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A new Miss Korea is crowned

The new Miss Korea has been crowned, and she is Kim Ju-ri, a 21-year-old studying at the Bolshoi Ballet school in Russia.

The Miss Korea Pageant took place on the evening of July 8 at Seoul’s Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, and was hosted by former Miss Korea finalist and now actress-mother-wife Sohn Tae-young. Kim Ju-ri takes over from last year’s winner, Na Ri (whom you may recall suffered criticism for not being “pretty enough” for the win). Preceding her was Lee Ji-sun, who won in 2007, and before her was Honey Lee in 2006.

The finalists are divided into three distinctions: Miss Korea jin is the sole winner (Kim Ju-ri, in the center), while she is flanked in the above photo by the two Miss Korea sun finalists. The four outer finalists won the Miss Korea mi distinction.

The full list of awards:

Miss Korea (jin): Kim Ju-ri
Miss Korea (sun): Cha Ye-rin, Seo Eun-mi
Miss Korea (mi): Park Ye-joo, Lee Seul-gi, Yoo Su-jung, Choi Ji-hee

Talent Award: Yoo Su-jung
Friendship Award: Yang Kook-hwa
Manners Award: Jo Su-jin
Photogenic Award: Wang Ji-hye
Korean Abroad Award: Kwon Ri-sae
Popularity Award: Park Ye-joo

 
Miss Korea winner

After being named the winner, Kim Ju-ri said, “Although I’ve become Miss Korea, my dream is to be a ballerina. As a Korean ballerina, I would like to show the world the pride and beauty of Korea’s women.”


 
Miss Korea sun

Cha Ye-rin (22) is a university student studying English literature and hails from Jeonbuk.

 
Seo Eun-mi (21), studies Korean art at university and is from Daegu.

 
Miss Korea mi

Park Ye-joo (22) is from Seoul and also won the popularity award. She is studying fashion design at Parsons Design School.

 
Yoo Su-jung (21) also won the talent competition and is a university student studying English from Daejeon.

 
Gangwon’s Lee Seul-gi (20) is in the modeling department (there’s a modeling department?) at university.

 
Choi Ji-hee (22) is also studying modeling and comes from Kyunggi province.

Via Hankook Ilbo, Now News, Newsen, Hankook Ilbo

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well, congrats to the winner. however, is it just me, or do they all look kind of the same?

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Jin, sun, mi correspond to the hanja 眞善美 - truth, kindness and beauty - kind of like ideals of korean womanhood, i'd guess. It was also used for the bimbo/mean girls in Boys Before Flowers - Ginger (jin), Sunny (sun) and Mi...randa?

I like it that the pageant has been koreanised like this =)

as to their plasticness/beauty - no comments except with those thighs, it's clear she isn't bluffing about the dancer bit heh

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in my opinion, i think honey lee and kim sarang were the best miss koreas :] to me they the kind of women korea should try looking for more often when they want 'miss universe material'

ji sun was decent looking... she's got a rockin body but the way she acted during the contest was ughh... you can tell she was trying waaaay to hard to be outgoing and sassy. maybe it wasn't her fault, and that ines encouraged her to be that way. who knows.

i was appalled that miss korea would choose nari... not to sound mean or anything... but her body isn't pageant material and she looks old and i don't find her pretty. and then they tried to make her look young and cute (much better than how she looked an the korea pageant) but still... i honestly wished they replaced her and the judges because they seem like they not know what kind of women miss universe is looking for these days.

i hope miss korea does better next year :(

joori looks kinda plastic to me. her eyes are too close together. you could tell they overdid it with the eye makeup to make her look doll-like. i bet without makeup she would look like the average girl on the street. kinda cool that she's a ballerina though. maybe talent will emphasized this year?

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Choi Ji Hee looks like a baby Choi Ji Woo.

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who's gonna compete for the
miss universe???
miss world??
and for the miss int'l?

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Yup, there is a modeling major in Korean universities. Lee Seul-gi is the cover model of my friend's book, the Seoul Fashion Report. The book also has an interview of Lee Seul-gi in it and she talks about her course of study at university and modeling generally. Interesting stuff! It's nice to see a range of women. I also have to admit, I am not the biggest fan of Honey Lee. I love the fact that she plays Korean traditional instruments and that she attended a high ranking/rigorous university. But I think she went a little overboard in her pursuit of becoming an entertainer. *koff*

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Chae Ya rin or somethign is prettier

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does anyone know which one is going to repersent Korea at the 2009 Miss World pageant

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For me, almost all if not ALL korean female celebrities are beautiful. Why don't they let them enter these beauty pageants? Korean celebrities or most that appear on tv shows have perfect skin, bright eyes, nice smiles and perfect teeth. And don't get me wrong but everyone is almost too perfect, it's too good to be true.

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you know all of the koreans are pretty, i like koreans, because they are so nice cheerful and has a respect in everyone, like actress lee min jung , i like her she is so beautiful. like Park Ye-ju.. so Park Ye-ju goodlock for your pagent im hoping that you'll win the contest.. good luck

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I think the only oddball in terms of view on beauty is Japan and Korea. Japanese have weird taste in men and Koreans have weird taste in women. For example, I have no idea why Sulli from f(x) and the actress who acts as miho is considered good looking. I mean her eye-smile is cute but her looks are average. Her skin is perfect but it's kinda ridiculous to feel tt she is a goddess. (which is the vibe I get) miho is supposed to be attractive beyond compare but I think she's plain.

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When I see those blue swimming suits nowadays... Kdrama can mold our perception so well!

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