Here I have listed out the top Korean female models today. These models are the blueprint for the Korean Uzzlang style and have worked for famous brands like Gucci, Calvin Klein and more!
Korea is best known for its TV shows and dramas all over the world. While Korean models had to initially work really hard to attain fame, they soon became an audience favourite, and now enjoy resounding popularity among the audience.
Here are a few of the many Korean female models who are famous for using the runway to work with international brands, act in films and TV series, and even make their own music.
Extremely talented in their own right, read on to go through their work, and follow them on Instagram to derive inspiration and stay updated.
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Top Korean Female Models
Jang Yoon-Ju is one of the more established models from Korea, and rose to fame at a time when Korean models were not globally popular or recognised.
She sharted her career when she was just 17 years old, in the year 1997, and went on to win the Fashion Photographers Best Model Award in 1998, and then again in 2002 and 2005.
Jang Yoon-Ju embodies the classic Asian features, and is especially known for her catwalk. She soon rose to fame, and became one of the top models in South Korea.
A common face for brands, she started appearing in ads and runway shows, so much so that she became the host for Korea’s Next Top Model too!
Apart from hosting, she also pursued a short stint in acting, featuring in ‘Veteran’, a film that released in 2015. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Best New Actress at the Grand Bell Awards for the same project.
The successful model is also a singer-songwriter, and released an album called ‘LISA’ in 2017.
She is married to the industrial designer Jung Seung Min in 2015, and had her first child Jung Li-sa with him. She went on to appear in ‘Newlyweds’ as well, an Korean Tv show which first streamed in 2017.
Jang Yoon- ju has come a long way, from being a 17 year aspiring model, to an affluent high fashion model, who is also a host, an actress, and a musician.
You can follow Jang Yoon-ju on Instagram: @yoonjujang
Lee Sung-kyung stands out among the many Korean models, because of her exceptional acting career. She is one of the more successful model-turned-actresses from the country.
This credit goes out to her many talents as an artist, right from playing the piano and singing, to dancing and of course, her sense of style and modelling itself.
As a model, she kick started her career in 2008 when she competed at the local Super Model Contest. By 2013, she had made a name for herself in the fashion industry, and went on to work with Lee, on the single ‘I Love You’. Soon after.
She made her acting debut in 2014 with a supporting role in the TV drama ‘It’s Okay, That’s Love’. This is when she became the first model-turned- actress to have been promoted under the collaborative efforts of YG Entertainment and K-Plus.
This was followed by many projects in the music and film industry, and Lee Sung-kyung soon became a common face as she appeared in films and music videos, apart from making music, acting in TV shows and walking the runway.
Her most notable appearances include her leading role in ‘Weightlifting fairy Kim Bok-joo’, which was a biopic and a youth sports drama, and in ‘About Time’, a fantasy melodrama. She also starred in the South Korean crime comedy film ‘Miss and Mrs Cops’, and in the second season of the successful TV series ‘Dr. Romantic’.
Most recently, she can be seen in ‘Sh**ting Stars’ alongside Kim Young-dae.
She has an Instagram following of 14.3 million, and is an icon to be reckoned with. In fact, she was referred to as the ‘Asian Gigi Hadid’ by W Magazine in awe of her style, influence and popularity.
You can follow Lee Sung-kyung on Instagram: @heybiblee
Han Hye-jin is one of the most famous models of South Korea. She has walked the Marc Jacobs show for six consecutive seasons, and is also the first Asian model to have walked the finale at the Anna Sui show.
Another feather on her cap is the fact that she is the first Korean woman to have modelled for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger and Micheal Kors.
Apart from these brands, she has worked with other premium labels like Louis Vuitton, Hyde Park, Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Valentino, Chanel, Vera Wang, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Monique Lhuillier, Karl Lagerfeld, and the list goes on.
She has appeared on magazine covers such as that of Vogue early in her career. So her fame, charm and beauty is well-recognised around the world.
