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Im Yoona

Im Yoona
Background information
Birth name 임윤아
Also known as Yoona
Born (1990-05-30) May 30, 1990 (age 24)
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres K-pop, dance-pop
Occupations Singer, actress, dancer, promotional model, TV presenter, rapper
Years active 2004 (model)
2007–present (singer & actress)
Labels S.M. Entertainment
Associated acts Girls' Generation
SM Town
Website 150px
Signature of Yoona

Im Yoona (Korean: ; born May 30, 1990), also Im Yoon-Ah, is a South Korean singer, dancer, actress and promotional model. She made her debut as an actress in the 2007 drama, 9 Ends, 2 Outs.[1][2] Yoona is a member of the South Korean girl group Girls' Generation.


Yoona was born on May 30, 1990,[3] in Seoul, South Korea. She was cast in 2002 SM Saturday Open Casting Audition and began to train with the other trainees under SM Entertainment in the areas of acting, singing and dancing. She has trained with SM for 7 years, after which she joined and debuted under Girls' Generation.

In 2009, she graduated in Daeyoung High School and is currently attending Dongguk University majoring in theater and music, along with fellow Girls' Generation member, Seohyun.[4]


Girls' Generation

Main article: Girls' Generation

In 2002, Yoona joined SM Entertainment Saturday Open Casting Audition, in which she sang WAX's "Please", danced Britney Spears' "Oops..! I did it again" and BoA's "Valenti". Later, she began to train under SM Entertainment with the other trainees in the areas of acting, singing and dancing. In 2007, Yoona was chosen as a member of the group Girls' Generation. The 9-member girl group debuted on August 5, 2007.


Yoona made her debut as an actress in 2007 with the drama 9 Ends, 2 Outs.[5] In 2008, Yoona acted in the drama Woman of Matchless Beauty before her first leading role in the daily drama You Are My Destiny which she won her important recognitions in acting.[6] YoonA filmed her 2009 drama Cinderella Man (신데렐라맨) alongside with Kwon Sang-woo.

In 2012, Yoona was cast in a lead role with Jang Keun Suk in the drama entitled Love Rain. The drama began broadcasting on March 26, 2012 on KBS2. Love Rain is a fantasy drama about fate and how the offspring of a previous ill-fated couple who met in the 1970s, also manage to fall in love with each other.


Yoona was a guest on SBS TV Family Outing which ended February 14, 2010, and a permanent cast member on Family Outing Season 2 with Yoon Sang-hyun, Kim Won-hee, Ji Sang-ryeol, Shin Bong-seon, Jang Dong-Min, Super Junior's Kim Heechul, 2AM's Jo Kwon and 2PM's Ok Taecyeon.[7][8] The program ended its run on July 11, 2010 after 5 months.

On December 24, 2011, she was an MC for 2011 KBS Entertainment Awards together with Shin Dong Yeob & Lee Ji Ae. She was also an MC for 2011 SBS Gayo Daejeon together with Song Ji Hyo and Lee Seung Gi[9] and for 2012 KBS Gayo Daejun together with Jung Yong Hwa & Sung Si Kyung.[10]


Before her debut with Girls' Generation, Yoona had been well known in the entertainment industry as she began to film commercials and model for various magazines when she was a trainee with SM Entertainment. Apart from Girls' Generation's commercials, she is currently a model for Clean & Clear, YeJiMin Pad, Innisfree Cosmetics, S-Oil, Eider, Ciba Vision’s DAILIES & FreshLook Contact Lenses.

In May 2008, she with fellow Girls' Generation members Tiffany, Jessica and TVXQ members participated in a TV ad for Haptic Motion. Along with her fellow member Choi Sooyoung, she modeled for the '08-09 F/W SFAA Seoul Collection – Lee Joo-Young Fashion Show' at Seoul Hakyohul Exhibition Hall on March 20, 2008.

On March 29, 2010, Yoona, along with members Kim Taeyeon, Kwon Yuri, Seohyun, and Choi Sooyoung, was hired by Nintendo Korea as campaign models for the portable game console, Nintendo DSi.[11]

In April 2010, with fellow members Kwon Yuri and Seohyun, along with 2PM members Nichkhun, Ok Taecyeon and Hwang Chansung, she filmed a commercial for Everland's Caribbean Bay. The commercial was released in mid-May and is accompanied by the song "Cabi Song.[12][13]

Yoona was chosen along with Korean celebrities such as Rain, Kim Hee-Sun, Ji Jin-Hee, Ha Ji-won, Son Ye-Jin, Kim Hyun-Joong and Yunho to be the model of Cartier's LOVE collections. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelets will go to the international organization International Vaccine Institute (IVI).

