Kim Lip (Hangul: 김립)[1] is the sixth revealed member of LOONA and a member of the second sub-unit, LOONA / ODD EYE CIRCLE.

She was born as Kim Jung-Eun (Hangul: 김정은) on February 10, 1999, in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea.

She debuted on May 15, 2017, as a member and subsequently released her solo single album Kim Lip on May 23, 2017.

History

Early life (1999–2016)

Kim Lip was born on February 10, 1999, as the youngest of two siblings. She has one older sister. As a child, Kim Lip often visited Everland with her family, and has fond memories of those trips.[2]

When Kim Lip was in sixth grade, she joined a dance class after her mother told her she needed to lose weight. This ignited her love of dancing and singing, and she began to dream of becoming an idol.[2] Kim Lip also swam on her school’s swimming team for about seven years.[3]

Kim Lip met future-LOONA member Chuu in middle school, and they attended all three years of high school together as friends.[4]

Kim Lip auditioned unsuccessfully for multiple agencies before she was contacted through Instagram by Polaris-BlockBerry around January 2016.[5] After being cast by BlockBerry Creative, Kim Lip trained in hopes of being chosen for the LOONA project. She saw other trainees with shorter training periods than her selected first, and she became uncertain in herself.[2] After waiting for one year and three months, Kim Lip was chosen as the sixth member of LOONA.

2017: Reveal, solo debut, Woomanna, ODD EYE CIRCLE, CéCi China

On May 11, 2017, the fifth “Who’s Next Girl?” teaser was released, and Kim Lip was revealed as the sixth member of LOONA on May 15. This came as a surprise to many fans, who expected JinSoul to be the next revealed member after her feature on ViVi’s “Everyday I Need You”.

Kim Lip released her solo single album Kim Lip on May 23, 2017 and subsequently debuted as a member of LOONA.

Kim Lip was featured in a small role in the first and second seasons of web drama Woomanna as university student Kim Jung-Eun.

On August 29, 2017, Kim Lip was revealed as a member of LOONA’s second sub-unit, ODD EYE CIRCLE. She was later confirmed to be the leader of the sub-unit, and described her special talent as being dance.[2]

Kim Lip was featured on the cover of the October 2017 issue of CéCi China and gave a lengthy interview.[2]

2018: “See Saw”, high school graduation, Woomanna, debut in LOONA

In January, 2018, Kim Lip was featured on Chuu and Go Won’s duet, “See Saw”, where she sang half of the introductory verse.

On February 9, Kim Lip graduated from Hanlim Multi Arts High School alongside Chuu.

From February to March of 2018, Kim Lip starred alongside fellow ODD EYE CIRCLE members JinSoul and Choerry in the third season of Woomanna. She reprised her role from seasons 1 and 2, though her character’s name was changed to Kim Lip.

On August 20, Kim Lip officially debuted as a member of the completed group LOONA. She and her members released the mini-album [+ +], along with the title track “Hi High”.

Discography

Single albums

Features

Filmography

Web Drama

Year Name Channel/Platform Role
2017 Do You Remember The First Time We Met? Season 1 YouTube Kim Jung-Eun (cameo)
Do You Remember The First Time We Met? Season 2
2018 Do You Remember The First Time We Met? Season 3 Kim Lip (main)

Music Video Appearances

Year Name Artist Role
2017 Love Cherry Motion Choerry Minor
Around You - Woomanna Special Ver. HyunJin Cameo

References

  1. KR: /kiːm ɾip̚/; EN: /kɪm lɪp/, kim LIP
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 LOOΠΔ SINGAPORE (@loonasingapore) “Kim Lip Interview with CeCi China(2) (3). Twitter. 2017.12.27
  3. Orrery/nim (@orrery_nim) “Loona idol radio intro blips” Twitter. 2019.03.06
  4. loonatheworld “LOONA TV #246” YouTube. 2018.01.02
  5. Glasby, Taylor “The all-girl K-pop group with a unique coming together story” Dazed Digital. 2017.11.06

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