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Im Yoon-ah (Hangul: 임윤아; born May 30, 1990), better known by the mononym Yoona, is a South Korean singer and actress. She debuted as a member of girl group Girls’ Generation in August 2007, who went on to become one of the best-selling artists in South Korea and one of South Korea’s most popular girl groups worldwide.
Apart from her group’s activities, Yoona has participated in various television dramas, notably You Are My Destiny (2008), marking her career breakthrough, Love Rain (2012), Prime Minister and I (2013), The K2 (2016) and The King in Love (2017).
Yoona was born on May 30, 1990 in Yeongdeungpo-gu of Seoul, South Korea. Her family consists of her father and an older sister by five years. While growing up, she listened to girl group S.E.S and dreamed of becoming a singer. In 2002, she was cast in the SM Saturday Open Casting Audition and spent five years “doing nothing but constant training” in singing, dancing and acting. During her trainee days, she had low self-esteem about her low voice, and once thought of giving up singing in order to pursue an acting career. A SM choreographer persuaded her to continue, saying it would be “a waste to give up becoming a singer” with her “outstanding dancing skills”.
Apart from Girls’ Generation’s activities, Yoona has acted in several television dramas. Her acting career began in 2007 with a minor role in MBC’s drama Two Outs in the Ninth Inning. She then appeared in MBC’s Woman of Matchless Beauty (2008), and was complimented by veteran actress Bae Jong-ok for her cameo performance.
In May 2008, Yoona landed her first leading role in KBS’s drama You Are My Destiny, playing the character Jang Sae-byuk. The drama achieved viewer ratings of up to 41.5%, and Yoona received wider public recognition. She considered the role a turning point in her career, and won two “Best New Actress” awards at the 2008 KBS Drama Awards and 45th Baeksang Arts Awards. In 2009, Yoona was cast in MBC’s drama Cinderella Man along with Kwon Sang-woo.
In September 2016, Yoona starred in tvN’s action thriller The K2. Tired of being typecast with a candy-like image and having always been burdened by the idol-actress prejudice, Yoona cast away the public perception and focused on the role as her “personal challenge”. Her effort gained positive viewers’ recognition, and earned her acting acclaim from critics.
In January 2017, Yoona made her film debut in action film, Confidential Assignment. She then starred in MBC’s historical drama The King in Love, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Kim Yi-ryung. In September 2017, Yoona released her second solo single “You Are My Star” as part of SM Station.
Yoona has been called a “CF Queen” due to her several television commercial films, and has been a spokesperson for various brands. CNN credited her as “one of the household names in the Asia-Pacific region” which has helped Korean beauty brands become popular in China. In 2010, she became the first idol to endorse S-Oil, a large South Korean petroleum and refinery company.In 2012, she appeared in at least 20 commercials and was ranked fifth among celebrities with the most commercial appearances by TVCF, South Korea’s largest advertisement information site. In 2013, she became the first overseas endorser for Alcon Taiwan. Since 2009, Yoona has been a long-term spokesperson for Amor Pacific’s comestic brand Innisfree. Other major endorsements included Crocs and Lee Jeans. In 2016, Yoona was listed by Forbes magazine as one of Asia’s “30 under 30” most influential celebrities in the entertainment and sports.
Yoona graduated from Daeyoung High School in 2009. She went on to major in theater studies and graduated from Dongguk University in February 2015, receiving a lifetime achievement award at the graduation ceremony. Her fellow Girls’ Generation member, Seohyun, attended the same university. She was also chosen as an ambassador for the university in 2014 along with Apink’s Naeun and actress Park Ha-sun.
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