BABYMONSTER is YG Entertainment's latest girl group that debuted on Nov. 27, 2023.
The band debuted with six members — RUKA, CHIQUITA, RAMI, PHARITA, RORA and ASA — Two members are Korean, two are Thai and two are Japanese.
AHYEON, who was initially announced to be in the group, will be taking a break due to health issues and not be joining BABYMONSTER's debut.
"Ahyeon has decided to take some time to rest due to health issues," the agency said in a press release.
"We feel sad to not be able to show Ahyeon as BabyMonster," it said. "But we promise to provide her with all resources so that she may return in her best condition."
CHIQUITA, the first member to be revealed, is from Thailand, like Blackpink’s Lisa. She is the youngest of the group, having been born in 2009. CHIQUITA joined the BABYMONSTER project after spending just three months as a trainee, which is relatively fast for general K-pop trainees.
Member ASA, born in 2006, is one of the two Japanese members of the group. She will partake in rapping in the group, following along the YG hip-hop line.
PHARITA, who is 15 years old, is known for her strong and soulful vocals as well as her thorough understanding of music and her detailed expressions, according to the agency.
PHARITA was the second Thai member to be revealed. PHARITA was selected out of 1,226 applicants during her audition, according to YG Entertainment. The 2005-born member showed off her powerful vocals and outstanding dancing skills during BabyMonster’s last evaluation series, which was uploaded on the group's official YouTube channel.
RUKA is from Japan and trained with YG Entertainment for five years. She is the eldest of the band, having been born in 2002, as well as the member with the most trainee experience.
RAMI, who is Korean and was born in 2007, was the last member to be revealed. Rami is a new stage name; the member was previously named Haram, which is her birth name. RAMI is derived from a nickname that the other members call her, which removes “Ha” from her original name.
“RAMI also refers to ‘loving,’ ‘happiness’ and ‘first light of a lamp’ in the dictionary,” YG added. “We hope that Rami’s voice will share love and happiness to everyone.”