Miss Korea

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Miss Korea
Miss Korea.png
Formation 1957
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Seoul
Miss Universe
Miss International
Miss Earth
Official language
Hankook Ilbo
Website www.misskoreai.co.kr

Miss Korea (Korean: 미스코리아) is an annual national beauty pageant responsible for selecting South Korea's representative to the Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth pageant.

The current titleholder is Kim Seo-yeon. She won the title on July 15, 2014 in Seoul.


The first Miss Korea competition took place in 1957 and was sponsored by the Korean newspaper Hankook Ilbo. Each year, approximately fifty women compete in Seoul, South Korea, and seven are selected by a panel of judges. The 1st place winner "Jin"(진) is crowned the official Miss Korea and competes in Miss Universe. Additionally, there are two "Sun"(선) finalists (equivalent to first runners up), who go on to compete in Miss International or Miss Earth. Lastly, four "Mi" (미) finalists (equivalent to semi-finalists) are chosen.

On March 16, 2011, the president of the Miss World Organization, Julia Morley, announced the newly launched Miss World Korea pageant. Until 2010, Miss Korea would also select the representative to Miss World, but starting with Miss World 2011, a separate competition has been held to choose the contestant who will represent Korea.[1]

Controversy arose when contestants were accused of having plastic surgery.[2] During the contest of Miss Korea of 2013, the finalist was posted on Reddit and many people have speculated that all of them had gone to plastic surgery due to the fact that they all look similar as people overlap these 20 contestants together. [3]


Miss Universe Korea 1990 Oh Hyun-kyung.
Miss Universe Korea 1998 Kim Ji-yeon.
Miss Universe Korea 1999 Choi Ji-hyun.
Miss Universe Korea 2000 Kim Yeon-joo.
Miss Universe Korea 2001 Kim Sa-rang.
Miss Universe Korea 2006 Kim Joo-hee.
Miss Universe Korea 2007 Lee Ha-nui.
Miss Universe Korea 2008 Lee Ji-sun.
Miss Universe Korea 2010 Kim Joo-ri.
Miss Universe Korea 2011 Jung So-ra.
Miss Universe Korea 2012 Lee Seong-hye.
Miss Universe Korea 2013 Kim Yu-mi.
Miss Universe Korea 2014 Yoo Ye-bin.
Miss Universe Korea 2015 Kim Seo-yeon.
Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

Miss Universe Korea[edit]

The winner of Miss Korea represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Korea debuted at Miss Universe in 1954.[4]

