It was a sad day for K-pop fans early this year when Pledis Entertainment released a statement that confirmed the disbandment of its first girl group Pristin mere two years after they debuted. But as they say, a rainbow shines after the rain. Following the disbandment, four of former Pristin members Minkyeung (Roa), Gyeongwon (Yuha), Eunwoo, Yaebin (Rena) re-debuted with new member Bada as HINAPIA─short for Hi New Amazing Utopia─under OSR Entertainment on November 3, 2019.
According to the members, HINAPIA will showcase more matured concepts than Pristin had and will give off a “girl crush” vibe. To drive this point home, HINAPIA’s debut track “Drip” oozed with power and charisma that got the fans talking. Much like the title of their first digital single album, it has been a great New Start for them, with “Drip” immediately landing on the 18th spot of Billboard‘s World Digital Song Sales chart.
Get to know more about the “ice queens” of HINAPIA!
Korean Name: 김민경
Date of Birth: July 29, 1997
Position: Leader, Lead Vocalist
Minkyeung used to promote under the name Roa when she was still in Pristin and Pristin-V, where she was also regarded as the sub-leader. She participated in Produce 101 Season 1, placing 42nd after getting eliminated. She has previously appeared in other music videos, such as Orange Caramel’s “My Copycat” MV and Nu’est JR and Minhyun’s “Daybreak” MV. She also participated in Han Dong Geun’s “Falling Slowly.” She writes songs.
Korean Name: 강경원
Date of Birth: November 5, 1997
Position: Lead Rapper, Vocalist
Born in Gwangju, South Korea, Gyeongwon was known as Yuha during her time as a Pristin member. She writes and composes songs and plays the piano. She also made appearances in Orange Caramel’s “My Copycat” MV and Nu’est’s “Overcome” MV. She was a contestant in Produce 101 Season 1 and finished at rank 48.
Korean Name: 정은우
Date of Birth: July 1, 1998
Position: Main Vocalist, Face of the Group
Before becoming an idol, Eunwoo joined The Voice Kids, Superstar K4, and South Korea’s National Singing Contest. She also ranked 21st when she participated in Produce 101 Season 1. While under Pledis Entertainment, she appeared in Seventeen’s “Mansae” MV and Orange Caramel’s “My Copycat” MV. She studied at Seoul’s School of Performing Arts.
Korean Name: 강예빈
Date of Birth: October 19, 1998
Position: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist
Yaebin used to perform under the name of Rena. Hailing from Ilsan, South Korea, she spent a few years living here in the Philippines and can speak English. She attended DreamVocal Academy and knows how to play a number of instruments, including piano, drums, and guitar. She participated in Show Me The Money 4 and Produce 101 Season 1. She also appeared in Orange Caramel’s “My Copycat” MV and Seventeen’s “Mansae” MV.
Korean Name: 김바다
Date of Birth: May 28, 2002
Position: Main Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper, Maknae
Bada is the only member of HINAPIA who wasn’t a former member of Pristin. She was the last member to be introduced, thus she is nicknamed “Hidden Member.” She was a model before becoming a K-pop idol.
Watch HINAPIA’s “Drip” MV here:
We’re definitely looking forward to more music and content from HINAPIA! Who’s your favorite member? Share your thoughts in the comments!