she holds position as the Leader, Face of The Group, Main Dancer, Sub Vocalist, and Lead Rapper.

Where is Karina (aespa) from?

She was born in Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea.

How old is Karina (aespa)?

She was born in 2000, and she is 23 years old as of 2023.

When Karina (aespa) celebrates her birthday?

She celebrates on the 11th of every April.

How tall is Karina (aespa)?

Her height is 5’6″ or 167 cm.

Who are Karina (aespa)’s parents?

She did not reveal the names of her father and mother.

Is Karina (aespa) married?

She is not married. Furthermore, there is no information on whether she is in a relationship or not.

Who is Karina (aespa)’s ex-boyfriend?

None of her ex-boyfriend is known to the public. However, she used to be rumored to date Jungwoo (NCT) and Hyunjin (Stray Kids).

How rich is Karina (aespa)?

Her net worth is around $1 million to $5 million.

What is Karina (aespa) nationality?

Her nationality is South Korean.

Karina is one of the prettiest female K-pop idols in the entire K-entertainment industry. Not only beautiful, but she is also filled with a lot of talents that make her really stunning.