My Idol Photostory: Lisa of BLACKPINK

There’s no question that foreign-born K-Pop idols have to work that much harder. Not only do they have to study a whole lot of Korean, but they must learn to adapt to culture differences and living so far away from home. Throw in the task of being an idol rapper, and you’ve definitely got a challenge, which is why foreign-born K-Pop rappers like BLACKPINK’s Lisa are so great!

For this week’s My Idol Photostory, we’re going to take a look into the life of the Thai Princess herself, Lisa Manoban. Think you know everything about the star?

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My Idol Photostory: Lisa of BLACKPINK

Lisa was born Lalisa Manoban on March 27, 1997 in Bangkok, Thailand. Her Thai name is Pranpriya, though she goes by quite a few nicknames from friends, including Lalice, Laliz, and Pokpak. She is an only child, and the stepdaughter of Swedish champion chef Marco Brueschweiler.


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Before her debut, Lisa trained with YG Entertainment for over five years, having first joined the company in April of 2011. She was scouted during a YG audition in Thailand, and was rumored to be the only person who auditioned that ended up making the cut.

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Lisa is known for her rapping and dancing skills. When she lived in Thailand, she was a part of a dance crew named We Zaa Cool, where she danced alongside fellow Thai idol GOT7’s BamBam.




However, Lisa also has a few other talents that might not be as obvious on stage. She can speak four different languages – Korean, English, Japanese, and her native language Thai – and she can even play the ukulele.


Back in her trainee days, Lisa first turned heads as the main model for YG Entertainment’s clothing brand, NONA9ON, where she modeled alongside iKON’s Bobby and B.I. She also appeared as a dancer and extra in Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” music video.




Lisa made her debut with BLACKPINK through the singles “Whistle” and “Boombayah.” The girls broke the record for the fastest act to secure the first and second position on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart. Not so bad for a debut, huh?

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Since then, Lisa has made a name for herself as a charismatic and talented dancer, performing on variety shows and participating in special stages with other well-reputed idol dancers.


Thanks to her appearance on “Get It Beauty” and her numerous Moonshot ads with BLACKPINK, Lisa has also become something of a beauty icon.


Most recently, BLACKPINK released the single “Like It’s Your Last,” which became the second most-watched K-Pop music video within 24 hours on YouTube. (The first? YG labelmate PSY’s “Gentleman.”) They also began activities in Japan.


While Lisa and the ladies have currently wrapped up their recent promotions, it’s only time before they make another comeback, so…


Keep supporting BLACKPINK, and keep rooting for Lisa!