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 network OnStyle
Original release 18 September 2010 (2010-09-18) – present
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Korea's Next Top Model (abbreviated as KNTM; also known as Do-jeon Supermodel Korea (도전 수퍼모델 코리아; English: Challenge Supermodel Korea)) 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 18 September 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, Baek Il-hong & Kim Hyo-kyeong, Kim Min-sun, Oh Hye-ji, Park Doo-hee 14 France
2 9 July 2011 Jin Jung-sun Park Seul-gi Yoon Yoo-jin, Lee Eun-sook, Ko Jung-sun, Park So-yeon & Jenny Fuglsang, Choi Ji-hye, Ko Eun-bi, Lee Sung-sil, Lee Sun-young & Lee Song-i, Um Yoo-jung, Lee Jenny & Song Hae-na 15 Northern Mariana Islands
United States
New York City
3 21 July 2012 Choi So-ra Kim Jin-kyung Min Hae-rin & Kwon Da-min & Jung Han-sol, Lee Seul-ki, Ji So-yeon, Jang Mi-rim, Heo Kyung-hee, Yoon Eun-hwa, Choi Han-bit, Hong Ji-su, Choi Se-hui, Kang Cho-won, Lee Min-jung, Lee Na-hyun & Ko So-hyun, Yeo Yeon-hee
18 Cambodia
Siem Reap
Ho Chi Minh City
& Mui Ne
4 15 August 2013 Shin Hyun-ji Jung Ho-yeon
Hwang Hyun-joo
Ahn Hye-jin & Ko Eun-bi, Seok Il-myeong, Cho Eun-saem, Kim Eun-hae & Seo Yeong-chae, Ryu Ye-ri, Kim Si-won, Im Hyun-joo, Jung Ha-eun, Kim Hye-ah & Park Shin-ae 15 Thailand
United States
Las Vegas
5 16 August 2014 Hwang Kibbeum Lee Cheol-woo
Han Seung-soo
Choi Ji-in, Jung So-hyun, Chung Dong-kyu, Shin Jae-hyuk, Han Jian, Kim Seung-hee, Kim Jong-hoon, Kim Yaelim & Bahng Tae-eun, Choi Jeong-jin, Jeong Yong-soo, Kim Min-jung & Hyeon Ji-eun 16 Canada


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