Pristin was a ten-member South Korean girl group set up by Pledis Entertainment in 2016 with most of the members coming through the reality show, Produce 101. The decuplet lineup consisted of Nayoung, Roa, Kyulkyung, Yuha, Yehana, Eunwoo, Sungyeon, Rena, Xiyeon, and Kyla of which all the group members except Kyla, Yehana, and Sungyeon competed on Mnet reality TV talent competition show, Produce 101. The girl band was initially unveiled as Pledis Girlz on 23rd March 2016 and released their promotional single titled ‘We‘ on 27th June 2016. They were later renamed Pristin in 2017 which was coined from two words, ‘Prismatic’ (which means bright and clear) and ‘elastin’ (which means flawless strength). They made their debut as Pristin on 21st March 2017 with the release of their first Extended Play titled ‘Hi! Pristin‘ accompanied by the lead single ‘Wee Woo‘. For some interesting facts you didn’t know about Pristin members, continue reading.
7 Things You Didn’t Know About The Pristin (Pledis Girlz) Members
1. Pledis Girlz Promotion
Two of Pledis Girlz members, Kyulkyung and Nayoung were not part of the group that participated in their first concert which was held from 14th May 2016 to 10th September 2016 due to their commitments with their former girl group I.O.I which debuted on 4th May 2016 with the single, ‘Dream Girls‘. They became part of the band after emerging among the finalist of the TV show, Produce 101. Kyulkyung and Nayoung later rejoined with other members of Pristin in the debut of their first Extended Play, ‘HI! Pristin‘ on 21st March 2017.
2. Reasons for Kyla’s Hiatus
Pledis Entertainment released an official statement on 12th October 2017 stating that Kyla (the youngest member of the group) would be taking a break from Pristin’s activities in order to attend to her health challenges. Following her temporary return to the United States for her recovery, rumors started making rounds on the internet that she has terminated her contract with the group because she was too fat. After the video where Kyla was allegedly spotted working as a vendor at a funfair in Los Angeles went viral after she went back to the United States for medical treatment, some K-netizens and Pristin fans started to abuse and attack her for her appearance, weight gain and negligence, of which Pledis Entertainment didn’t defend her enough.
3. Xiyeon’s Unfair Treatment at Her Graduation From SOPA
During Xiyeon’s graduation from Seoul School of Performing Arts (SOPA) which is a prestigious high school with a great attendance of idols, there was neither a representative from Pledis Entertainment nor a member of Pristin present on her graduation. Normally, during the graduation of any idol in SOPA, a special panel is set up for official press pictures which none was done for Xiyeon. To exacerbate the issue, there was no congratulatory message on Pristin’s official account from her management and group members as well.
4. Pristin’s Sub-unit
Pledis Entertainment released an official statement on 8th May 2018 that they have created a sub-unit named Pristin V which consisted of five members namely; Kyulkyung, Nayoung, Rena, Eunwoo, and Roa. They debuted on 28th May 2018 with the release of the single album, ‘Like A V‘.
5. Reasons For Their Disbandment
Pledis Entertainment announced on 24th May 2019 that Pristin has officially disbanded due to the fact that they couldn’t come to a mutual contract agreement with the majority of the members. However, three Pristin members, Kyulkyung, Sungyeon, and Yehana are still with the record label while Nayoung, Yuha, Xiyeon, Roa, Rena, Eunwoo, and Kyla terminated their contracts amicably with the record label.
6. Their Whereabouts After Disbandment
Nayoung is currently preparing to be an actress as she is the ambassador for Insa-Dong in Seoul. Xiyeon is pursuing her dream to be a singer and actress. Yuha is also preparing to become a musical actress. Roa is undergoing summer studies at the university. Rena in October 2019 told her fans that she was doing well and would keep them updated on her career. Eunwoo has not released any news regarding her whereabouts. Kyla told her fans that she will be keeping them updated on her upcoming projects. Kyulkyung, Sungyeon, and Yehana have not released any update regarding their upcoming events, whether they will form a group or go solo.
7. Awards and Achievements
Pristin won many awards before their disbandment in 2019 which includes 2017 Asia Artist Rookie Awards, 2017 Mnet Asian Music Best New Female Artist Awards, 2018 Seoul Music New Artist Awards and V Live Global Rookie Top 5 Awards along with many nominations.