Year Miss Korea Placement Special awards
United States 1954 Kye Sun-hee Unplaced
United States 1955 Kim Mee-jong Unplaced
United States 1957 Park Hyun-ok Unplaced
United States 1958 Oh Geum-sun Unplaced
United States 1959 Oh Hyun-ju Top 15 Most Popular Girl in Parade
United States 1960 Son Mi-hee-ja Top 15
United States 1961 Seo Yang-hee Top 15
United States 1962 Seo Bum-ju Top 15
United States 1963 Kim Myoung-ja 4th Runner-up
United States 1964 Shin Jung-hyun Unplaced
United States 1965 Kim Eun-ji Unplaced
United States 1966 Yoon Gui-hyun Unplaced
United States 1967 Hong Joung-ae Unplaced
United States 1968 Kim Yoon-jung Unplaced
United States 1969 Lim Hyun-jung Unplaced
United States 1970 Yoo Young-ae Unplaced
United States 1971 Noh Mi-ae Unplaced
Puerto Rico 1972 Park Yeon-joo Unplaced
Greece 1973 Kim Young-ju Unplaced
Philippines 1974 Kim Eun-jung
(real name: Kim Jae-kyu)
Unplaced Best National Costume
El Salvador 1975 Seo Ji-hye
(real name: Seo Young-ok)
Hong Kong 1976 Chung Kwang-Hyun Unplaced
Dominican Republic 1977 Kim Sung-hee Unplaced Best National Costume
Mexico 1978 Son Jung-eun Unplaced
Australia 1979 Seo Jae-hwa Unplaced
South Korea 1980 Kim Eun-jung Top 12
United States 1981 Lee Eun-jung Unplaced
Peru 1982 Park Sun-hee Unplaced
United States 1983 Kim Jong-Jung Unplaced Best National Costume
United States 1984 Lim Mi-sook Unplaced
United States 1985 Choi Young-ok Unplaced
Panama 1986 Bae Young-ran Unplaced
Singapore 1987 Kim Ji-eun Unplaced
Taiwan 1988 Jang Yoon-jeong[5] 1st Runner-up
Mexico 1989 Kim Sung-ryung Unplaced
United States 1990 Oh Hyun-kyung Unplaced
United States 1991 Seo Jung-min Unplaced
Thailand 1992 Lee Young-hyun Unplaced
Mexico 1993 Yoo Ha-young Unplaced
Philippines 1994 Goong Sun-young Unplaced
Namibia 1995 Han Sung-ju Unplaced
United States 1996 Kim Yun-jung Unplaced
United States 1997 Lee Eun-hee Unplaced
United States 1998 Kim Ji-yeon Unplaced
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Choi Ji-hyun Unplaced
Cyprus 2000 Kim Yeon-ju Unplaced
Puerto Rico 2001 Kim Sa-rang Unplaced Best National Costume
Puerto Rico 2002 Kim Min-Kyoung Unplaced
Panama 2003 Keum Na-na Unplaced
Ecuador 2004 Choi Yun-young Unplaced
Thailand 2005 Kim So-young Unplaced
United States 2006 Kim Joo-hee Unplaced
Mexico 2007 Lee Ha-nui[5] 3rd Runner-up
Vietnam 2008 Lee Ji-sun Unplaced
The Bahamas 2009 Na Ree Unplaced
United States 2010 Kim Joo-ri Unplaced
Brazil 2011 Jung So-ra[6] Unplaced
United States 2012 Lee Seong-hye Unplaced
Russia 2013 Kim Yu-mi Unplaced
United States 2014 Yoo Ye-bin Unplaced
2015 Kim Seo-yeon[7] TBA TBA

Miss International Korea[edit]

Miss International Korea 2000 Son Tae-young.
Miss International Korea 2009 Seo Eun-mi.
Miss International Korea 2011 Kim Hye-sun.
Miss International Korea 2013 Han Ji-eun.
Miss International Korea 2014 Lee Seo-bin.

Korea debuted at Miss International in 1960.[8] The 2nd Runner-up of Miss Korea represents her country at Miss International. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. Traditionally, 1st Runner-up will compete at Miss World but since 2011, the 1st Runner-up of Miss Korea represents her country at Miss International.

