Angelina Danilova

Angelina Sergeyevna Danilova (Russian: Ангелина Сергеевна Данилова, Korean: 안젤리나 다닐로바) is a Russian singer, model, actress and TV personality active in South Korea. She made her solo singing debut with the digital single "As You Are" on January 17, 2020.[1] She was the 2018 recipient of the Korea Image Flower Stone Award for her work on promoting Korea to the world.[2]

Angelina Danilova
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Danilova in 2019
Angelina Sergeyevna Danilova

(1996-12-28) 28 December 1996 (age 26)
EducationSaint Petersburg State University of Industrial Technology and Design – Interior Design
  • Singer
  • model
  • actress
  • television personality
Years active2016–present
Agent(s)Palette Media (2016–2018)
The Prizm Entertainment (2018–present)
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Musical career
GenresBallad, K-Pop
Korean name
Revised RomanizationAnjellina Danilloba
McCune–ReischauerAnjellina Tanilloba
WebsiteAngelina Danilova on Facebook


Early lifeEdit

Danilova was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She studied interior design at the Saint Petersburg State University of Industrial Technology and Design.


In 2015, Danilova began a meteoric rise to fame when a Korean user reposted an image of her from 2014 to the Korean social networking site Naver with the caption "Russian model who wants to marry a Korean man". The post quickly went viral in Korea across all media platforms.[3]

In 2016, Palette Media scouted Danilova through her Instagram, and invited her to Korea as a main cast member for the reality survival show Babel 250, in which she lived with six other participants from across the globe and tried to establish friendships while breaking cultural and linguistic barriers.

Since her appearance on the show, Danilova has met with success in Korean media and has appeared in over 10 television shows in the span of 3 years. She has featured in numerous modelling campaigns and music videos. In 2018, she appeared as Cinderella in the film New Old Story.[4]

Danilova was featured in a 2016 music video for the song "Eyescream" by Hanhae.[5] She later appeared in the music video for "Heart pound (쿵쾅대)" by Eddy Kim[6] and in "우사인볼트 / Usain Bolt" by Swings and Han Yo Han.[7]

On April 18, 2019, Danilova was a featured singer on Won Jang's second digital single, "Sorry".[8]

On January 14, 2020, Angelina released a teaser clip on her Instagram to announce her debut as a singer.[9] She made her debut with the ballad digital single "As You Are" on January 17, 2020.[10]

As of July 2020, Danilova has over 1 million followers on her Instagram page,[11] many of whom are not Korean. The influence Danilova wields in promoting Korean culture online has been a contributing factor in the spread of the Hallyu Wave throughout Western social media.[12]

The Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI), a nonprofit organization that promotes Korean culture abroad, awarded Danilova as the 2018 recipient of the Korea Image Flower Stone Award for her work promoting Korea to the world. Fellow recipients that day included Sohn Kyung-shik, chairman of CJ Group, the food and media conglomerate, and Joachim Son-Forget, the first Korean-born member of the French National Assembly.[13] Past award winners of CICI Korea Image Awards include K-pop stars Psy and Rain, maestro Chung Myung-whun, and former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon.[14][15][16][17]

Personal lifeEdit

Danilova's interest in Korean culture began when she watched a video from Fine Brothers Entertainment titled "YouTubers React to K-pop".[18]

She uploads videos to her YouTube channel (currently amassing more than 200K subscribers).[19]

Danilova speaks five languages; Russian, English, Serbian, Korean and Italian.

Danilova is frequently called "elf" or "goddess" by her Korean fans, but in a 2016 Instagram post she spoke out against being seen only for her appearance, writing: "Don't call me beautiful, I don't care. Call me intelligent. Tell me my laugh is contagious. Tell me I have something."[20]

She has stated her hobbies include: dancing, singing, playing ukulele, listening to music, fashion, traveling, horse riding, snowboarding, kite surfing, drawing and filming videos. One of her artistic aspirations is music composition.[21]


In 2018, Danilova left Palette Media and joined her current agency the Prizm Entertainment. Palette Media accused her of fraud, and filed a complaint with the Seoul High Prosecutors' Office against Danilova, accusing her of failing to fulfil her contractual obligations and entering into a contract with another agency without Palette Media's agreement. Palette Media claimed it made an exclusive three-year (2016-2019) contract with Danilova, who rose to fame on social media as "the most beautiful K-pop fan". Palette Media alleged that she took part in promotional events and received sponsorship on several occasions without the agency's permission. Separately, the agency said it has filed a damages suit against her for her "illegal commercial activities."[22]



year title role Remark
2018 New Old Story Cinderella
2020 The Swordsman Gurutai's mistress