With a remarkable catwalk and the expressions that follow suit, she is an eye grabber on the runway. Her excellent facial features and physique further add to her charisma, making her an ideal choice amongst high fashion brands.
Han Hye-jin has a number of awards to her credit as well, including Harper Bazaar Model of the Year (Korea) in 2005 and Korea Fashion Photography Association Best Female Model in 2004, among others.
She has become a familiar household face, thanks to her appearance in the Korean TV show ‘I Live Alone’, which traces the lives of celebrities who live by themselves, and share their hobbies, personal interests and lifestyles with the viewer.
You can follow Han Hye-jin on Instagram: @modelhanhyejin
Park Ji Hye
Park Ji Hye has also established herself as a successful model in South Korea.
She has the quintessential angular face, and a lean, tall figure, making her a perfect fit for high fashion brands as she exudes a particular sophistication when she’s on the runway.
Her work and looks for international brands continue to be memorable.
She has modelled for a wide range of premium overseas labels including Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Hermes, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Kenzo, Elie Saab, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Alexander Wang, Armani, Vera Wang, Balmain x H&M, and Michael Kors.
She is represented by Elite, which is one of biggest and most prestigious modelling agencies in the world today.
You can follow Park Ji Hye on Instagram: @jihyeparkjhp
Choi Sora became a model by chance. Born and raised in Bucheon in South Korea, she peaked into a career as a model when she accompanied a friend to a meeting with an agency; Choi Sora ended up getting signed there itself.
In order to pursue and excel in modelling, she joined the Dongduk Women’s University, which is one of the top schools for fashion in the country.
She went on to win the third season of Korea’s Next Top Model in 2012. Her first big work was with Louis Vuitton in 2014, where she walked the runway and made quite the impression.
This show marked her rise to fame. Soon after, she was travelling all over the world, and working with major global brands like Vera Wang, Fendi, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, and Dior.
She is especially known for her expressions on the runway. Apart from modelling, she is also known for her excellent sense of style, especially street.
Sora has a whopping 814 thousand followers on Instagram, where you can follow her modelling lifestyle, her impeccable fits and shadow her understanding of fashion as well.
You can follow Choi Sora on Instagram: @sola5532
Kang Seung Hyun or Hyoni Kang
Kang Seung Hyun, who is also known as Hyoni Kang has risen to be one of the most recognisable faces in the Korean modelling sphere.
She is best known for her achievement at 19 years old, when she became the first Asian to win Ford’s Model of the World.
She debuted as a model for Fall 3.1 Phillip Lim in New York City, and today she has worked with Vogue, Marie Claire, and Gucci!
Her portfolio includes global brand names like House of Holland, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Tory Burch, DKNY, Trovota, Phillip Lim, Karen Walker, Jenny Kayne, Sonia Rykiel and Amanda Wakeley, among others.
She is also an up and coming businesswoman with her own vintage fashion brand called Reborn Process, which she started with Yoon Ae-ri, a stylist she got acquainted with at Ford’s modelling competition, and Lee Jun-yeop, a film maker and photographer.
Her eye for fashion is further accentuated by the fact that she has also designed bags for a brand called ‘Love Cats’.
The Hyoni-line was a limited edition, and became quite popular because of its stylish aesthetic combined with practical and user-friendly zips and straps.
Apart from this, she has also hosted reality TV shows like ‘Get It Style’, and has made her appearance as an actor in movies and TV Shows like ‘Partners for Justice 2’.
She is popular among social media users, with 300 thousand followers who wait for her to post her looks, and share snippets from her life.
You can follow Kang Seung Hyun on Instagram: @hyoni_kang
South Korea is really establishing itself as a fashion capital in the world today. So it’s no wonder that this country produces the most lovely and graceful models.
Some of Korea’s models are now venturing into acting too.
Do you remember the pretty Kang Sae-byeok from Squid Game? Her real name is Ho Yoen Jung and started off as a Korean model too!