When KPOP was still starting to get worldwide recognition, it was a little hard to find a girl group with a very unique concept. Back then, girl groups tend to just be either of the two categories: the cute ones and the sexy ones. This is why when AOA debuted, the industry just got more interesting.
In 2012, FNC announced that they will be debuting a girl group. This came as a shock to most fans who know FNC. The talent company was known to be handling the iconic KPOP rock bands FT Island and CN Blue.
FNC announced that the concept of the group would be “transformer”. This means that they will be alternating as a dance group and as a rock band. Soon, they revealed that the group will be made up of seven “full angels” and one “half-angel/half-mortal”. The “full angels” are Seolhyun, Choa, Hyejeong, Chanmi, Yuna, Mina, and Jimin. The “half-angel” is Youkyung who would only be promoting with AOA when they are in the form of a rock band.
AOA Members’ Profiles
Angel Name: Jiminel
Birth Name: Shin Jimin
Birthday: January 8, 1991
Position: Leader, Main Rapper, Vocalist, Guitarist
Jimin is one of the more famous members of the group. This is mainly because of the individual appearances she has done in many shows. One of the most well-known appearances she had was in the female rapping completion called “UnprettyRapstar”.
During the first season of the show, Jimin placed fourth despite her fellow contestants dissing her for being an idol rapper. Jimin is part of the band sub-unit of the group, “AOA Black” where she plays the guitar. But, that’s not the only instrument she knows how to play. She can play the harmonica and the piano well.
Angel Name: Yunaria
Birth Name: Seo Yuna
Birthday: December 30, 1992
Position: Main Vocalist, Keyboardist
Yuna is one of the voices that brought AOA its distinct sound. In 2014, her sister debuted in another girl group called “Berry Good” under the stage name, Seoyul. Like Jimin, Yuna is also part of the band sub-unit AOA Black as a keyboardist. This is because her background in piano goes back to when she was seven years old.
Aside from the band sub-unit, she is also a member of another sub-unit called AOA Cream.
Angel Name: Hyejeong Linus
Birth Name: Shin Hyejeong
Birthday: August 10, 1993
Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Visual
Even as an idol, Hyejeong is a shy girl. She has always been the shy type. This is why she is not that active when it comes to individual activities. However, you might be surprised to know that before she became part of AOA, she was actually in a famous drama called “A Gentleman’s Dignity”.
Hyejeong said that her ideal type is someone that is both kind and humorous. She also likes someone who is fun to be around so she does not get bored. She mentioned that Gong Yoo is the closest person to her ideal type.
Angel Name: Mina ring
Birth Name: Kwon Mina
Birthday: September 21, 1993
Position: Rapper, Vocalist, Bassist
Mina is another member of the group’s sub-unit AOA Black where she plays the bass. Mina also has her fair share of individual activities. But, she is more active as an actress. Some of her most well-known appearances are in the dramas “Adolescent Medley”, “Modern Farmer”, Click Your Heart”, and “Hospital Ship”. Mina is my bias.
While she isn’t really the center of the group during their performances, I honestly like how petite she is. She is a very tiny girl and she gives off the vibe of a girl that would say, “I’m a fragile girl, can you take care of me? And when I get stronger, I’ll knock out anyone who blocks your way.”
Angel Name: Seolhyun ari
Birth Name: Kim Seolhyun
Birthday: January 3, 1995
Position: Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Face of the Group
When some of my friends went to South Korea for a vacation, they were so surprised and excited to tell me that wherever they go, Seolhyun is everywhere. No wonder she is the face of the group. She is beautiful. She may not be that much fitting of the normal Korean standard for beauty, but everyone would agree that she has a really nice kind of tan and her facial features are evenly proportionate.
Seolhyun is more than just the face of the group. She can actually act and has appeared in various dramas like “Seo Young, My Daughter”, “Ugly Alert”, and “Orange Marmalade”.
Angel Name: Chanmi T.T
Birth Name: Kim Chanmi
Birthday: June 19, 1996
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist, Maknae
Based on what I’ve observed at AOA so far, Chanmi really isn’t that active in terms of individual activities. She had a few activities like appearing in a web drama called “What’s Up With These Kids?” alongside VIXX’s N and Hongbin.
She also made it to the finals of MBC Music’s Idol Dance Battle D-Style. Chanmi isn’t really that specific when it comes to her ideal type. Actually, she is a little weird with it because she said she likes someone who has their “own little worlds”.
Two former AOA Member
The other two former members who have been part of AOA, Choa and Youkyung left for different reasons. Youkyung simply left the group after her contract with FNC has expired. Choa, on the other hand, decided to leave due to insomnia and depression.
My Impression of AOA
I honestly was not that of a big follower of AOA when they started. In fact, I just knew about them when they promoted “Like A Cat”. It was a bop of a song and that’s when I started to research more about them. I’ve immediately liked their past songs such as “Miniskirt”, “Short Hair”, and AOA Black’s “Get Out”. These were four of my favorite songs so far until they released “Heart Attack”.
I happened to buy the complete album and listened to all the songs and I immediately found a new favorite song. It is called “Chocolate”. Unlike the previous favorite songs that were upbeat,”Chocolate” is more mellow and relaxing. Incidentally, the lyrics of the song included little parts of their past songs. I think that was witty.
Things may not be the same for AOA because of the departure of some members but I am hoping that they will still continue to release songs and inspire a lot of people just like the first time they did. I still believe that they are angels sent down to Earth and they are still on a mission to bring happiness to everyone living in this world.