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‘America’s Next Top Model’ Filming in Korea

Banks (left) and teenage model Lee Jin-yi.

Supermodel Tyra Banks and the newest contestants of reality TV show America’s Next Top Model were spotted roaming the streets of Seoul, causing a “frenzy” among local media, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Local residents have been reporting on the group’s whereabouts on social media, after host Banks and her crew arrived in Seoul on March 21. The group reportedly visited various city landmarks and popular tourist attractions, including City Hall and Gwanghwamun at Gyeongbok Palace, while filming the 21st iteration of the modeling competition, which will be coed this season.


Various entertainment sites reported that 17-year-old Korean model, Lee Jin-yi, could possibly be a competitor this season. Lee is the daughter of actress Hwang Shin-hye. In addition, K-pop group BtoB will appear on the show as dance judges.

The reality TV show is known for traveling to extravagant locations with the latest trend-setting fashion. Filming of the show will continue for next two weeks under tight security.

Residents of Seoul will be seeing much more than just models wandering their streets as South Korea has been taking center stage for several international productions this year.


In just a few weeks, the filming of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron will be shutting down the streets of Seoul as reports have stated closures of many major roads and specified locations.

Earlier this year, ABC’s reality show The Bachelor filmed several episodes of its season in Korea, with contestants participating in a K-pop performance with idol girl group, 2NE1.

America’s Next Top Model will air on the CW in August.


I Am KoreAm: Mark Kyung Jin Duckett

Name: Mark Kyung Jin Duckett
Age: 25
Location: Seoul
Occupation: Business English Instructor for executives at Hyundai-Kia

Describe your background.

I grew up in a small suburban town outside of Boston, Mass., population 14,000. I moved to Honolulu when I was 18 to attend college before moving back to Massachusetts in 2009. Currently, I live in Seoul, where I continue to mold my students’ minds like clay.

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

Anything from Dunkin Donuts. I’m addicted.

What is one goal you would like to accomplish during your lifetime?

I would like to become fluent in Korean. I’ve been in Korea for two years already. I give myself five more years.

If you had to describe yourself using three words, it would be …

I am KoreAm.

What are your pet peeves or interesting thing about you that you dislike?

I can’t stand people who cough or sneeze without covering their mouths. Also, people who cut their nails in public, it can wait until you get home!

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I Am KoreAm: Jenny Cho

Name: Jenny H. Cho (조효빈 / Hyo-bin)
Age: 28. I would like to be forever young. There is just so much to experience, learn, and accomplish, but so little time don’t you think? :)
Location: Seoul/Los Angeles
Occupation: Reporter, MC/host, model, voice actor

Who has been the biggest influence in your life?

With each year that passes I realize more and more how influential my mom has been in molding me into the person I am today. Thanks to her traditional morals, values, and up bringing, I have been able to play a part in easing the generational gaps between the young and older generations. She grounded me and instilled the roots of traditional Korean culture/heritage as a grew up in America, so I feel that had a good balance of both.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

“Should I sleep 10 more minutes?” And after 10 minutes, “How about just five more minutes.”

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

I would shadow Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, to see what a day in her life is like.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Doing exactly what I’m doing now: Bringing entertainment to people and sharing the Korean culture with the rest of the world.

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