Miss Korea

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Not to be confused with Miss Universe Korea or Miss World Korea.
For the TV series, see Miss Korea (TV series).
Miss Korea
Miss Korea.png
Formation 1957
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Seoul
Miss International
Miss Earth
Official language
Hanju E&M
Website http://www.misskorea.or.kr

Miss Korea (Korean: 미스코리아) is a national beauty pageant in Korea.

The current titleholder is Lee Min-ji. She won the title on July 10, 2015 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 1st 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.[2]

In 2015, Hanju E&M take over Miss Korea Organization. Since 2016, Miss Korea organization no longer send South Korea's representative to Miss Universe.


Year Jin (Winner) Sun (1st runners-up) Mi (2nd runners-up) Special Awards
1957 Park Hyun-ok Kim Jung-ok Hong In-bang
1958 Oh Geum-sun Jung Yeon-ja Kim Mi-ja
1959 Oh Hyun-ju Jung Ok-yi Seo Jung-ae
1960 Son Mi-hee-ja Kim Jung-ja Lee Young-hee
1961 Seo Yang-hee Lee Ok-ja Hyun Chang-ae
1962 Seo Bum-ju Sohn Yang-ja Chung Tae-ja
1963 Kim Myoung-ja Choi Yoo-mi Choi Keum-shil
1964 Shin Jung-hyun Lee Hye-jin
(real name: Lee Kwang-ja)
Yoon Mi-hee
1965 Kim Eun-ji Kim Min-jin
(real name: Kim Kyoung-sook)
Lee Eun-ah
1966 Yoon Gui-hyun Jin Hyun-soo Chung Eul-sun
1967 Hong Joung-ae Choi Yang-ji Chung Young-hwa
1968 Kim Yoon-jung Kim Hee-ja Lee Ji-eun
1969 Lim Hyun-jung Kim Yoo-kyoung
(real name: Kim Sung-ja)
Kim Seung-hee
1970 Yoo Young-ae Kim In-sook Lee Jung-hee
1971 Noh Mi-ae Choi Sook-ae Cha Soon-young
1972 Park Yeon-joo Suh Yun-hee
(real name: Suh Ae-ja)
Shin Ga-jung
1973 Kim Young-ju Kim Mae-ja Kim Jun-kyung
1974 Kim Eun-jung
(real name: Kim Jae-kyu)
Kim Kyung-ok Shim Kyoung-sook
1975 Seo Ji-hye
(real name: Seo Young-ok)
Lee Sung-hee, Lee Yeon-ok Lee Hyang-mok, No Deok-ja, Jin Sook
1976 Chung Kyung-sook Chung Kwang-hyun, Han Young-ae Cha Jang-ok, Shin Byoung-sook, Lee Hye-kyung
1977 Kim Sung-hee Lee Jung-hwa, Jung Jung-hwa Kim Young-sun, Shin Byoung-ok, Kim Soon-ae
1978 Son Jung-eun Chae Jung-sook, Park Kyung-ae Kim Eun-hee, Je Eun-jin, Park Sook-jae
1979 Seo Jae-hwa Hong Yeo-jin Kim Jin-sun
1980 Kim Eun-jung Chang Sun-ja
(real name: Chang Hye-ji)
Kim Hye-ran
1981 Lee Eun-jung Lee Han-na Kim So-hyung
1982 Park Sun-hee Choi Sung-yoon Lee Hyun-joo
1983 Lim Mi-sook Kim Sun-mi Seo Min-sook
1984 Choi Young-ok Kim Kyoung-ree Chang Sih-wha
1985 Bae Young-ran An Jung-mi Kim Yoon-jung
1986 Kim Ji-eun Chung Wha-sun Chung Myoung-sun
1987 Jang Yoon-jeong[3] Choi Yeon-hee Kim Mi-rim
1988 Kim Sung-ryung Kim Hye-ri Kim Hee-jung
1989 Oh Hyun-kyung Go Hyun-jung Lee Yun-young
1990 Seo Jung-min Kim Tae-hwa Yoon Je-sun
1991 Lee Young-hyun Yum Jung-ah Lee Mi-young
1992 Yoo Ha-young Chang Eun-young Lee Seung-yeon
1993 Goong Sun-young Huh Sung-soo Kim Young-ah
1994 Han Sung-ju Lee Yoo-ree, Yoon Mi-jung Kim Mi-sook, Kim Ye-boon, Sung Hyun-ah
1995 Kim Yun-jung Kim Jung-hwa, Choi Yoon-young Kim Min-jung, Kim Ah-rin, Han Sung-won
1996 Lee Eun-hee Seol Soo-jin, Kim Ryang-hee Choi Suk-young, Lee Ji-hee, Choi Jung-yoon
1997 Kim Ji-yeon Cho Hye-young, Kim Jin-ah Lim Sun-hong, Yeo Hye-jeon, Jung Eun-joo
1998 Choi Ji-hyun Kim Kun-woo, Lee Jae-won Lee Jung-min, Yang So-hyun, Choi Yoon-hee
1999 Kim Yeon-ju Han Na-na Seol Soo-hyun Lee Hye-won
2000 Kim Sa-rang Shin Jung-sun Son Tae-young
2001 Kim Min-kyoung Seo Hyun-jin Baek Myoung-hee Jung Ah-reum
2002 Keum Na-na Chang Yoo-kyoung Gi Yun-ju Lee Jin-ah
2003 Choi Yun-young Park Ji-yea, Shin Ji-Su Oh Yoo-mi, Ahn Choon-young, Yang Hye-sun
2004 Kim So-young Han Kyoung-jin Kim In-ha
2005 Kim Joo-hee Oh Eun-young, Lee Kyoung-eun Yoo Hye-mi, Kim Eun-ji, Yoo Hye-ri
2006 Lee Ha-nui[3] Park Sharon, Jang Yun-seo Park Hee-jung, Kim Yoo-mi, Park Sung-min, Kim Soo-hyun
2007 Lee Ji-sun Cho Eun-ju, Park Ka-won Lee Jin, Yoo Ji-eun, Lee Jae-ah
2008 Na Ry Choi Bo-in, Kim Min-jeong Seo Seol-hee, Jang Yoon-hee, Lee Yoon-ah
2009 Kim Joo-ri Cha Ye-rin, Seo Eun-mi Park Ye-ju, Yoo Soo-jung, Lee Seul-ki, Choi Ji-hee
2010 Jung So-ra[4] Jang Yoon-jin, Kim Hye-young Ha Hyun-jung, Ko Hyun-young, Lee Gui-joo, Ahn Da-hye
2011 Lee Seong-hye Kim E-seul, Kim Hye-sun Lee Semina, Nam Mi-yeon, Kim Soo-jung, Gong Pyung-hee
2012 Kim Yu-mi Lee Jung-bin, Kim Sa-ra Kim Young-joo, Kim Na-hyun, Kim Tae-hyun, Kim Yoo-jin
2013 Yoo Ye-bin Han Ji-eun, Kim Hyo-hee Koo Bon-hwa, Choi Hye-rin, Han Soo-min, Kim Min-joo, Choi Song-yi
2014 Kim Seo-yeon Shin Su-min, Lee Seo-bin Ryu So-ra, Baek Ji-hyun, Lee Sarah, Kim Myeong-seon
2015 Lee Min-ji Kim Jeong-jin, Kim Ye-rin Park Ah-reum, So A-reum, Choi Myung-kyung, Han Ho-jeong
2016 Kim Jin-sol Shin Ara, Moon Da-hyun Lee Young-in, Kim Min-jeong, Hong Na-shil, Lee Chae-young
Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semi-finalists

