There are many models in South Korea who come from different backgrounds – some start as Kpop idols, some start as actresses, some start as athletes, some start as bloggers, etc. While the Korean entertainment industry is booming with idol-made/actress-made models, models who began as professional models (and/or whose primary job is to model) are not to be overlooked. Below, we’ve listed 10 famous female Korean models and their profiles, along with some of their modeling work.

 

Han Hye Jin / Han Jin (한혜진)

Born: 23 March 1983

Height: 177 cm

3-size: 33-24-35 in

Agency: ESteem Models (Seoul), Marilyn (New York & Paris)

Awards:
Ford & Pantene New Comer Prize Award in New York (2001)
New Face in Fashion (Seoul Broadcasting Station 2001)
Best Female Model (Korean Fashion Photographers Association 2004)
Model of the Year (Harper’s Bazaar Korea 2005)
Korea Best Dresser Swan Award (2011)

Shows: Seoul Collection, Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Luca Luca, Karl Lagerfeld, Burberry Prorsum, Kenzo, Diane von Furstenberg, Lacoste, Gucci, Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Temperley London, Michael Kors, Chanel, Vera Wang, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Burberry Prorsum, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Celina, Viktor & Rolf, Phillip Lim, Zac Posen, Sportmax, Vivienne Westwood, Calvin Klein, Monique Lhuillier, and more

Advertisements: Motorola, Missha, Moschino, GAP, DKNY, Anna Molinari, MAC, Clean & Clear, Maru, Zooc, Levi’s, Kerasys, Amore Pacific, Shin Se Gae Department Store, Johnson & Johnson, Laneige, and more

Magazines: i-D Magazine, Vogue Italia, Vogue France, Vogue China, Vogue Korea (on May 2008, Sept 2009, June 2009, May 2011 and Aug 2011 cover), French Cover Girl, V Magazine, W Korea, Numero Korea, Allure Korea, Cosmopolitan Korea, ELLE Korea (on May 2009 and April 2010 cover), GQ Korea, Marie Claire Korea, CeCi, Esquire Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Korea (on July 2008, Aug 2008, Oct 2008, April 2010 and Nov 2010 cover), and more

Commercial Films (CF): Motorola, Fuji FinePix, Fashion N Channel ID, Happy Snow White Bean, Cafe Latte, Kerasys, Lotte Chilsung Daily-C, and more

Movies: Fashion King

Broadcasting: I Am a Model Season 3 – as the MC (MNET), On Style (New York Fashion Week 2008 Trilogy) “Style Magazine” – as the MC, Demand Planning “Fly Her to New York” (KBS2TV), Girls on Top Season 2 (MTV), Running Man (SBS)

(Credit: ESteem Models, Korean Model)*

 

Irene Kim (아이린)

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Credit: http://hello-triaa.blogspot.com/

Born: 6 November 1987

Height: 178 cm

3-size: 32-23-33 in

Agency: ESteem (Seoul)

Shows: Steve J and Yoni P, Jardin de Chouette, Project Runway, Yuna Yang, Gretchen Jones, Rachel Comey, Bryce Black, L.A.M.B, Miss Gee, Big Park, Rachel Comey, Vivienne Westwood, KYE, Lacoste, and more

Advertisements: Levi’s, Target, Wella, Doc Martens, Lucky Chouette, Innisfree, ABC Market, and more

Magazines: Singles Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Vogue Girl Korea, Marie Claire Korea, Nylon Korea The Contributing, Luxury Korea, Elle Korea, Elle Girl Korea, Seventeen Magazine, Glamour US, and more

Broadcasting: MNET USA’s K-Style

(Credit: ESteem Models, Korean Model)*

 

Kim Sung Hee (김성희)

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Credit: http://www.dailyfemalemodels.com/

Born: 20 August 1986

Height: 177 cm

3-size: 33-25-35 in

Agency: ESteem (Seoul), Monster (Milan), Wilhelmina (New York), IMG (Paris)