Yoona released her first solo song "Innisfree Day" on August 30, 2010 for the Eco Handkerchief's promotion of Innisfree Cosmetics.

In 2012, Yoona and Jessica were tied for 2nd place for individual commercial ads by participating in 13 different ads while Girls’ Generation as an entire group are 1st place combined. The girls are models for 21 different brands including chicken, perfume, jewelry, handbags, TVs, beds, and department stores.[14]


Solo discography

Year Title Song Duration Artist
2010 Innisfree Innisfree Day 03:42 Solo



Year Title Role Other notes
2012 I AM. – SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden Herself Biographical film of SM Town[15]

Television drama

Year Title Role Notes Network
2007 9 Ends 2 Outs Shin Joo Young Supporting role MBC
2008 Unstoppable Marriage BoolGwangDong (seven princess) Cameo KBS2
2008 Woman of Matchless Beauty Mi Ae Cameo MBC
You Are My Destiny Jang Sae Byuk Lead role KBS2
2009 Cinderella Man Seo Yoo Jin Lead role MBC
2012 Love Rain Kim Yoon Hee/Jung Ha Na Lead role KBS2
2013 Prime Minister is Dating Nam Da Jung Lead Role KBS2

Television series

Year Title Role Notes Network
2009 We Got Married Season 1 Herself Episode 42, 45, 49 MBC
2010 Family Outing 2 Herself Permanent member SBS
2010 We Got Married Season 2 Herself Episode 69 (On stage) MBC
2011 Running Man Herself Episode 39, 63, 64 SBS
2013 Strong Heart Herself Episode 1, 4, 5, 19, 103,104,165, 166 SBS
Happy Together Herself Episode 282 KBS2
Shinhwa Broadcast Herself Guest on Episodes 47 and 48 along with Hyoyeon, Taeyeon, Sunny, Yuri and Sooyoung JTBC[16]

Music videos

Year Song Artist Role
2004 Magic Castle TVXQ Herself
2006 U Super Junior Herself
My Everything The Grace Herself
2007 Marry U Super Junior Herself
2008 Propose Lee Seung-Cheol Herself
Haptic Motion Jessica, Yoona and Tiffany Unknown
2009 That Guy's Woman 24/7 Herself
2010 Caribbean Bay Girls' Generation and 2PM Herself
2011 Replay (Japanese Ver.) SHINee Herself


Date Event
December 26, 2009 KBS Entertainment Awards
November 14, 2010 Love Sharing
December 24, 2011 KBS Entertainment Awards
December 29, 2011 SBS Gayo Daejun
December 28, 2012 KBS Gayo Daechukje
June 28, 2013 Korea-China Friendship Concert in Beijing


Aside from her endorsements alongside Girls' Generation, Yoona has also endorsed the following brands:

Year Commercial Note
2004 Elite Uniform Model Until 2008
2006 Teun Teun English "Follow Me"
Sanyo Eneloop Rechargeable Battery
Elite Until 2007, with SS501
2007 Sunkist Lemonade With Heechul and Kangin
2008 Solar-C Vitamin With Shin Bong Sun and Park Seul Gi
Clean & Clear Until 2009, with So Eun
YeJiMin Until 2010
2009 Innisfree Until 2013
2010 S-Oil
2011 EIDER Until 2013, with Lee Minho
2012 Ciba Vision FreshLook & Dailie
2013 SK Telecom LTE With Seohyun, Sulli, Choi Minho, Choi Siwon, Cho Kyuhyun and EXO


Year Organization Category Nominated Work Result
2008 KBS Drama Awards Best New Actress You Are My Destiny Won
Netizen Award Won
Korean Drama Festival Netizen Award Won
2009 Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Won
Popularity Award Won
2010 Popularity Award Cinderella Man Won
2012 Mnet 20's Choice Awards 20's Female Drama Star Love Rain Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Excellence Award: Miniseries Nominated
Netizen Award Won
2013 Baeksang Arts Awards Popularity Award Nominated


External links

  • Im Yoon-Ah at HanCinema
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