It’s All Started with Miss Korea

Korean celebs who started their showbiz career after participating at Miss Korea 

Sebelumnya IP sudah pernah membahas sedikit tentang drama Korea “Miss Korea” yang berlatar belakang dunia pageant. Kali ini IP akan mengajak kalian untuk bertemu dengan para selebriti Korea yang memulai karir mereka dengan menjadi finalis atau juara di ajang Miss Korea yang sesungguhnya. Siapa sajakah mereka? Yuk mari berkenalan dengan mereka satu per satu!

Previously we have introduced you to K-drama “Miss Korea” which is set during a fictional Miss Korea 1997 pageant. Now we would like to introduce you to some Korean celebs who has actually competed at the real Miss Korea and most of them actually started their career after they became finalist or winner of the pageant. Without further ado let’s meet them one by one! 

1. Kim Sa Rang

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Kim Sa Rang official national costume photo during Miss Universe 2001

Kim Sa Rang adalah juara Miss Korea 2000 dan merupakan wakil Korea di Miss Universe 2001 di mana dia berhasil meraih gelar juara Best National Costume.  Dia sudah tampil dalam beberapa drama, video klip, dan iklan, namun menjadi terkenal setelah tampil di drama sukses “Secret Garden” pada tahun 2011.

Kim Sa Rang was Miss Korea 2000 winner who represented her nation at Miss Universe 2001 where she won Best National Costume award. Since then she has appeared in several dramas, music videos, and commercials, but most notably in the 2011 successful drama “Secret Garden”.

2. Son Tae Young

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Son Tae Young (left) as the runner up of Miss International 2000

Son Tae Young adalah juara kedua di Miss Korea 2000 dan mewakili Korea di ajang Miss International 2000 di mana dia kembali menjadi juara kedua sekaligus memenangkan gelar Miss Photogenic. Beberapa drama yang telah dibintanginya diantaranya adalah “I’m Sam”, “Iljimae”, “Two Wives”, “You’re The Best, Lee Soon Shin”, dan “Into The Flames”.  Dia menikah dengan aktor Kwon Sang Woo di tahun 2008 dan telah dianugerahi seorang putra.

Son Tae Young is the runner up of Miss Korea 2000 and represented her nation at Miss International 2000 where she, once again, ended up as runner up in addition of winning Miss Photogenic title. Some dramas in which she has starred in are “I’m Sam”, “Iljimae”, “Two Wives”, “You’re The Best, Lee Soon Shin”, and “Into The Flames”.  She married actor Kwon Sang Woo in 2008 and gave birth to their first son a year later. 

3. Park Si Yeon

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Park Si Yeon during Miss Korea 2000

Park Si Yeon merupakan juara ketiga Miss Seoul 2000 dan juara ketiga Miss Korea 2000. Dia memulai karirnya di bidang entertainment di negara Cina pada tahun 2004 sebelum kembali ke negaranya untuk membintangi drama Korea pertamanya “My Girl” pada tahun 2005. Drama lain yang juga pernah dibintanginya adalah “La Dolce Vita”, “Coffee House”, dan “The Innocent Man”.

Park Si Yeon placed third at Miss Seoul 2000 and later competed at Miss Korea 2000 where she also placed third. She started her showbiz career in the neighboring country of People’s Republic of China in 2004 before returning home and starred in her first Korean drama “My Girl” in 2005. She has also appeared in several other dramas, which include  La Dolce Vita”, “Coffee House”, and “The Innocent Man”.

 4. Ko Hyun Jung

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Ko Hyun Jung as the runner up of Miss Korea 1989

Ko Hyun Jung adalah juara kedua di ajang Miss Korea 1989 sebelum dia mulai terjun ke dunia akting setahun kemudian. Saat ini dia adalah salah satu artis drama terbaik di Korea dan telah memenangkan sejumlah penghargaan sebagai artis terbaik dalam berbagai ajang penghargaan film dan televisi di Korea. Salah satu drama paling terkenal yang pernah dibintanginya adalah “Queen Seon Deok” di tahun 2009. 

Ko Hyun Jung took her first step to showbiz world by placing second at Miss Korea 1989 before starring in her first ever drama a year later. Right now she is regarded as one of the best drama actress in Korea and has won several awards from various movie and television awarding ceremonies in Korea. One of her most famous drama was the 2009 hits “Queen Seon Deok”.

5. Lee Ha Nui

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Lee Ha Nui during her coronation moment as Miss Korea 2006

Le Ha Nui atau yang lebih populer dengan nama panggilannya Honey Lee adalah juara Miss Korea 2006 dan merupakan satu-satunya wakil Korea yang berhasil menembus babak final Miss Universe di dasawarsa 2000-an ketika dia meraih posisi keempat di Miss Universe 2007. Dia memulai karirnya di bidang entertainment dengan membintangi drama “Partner” di tahun 2009. Drama paling terkenal yang pernah dibintanginya adalah “Pasta” di tahun 2010 dan “Shark” di tahun 2013.

Lee Ha Nui or more popularly known as Honey Lee was the winner of Miss Korea 2006 and the sole Korean representative to place at Miss Universe final during the decade of 2000’s when she placed fourth at Miss Universe 2007. Her first drama was “Partner” in 2009 while her most successful drama so far were “Pasta” in 2010 and “Shark” in 2013. 

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