Shows: Prada, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Banana Republic, Monique Lhuillier, Creatures of the Wind, Zero+Maria Cornejo, Adeam, Miu Miu, Paco Rabanne, John Galliano, Manish Arora, Zac Posen, Tory Burch, Steven Alan, Helmut Lang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Band of Outsiders, Tracy Reese, Alexis Mabile, Costume National, Y-3, Band of Outsiders, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, Chanel Cruise, Dior, Dsquared2, Etro, Matthew Williamson, Reem Acra, Anna Sui, Stephane Rolland, Tess Giberson, and more

Magazines: Vogue Japan, Vogue Italia, Herworld Singapore, Vogue China, ELLE Vietnam, Glamour US, Dossier Journal, Tank Magazine, Dazed and Confused Korea, Singles Korea, W Korea, Vogue Korea (on the January 2013 and August 2013 cover), Marie Claire Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Allure Korea, InStyle Korea, Vogue Girl Korea, and more

Advertisements: Benetton, Miu Miu, Prada, Etro, Anycall, SK Corporate Advertising, That’s Y, 17茶

Broadcasting: I Am a Model (MNet), Get It Beauty (Olive TV) and Style Hot, Project Runway Korea (On Style)

(Credit: ESteem Models, Korean Model)*

 

Kwak Ji Young (곽지영)

Born: 30 September 1990

Height: 177 cm

3-size: 32-24-35 in

Agency: ESteem (Seoul), Wilhelmina (New York), ELITE (London, Milan, and Paris)

Awards/Achievements: 2009 Super Model Award

Shows: Chanel, John Galliano, Moschino Cheap and Chic, Christopher Kane, Vivienne Westwood, LOEWE, Richard Nicoll, Yang Li, Simone Rocha, Antipodium, Alexis Mabille, Joe Jordan, Jean-Pierre Braganza, River Island, Push Button, Masha Ma, Jain Song, Just Cavalli, General Idea, and more

Advertisements: River Island, Akris Punto, BNX, Low Classic, Marni, Kai-aakman, Caas Fresh, Uniqlo, Charlotte Platinum Star Card, SONY-Cyber Shot, Zara, Hunter

Magazines: Vogue Italia, Vogue China, ELLE Thailand, CR Magazine, SCMP Style, Vogue Korea, W Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Marie Claire Korea, ELLE Korea, Singles Korea, ELLE Girl Korea, Dazed and Confused Korea, Esquire Korea, Ceci Korea, MAPS, and more

(Credit: ESteem Models, Korean Model)*

 

Park Ji Hye (박지혜)

Born: 6 February 1988

Height: 179 cm

3-size: 33-24-34 in

Agency: ESteem (Seoul), Elite (New York), Premier (London), Why Not (Milan), Oui (Paris)

Shows: Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Elie Saab, Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, Celine, Marni, Carven, Loewe, Victor & Rolf, Ralph Lauren, Narciso Rodriguez, Giorgio Armani, Hermes, Isabel Marant, Missoni, Topshop Unique, Y-3, Vanessa Bruno, Haider Ackerman, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss, Barbara Bui, Dries van Noten, Kenzo, DVF, Tom Ford, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture, Miu Miu, Stella McCartney, Lanvin, Giorgio Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Jonathan Saunders, Ports 1981, Max Mara, Akris, Theysken’s Theory, Iris Van Herpen, Adam Selman, Michael Kors, and more

Advertisements: Diesel, Redkan, Hugo Boss Orange, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara City, Kate Spade

Magazines: Vogue Russia, Vogue China, Vogue Korea (on the January 2013 and August 2013 cover), Milk Magazine HK (on the January 2013 cover), W Korea, Marie Claire Korea, Dazed & Confused Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, ELLE Korea, Singles Korea, Allure Korea, Vogue Girl Korea, STYLE H, and more

(Credit: ESteem Models, Korean Model)*

 

Soo Joo (수주)

