Meet The Controversial Winner of Miss Korea 2018 | ASIAN BOSS

  • Published on Mar 23, 2019
  • We talked to Miss Korea 2018, Soo Min Kim, to discuss the issue of Korean beauty standards and body-shaming.
    Special thanks to Soomin for sharing her story.
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Comments • 15 931

  • 대인박
    대인박 4 minutes ago

    'It doesn't get much stricter than South Korea'..why is this guy so negative about South Korea his motherland all the time? Do you know that average weight of Japanese women are actually lower than that of South Korean women and by quite a margin? I think this guy is typical self-hating Korean American.

  • Stacie Cherill Dickson
    Stacie Cherill Dickson 26 minutes ago

    She is gorgeous ! To me this reminds me of colorism in the black community ! Demolish all evil beauty standards ! Everyone is gorgeous ! 👸🏻

  • Ram PP
    Ram PP 39 minutes ago

    So beautiful and smart

  • Itsna Yuni Hidayati
    Itsna Yuni Hidayati 44 minutes ago

    If her natural beauty, smart brain, and great personality didnt suit to represents korea, so what kind of women should represent korea? 😌

  • Hirwa Damor
    Hirwa Damor 4 hours ago

    Oh she's such a beauty😍♥️How can people even create nonsense controversies?

  • Peter Strider
    Peter Strider 4 hours ago

    What an intelligent interview with such a grounded and intelligent (and beautiful) woman. Respect to her and her family. Thank you to the interviewer. I sincerely hope her mission is a success!

  • hdytlhusna
    hdytlhusna 4 hours ago

    I kinda ship them.

  • yang pasti bukan kimihime

    her english is so good or is this a dub

  • uwuseokie
    uwuseokie 5 hours ago

    When she talked about her dad I really felt for her. Who wants to see their parents hurt because of people and you can’t control it? But her as a human being is really kind and has perspective and I hope that this is how most people feel about her and hope they won’t get hurt by comments that are not true.

  • noemita494
    noemita494 5 hours ago

    The joke is she checks most of their criteria for beauty standards (thin, tall, pale skin, high nose, big eyes, small face) but they still weren't satisfied lol they're crazy

  • lancy meyer
    lancy meyer 6 hours ago

    korean should be proud that she is your miss Korea.what's wrong with those haters.fat and ugly?fats in ur brain and cataracts on ur eyes!

  • Musandpoet DL
    Musandpoet DL 6 hours ago

    I support her for who she is. I’m proud as a Korean that she’s representing Korea, not for her looks, but for her personality, individuality, and how she thinks out of this beauty standard.

    VIZUAL ASSASSIN 7 hours ago

    she is really a wife materials. andd at least she doesn't fake her personality.

  • KelvinCrLin
    KelvinCrLin 7 hours ago

    Shes attractive, smart and showed great personality.~ shes so slim!!!

  • Naoki
    Naoki 7 hours ago

    173 cm with 58kg ?? THATS NORMAL KOREA.

  • ay lin
    ay lin 8 hours ago

    Koreans should give away all the foods to Syria then

  • Hashnavi Rajan
    Hashnavi Rajan 18 hours ago +1

    Korean beauty standards are so unhealthy. when she said her weight and height, i was like that's much more perfect than being underweight. YOU GO GIRL. YOLO. so do what you desire, be happy, and be who u are.

  • La Cite
    La Cite 20 hours ago

    Soo Min Kim is NOT fat, considering her height and weight. She's a natural beauty who is very rare now as many young women who participated in beauty pageants underwent plastic surgeries. Bravo for the judges who could see her natural beauty! She can be a role model for young Korean women who would like to participate in a beauty pageant in the future.

  • Christian C. Lawas
    Christian C. Lawas 22 hours ago +1

    Try exploring more also with the Philippines when it comes to beauty pageants. 😉

  • Aldo Sherman
    Aldo Sherman 23 hours ago

    At least she speaks english well compared to the rest of her bashers. She expresses herself well. Her bashers should be ashamed of themselves.

    AOGIRI Day ago

    I love her personality... She's way too good to represent Miss Korea 2018..

