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 South 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 centimetres (5 ft 5 in) tall, but was later raised to 168 centimetres (5 ft 6 in) or taller when male contestants were introduced to the show. The male height requirement is 178 centimetres (5 ft 10 in) or taller.


Cycle Premiere date Winner Runner(s)-up Other contestants in order of elimination Number of contestants 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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