Seoul, Korea has been making their mark with the most beautiful women in the world. Is it because of their diet? Whether it’s runway, youtube, print or advertisements the modeling industry in Korea has been growing exponentially. With the rise of luxury brands and designers comes new faces. Not only are these girls remarkably gorgeous but many have furthered their career in acting and/or music. Let’s take a look at Hottest Korean Models of 2016!
1. Kim Tae Hee
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This beauty is a model/actress and got her break in 2000 when an advertising executive saw Kim on the subway and offered her a modeling job right then and there! Working as a model, she was the most in-demand product endorsers in South Korea. Her credits include Cyon, Paris Baguette, Hera, Klasse, Samsun, Olympus, Toyota, and Maxwell House just to name a few. Appearing in print ads as well as TV commercials, she made her first debut as an actress with a role in the melodrama “Last Present.” Since then she has starred in films such as “Living in New Town,” “Let’s go,” and “A Problem at My Younger Brother’s House.”
2. Go Ara
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3. Han Ye Seul
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Winning the SBS Supermodel Contest in 2001, Han began her modeling career in South Korea. While working for various companies she also made her acting debut in “Nonstop 4,” in 2003. Although her first films didn’t receive high accolades (many thought she couldn’t break through as an actress because she was trained as a model) she powered through and had success in the series “Couple or Drama,” “Miss Gold Digger,” and won the Best New Actress award for the Grand Bell Awards and for “Blue Dragon Film Awards.”
4. Lee Ha Nui
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5. Kim Hyuna
6. Im Nana
7. Song Tae-Young
8. Han Hye Jin
This model/actress is known for her ‘natural look,’ high cheek bones and almond shaped eyes that any girl would die for! Her beauty has charmed the likes of fashion designers fighting for this muse. As an actress, she made her breakthrough performance in 2005 starring as a widow in the drama “Be Strong, Geum-soon.” Her credits include “Soseono,” “Jumong,” “Jejungwon,” “26 Years,” and hosting the show “Healing Camp.”
9. Yoon Eun Hye
Yoon started off her career modeling and being one of the members of the group Baby V.O.X. As an actress, she starred in dramas such as “Princess Hours,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Marry Him If You Dare.” Her natural beauty and talent have landed her numerous roles; currently, she has joined season 2 of “Goddess Fashion (a fashion design survival program) where she was awarded #1 in the evaluation. This girl hasn’t stopped working since day one, get it girl!
10. Song Hye Kyo
Song Hye-kyo is best known as an actress/model receiving popularity front the TV drama “Autumn In My Heart,” “Full House,” and “That Winter The Wind Blows.” Although she was trained as an ice skater, in the third grade, she won first place in the SunKyung Model Contest. From then on she became the face for the school uniform company. From such a young age there was no stopping Song to be in the entertainment industry. As one of the most demanded endorsers/models/actors for TV commercials and print ads, she has been the face for companies such as Levi’s, Nintendo, Olay and McDonalds!
12. Park Shin Hye
Where many have failed in the entertainment industry this lady has flourished as a model/ actress and singer. Park started her career doing commercials and modeling, but her goal was to be an actress. Although she was recognized for her roles in “Stairway to Heave,” and “Tree of Heaven,” the show was not received kindly by critics. Park did not speak Japanese but trained herself to speak fluently which raised the attention of many directors and producers. Her most notable roles include “Flower Boys Next Door,” “Pinocchio,” and the “Doctors.” In addition, she was picked as one of the “40 Most Powerful Celebrities” in Korea according to Forbes magazine!
13. Nam Gyu Ri
14. Ha Ji Won
We all love Jo-won and know her from many commercials, print ads as well as dramas and films such as “Secret Garden,” and “Empress Ki.” Ji-won is not only a pretty face but an extremely talented actress! She is a critically known to play diverse roles including action, drama, and comedy. She also won the best actress in her theater performance “True or Dare” and “Sex Is Zero.” By 2003 Ji Won was named the ‘most promising actor’ in 2003. While many have a short-lived career in entertainment Ha is still active and working in 2016; working on films such as “Risking Life For Love,” and “Manhunt” by John Woo.
15. Soo Joo
I have to say Soo Joo is one of my favorite models of all time! She was first discovered in the Bay Area while shopping at a vintage store. During that time she had a full-time job as a graphic designer for a web company. At the age of 26, Wilhelmina signed her but listed her three years younger than her real age. Although she started her career a bit later than most, designers started noticing her eclectic look. She started working for Cavalli, Chanel, Vivianne Westwood and Tom Ford just to name a few. Her face has graced magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar as well as Allure. If you haven’t seen her in magazine stands, or ads you must be living under a rock!
16. Park Ji Hye
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This beautiful runway model has been sought after from the day she started. She has an unforgettable face as well as a body to kill for; Ji Hye is a fashion designer’s dream! This walking mannequin has walked for Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Elie Sabb and has been featured on the cover of Korean Vogue and Elle. Her resume includes modeling for Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana and so many more elite houses. It doesn’t seem like she will be stopping anytime soon!