  • aisha0000000000 0000000000

    funny how high korean standards are when they themselves aren’t really pretty. i mean who the hell gave them the idea of beauty standards? i would underdtand if 90% of their population are composed of gorgeous people but i’ve been to korea and they’re all not that good looking. so i am so confused why they are so obsessed with weight and beauty when their average citizen isn’t even really pretty looking at all by world standard

  • Haneul Basumatary

    She's so calm and composed and the way she handle things just shows how classy she is. Definitely worth being Miss Korea

  • God is great
    God is great Day ago

    She had hard time(emotionally) even though she won miss korea title... What's this? In our country if they win such titles they will be living rest of their life like princess....

    • God is great
      God is great Day ago

      +Matt Jennings India.... Have you heard about Aishwarya Rai

    • Matt Jennings
      Matt Jennings Day ago

      and where do you hail from?

  • A Z
    A Z Day ago

    Honestly, people feel sorry for this girl and her father for being affected by completely idiotic critics? Oh please, save your pity and compassion who are really suffering. They shouldn’t even be affected by it, she is beautiful and she won. Shrug off those idiot haters and stop with the self pity. Not even worth the thought. WHERE IS YOUR COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE AND ANIMALS THAT TRULY SUFFER? This is inane!

  • Rift
    Rift Day ago

    When I see the thumbnail I thought that she isn't really pretty, considering there are so many beautiful women in Korea..
    But after this interview I think that she is a very beautiful person with a beautiful soul within her..

  • Aero Nomer
    Aero Nomer Day ago

    She is gorgeous

  • RichyB 7777
    RichyB 7777 Day ago

    They got a very diffrent defintion of fat over there in Korea heh. Wtf do they want walking bones??😂 I need me some ass in a woman bruh

  • 여자귀여워
    여자귀여워 Day ago

    I'm 5'4 and 40kg😭😭😭 oml I really feel fcking phat oml I'm just gonna starve myself and look like a SKINNY legend

  • Hina.Hyuga
    Hina.Hyuga Day ago

    If you pause at 7:15...
    They all look the same 😲

  • love yixing
    love yixing Day ago

    Don’t you gain a bit of weight from muscles?? Cause i did weight training, and i went from 115 to like 119 Ibs

  • fejiro favour
    fejiro favour Day ago

    You are beautiful and just amazing.bit really breaks my heart I can't even imagine how her parents must feel. I am just in love with your person, keep being the wonderful person you are and don't let anyone or anything they say make you feel less beautiful than you are. I really wish you happiness

  • koalapenguin
    koalapenguin Day ago

    As a Korean woman living in the States, the fact that she won the pageant gives me hope for recovering sanity of my native country. I am so grateful for her for playing a healthy role model and displaying what embodiment of integrity, grace, and true beauty looks like.

  • Tim Yang
    Tim Yang Day ago

    Being skinny is not as attractive as being fit and athletic. I don't get why skinny models are the beauty pageant standards when most people on instagram follow fit athletic girls that have a nice shape to them.

  • name can be anything

    she deserves it. omg such a goodhearted girl.

  • Nicholas Seeto
    Nicholas Seeto 2 days ago

    huh? fat?

  • Shubham Verma
    Shubham Verma 2 days ago +1

    But why she is not became ms world

  • Siti Nurfamiza
    Siti Nurfamiza 2 days ago

    Her english good

  • ayeitsisabelle
    ayeitsisabelle 2 days ago

    Shes so poised and professional, and of course so beautiful inside out. Shes grounded. Korea doesn't deserve a woman this good. I can't believe those standards...

  • jewel and friends
    jewel and friends 2 days ago

    I love Korean people but I hate their beauty standards that you need to be perfect to be beautiful. Most girls are dreaming to have surgery to blend in. They have beautiful faces naturally but I dunno why the technology changes it an instant.

  • Dam Jackass
    Dam Jackass 2 days ago

    That's his little girl being bullied constantly by the whole country. Dunno what I would feel if my kid experienced that.