Drama television seriesEdit

year Broadcaster title role Remark
2017 KBS1 Still Loving You[23] Customers exercising Extra

Reality television seriesEdit

Broadcaster title role Broadcast period Remark
tvN Babel 250 A fixed performer July 11, 2016 ~ September 27, 2016
Mnet 《Mixtape》 Panel December 30, 2016
KBS1 My Neighbor, Charles Guest March 21, 2017
SBS Plus 《Stargram Season 2》 Special Guest April 18, 2017
Umax 《The Real Maxim Models》 Performer April 30, 2017
Television comedy 《Newcomers》 Guest June 1, 2017
TRENDY 《Girls Diary-Single White Paper》 Fixed performer June 30, 2017 – September 15, 2017
Television comedy 《Newcomers》 Guest July 13, 2017
KBS 1 《Happy Map》 Performer September 30, 2017 Yecheon
October 21, 2017 Enhance
November 4, 2017 Hadong
November 18, 2017 Gangneung
December 2, 2017 Yeosu
SBS 《My Room Guide》 Special appearance (daily interpreter) December 6, 2017
KBS 1 《Happy Map》 Performer December 9, 2017 Jindo
MBC every1 South Korean Foreigners Fixed appearances

October 17, 2018 ~

JTBC4 《Check In The Hotel》 January 16, 2019 – February 6, 2019
KBS2 Happy Together (talk show) Season 4》 Guest March 28, 2019
April 4, 2019
Hello Counselor April 30, 2019
JTBC Hon-Life: Satisfaction Project Guest August 31, 2019 – September 7, 2019
JTBC Love of 7.7 Billion Panel February 10, 2020 ~
KBS2 Happy Together (talk show) Season 4》 Guest February 27, 2020


Radio broadcastEdit

Broadcaster title role Broadcast period Remark
SBS Power FM Bae Sung-jae's Ten》 Special appearance January 19, 2019
SBS Power FM Bae Sung-jae's Ten》 Fixed Guest February 15-March 22, 2019
Guest December 10, 2019

Music videoEdit

year Singer title
2016 Hanhae EYESCREAM(여름, 아이스크림)
2017 Eddy Kim Heart pound(쿵쾅대)
2019 Swings Usain Bolt(우사인볼트)

Digital singleEdit

order Record information Track list
'1' 'As You Are'
  • Release date: January 17, 2020
  • Label: Kakao M
  1. 'As You Are'
  2. As You Are (ENG Ver.)
  3. As You Are (inst.)
'2' 'Sun Dance'
  • Release date: June 4, 2021
  • Label: Warner Music Korea
  1. 'Sun Dance' (Feat.HANHAE)


year Singer Song name
2017 HotSauce Take U Higher [24]
2019 Won Jang Sorry [25]
2021 Eian ELLA



year Kinds Company name product name Reference
2016 O2O Service Call in Earth Agent driving application kit[26] Cover model
beauty medical equipment Hyronic Co., Ltd. Hyronic Exclusive model


Attibe Beauty Co., Ltd. Attibe Beauty
2017 Mobile Game Me2on
  • Full Pot Hold'em: The Genius
  • Full House Casino
  • Casino Dream
Public Relations Model
Cosmetics XYZ Formula Ceracrow moisturizing cream-bread edition[28]
XYZ Cream-Moisturizing Test Dryer
Mobile Game 4: 33 Five Kingdoms Story[29]
Cosmetics Vanilla & Co Deer Hydration Boosting Cream


2018 Hair Specialty Brand Hairco Story Hairco Story
2019 Cosmetics Uni Cosmetic Noblesse Gold Gold Ampoule
Cafe Franchise Angelus Black sugar americano
Cosmetics Chapstick Chapstick Tinted Lip Oil Autumn Rose
Mobile Game 4399 Korea Miracle sword


year Pictorial / magazine Reference
2017 Maxim Korea March issue[31]
Tag magazine
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac 17 FW pictorial


French Fashion Group
2018 December issue of HIM


Model careerEdit

  • Sky Model Agency Professional Model
  • 2017 F /W Hera Seoul Fashion Week Fashion Show Model[33]
  • 2017 Fashion Magazine The Naver Model

