In the life of a celebrity, it never hurts to have fans that are always ready to support you. Fans are capable of lifting and bringing down whomever they focus their energy on. Thanks to her fans, Blackpink’s Lisa made social media history. The K-pop star is the most-followed female K-pop artist on Instagram with more than 16 million followers. Lisa became the most followed K-pop artist on Instagram when she reached 17.5 million followers in March 2019. A few months after, she hit a new milestone thanks to her follower count surpassing 20 million followers! The K-pop star opened her personal Instagram account in June 2018, meaning she and her fans achieved this feat in less than a year!
Who Is Lisa from BLACKPINK?
Lisa was born on March 27, 1997, in Buriram Province, Thailand, where she was also raised. She is the only child of her Swiss step-father and her Thai mother. Lisa’s step-father is Marco Bruschweiler, a chef who is recognized by the World Association of Chefs Societies as a Swiss Diploma Master Chef. Currently, Marco Bruschweiler is running a culinary school in Bangkok, specializing in Thai cuisine and also organizing Thai, Vegetarian, and Swiss food festivals worldwide. Also, he is often invited to national and international culinary competitions in Bangkok and the greater Asian region.
Born Pranpriya Manoban, her friends gave her the nickname Pockpack. She later changed her name to Lalisa after a fortune telling; Lalisa means ‘the one who is praised.’ Lisa was in a dance crew at a young age before she auditioned to become a K-pop idol trainee. Besides Thai, Lisa speaks Korean—which she started to learn after moving to South Korea in 2011, English, Japanese, and basic Chinese. Although she raps and sings, it is the “focused camera” recordings of Lisa’s dancing, a combination of smooth body rolls, sharp hits, and captivating facial expressions, that often become the subject of Blackpink’s viral videos.
While Blackpink has already been on the scene for a few years, Lisa has yet to launch any solo musical projects. She has, however, featured on the cover of Nylon Japan magazine and filmed a special preview video for the issue, in which she spoke in fluent Japanese. Lisa was only 14 years old when she auditioned to become a trainee with South Korea’s YG Entertainment and made her debut as a member of Blackpink when the group launched in 2016. Blackpink made K-Pop history with their Coachella 2019 performance. Booking a berth at Coachella is no mean feat and not only did Blackpink managed to get the gig, but they also changed history by becoming the first female K-pop group to perform at the festival.
5 Facts To Know About The BLACKPINK Member
1. Lisa’s Endorsements
In January 2019, Lisa became the muse of Celine, a French luxury brand. In March 2019, Lisa signed her first solo endorsement deal when she became the new brand presenter for AIS Thailand. In May 2019, Lisa was announced to be the presenter for the Samsung Galaxy S10 in Thailand.
2. The K-pop Star’s Net Worth
Lisa and the rest of the gang, Jennie, Rosé, and Jisoo are each worth approximately $8 million thanks to their musical endeavors, meaning the group together has earned around $32 million with only 9 songs.
3. She’s a Mentor for Idol Trainees
Lisa will be mentoring trainees on the third season of Idol Producer, a Chinese survival program that airs on China’s largest platform iQIYI. The third season is the first of the series to feature female contestants and will be a collaboration with girl group SNH48. On October 15, 2019, Idol Producer shared an image on their official Weibo account and announced Lisa as one of the show’s mentors.
4. Her Philanthropic Works
Lisa donated to help those in need as the North-eastern region of Thailand experienced over two weeks of severe flooding. According to Yonhap News, local Thai media sources have reported that Lisa donated 100,000 baht (approximately $3,300) to help flood victims. It’s reported that Thai prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha also donated the amount of 100,000 baht to relief efforts for the flood victims.
5. Lisa is Friends with 2PM’s Nichkhun
2PM’s Nichkhun showed his friendship with BLACKPINK’s Lisa and expressed his support for his fellow Thai idol through a thoughtful message. On July 14, 2019, Nichkhun uploaded a photo with Lisa from backstage at BLACKPINK’s Bangkok concert. Nichkhun has recently drawn attention for his appearance in tvN’s Arthdal Chronicles.