As South Korea affirms its status as one of the leading innovators in beauty, it’s only natural that they’re killing it in the world of modeling too. From runways to multimillion dollar campaigns, these Korean models know how to make everything look good. They also remind the little girl in me that despite what the movies and magazines might’ve once implied, Asians are beautiful—and that’s something everyone should know.
This half Korean half American model spent most of her life in Japan. Not only has she appeared on countless magazine covers, she’s also a talented actress, appearing in movies like Norwegian Wood, Attack on Titan, and Helter Skelter. If that wasn’t enough, Kiko also designed womenswear for Opening Ceremony, worn by both Beyoncé and Rihanna. Basically, she is living the life.
Park Sora is the reason I visit Stylenanda (well, that and the clothes, the makeup…). Raised in Seoul, rumor has it that she started out as a member of a girlband that didn’t quite make it. Luckily for her, that meant bigger and better things, like inspiring me to irrationally spend half my paycheck on a clothing website.
Soo Joo Park
This list would not be complete without Soo Joo Park, the most badass Korean American model on the block. Those striking features, that piercing stare, that signature blonde hair… Whoops, didn’t mean to rhyme on you, but it’s pretty easy to wax poetic about Soo Joo. As the first Asian American spokesperson for L’Oréal, Soo Joo has been knocking down doors and starring in campaigns aplenty (Tom Ford, Chanel and M.A.C to name a few). Here are some pictures of Soo Joo that give me life.