by TONY KIM
Today Ewha University student Kim Seo-yeon beat out 49 other contestants to be crowned this year’s Miss Korea at the Olympic Hall in Seoul, according to the Korea Herald. The 22-year-old will go on to represent Korea at the London Miss Universe contest, where contestants from 50 different nations will vie against each other in the highly competitive beauty pageant.
According to the official Miss Korea website, Kim’s goal is to become a news anchor, and she is currently majoring in business administration at Ewha, a prestigious private women’s university in Seoul. Her hobbies include playing the piano and violin.
“The crown feels very heavy,” said Kim, after 2013′s Miss Korea, Yoo Ye-bin, passed on the crown to Kim. “I was not able to make it here through my efforts alone. Thank you to the organizing committee for its efforts. Thank you also to my supportive family and friends. I will carry the responsibility as a representative and work hard.”
Kim Seo-yeon, during the pageant’s competitions. Photos: left via Korea Herald, right via AP.
Shin Soo-min (Kyungbuk) and Lee Suh-bin (Gyeonggi) won second place honors, and Ryu So-ra (Gyeongnam), Paek Ji-hyeon (Daegu), Lee Sa-ra (America) and Kim Myung-son (Jeonbuk) were named third place finishers. Park Ga-ram (Kangwon) won the Friendship Award, Lee Sa-ra (America) won the Best Manners Award, Joo Ka-il (Gyeongnam) won the Photogenic Award, Ko Eun-bi (Gwangju) won the Entertainment Award, and Huh Jin (America) won the Popularity Award.
Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung and TV personality Oh Sang Jin co-hosted the pageant.
Check out the crowning in the video below.
Photo via mydaily.