Born: 26 March 1986

Height: 178 cm

3-size: 33-24-35 in

Agency: Wilhelmina (NY), Union (London), Monster (Milan), IMG (Paris), ESteem (Seoul), MD Management (Hamburg), View Management (Barcelona), Joy Model (Sao Paulo)

Shows: Chanel, Tess Giberson, Vivienne Westwood, Alexis Mabille, Emporio Armani, Kimberly Ovitz, Juan Carlos Obando, Lorena Sarbu, Tribune Standard, Wayne, Joanna Mastroianni, Miguel Adrover, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Oscar de la Renta, Rebecca Minkoff, Just Cavalli, Jeremy Scott, Rick Owens, Iris Van Herpen, and more

Advertisements: Chanel, United Color of Benetton, Jardin de Chouette, BCBGeneration, Levi’s, Regis Corporation, Oscar Olima, Benefit Cosmetics, Citi Bank National Network (US)

Magazines: Vogue Italia, ELLE Italia, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Harper’s Bazaar Singapore (on the August 2013 cover), The Reality Show Magazine (on the #4 issue cover), Grey Magazine, Flaunt Magazine, Teen Vogue US, Paper Planes, Surface Asia, ELLE Mexico, Interview Magazine, Flaunt, Vogue Korea (on the June 2013 and August 2013 cover), W Korea, Marie Claire Korea, NYLON Korea, Allure Korea, Style H, Dazed and Confused Korea (on the April 2012 beauty cover), InStyle Korea, Ppaper, and more

(Credit: ESteem Models, Korean Model)*

 

Baek Ji Won (백지원)

Born: 26 October 1990

Height: 177 cm

3-size: 33-25-35 inch

Agency: ESteem (Seoul)

Shows: Seoul Collections of Blumarine, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chanel, Jill Stuart, Adidas, Elie Tahari, PUMA, Metro City, Max Mara, DKNY, Marc Jacobs, Salvatore Ferragamo, Studio-K, Jain Song, KAAL E.Suktae, Johnny Hates Jazz, Miss Gee, Doii Paris, Long Champ, Doii Paris, Fendi, and more

Advertisements: Uniqlo, Banilla B, Charlotte Card, Basic House China, Samsung Smart All-In, InnerB, SKY

Magazines: Vogue Korea, Vogue Girl Korea, W Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Marie Claire Korea, ELLE Korea, ELLE Girl Korea, Sure, Bling, Allure Korea, J Look, Z-zin, and more

(Credit: ESteem Models, Korean Model)*

 

Choi A Ra (최아라)

Born: 14 January 1993

Height: 178 cm

3-size: 32-24-35 in

Agency: Aile Model (Seoul) — Former: KPlus (Seoul)

Shows: Louis Vuitton, BALLY, DKNY, Leonard, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Espoir, How and What, Steve J & Yoni P, Push Button, Roliat, Rad by Rad Hourani, Kwak Hyun Joo, Hexa by Kuho, Low Classic, and more

Advertisements: MLBer, Buckaroo Jeans, Shu Uemura, Skin Food, Adidas, Demi Soda, Gleigh, Low Classic, Holika Holika

Magazines: Vogue Korea, Vogue Girl Korea, W Korea, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Marie Claire Korea, Nylon Korea, Singles, Dazed and Confused Korea, Elle Korea, and more

(Credit: Modelchoi-Ara, Korean Model)*

 

Kang Seung Hyun/Hyoni Kang (강승현)

Born: 22 September 1987

Height: 178 cm

3-size: 32-24-34 in

Agency: KPlus (Seoul), Ford (New York), Elite (Milan & Paris) — Former: CHOII Model

Awards/Achievements: Ford Supermodel of the World (2008)

Shows: Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, Sonia Rykiel, Karen Walker, Jenny Kayne, Amanda Wakeley, House of Holland, Tory Burch, DKNY, Michael Kors, Trovota, United Bamboo, and more