Actress careerEdit

year awards sector source
2018 2018 Korea Image Awards Ceremony Flower statue CICI [34]


  1. ^ Lee, Chang-Gyu (23 January 2020). "안젤리나 다닐로바, 가수로 새롭게 데뷔?…첫 번째 싱글 'As You Are' 발매 예고". Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  2. ^ Yun, Suh-young (17 January 2018). "Korea Image Awards go to French politician, Russian 'elf'". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  3. ^ Danilova, Angelina. "Doing Angelina Danilova's Makeup - Interviewing Korea's Foreign Darling". YouTube. SISSEL. Retrieved Oct 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "New Old Story". The Korea Times. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  5. ^ "[MV] HANHAE(한해) _ EYESCREAM(여름, 아이스크림) (feat.Jeong Eun Ji(정은지))".
  6. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: [MV] Eddy Kim(에디킴) _ Heart pound (쿵쾅대). YouTube.
  7. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: 스윙스(Swings) X 한요한(Han Yo Han) - 우사인볼트 (Feat. 영비). YouTube.
  8. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: [MV] Won Jang - Sorry ft. Angelina Danilova. YouTube.
  9. ^ "Angelina Danilova on Instagram: "A little a surprise! My first single "As you are" is coming out on 2020.01.17 Hope you like it guys 첫 싱글 "As you are" 곧 나올 예정이에요!많은 사랑을 부탁드립니다. #asyouare #angelinadanilova"".
  10. ^ "Angelina Danilova on Instagram: "OMG it's OUT!🤍 #asyouare #OUT #omgomgomg #angelinadanilova"".
  11. ^ "Angelina Danilova (@angelinadanilova) • Instagram photos and videos".
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  14. ^ Baek, Byung-yeul (11 January 2015). "CICI to hold annual image awards". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  15. ^ Jackson, Julie (13 December 2016). "CICI announces Korea Image Awards recipients". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  16. ^ Im, Eun-byel (11 December 2018). "CICI announces 2019 award winners". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  17. ^ Park, Yuna (16 December 2019). "CICI announces Korea Image Awards winners". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  18. ^ "YouTubers React to K-pop".
  19. ^ "Angelina Danilova YouTube Channel".
  20. ^ "Login • Instagram". Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  21. ^ "Как я стала знаменитостью в Южной Корее: история студентки из Петербурга". 6 September 2017.
  22. ^ Lee, Min-young (18 November 2018). "Russian model accused of fraud". The Korea Times. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  23. ^ Kyung, Seok Han (23 March 2017). "Angelina Daniloba, deliver the camera of 'The Kingdom of Eunsoo' from 'My Neighbor Charles'". Biz Enter. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  24. ^ Sauce, Hot (20 March 2017). "RRN109 : HotSauce feat. Angelina Danilova - Take U Higher (Original Mix)". SoundCloud. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  25. ^ Won, Jang (22 April 2019). "Sorry (feat. Angelina Danilova) - Single by Won Jang on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  26. ^ Song, Hyojeong (20 September 2016). "Kit, selected as the cover model 'Angelina Daniloba'". SISUN NEWS. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  27. ^ Sung, Park (26 September 2016). "하이로닉, 러시아 '엘프' 안젤리나 다닐로바와 전속모델 계약". Asia Today. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
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  29. ^ Lim, Young-taek (2017-07-18). "Angelina Daniloba "Let's Join 'Five Kingdoms Story' Released on the 27th"". Maeil Business Daily. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  30. ^ Cho, Seong-jin (2017-07-18). "Vanilla Co, Angelina Danilo, Emperor Seoneon pick up new models". Sports Hankooki. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  31. ^ Cho, Seong-jin (2017-03-02). "Angelina Daniloba, Maxim pictorial released ... Provocation of the Russian elven woman". MBN. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  32. ^ Lee, Min-ji (2017-09-07). "Fashion group pattern 'Charles de Castelbajac', 'Angelina Daniloba' Pictorial release". Asia News Agency. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  33. ^ Kang, Ingwi (2017-04-11). "'17FW Seoul Fashion Week' Metro City, Theme is 'Dream of Dreams'". MoneyS. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  34. ^ Park, Sang-hyun (2018-01-16). "'한국이미지상' 다닐로바 "마법 같은 한국문화 즐겨 행복"". Yonhap News. Retrieved 30 April 2020.

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