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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.

HistoryEdit

Early life (1999–2016)Edit

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]

While in school, Kim Lip was often teased about her name, which she shares with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. In South Korea, Jeong-eun (정은) is generally a female name, and many actresses and other celebrities have the name Kim Jeong-eun. Although the pronunciation is the same in Korean, Kim Lip’s name (金定恩) is written differently in Chinese characters than the dictator’s (金正恩).

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 ChinaEdit

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 on 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 LOONAEdit

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 title track “Hi High”.

ProfileEdit

  • Stage Name: Kim Lip (김립)
    • Japanese: キムリプ (Kimu ripu)
  • Birth Name: Kim Jung-Eun (김정은; 金定恩)
  • Name Meaning(s):
    • 金 (김/Kim): “gold, metal”[6]
    • 定 (정/Jung): “settle, fix”[7]
    • 恩 (은/Eun): “grace”[8]
    • The “Lip” in “Kim Lip” comes from the word “ecLIPse”, which is also the title of her solo single.
  • Nickname(s): Lippie, Queen Lip, Dong Dong (동동), Moomin (무민), Kimberly Lippington, Yallip (얄립), Lipbalm[9]
  • Birthdate: February 10, 1999 (age 21)
  • Astrological sun sign: Aquarius
  • Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger
  • Blood type: B
  • MBTI: ESTJ[10]
  • Birthplace: Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea
  • Current residence: LOONA Dormitory, Seoul, South Korea
  • Family: Parents; older sister
  • Body statistics: 161 cm (height), 235~240mm (US 6.5/7, EU 37/38) (shoe size)
  • Education: Yongsung Middle School (graduated), Hanlim Multi Arts High School (graduated)
  • Languages: Korean (fluent), English (learning)
  • Position: Undetermined
    • ODD EYE CIRCLE: Leader (official), lead (main) vocal,[11] main dancer
    • LOONA: Lead vocal, lead dancer, sub-leader
  • Instruments: Piano, guitar, violin
  • Hobbies: shopping for clothes, playing sudoku, cleaning & organizing things
  • Likes: Sweet food, shopping, people
  • Dislikes: Lotus, messes, Noisiness
  • Personality: Tsundere, chic, motherly, hot-headed

DiscographyEdit

Single albumsEdit

FeaturesEdit

FilmographyEdit

Web DramaEdit

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 AppearancesEdit

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

TriviaEdit

  • One of Kim Lip's favorite foods is Gamjatang.
  • Out of all the members, Kim Lip has the earliest bedtime of 10:00 pm.[12]
  • She is also the earliest to wake up.
  • She dislikes messes and sometimes she throws away the other member's socks when they leave them out.
  • Her role models are Park Hyosin and Tori Kelly.
  • She is a part of LOONA's sub-unit, ODD EYE CIRCLE and the leader of the unit.
  • She is the fifth oldest in LOONA.
  • Her zodiac sign is Aquarius.
  • In the group, she is represented by an owl and the color red.
  • Her favorite artists are Ladies' Code and GOT7.
  • She was cast by BlockBerryCreative via Instagram.
  • She was the sixth member to be revealed in May 2017.
  • She released her solo single "Kim Lip" on May 23, 2017.
  • She used to have bottom braces.
  • She shares the same name as Kim Sakkat (aka "Kim Lip"), an eccentric and Bohemian wandering poet who was renowned during the Joseon dynasty of Korea.
  • She recited the poem ‘That song had no echoes’ by Im Khoung Sub for weekly poem 2.
  • Kim Lip is a supporter of the LGBT+ community.
  • She shares the same birthday as Red Velvet's Seulgi.

See alsoEdit

Check out the gallery of Kim Lip and her character in-universe!

ReferencesEdit

  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
  6. Wiktionary “” Retrieved 2020.03.28
  7. Wiktionary “” Retrieved 2020.03.28
  8. Wiktionary “” Retrieved 2020.03.28
  9. By HaSeul: loonatheworld “LOONA TV #135” YouTube. 2017.06.09
  10. yun (@chuchuuwuo) Translation of deleted tweet. Twitter. 2019.12.20
  11. Fact iN Star “This month's girl is so sweet and lovable visual makes me crazy” @ 7:55. YouTube. 2017.11.17
  12. NCT Night Night 09/13/18

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