A battle between foreign girl group members! There’s even this country?

As K-Pop’s popularity rises globally, so do the nationalities of idol group members. Let’s take a look at the currently most popular foreign members of K-Pop girl groups.   

As the status of K-POP increases, idol aspiring trainees from all over the world are visiting Korea. Now, it is not difficult to find foreign members in idol groups, and foreign members are even the team’s leaders. Let’s take a look at members of girl groups who are from various countries around the world.

▲ BLACKPINK’s Lisa. Stands tall as Thailand’s best star.

Lisa, a member of BLACKPINK, is from Bangkok, Thailand, and her parents are both pure Thai. She passed the YG Entertainment audition in Thailand in 2010, started his trainee career in 2011, and debuted as BLACKPINK in 2016. She is the main dancer of the team and has recently become a global star, as well as in Korea and Thailand after the release of her first solo album “LALISA.”


▲ Tzuyu of TWICE. The tallest, youngest member of the team.

Tzuyu, who is from Tainan City, Taiwan, is the tallest and youngest in TWICE and is in charge of visual. She was cast by a JYP official in 2012 and started her trainee life. She debuted as TWICE in 2015 after surviving through the show “SIXTEEN”. She has proved her position as the top visual of female idols, ranking third in 2018, first in 2019, and second in 2020 in the female idol appearance ranking selected by idols.

Foreign Kpop idols

▲ aespa. Half of the members are foreigners?

The girl group aespa, which crashed the music scene like a comet in 2020, is a multinational group consisting of Karina, Winter, Giselle, and Ningning. Karina and Winter are Korean nationals, Giselle is from Japan and Ningning is from China. Giselle was born to a Japanese father and a Korean mother, grew up in Tokyo, Japan as a child. She passed an open audition at SM Entertainment and made her debut as aespa after 11 months of training. Ning Ning, a native of Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province, China, has participated in numerous auditions since she was young and debuted four years after being unveiled as a member of SM Rookies in 2016.

Foreign Kpop idols

▲ WJSN Cheng Xiao. Perfect visual made with her graceful dance.

Cosmic Girls (WJSN) Cheng Xiao is from Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, and has established herself as a representative member of WJSN with her outstanding visuals and participation in entertainment shows. She drew attention with her rhythmic gymnastics performance at MBC’s “Idol Star Athletics Championships”. Cheng Xiao’s tied-up hair and the so-called dumpling-haired style at various events make the audience think as if she had just come out of a teen girl cartoon. She majored in dance for 10 years from the age of 5 and started her trainee career in Korea in 2014 and debuted as WJSN in 2016. Currently, she is focusing on promotion activities in China.

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▲ Secret number. A Foreign member is the leader and she is Indonesian?

Secret Number is a girl group debuted in May last year, and Japanese member Léa (left) is the team’s eldest sister and leader. Member Dita (right) is the first Indonesian female idol to officially debut in Korea. Dita, who has a long real name of “Anak Agung Ayu Puspa Aditya Karang”, is the main dancer of the team, and thanks to this, Secret Number is gaining much popularity in Indonesia. 

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