What do Gong Hyo Jin, Shin Min Ah, Im Soo Jung, and Kim Min Hee have in common? They debuted as fashion magazine cover girls in late 1990s. Check out the 10 Korean actresses below, who started as models and now film dramas!

Lee Sung Kyung

Modeling Debut: 2008 SBS supermodel contest

Latest in: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Her boyfriend Nam Joo Hyuk is a model-turned-actor as well.

2 Gong Hyo Jin

Modeling Debut: TV advertisements for drinks and snacks

Latest in: Producer

3 Im Soo Jung

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

Latest in: Chicago Typewriter

4 Kim Min Hee

Modeling Debut: Fashion magazines in 1999

Latest in: On the Beach at Night Alone

5 Shin Min Ah

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.

6 Kim Hyo Jin

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

Latest in: Genome Hazard

7 Bae Doona

Modeling Debut: Cool Dog catalogue in 1998

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8 Lee Na Young

Modeling Debut: Denim brand Jambangee in 1998

Latest in: Secret Forest

9 Han Ye Seul

Modeling Debut: 2011 Korea supermodel contest

Latest in: Madame Antoine

10 Lee Som

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: Madame Bbandeok


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