K-Pop groups have seen a steady increase in the number of idols debuting who are not Korean over the last few years. There have been 30+ foreign K-Pop idols who have debuted in the last year alone.
In K-Pop groups, there are many unique roles the members play. Positions such as a visual member, a center member, and the face of the group are now often given to more than one member of an idol group. These roles can also change with promotions or when a member leaves a group.
These ten gorgeous foreign K-Pop idols are considered one of their respective groups’ visual or center members.
1. Everglow’s Yiren
Everglow‘s Yiren was born in Hangzhou, China. Before debuting with the group, Yiren was a contestant on the idol survival show, Produce48. On the show, she was voted the number one visual center member.
In Everglow, Yiren is a visual member, center member, and face of the group, as well as the group’s maknae.
2. LE SSERAFIM’s Sakura
LE SSERAFIM‘s Sakura was also a contestant on Produce48 and was the show’s first center contestant. While Sakura was in IZ*ONE, she was one of the group’s visual members.
Sakura was born in Japan, where she had a successful idol career as a member of HKT48 and AKB48.
3. Kep1er’s Xiaoting
Kep1er‘s Xiaoting is from Chengdu, China, and debuted in the group through the Mnet survival program, Girls Planet 999.
Xiaoting is considered one of the visual members of Kep1er.
4. NCT U/WayV’s Ten
Ten is from Thailand and is a member of NCT U, SuperM, and NCT‘s sub-unit WayV, which focuses its promotions in China.
Ten is the center member of WayV.
5. PURPLE KISS’s Yuki
PURPLE KISS‘s Yuki is from Japan and is the main rapper, lead dancer, and vocalist in the group. Many fans consider Yuki to be a visual member of the group.
6. PRISTIN’s Kyulkyung
PRISTIN‘s Kyulkyung (also known as Jieqiong) was the main dancer, vocalist, visual member, and face of the group. She was also a member of I.O.I, where she was also a visual member.
After PRISTIN disbanded in 2019, Kyulkyung returned to China to promote as a solo artist and an actress.
7. aespa’s NingNing
Before debuting with aespa, NingNing gained attention for her visuals a member of SM Entertainment‘s trainee group SM Rookies. NingNing is from China and participated in a few singing competition shows in her home country before being scouted by SM Entertainment.
NingNing is the main vocalist and maknae of aespa. Many fans consider her a visual member as well.
8. (G)I-DLE’s Shuhua
(G)I-DLE‘s Shuhua is from Taiwan and is the sub-vocalist, maknae, and visual of (G)I-DLE.
9. GOT7’s Mark
GOT7‘s Mark is a vocalist and lead rapper in the group, and a visual member. He is American and was born in Los Angeles, California. Mark is of Taiwanese descent.
10. TWICE’s Tzuyu
TWICE‘s Tzuyu is from Taiwan and is the lead dancer, sub vocalist, maknae, and visual in the group.