  • frost _16
    frost _16 2 days ago +4

    Oohh.. why the hate comments💔 She's so precious and has a calm vibe💙

  • Chee Xiong
    Chee Xiong 2 days ago

    She's natural people just can't deal with it. However, she is at a good weight for her height I just can't believe those shallow people.

  • cutie126
    cutie126 2 days ago

    I teach in Korea at an elementary school. I have many girls in 4th -6th grade telling me that they're fat and they are on a diet. The kids who tell me this are all skinny, a healthy body weight. When someone here in Korea tells me they're on a diet, it doesn't mean that they are eating a more balanced diet or reducing the amount of rice they eat at every meal. It means starving. Skipping meals... having a sweet potato for their meal (as in one small - medium sweet potato)... People are slowly starting to increase in size, but the clothing market and society is bent on everyone being slender.

  • Claudio Ikeda
    Claudio Ikeda 2 days ago

    No one could imagine that this Miss Korea could explain all those sick process and the way Korean society deals with beauty and all those stuff...she has my respect! This is a sad story, indeed.

  • Jax Negrete
    Jax Negrete 2 days ago

    OMG you are SO BEAUTIFUL AND THIN! Don’t let those people get to you. I’m glad you have had this other perspective living in a different country, and that you are using your crown to help change a Terrible beauty standard!! Go Miss Korea, 2018! 🥳

  • UltimateCardsTCG
    UltimateCardsTCG 2 days ago

    omg i lov her

  • Rofel Anne Tandoc
    Rofel Anne Tandoc 2 days ago

    I cried for her😥

  • Lobster Johnson
    Lobster Johnson 2 days ago

    Great personality!

  • Nikki C
    Nikki C 2 days ago

    Those fat shamers are really sick in the head. Malnourished is the new sexy? 🤢 These guys need to go to a psychiatric doctor.

  • Bangtan Trash
    Bangtan Trash 2 days ago

    I think she's beautiful. REALLY beautiful inside and out ♥

  • glad 1114
    glad 1114 2 days ago

    No wonder she won. Kudos to the judges for chosing her. She will do great in motivating the young girls to be confident on who they are . To those who called her fat n ugly, those words probably face them everyday when they face their mirror. Go girl!

  • Muyun牧雲
    Muyun牧雲 3 days ago +1

    Absolutely Gorgeous Miss Korea 2018

  • himani anil
    himani anil 3 days ago

    wait more than 50 kilo is chubby? i mean i’m 10 years younger than her and my weight is nearly 50 and i am considered as thin. seriously what the heck

  • tay loves tae
    tay loves tae 3 days ago

    duuude im 130lbs and 5'9 and people always tell me im too skinny. how can this be considered fat?!?

  • 13무명씨
    13무명씨 3 days ago

    이 분은 참 수수하신 분?

    ÆRTÏŠTĪC국 3 days ago

    I’m tall as this beautiful girl, so 1.73, but I weigh a bit more than her... should I kill me or?
    God, Korean standards are inhuman...
    BTW Soo Min Kim you’re one of the most gorgeous women I have ever seen in my life, you’re not only pretty, but your personality is amazing too!
    I love your mindset and how you handle things, please don’t get hurt by these stupid comments and horrible people.
    You’re a perfect human being.
    Smile and be always happy 💜💜💜

  • Kylo Vader
    Kylo Vader 3 days ago

    When the asian boss just sits there watching her cry 😂😂

  • Evelyn Patricia
    Evelyn Patricia 3 days ago

    What is beauty really

  • 위츠커Wietske
    위츠커Wietske 3 days ago +7

    She is so well spoken and intelligent. 100% deserve to be miss Korea.

  • iiiuuvgtfgd kih13567%

    i don't think anyone can be the most beautiful because it could only be in this contest . when only most ugly girls Registered so it's only accidentally happen in every Contest in the world it's the ridiculoust invention of human naivity no one is more beautiful than the other its only your personal view so don't take it seriously 😁

  • Wesly Chandra
    Wesly Chandra 4 days ago +8

    I love her more than i love myself :'

  • Rosa María Fierros Farell

    She is so pretty! I almost cried!