Years Miss International Korea Placement Special awards
United States 1960 Kim Jung-ja Unplaced
United States 1961 Lee Ok-ja Unplaced
United States 1962 Sohn Yang-ja Unplaced
United States 1963 Choi Yoo-mi 4th Runner-up
United States 1964 Lee Hye-jin
(real name: Lee Kwang-ja)
Top 15
United States 1965 Kim Min-jin
(real name: Kim Kyoung-sook)
Top 15
United States 1967 Jin Hyun-soo Unplaced
Japan 1968 Kim Hee-ja Top 15
Japan 1969 Kim Yoo-kyoung
(real name: Kim Sung-ja)
Top 15
Japan 1970 Kim In-sook Top 15
United States 1971 Choi Sook-ae Unplaced
Japan 1972 Suh Ae-ja Unplaced
Japan 1973 Kim Mae-ja Unplaced
Japan 1974 Kang Young-sook Top 15
Japan 1975 Lee Hyang-mok Top 15
Japan 1976 Han Young-ae Unplaced
Japan 1977 Shin Byoung-ok Unplaced
Japan 1978 Chae Jung-sook Unplaced
Japan 1979 Kim Jin-sun Unplaced
Japan 1980 Chung Na-young Unplaced
Japan 1981 Park Hyun-joo Unplaced
Japan 1982 Chung Ae-hee Unplaced
Japan 1983 Chung Young-soon Top 10 Best National Costume
Japan 1984 Kim Kyoung-ree Unplaced
Japan 1985 Chang Sih-wha Unplaced
Japan 1986 Kim Yoon-jung Unplaced
Japan 1987 Chung Wha-sun Unplaced
Japan 1988 Lee Yoon-hee Top 10
Japan 1989 Kim Hee-jung Top 10 Best National Costume
Japan 1990 Shin Soh-young
(real name: Shin Soh-geum)
Japan 1991 Kwon Jung-joo Top 10
Japan 1992 Yum Jung-ah 2nd Runner-up
Japan 1993 Chang Eun-young Top 10
Japan 1994 Sung Hyun-ah Top 10 Miss Photogenic
Japan 1995 Lee Yoo-ree Top 10
Japan 1996 Kim Jung-hwa Top 10 Miss Photogenic
Japan 1997 Kim Ryang-hee Top 12
Japan 1998 Cho Hye-young Top 12
Japan 1999 Lee Jae-won Unplaced
Japan 2000 Son Tae-young 1st Runner-up Miss Photogenic
Japan 2001 Baek Myoung-hee Top 12 Best National Costume
Japan 2002 Gi Yun-ju Top 12 Best National Costume
Japan 2003 Shin Ji-Su Top 12
China 2004 Kim In-ha Top 15
Japan 2005 Lee Kyoung-eun Unplaced
China 2006 Jang Yun-seo 2nd Runner-up
Japan 2007 Park Ka-won Top 15
Macau 2008 Kim Min-jeong Unplaced
China 2009 Seo Eun-mi 1st Runner-up
China 2010 Ko Hyeon-young Top 15
China 2011 Kim Hye-sun Unplaced
Japan 2012 Lee Jeong-bin Unplaced
Japan 2013 Han Ji-eun Unplaced
Japan 2014 Lee Seo-bin Unplaced

Miss Earth Korea[edit]

Miss Earth Korea 2005 Yoo Hye-mi.
Miss Earth Korea 2008 Seo Seol-hee during the Miss Earth 2008 pageant.
Miss Earth Korea 2009 Park Ye-ju during the Press presentation in the Miss Earth 2009 pageant.
Miss Earth Korea 2010 Lee Gui-joo.
Miss Earth Korea 2012 Kim Sa-ra.
Miss Earth Korea 2014 Shin Su-min.

Korea debuted at Miss Earth in 2002.[9] The 2nd Runner-up of Miss Korea represents her country at Miss Earth. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent.

Years Miss Earth Korea Placement Special awards
Philippines 2002 Lee Jin-ah Unplaced Best National Costume
Philippines 2003 Oh Yoo-mi Unplaced
Philippines 2004 Cho Hye-jin Unplaced
Philippines 2005 Yoo Hye-mi Top 16 Best National Costume
Philippines 2006 Park Hee-jung Unplaced
Philippines 2007 Yoo Ji-eun Unplaced
Philippines 2008 Seo Seol-hee Top 16
Philippines 2009 Park Ye-ju Top 16
Vietnam 2010 Lee Gui-joo Unplaced
Philippines 2011 Kim E-seul Unplaced
Philippines 2012 Kim Sa-ra Top 16
Philippines 2013 Choi Song-ee 3rd Runner-up (Fire)
Philippines 2014 Shin Su-min Top 16

Former titles[edit]

Miss World Korea[edit]

Miss World Korea 1990 Go Hyun-jung.
Miss World Korea 1993 Lee Seung-yeon.
Miss World Korea 2001 Seo Hyun-jin.
Miss World Korea 2007 Cho Eun-ju.
Miss World Korea 2008 Choi Bo-in.
Miss World Korea 2009 Kim Joo-ri.
Miss World Korea 2010 Kim Hye-young.

