All About the Main Vocal of aespa – NingNing

Ningning is considered a rare talent that SM Entertainment has diligently searched for, like "finding a needle in a haystack"

Who is Ningning?

Ningning’s real name is Ning Yizhuo (宁艺卓), born on October 23, 2002, in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. Currently, she is a member of the South Korean girl group aespa under SM Entertainment, holding the position of Main Vocalist and Maknae.

  • Birth Name: Ning Yizhuo (宁艺卓)
  • Stage Name: Ningning (닝닝)
  • Korean Name: Jeo Ye Tak (저예탁)
  • English Name: Vivian Ning
  • Position: Main Vocalist, Maknae
  • Birthday: October 23, 2002
  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
  • Height: 162 cm (5 ft 3¾ in)
  • Weight: 43 kg (94 lbs)
  • Blood Type: O
  • Symbol: Butterfly ????
  • Animal: Tiger
  • Number: 94

Basic information of Ningning


Ningning was born in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China. Her fandom name is “NingMeng’s,” which combines her name with the Chinese word for lemon. Ningning trained for 4 years and has a strong preference for POP and Hip-hop music genres. She desires to collaborate with her senior, Taeyeon of the group SNSD. Despite having a husky voice, Ningning’s vocals are a remarkable highlight and are adored by many audiences. Ningning participated in the MBC program “Shining Star,” which aired from October 16, 2017. She became a trainee at SM Entertainment in 2016 and was also a member of SM Rookies that year. She was introduced as a member of SM Rookies on September 19, 2016.

Ningning also possesses a special skill in singing. She enjoys cooking and can speak both Chinese and Korean. Her favorite subject is art, and her favorite colors are red, yellow, and pink. Ningning’s favorite fruits are watermelon and strawberries. Her favorite music group is NCT, and she can also play the piano.

As a child, Ningning dreamed of becoming a famous artist. She also participated in the program “Let’s Sing Kids” in China. Ningning particularly likes orange juice and CocaCola. She admires her senior, Jennie of the group BlackPink. Her name means “powerful and strong.”

Scandals/ Controversy

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Ningning once unexpectedly faced significant criticism in South Korea. The reason was, during the worldwide excitement over the results of the speed skating event at the Winter Olympics held in Beijing, China, Ningning sent a message in Chinese on the Bubble platform to congratulate the gold medalists from her homeland. Interestingly, the perplexing failure of the South Korean team at that year’s Olympics made Ningning’s Bubble update become “ill-timed.” Knetizens directed their anger towards the youngest member of the aespa as a manifestation of frustration towards the national team.

On another occasion, when aespa was present in France to attend Paris Fashion Week 2022, fans lined up, standing in anticipation outside the hotel where aespa was staying. While the three members Giselle, Winter, and Karina continuously waved, smiled, and bid farewell to fans, the youngest member Ningning ignored them, even covering her ears with her hands until getting into the car. The idol not only covered her ears but also wore a displeased expression, crossing her arms in frustration while sitting in the car and disregarding fans when they called her name.

During a New Year’s celebration event, Ningning also sparked controversy by not performing the traditional Korean greeting despite being active in the K-pop market. Her actions were criticized for not respecting the fans, who are the direct source of her income, livelihood, and artistic career.

At the time of her debut, Ningning also stirred controversy by hanging out with friends of the opposite gender. During a tour in the United States, the youngest member of aespa met acquaintances, posing intimately for photos excessively, despite being in the process of building her public image.

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