  • UniquelyMade
    UniquelyMade 4 days ago +2

    Great ASMR voice

  • Jessy Gutierrez
    Jessy Gutierrez 4 days ago

    It's so sad that some of Koreans have this concepts and standards of beauty. All women are beautiful regardless of their height or weight or skin color. Plastic surgery is also famous in Korea. I also heard that there is a specific actress/singer who eats one apple per meal for her diet. How can you possibly do that to your own body? It's like starving yourself just to look pretty. It's actually disturbing.

  • sushil bhandari
    sushil bhandari 4 days ago

    Wow! Even 58kg for 173cm is below 20 BMI (normal is 18.5 to 23)! Do they want their girls to be unhealthy?

  • Yi Jin
    Yi Jin 4 days ago +2

    I think that you look AMAZING! For your height, you weight is still thin. I would have to say that if you were that weight at your height, it would look sickly. Super proud of you. You ARE a natural beauty.

  • Puting Pinoy
    Puting Pinoy 4 days ago +77

    I was speaking with a friend from Korea. She said she likes the US better because people are not nearly as judgmental when it comes to the beauty standard. She said her friends once told her to wear a sweater because her arms were _too big and going to ruin their picture._
    What was really messed up about this was that as she was telling me it caused her psychological damage she was also trying to defend that culture.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer 2 days ago +4

      yeah a lot of koreans tend to defend their toxicity to the grave. it's the issue of nationalism and xenophobia

  • ChrisBrengel
    ChrisBrengel 4 days ago

    Damn, her English is awesome!

  • Didi Dogster
    Didi Dogster 4 days ago

    smart and pretty. No wonder she won!

  • Lorena Dávila
    Lorena Dávila 4 days ago +1

    It seems that in Korea being fat is like a sin or a crime. That is something I really don't like. Extreme stupid standards.

  • Taliana Rietten
    Taliana Rietten 4 days ago

    Have to wait 2 hrs to pee damn

  • Joaquín Snefru
    Joaquín Snefru 4 days ago +1

    The most eloquent pageant winner I’ve ever seen!!! If there only were more like her!!!

  • Let Tice
    Let Tice 4 days ago

    I was good friends with Miss Rhode Island, they treat people awful in this industry.

  • samaritain16
    samaritain16 4 days ago +19

    wow she is just so intelligent, fun, smart, very poised and beautiful and a lot of self confidence !!!

  • Ashley Jang
    Ashley Jang 4 days ago

    완전이쁘시구 완전 날씬하세요ㅠㅠㅠㅠ
    절대로 항상예쁘실려고 노력 안해도 돼요ㅠㅠ 이 글을 읽으실지는 모르겠지만..
    마음도 이쁘신데 얼굴도 이쁘구 날씬하시구 그리고 언제나 이쁘실거에요! 호주에서 응원하는 고등학생 여학생입니다! 😍😍

  • alloo NCTzen here
    alloo NCTzen here 4 days ago

    She is so pretty by outside and inside

  • calvin yip
    calvin yip 4 days ago

    I think she looks perfectly fine not too thin and not fat. Just nice . Healthy look.Its kinda sad. If you are a normal person you also being criticize but when you are famous you are critize even more.Everyone have their option on being perfect . You can't satisfied everyone and people are constantly toxic just like a game community. Hope people will change criticism to encouragement.

  • Ericka Rose Tiro
    Ericka Rose Tiro 4 days ago +2

    She’s very beautiful. ♥️

  • That One Button on Kookie's Shirt That Didnt Pop

    I didnt know she spoke english. she has such a nice personality

  • Padmaja Ray
    Padmaja Ray 5 days ago +209

    BMI to Korean beauty standards : AM I A JOKE TO YOU?

    • THE1NONLY1
      THE1NONLY1 6 hours ago +1

      +avaphynx BMI is a measurement tool supposed to be used in conjuction with other tools. Being obese on BMI most likely means you are obese because people can use their eyes and see that no, you aren't built like the Rock.
      Don't start with this false notion that BMI is totally unreliable.

    • avaphynx
      avaphynx 20 hours ago +2

      BMI is a joke and outdated. However the standards there is ridiculous. Not everyone has the same body type, which shouldn't fall under the same scale. BMI doesn't differentiate between fat and muscle. It's just weight and height. Some people are naturally more muscular than others.

