LOONA is a k-pop band with a twist. The 12-woman ensemble is divided into three subunits with each member and subunit dropping their individual EPs. This has culminated in the group’s highly-successful debut EP, ++. ++ has spurned several hit tracks and has fetched them the award for best Korean act at the 2018 MTV Europe Music Awards. The band was also named most anticipated female rookie idol at the 2018 Korea First Band Awards. Discover more about the LOONA Members as well as the rich meaning behind their name.
What Does LOONA Stand For and Who Is Their Leader?
LOONA literally stands for “girl of the month” and is derived from the South Korean alphabet known as Hangul. This name is truly befitting as the group comprise of 12 members who were introduced in each month of the year, starting from October 2016 to September 2017. The group leader of LOONA is HaSeul. She is an amazingly-talented vocalist. She was also the third member of the group to be revealed and this was in December 2016.
Subunit – LOONA 1/3
Stage name – HaSeul
Real name – Jo Ha- Seul
HaSeul is the main vocalist as well as the overall group leader. She was born on the 18th of August 1997 in Ansa, South Korea. She is fluent in the English language and spent one year studying in the United States. HaSeul plays multiple instruments including the guitar. She is scared of birds as well as water. Her nickname is Harvard.
Stage name – Vivi
Real name – Wong Gaahei
Vivi doubles as a rapper and vocalist. She was born on the 9th of December 1996 in Hong Kong. She hails from a family of four comprising of her, her parents and two younger siblings. Vivi was previously a model but decided to go into k-pop thanks to bands such as Big Bang. Vivi is the oldest LOONA member
Stage name – Heejin
Real name – Jeon Hee-Jin
The multitalented Heejin is the main dancer as well as a vocalist. She was born on the 19th of October 2000 in Bundang-gu, South Korea. She hails from a family of five and has two older sisters. Heejin is bilingual and speaks Korean and Japanese languages. She is also an instrumentalist and plays the piano.
Subunit – LOONA Odd Circle
Stage name – Kim Lip
Real name – Kim Jung-Eun
Kim Lip is both a lead dancer and vocalist. She was born on the 10th of February 1999 in Chungju Province, South Korea. She is quite good at swimming and also plays several instruments including the violin. Her favourite dishes include pizza and sushi, and she supports the LGBT community.
Stage name – JinSoul
Real name – Jung Jin-Soul
JinSoul is the group’s main rapper as well as a lead vocalist. She was born on the 13th of June 1997. She hails from a family of four, comprising of her, her parents and an elder brother. JinSoul is an excellent piano player. She loves foods, such as ramen and spicy cakes, and her favourite colours include indipink and black.
Stage name – Choerry
Real name – Choi Ye-Rim
Choerry is another multitalented LOONA member. She can not only rap and dance but is also a vocalist. Choerry was born on the 4th of June 2001 in Bucheon, South Korea. Her favourite foods are spaghetti and bread while her favourite colour is pink. She is also said to be the most cheerful and obedient LOONA member.
Subunit – LOONA YYXY
Stage name – Yves
Real name – Ha Soo-Young
Yves is the main dancer as well as the lead vocalist of LOONA. She was born on the 24th of May 1997 in Busan, South Korea. She started dancing in high school and also trained at the Korean Dancing Academy. Her favourite dishes include pop drinks, spicy rice cakes, and chicken feet.
Stage name – Chuu
Real name – Kim Ji-Woo
Chuu is primarily a vocalist and was born on the 20th of October 1999. She hails from a family of five comprising of her, her parents and two younger siblings. Chuu is a skilled actress and has appeared in a handful of Korean dramas. She loves shrimp sushi and one of her favourite artists is American popstar, Ariana Grande.
Stage name – Go Won
Real name – Park Chae-Won
Go Won is a triple threat as she is not only a lead rapper and dancer but also a singer. This multitalented lady was born on the 19th of November 2000. She hails from a family of five comprising of her, her parents and two older siblings. Her hobbies include shopping, make-up and playing video games.
Stage name – Olivia Hye
Real name – Son Hye- Joo
Olivia Hye is a lead dancer, lead rapper and vocalist. She was born on the 13th of November 2001. She hails from a family of four and has one sibling. Olivia Hye dislikes bubble tea but fancies kimchi.
Stage name – Yeojin
Real name – Im Yeo-Jin
Yeojin is a lead rapper, lead dancer and vocalist. She was born on the 11th of November 2002 in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. This makes her the youngest LOONA member. Yeojin generally loves food but dislikes beans. Her representative colour is Orange.