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REI is a member of the K-pop girl group IVE. She is the first Japanese artist from Starship Entertainment.

REI (IVE) Profile

Name레이 | REI
Full Name나오이 레이 | 直井怜 | Naoi Rei
Date of BirthFebruary 3, 2004
Place of BirthAnan, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan
HometownNagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Height169cm | 5′-07″
Blood TypeA
Zodiac SignAquarius
FamilyMother, Father, Older Sister
EducationSchool of Performing Arts Seoul
DebutIVE | December 1, 2021
PositionRapper, Vocalist
Years Active2021 – present
LabelStarship Entertainment

REI Facts

  • She was born in Anan, but was raised in Nagoya.
  • She graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul (Department of Practical Music) on February 10, 2022.
  • 直井怜 (Naoi Rei) in Korean: Jik Jeong Ryeong
  • REI wanted to work in Korea because she likes learning Korean.
  • She auditioned for Starship Entertainment in Japan and moved to Korea at 15.
  • After seeing Red Velvet in ‘Red Room’ concert, she decided to become a K-pop idol.
  • Starship Entertainment Audition Song: Happiness by Red Velvet
  • JOY (Red Velvet) is her role model.
  • She passed TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean) Level 4.
  • She spends her free time drawing, watching movies and listening to music.
  • Likes: roses, butterflies
  • She is a good swimmer and skier, but a bad runner.
  • Nicknames: Kim Rei, Kirei (beautiful)
  • Her parents call her Reiko (REI baby)


  • Color: purple
  • Item: headphone that she received from her grandfather
  • Red Velvet Song: Somethin Kinda Crazy, Light Me Up

References: 1,2,3 IVE EP.0, Show What I Have – IVE REI, 211205 Cultwo Show, 211207 Power Time, 211214 Dream Radio, 211215 Youngstreet

Categories: K-pop Idols Born in 2004 | K-pop Idols Born in February | K-pop Idols From Japan | Aquarius K-pop Idols | School of Performing Arts Seoul Alumni