Miss Korea Kim Yu-mi fell short of the final round of the Miss Universe competition on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
Kim had been named the the most popular contestant in an unofficial online vote by a Spanish newspaper earlier this week, sparking speculation that Kim would be one of the finalists, according to the Chosun Ilbo.
The evening began with all 86 contestants taking the stage in red and black cocktail dresses, then changing into red and black bikinis. Kim failed to make cut for the Top 16.
The title of most beautiful woman in the universe went to Venezuela’s Gabriela Isler, the seventh Miss Universe win for that country. In the past 20 years, Latinas have taken the crown more than half of the time. Continue Reading »
The winner of the Miss Korea 2012 pageant is getting ready to participate in the Miss Universe 2013 contest being held in Moscow next month.
Kim Yumi was seen posing in front of cameras at the welcome dinner with participants from other nations.
“There are difficulties with staying overseas for so long, but I feel the responsibility to do my best,” she told the Korea Times.
Kim drew additional attention after winning the crown in 2012, after high school photos showed her with a vastly different physical appearance. She freely admitted to undergoing plastic surgery and was surprised when a scandal ensued. Continue Reading »
Miss Korea, South Korea’s national beauty pageant, was hit with a bribery scandal after a participant’s mother allegedly paid off a judge to put her daughter at an advantage, according to TV network MBC’s investigate journalism program, Sisa Magazine 2580.
The program claimed that the mother offered money to an employee at the Korea Times, one of Korea’s oldest daily newspapers that also hosts the event, and that other contestants gave luxury goods to judges, such as pearl rings and other bribes.
The scandal is fueling fire to the already controversial event, as many Koreans have criticized the event for awarding contestants based on superficial values. Continue Reading »
A fashion design student from Daegu was crowned Miss Korea 2013 on Tuesday at the Sejong Center in Seoul.
Yoo Ye-bin beat 54 other participants to take home the coveted title. The new Miss Korea, who reportedly enjoys doing yoga and listening to music as well as cooking, will represent Korea at the Miss Universe pageant in 2014.
Standing at 5-foot-6 and weighing 114 pounds, the student attending Gyeongsang National University hopes to become a wedding planner. Continue Reading »
Kwak Ka-hyun was crowned Miss Korea Seoul at the regional beauty pageant held at the Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel in Seoul on April 25.
Kwak, 24, is studying theater at Dongguk University, and generated mild controversy due to her fledgling career as an actress under the stage name Lee Ka-hyun. She starred in the Korean TV drama Dong Yi, or The Horse Healer, in which she played the Queen.
Some netizens were upset that a TV actress was allowed to participate in a beauty pageant, the JoongAng Daily reported. While her role in The Horse Healer was a starring role, she has had only small parts in other TV dramas. Continue Reading »