    • Hmm Neb
      Hmm Neb 2 days ago


  • Korean Idol
    Korean Idol 5 days ago +215

    no wonder she won, such a kind soul and beautiful personality with a soothing voice. My God I love her already almost cried with her

  • Indarwista Baragigiratri

    Dear Ms. Soo Min Kim, you are pretty, smart and kind. and you are not fat at all.

  • kyanise kail delmonte

    Whatever you height is, you have to be below 50kg? Well, that's insane because medically speaking weight is (and will always be) proportional to a person's height and even age.
    I SO LOVE KPOP & HANGEUL but PREJUDICE & RACISM is really big in korea isn't it? It's kinda sad tho. That's a part where I don't agree with them. 😕

    BLACKPINKS BITCH 5 days ago

    I have the urge to take my fat arse to Korea just to.....Flex my flabs 🤦🏽‍♀️😂

    LOLA SANZ 5 days ago

    she is so sweet

  • Delving Deeper
    Delving Deeper 5 days ago +4

    She is by far one of the most gracious and beautiful people I've ever seen being interviewed. I'm really glad she did this interview and that she continues doing the work to reform these really unhealthy beauty standards. Being overweight is not fine. Being malnutritioned isn't okay either. We should strive to always be a better version of ourselves. We shouldn't justify being unhealthy. But we shouldn't also be shamed when we are actually trying to improve. And here is the fine line... A lot of people jump to defending themselves when they are being "body-shamed" for "accepting their bodies"... You should not just accept being a worse version of yourself. It should only be the first step.

  • Hana Tjia
    Hana Tjia 5 days ago +5

    She's so tall! Less than 50 kg seems to be hard to achieve with that height. I mean, would that even still be considered healthy?

  • Sumida Ryogoku
    Sumida Ryogoku 5 days ago

    Steven is gorgeous. I need him to breed me !!

  • Stefanie Phang
    Stefanie Phang 5 days ago

    She's beautiful 💕💕

  • Haku S
    Haku S 5 days ago

    "How can this overweight girl be Miss. Korea??" - Touche, literally made my day lol

  • Wonder Woman Heart
    Wonder Woman Heart 5 days ago +4

    A sweet, kind, articulate, and last but not least, beautiful young lady. I love how resilient she is and the support/love from her father.

  • T baz
    T baz 5 days ago +8

    I love Asian people. So gorgeous, especially the men. 😍

    • Hmm Neb
      Hmm Neb 2 days ago

      Lmao lol..... I wouldn't say so. And I'm asian btw.

    • Kurdiyan Wcc
      Kurdiyan Wcc 3 days ago +1

      I. Am asian

  • Sarah, just Sarah
    Sarah, just Sarah 5 days ago

    I can see why she won. She is beautiful inside and outside. She carries a different air about her.

  • CommonCatPie
    CommonCatPie 5 days ago

    I love her so much. Shes so raw.

  • Noc Noc
    Noc Noc 5 days ago

    I think she's beautiful in and out, and certainly deserves to win. Her character is what most beautiful and makes her shine even more with her outer beauty.

  • aluran
    aluran 5 days ago

    thank god for uniform languages

  • Aldrich Fung
    Aldrich Fung 5 days ago

    It was her class and how she carried herself that helped her win - congrats to her

  • Raven L. Twilight
    Raven L. Twilight 5 days ago

    Anyone who said this person is not beautiful need to have their eyes check, she's one of the most beautiful korean woman i've ever seen. Granted, I'm not from Korea and didn't really understand their standard but if some foreigner like me can appreciate her beauty, why can't the people in the same country as her couldn't see her beauty?

  • Elektrion Heart
    Elektrion Heart 5 days ago +29

    Dear Mr Dad Korea, if you are reading this!
    Be proud of yourself, your dear daughter and your whole family! You did a right job!
    So dont be worried, only jelaous people would say something negative about her! If they dont pay your bills, dont pay mind to them!

    • Hmm Neb
      Hmm Neb 2 days ago +2

      Lol I like the last part