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Korean Actors & Actresses Who Were Models

Last updated on November 5, 2018

What do Gong Hyo JinShin Min AhIm Soo Jung and Kim Min Hee have in common? They debuted as fashion magazine cover girls in late 1990s and are currently some of the top model-turned-actors. Check out the Korean actors and actresses who started as models below!

Lee Sung Kyung

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Modeling Debut: 2008 SBS supermodel contest

Latest in: “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Gong Hyo Jin

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Modeling Debut: TV advertisements for drinks and snacks

Latest in: “Producer

Im Soo Jung

Modeling Debut: Received the grand prize in fashion magazine Ceci’s cover model contest in 1998

Latest in: “Chicago Typewriter”

Kim Min Hee

Modeling Debut: Fashion magazines in 1999

Latest in: “On the Beach at Night Alone”

Shin Min Ah

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Modeling Debut: High teen magazine Kiki in 1998

Latest in: “Oh My Venus”

Her boyfriend and actor Kim Woo Bin started as a model as well.

Kim Hyo Jin

Modeling Debut: TV advertisement with Won Bin and Kim Min Hee.

Latest in: “Genome Hazard”

Bae Doona

Modeling Debut: Cool Dog catalog in 1998

Latest in: “Secret Forest”

Lee Na Young

Modeling Debut: Denim brand Jambangee in 1998

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Han Ye Seul

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Modeling Debut: 2011 Korea supermodel contest

Latest in: “Madame Antoine”

Lee Som

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Modeling Debut: Lee Som got her runway debut after winning first place in Check in Girl, Mnet’s modeling reality show, in 2009.

Latest in: “The Third Charm”

Ahn Jae Hyun

Modeling Debut: The “Blood” star started his entertainment career in 2009 as a fashion model appearing in runway shows, magazine editorials, and commercials. In 2013, Ahn was cast in the uber-popular “My Love From Another Star” as Cheon Yoon Jae, the younger brother of Cheon Song Yi.

Latest in: “Cinderella and Four Knights”

Hong Jong Hyun

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Modeling Debut: He began his career as a model in 2007.

Latest in: “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”

Lee Tae Hwan

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Modeling Debut: As a model-turned-bodyguard of “W,” he won Rookie Award at 2011 Asia Model Festival Awards and made his acting debut in “After School: Lucky or Not.”

Latest in: “W”

Nam Joo Hyuk

Modeling Debut: 2013

Latest in: “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”

Lee Jong Suk

Modeling Debut: Lee Jong Suk debuted as a runway model in 2005 at the young age of 15 and had a very successful high fashion modeling career before debuting as an actor in the 2010s with supporting roles in “Prosecutor Princess” and “Secret Garden.”

Latest in: “W”

Kim Woo Bin

Modeling Debut: He debuted as a runway model in 2009 at the age of 20 and had an extremely successful modeling career. He began taking acting classes as a way to improve his modeling abilities and quickly fell in love with it.

Latest in: “Uncontrollably Fond”

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