Miss International Korea[edit]

Korea debuted at Miss International in 1960.[5] 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.

Year Miss Korea Placement Special Awards
United States 1960 Kim Jung-ja
United States 1961 Lee Ok-ja
United States 1962 Sohn Yang-ja
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
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
Japan 1972 Suh Ae-ja
Japan 1973 Kim Mae-ja
Japan 1974 Kang Young-sook Top 15
Japan 1975 Lee Hyang-mok Top 15
Japan 1976 Han Young-ae
Japan 1977 Shin Byoung-ok
Japan 1978 Chae Jung-sook
Japan 1979 Kim Jin-sun
Japan 1980 Chung Na-young
Japan 1981 Park Hyun-joo
Japan 1982 Chung Ae-hee
Japan 1983 Chung Young-soon Top 10 Best National Costume
Japan 1984 Kim Kyoung-ree
Japan 1985 Chang Sih-wha
Japan 1986 Kim Yoon-jung
Japan 1987 Chung Wha-sun
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
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
China 2006 Jang Yun-seo 2nd runner-up
Japan 2007 Park Ka-won Top 15
Macau 2008 Kim Min-jeong
China 2009 Seo Eun-mi 1st runner-up
China 2010 Ko Hyeon-young Top 15
China 2011 Kim Hye-sun
Japan 2012 Lee Jeong-bin
Japan 2013 Han Ji-eun
Japan 2014 Lee Seo-bin
Japan 2015 Park Ah-reum Miss International Asia

Miss Earth Korea[edit]

Korea debuted at Miss Earth in 2002.[6] 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.

Year Miss Korea Placement Special Awards
Philippines 2002 Lee Jin-ah Best National Costume
Philippines 2003 Oh Yoo-mi
Philippines 2004 Cho Hye-jin
Philippines 2005 Yoo Hye-mi Top 16 Best National Costume
Philippines 2006 Park Hee-jung
Philippines 2007 Yoo Ji-eun
Philippines 2008 Seo Seol-hee Top 16
Philippines 2009 Park Ye-ju Top 16
Vietnam 2010 Lee Gui-joo
Philippines 2011 Kim E-seul
Philippines 2012 Kim Sa-ra Top 16
Philippines 2013 Choi Song-yi 3rd runner-up Miss Earth Fire
Philippines 2014 Shin Su-min Top 16
Austria 2015 Han Ho-jeong 3rd National Costume (Asia & Oceania)

Former titles[edit]

Miss Universe Korea[edit]

Selected in Miss Korea pageant by Hankook Ilbo. Korea debuted at Miss Universe in 1954. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Since 2016, Korean representatives at the Miss Universe will be held in separate pageant Miss Universe Korea. The separate contest was to only focus on Miss Universe.

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

Miss World Korea[edit]

Selected in Miss Korea pageant by Hankook Ilbo. Korea debuted at Miss World in 1959. The 1st Runner-up of the Miss Korea title represented the nation at Miss World. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. Since 2011, Korean representatives at the Miss World will be held in separate pageant Miss World Korea. The separate contest was to only focus on Miss World.

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

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Miss Korea
(Hanju E&M)
Miss Universe franchise holder of Korea Succeeded by
Miss Universe Korea
Preceded by
Miss Korea
(Hankook Ilbo)
Miss World franchise holder of Korea Succeeded by
Miss World Korea