With K-pop and K-drama permeating popular culture, the world is awash with the Korean wave, otherwise known as hallyu.
I was mulling on this as I was writing the Watsons YOU awards post earlier on and I wondered which Korean celebrity I would nominate for each category. I eventually settled on eight interesting ones, all with varying degrees of popularity. Not all of them are beautiful in the conventional sense but it is precisely this that makes them unique.
To make this more interesting, I’ll let you take a guess before revealing my choices. If you’d like some help, highlight the text below to reveal the list of K-celebs I’d picked!
Han Ji Hye
Lee Da Hae
Lee Min Ho
Kim Ha Neul
Kim Hyun Joong
Yoon Eun Hye
His toned body notwithstanding, this actor’s multi-layered acting surprised and converted detractors who said he wasn’t the right choice for a certain drama series – now a certified hit – prior to production.
Flawless Face award
A chameleon when it comes to photos, this model-actress with beautiful almond eyes can be anything from impish to sweet to sexy in her performances and mag spreads.
Friendly Face (male) award
His affable face and excellent acting skills struck a chord in me when he delivered a powerful performance as a teenager in a 2006 drama. Today, he is a rising star and has exhibited a talent for singing too.
Friendly Face (female) award
Not beautiful like most Korean star(lets), this actress who used to belong in a girl band has had a plethora of acting stints, including one that required her to play a man. Her skilled performance in that last role affirmed her acting abilities and cemented her position as a less than frivolous thespian.
Healthy Hair award
With her signature luscious locks, this actress often has a defiant expression on her face that adds to her star quality…and complements the toss of her pretty head.
Healthy Skin award
Charming and sweet, this clear-skinned beauty delighted many with her effervescent performance in a drama romp that had her laughing as much as it had her crying.
Sporty Physique award
This tanned performer is as good in the home as she is on the stage. Her popularity grew as she traipsed Korea with one of the country’s hottest stars (see below) in a reality show, impressing viewers with her potpurri of skills.
Sunny Smiles award
Leader of a famous boy band and the epitome of princehood. His good looks belie his fun-loving nature which was highlighted in the popular reality program he had participated in with the singer above. Impossibly suave and incredibly cool, his smile is unmistakable.
Answers will be revealed in a later post! ;)