Yoo Jimin, the SM Entertainment trainee who was the talk of the internet recently, has been revealed to be a member of the label’s newest girl group, aespa.
SM unveiled teaser images of “Karina” (Jimin’s stage name) via aespa’s social media accounts on the 28th. Karina is the second member of the group to be introduced to the public.
Yoo previously performed with fellow SM artist Taemin on stage as his dance partner, and Korean netizens became familiar with her name when malicious rumors started spreading online about the trainee, which led the label to take legal action.
The name “aespa” is a combination of “ae” from “Avatar X Experience” and the word “aspect,” and it signifies being able to experience a new world through your avatar, or another aspect of yourself. With the new SM group expected to put on diverse and groundbreaking performances, aespa has the K-pop world buzzing with excitement.