Selected in Miss Korea pageant by Hankook Ilbo. Korea debuted at Miss World in 1959. The 1st Runner-up of Miss Korea represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. Traditionally, 1st Runner-up will compete at Miss World but since 2011, Korean representatives at the Miss World will be held in separate pageant Miss World Korea.

Year Miss World Korea Placement Special awards
United Kingdom 1959 Seo Jung-ae Unplaced
United Kingdom 1960 Lee Young-hee Top 15
United Kingdom 1961 Hyun Chang-ae Unplaced
United Kingdom 1962 Chung Tae-ja Unplaced
United Kingdom 1963 Choi Keum-shil Top 15
United Kingdom 1964 Yoon Mi-hee Unplaced
United Kingdom 1965 Lee Eun-ah Top 15
United Kingdom 1966 Chung Eul-sun Unplaced
United Kingdom 1967 Chung Young-hwa Unplaced
United Kingdom 1968 Lee Ji-eun Unplaced
United Kingdom 1969 Kim Seung-hee Unplaced
United Kingdom 1970 Lee Jung-hee Unplaced
United Kingdom 1971 Lee Young-eun Unplaced
United Kingdom 1972 Chung Keum-ok Did not compete
United Kingdom 1973 An Soon-young Unplaced
United Kingdom 1974 Shim Kyoung-sook Unplaced
United Kingdom 1975 Lee Sung-hee Unplaced
United Kingdom 1976 Shim Byoung-sook Unplaced
United Kingdom 1977 Kim Soon-ae Unplaced
United Kingdom 1978 Je Eun-jin Unplaced
United Kingdom 1979 Hong Yeo-jin Unplaced
United Kingdom 1980 Chang Sun-ja Unplaced
United Kingdom 1981 Lee Han-na Unplaced
United Kingdom 1982 Choi Sung-yoon Unplaced
United Kingdom 1983 Seo Min-sook Unplaced
United Kingdom 1984 Lee Joo-hee Unplaced
United Kingdom 1985 Park Eun-kyoung Unplaced
United Kingdom 1986 An Jung-mi Unplaced
United Kingdom 1987 Chung Myoung-sun Unplaced
United Kingdom 1988 Choi Yeon-hee 1st Runner-up
Hong Kong 1989 Kim Hye-ree Unplaced
United Kingdom 1990 Go Hyun-jung Unplaced
United States 1991 Kim Tae-hwa Unplaced
South Africa 1992 Lee Mi-young Unplaced
South Africa 1993 Lee Seung-yeon Top 15
South Africa 1994 Chae Yeon-hee Unplaced
South Africa 1995 Choi Yoon-young Top 6
India 1996 Seol Soo-jin Unplaced
Seychelles 1997 Kim Jin-ah Unplaced
Seychelles 1998 Kim Kun-woo Unplaced
United Kingdom 1999 Han Na-na Unplaced
United Kingdom 2000 Shin Jung-sun Unplaced
South Africa 2001 Seo Hyun-jin Unplaced Best Evening Gown
United Kingdom 2002 Chang Yoo-kyoung Withdrew
China 2003 Park Ji-yea Unplaced
China 2004 Han Kyoung-jin Unplaced
China 2005 Oh Eun-young Top 6
Poland 2006 Park Sharon Unplaced
China 2007 Cho Eun-ju Unplaced Best Evening Gown
South Africa 2008 Choi Bo-in Unplaced
South Africa 2009 Kim Joo-ri Top 16 Beauty Queen of Asia & Oceania
United Kingdom 2010 Kim Hye-young Unplaced

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Miss Korea
(HanKook Daily News)
Korea of Miss World franchise holder Succeeded by
Miss World Korea