Korea's Next Top Model

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Korea's Next Top Model
Created by Tyra Banks
Opening theme
  • "Every Day Of The Week" (2)
  • "Timebomb" (3)
  • "Surface" (5)
Country of origin South Korea
No. of episodes 52
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel OnStyle
Original release 18 September 2010 (2010-09-18) – present
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Korea's Next Top Model (도전! 수퍼모델 코리아; also known as KNTM) is a Korean reality television show in which a number of women compete for the title of Korea's Next Top Model and a chance to start their career in the modelling industry. The prize also includes a feature in W Magazine Korea and a contract for SK-II.[1]

As part of the Top Model franchise, it is based on the hit American TV show America's Next Top Model, and it shares the same format. On 6 January 2010[2] it was announced that Korean channel Onstyle would begin production of a Korean version of the model search show. Model Jang Yoon-ju would helm the judging panel as the host of the show.

Plans for a male-exclusive spin off began in 2014 before a 5th regular installment was aired, but the idea was put on hold.[3] It was subsequently revealed that cycle 5 of the series would be a co-ed edition featuring male contestants.[4]


The series features a group of young contestants, who live together in a house for several months while taking part in challenges, photo shoots and meetings with members of the modeling industry. Normally, one or more poor-performing contestants are eliminated each week until the last contestant remaining is crowned "Korea's Next Top Model" and receives a modeling contract for representation and other prizes. In early cycles, the female height requirement was set at 165 cm tall (5 ft 5 in), but was later raised to 168 cm (5 ft 6in) or taller when male contestants were introduced to the show. The male height requirement is 178 cm (5 ft 10in) or taller.


Each series of Korea's Next Top Model features ten to fourteen episodes and begins with fourteen to eighteen contestants. Each episode, one or more contestants are eliminated.


Cycle Premiere date Winner Runner(s)-up Other contestants in order of elimination Number of contestants International Destination(s)
1 September 18, 2010 Lee Ji-min Kim Na-rae & Lee Yoo-kyung Kim Yu-ri, Lee Eun-young, Shin Young-eun & Seok Dan-bi, Kim Ye-ji, Seon Hye-lim, Kim Hyo-kyeong & Baek Il-hong, Kim Min-sun, Oh Hye-ji, Park Doo-hee 14 France
2 July 9, 2011 Jin Jung-sun Park Seul-gi Yoon Yu-jin, Lee Eun-suk, Go Jung-sun, Jenny Fuglsang & Park So-yeon, Choi Ji-hye, Go Eun-bi, Lee Sung-sil, Lee Song-yi & Lee Seon-young, Um Yoo-jung, Lee Jenny & Song Hae-na 15 Northern Mariana Islands
United States
New York City
3 July 21, 2012 Choi So-ra Kim Jin-kyung Min Hae-rin & Kwon Da-min & Jung Han-sol, Lee Seul-gi, Ji So-yeon, Jang Mi-rim, Heo Kyung-hui, Yoon Eun-hwa, Choi Han-bit, Hong Ji-soo, Choi Se-hee, Kang Cho-won, Lee Min-jung, Lee Na-hyun & Go So-hyun, Yeo Yeon-hui
18 Cambodia
Siem Reap
Ho Chi Minh City
& Mui Ne
4 August 15, 2013 Shin Hyun-ji Jung Ho-yeon & Hwang Hyeon-ju Ahn Hye-jin & Go Eun-bi, Suk Il-myeong, Jo Eun-saem, Kim Eun-hae & Seo Yeong-chae, Ryu Ye-ri, Kim Si-won, Lim Hyeon-ju, Jung Ha-eun, Kim Hye-a & Park Sin-ae 15 Thailand
United States
Las Vegas
5 August 16, 2014 Hwang Gi-ppeum Han Seung-soo & Lee Cheol-woo Choi Ji-in, Jung So-Hyeon, Chung Dong-gyu, Shin Jae-hyuk, Han Ji-an, Kim Seung-hee, Kim Jong-hoon, Kim Ye-rim & Bang Tae-eun, Choi Jeong-jin, Jung Yong-soo, Kim Min-jung & Hyeon Ji-eun 16 Canada


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