Bold, fresh and beautiful. Korean models have broken their stereotypical ‘cute’ girlish image and stepped up to be taken seriously in the world of fashion. These women have overcome the clichéd boundaries set for them for cutesy television adds and signed up with international brands, thus making them popular both inside and outside their country- South Korea. Their walk, their talk and their every other gesture speaks volumes. They are truly graceful women who exude feminine charm.
Many women in this list aren’t just models. They also have active film careers. Some even have music albums to their name. These prove that these pretty women are much more than their pretty face. Read on to find out the top 10 hottest Korean models in 2018.
10. Shin Se-Kyung
First facing the limelight at the tender age of eight, in Seo Taigi album cover and poster for Take Five, Shin Se-Kyung has come a long way since. Her breakthrough in acting came when she was cast in the sitcom in 2009. Since then, she has had multiple lead roles in films and television series including ‘Hindsight’,’R2B: Return to Base’ and ‘Deep Rooted Tree’. She has also released a digital single “You Were Sweet” for a coffee brand she models for. She was last seen in ‘Six Flying Dragons’.
9. Park Shin-Hye
Park Shin-Hye is a model, actress and singer all at the same time, from South Korea. She first appeared on screen in the Korean drama ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in 2003. She quickly rose the rungs of success by acting in Korean-Japanese series and having the lead role in the widely acclaimed television series ‘You’re Beautiful’ in the year 2009. Her first music video was ‘My Dear’. Forbes lists her among ’40 most powerful celebrities in Korea’.
8. Go Ara
First debuting as a female lead in Korean teen drama Sharp #1, Go Ara is more famous by her screen name- Ara. She gained a lot more fans for her famous television series ‘Snow Flower’. Being an ambitious lady, she hasn’t stopped at acting alone. She is also a famous commercial model and Goodwill Ambassador of Swiss friend and Farming and Forestry. She has starred in the big-budget Japanese film ‘Genghis Khan: To The Ends of Earth and Sea’. She was last seen in a guest appearance in the variety show ‘Running Man’.
7. Yoon Bora
Yoon Bora is known better by her stage name Bora. She is most well known as a Korean Idol singer. She is a part of Korean musical girl gang Sistar and subgroup Sistar19. Apart from being a part of one of the most popular bands in her country she also models for brands like Hyundai Turbo, Adidas and many others. She also appeared in the television series ‘Invincible Youth’.
6. Lee Ha
Lee Ha-nui, also known (better) as Honey Lee is a model, gayageum player, a classical musician and an actress from South Korea. She had won the title of Miss Korea in 2006 and was third runner up in the Miss Universe pageant of 2007. She has Lee Ha-nui’s Vegan Recipe in her own vegan TV show. She is also signed in as model for brands like Vogue, DAKS and Tommy Hilfiger Korea.
5. Kim Hyuna
Kim Hyuna, better known by her stage mononym Hyuna is a Singer, Songwriter, rapper, dancer and a model. She is a part of Korean girl gang 4minute and specializes in K-pop, dance-pop, hip hop. She also became notable in her solo career with her debut ‘Change’. She is also renown for her appearance in Psy’s Gangnam Style video. She is also signed in a model for brands like Toyota Corolla, G by Guess and many more.
4. Im Nana
Im Nana was born as Im Jin-ah is better known as Nana, her stage name. She is a part of girl group After School, and its subgroup Orange Caramel. She is also an actress and a model. She has appeared in television series ‘High Kick’ and ‘Love Weaves through a Millenium’. She was last seen in ‘The Good Wife’. She has also released solo albums like ‘Close Your Eyes’ and ‘Eyeline’.
3. Kim Tae-Hee
Kim Tae-Hee started her career as a small time model for television commercials and print ads before appearing in a small role in 2001 melodrama ‘Last Present’ and followed it up with the short film ‘Living in New Town’ and sitcom ‘Let’s Go’. She rose in popularity once she was cast in the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and later appeared in ‘Forbidden Love’ and ‘Love Story in Harvard’. She now works as a model for Paris Baguette, Samsung, LG, Olympus, Toyota and many others.
2. Yoon Eun-Hye
Yoon Eun-Hye is a South Korean singer, actress, director, entertainer and a commercial model. She debuted at the young age of 15 as a member of Baby V.O.X, replacing an ex-member. She is also famous from being cast in television dramas like ‘Princess Hours’, ‘Missing You’, and ‘Marry Him if You Dare’. Her refreshing personality has charmed fans all over Korea and beyond.
1. Song Hye-Kyo
Song Hye-kyu, the eldest and the most beautiful woman tops this list. She started out as a model for her School uniform company from which she got a role in the television drama ‘First Love’. She kept acting in small roles until the television series ‘Autumn in My Heart’, since then she has appeared in multiple famous productions. She has been signed in with brands like Olay, LG as a commercial model.
These hottest Korean models 2018 have broken through the negative sentiments of the first world nations towards their country because of political reasons and have been shining in their fields by virtue of their talents and beauty.