Advertisements: DKNY, Lacoste, Victoria’s Secret Catalogs, Benetton, Tommy Hilfiger, American Eagle, Target, and more

Magazines: Vogue Korea (on April 2008 cover), Dazed and Confused Korea (on May 2011 cover), Interview Magazine, Teen Vogue US, Harper’s Bazaar US, V Magazine, 10 Magazine, Marie Claire US, Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Vogue US, Dazed and Confused, Vogue China, WWD (on June 2011 cover), Vogue Spain, Allure Korea, and more

(Credit: YGKPLUS, Korean Model)*

 

Jang Yoon Ju (장윤주)

Born: 7 November 1980

Height: 174 cm

3-size: 34-24-35 in

Agency: ESteem (Seoul)

Awards/Achievements:
Best Model (Fashion Photographers Association 1998)
GTV Best Model (1998)
Best Model (Model Center 1998)
Pantene Glamour Award (2000)
Best Model (Fashion Photographers Association 2002)
Model of the Year (Harper’s Bazaar Korea 2002)
Adidas Mania award (2003)
Best Dressed Model (2005)
Best Model (Fashion Photographers Association 2005)
Korea Best Dresser Swan Award/Model Award (2008)
M.net 20’s Choice 20’s- Style (2012)

Shows: Seoul Collection, Miss Gee Collection, KUHO, Jardin de Chouette, Ferragamo, Christian Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Cartier, Marc Jacobs, Issey Miyake, Chloe, Mandarinaduck, Lanvin, Lacoste, Vivienne Westwood, BVLGARI, Botticelli, Donna Karan, DKNY, Anna Molinari, Blumarine, Benetton, Andy & Debb, MCM, and more

Advertisements: Makeupforever, Tongyang Magic, December 24, KEB Signature Card, Nate, KB Kukmin Bank, CJ Homeshopping, Style Water, Kerasys, SK-ll, Venus, Hanguk Yoghurt R&B, Cup Noodle, Zooc, Storm, Renoma, IGII sport, Resume, System jean, O2nd, Qua, Yah, RUjean, TPCOSI, TBJ, Hera, Shinsegae, &, Perry Ellis, AK Duty Free Shop, Andew, Alo, Freddy, and more

Magazines: Vogue Korea (on Aug 2011 cover), Harper’s Bazaar Korea, Dazed and Confused Korea (on April 2010 cover), ELLE Korea, W Korea, Marie Claire Korea, GQ Korea, Esquire Korea, ELLE Girl Korea, Vogue Girl Korea, i-D Magazine, ELLE Germany, and more

Broadcasting: Host for Korea’s Next Top Model Season 1-3, Infinity Challenge (MBC), Music Travel Rarara (MBC)-appointed as the MC, Yoon Do Hyun’s Love Letter (KBS), The Discovery of Reading (KBS), Cinema Paradiso (EBS)-appointed as the MC, Madame B Salon (MNET), I Am a Model (MNET), Jang Yoon Ju of the 29 (MNET), Girls on Top Season 2 (MTV), On Style “Challenge! Korea’s Next Top Model Season 1&2”-appointed as the MC, MBC FM4U “This Morning is Jang Yoon Ju”-appointed as the DJ, MBC FM4U “Yoon’s 2 O’Clock in the dating”, Happy Together Season 3 (KBS), Nightly Entertaiment (SBS), and more

(Credit: ESteem Models, Korean Model)*

 

 

Keep in mind that there are many more models in South Korea; we have only listed 10 here in this post. For more information on Korean models, please visit the South Korean model agency sites below:

ESteem Model Agency

KPlus Model Agency

Choii Model Agency

DCM Model Agency

Aile Model Agency

 

Stay tuned for more fashion features!

 

*Please note that this is a compilation of information and that all content in this post has been credited to its rightful owners.

Comments

  1. Mon says:

    I really love this post <3 I've seen it thousand times and I can't get enough of it! These women are so unbelievable pretty <3