Meet The Controversial Winner of Miss Korea 2018 | ASIAN BOSS

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  • 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.
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Comments • 15 239

  • Light
    Light 2 hours ago

    Korean is most weird ethnicity ever. They really different from other ethnicity negatively. Most Obvious trait about korean is lie. Korean are made of lie. They are born with lie. So foreigners should be very careful not to be being cheated by korean.

  • Marckiesan 14
    Marckiesan 14 4 hours ago

    She so fking beautiful wtf! People are so stupid and blind if they call her ugly! 😡😡😡

  • Yadigar Ehmedzade
    Yadigar Ehmedzade 4 hours ago +1

    She is not beautiful.She is single girl

  • Lucy is a Bae
    Lucy is a Bae 8 hours ago

    I just feel in love with her accent omgg

  • lubna taqiyah
    lubna taqiyah 9 hours ago

    Cantik nya 😍😍😍

  • America Moreno
    America Moreno 11 hours ago

    She's so nice and pretty

  • robert wesley
    robert wesley 13 hours ago

    too many Korean women look plastic anyway. what do you expect from a totally homogenous culture ?

  • Bea Badjar
    Bea Badjar 15 hours ago

    Another thing with the bathroom, sometimes, people will make themselves throw up their food, so someone needs to make sure they don't do that. Not sure if that's what was happening there, but, it does happen in some places

  • Bea Badjar
    Bea Badjar 16 hours ago

    Welp, I'm definitely chubby in Korea.

  • Nurul Lintang
    Nurul Lintang 16 hours ago

    58,9 kg for 173cm is super healthy...! Why should she cried... omg, just don't ignore negative comments

  • Michel Etienne Sartre
    Michel Etienne Sartre 16 hours ago

    Tbh, quite a lot of the korean beauty pageant candidates that represented korea when not quite at par with other countries. Korea is always at the losing end. I think this girl is much prettier than her predecessors. I dont know how korea choose its candidates, but i think they should change their beauty standards to healthier looking ones and not just look skinny.

  • Michel Etienne Sartre
    Michel Etienne Sartre 16 hours ago

    Lol, i definitely wouldnt think of korea when it comes to natural beauty and beauty pageants..

  • muthia yade
    muthia yade 16 hours ago

    Korean beauty standard is ridiculous af

  • Daya Mena
    Daya Mena 16 hours ago

    OMG... This girl is 10 cm taller than me and has my weight. I'm a pig in Korea 🐖😂. In the other hand she is so pretty and smart. I can not get those standards

  • Test Monkey
    Test Monkey 19 hours ago

    I’ve always been considered really skinny and some people have even said I was too skinny and should gain weight (even though I’m perfectly healthy) but I weigh more than what the Korean standard is, which I was really shocked by at first :/

  • Toni Bercha
    Toni Bercha 21 hour ago

    She’s a wonderful role model! I know there are lots of little ones that are looking up to her.

  • Tiffany loves Taehyung
    Tiffany loves Taehyung 21 hour ago +1

    4:35 to all those clowns- who’a laughing now? 😌🤡

  • azd at
    azd at Day ago

    You know how men would react when girls being shitty abt weights esp the overdramatics. 50+ kg is not fat yet gurl

  • Steven
    Steven Day ago

    fat shaming? wtf?!!

  • Katrine Ann
    Katrine Ann Day ago

    Fat shaming? Here in the Philippines that weight is skinny and I envy that. I have that weight before. Wow those people are worse.

  • Jayhon Li
    Jayhon Li Day ago

    Literal breathtaking beauty in every aspect

  • Hanifa Y.
    Hanifa Y. Day ago

    SHE IS VERY POSITIVE I AM ROOTING FOR HER

  • Dr Disrespect
    Dr Disrespect Day ago

    What people only see is the outside, but really they missed the inside. At some point the real character will shine through...

  • Fathmath Naufa
    Fathmath Naufa Day ago

    My brothers constantly tell me I’m fat 😫 I just know that I’m not fat, I just gained a few 💪 in my stomach and hip *cough*

  • pat concepcion
    pat concepcion Day ago

    I want a korean subtitle!!!

  • robskalas
    robskalas Day ago

    She's quite pretty and certainly not fat... 130 lb is quite good for her height. Smart too.

  • Hard Joke
    Hard Joke Day ago

    Shes gorgeous slim looking very good
    But
    Wheres irene from red velvet in competition at least !!!!!!!!!

  • Terang Boelan
    Terang Boelan Day ago

    I so glad im not born in korea . because beauty standar in korea so scary . pretty/handsome more importen frm money . because pretty/handsome can make money .😵😵😵😵😵😵

  • silver squad
    silver squad Day ago

    Omg i love her . Maybe she will finally change koreas insane beauty standarts nobody can follow anyway ...

  • Mariam Alhaidary

    You are beautiful the way you are ❤

  • Maisa AR
    Maisa AR Day ago

    she's so kind and educated and has a great personality and on top of that healthy and pretty .. so she definitely deserves the title

  • SAURABH DANG
    SAURABH DANG Day ago

    She looks beautiful and natural so don't comment on her

  • Louise Gwyneth E. Tan 17051144

    She seems so down to earth and nice. It's so toxic how Korea views beauty and how a girl should be "skinny" to the point they are anorexic.

  • Bagas Aji Nugroho
    Bagas Aji Nugroho Day ago +2

    Terimakasih untuk Subtitle Indonesia nya 👍

  • DuZy
    DuZy Day ago

    She look absolutely healthy and great! I get that the world overall is like this but everyone can't cookie cut a perfect shape even the people promoting this made up reality. We all have feeling I would have never guessed that that it gets that direct & hurtful there. Also is it cold there a lot?

  • Dewi Lestari
    Dewi Lestari Day ago

    Standar kecantikan di korea... Putih, tinggi, langsing, muka kecil kaya barbie, mancung.. Orang yg merasa jelek adalah orang yg kurang bersyukur..

  • Phillipe Steele
    Phillipe Steele Day ago

    I can tell she is not Americanized like these white and black bitches.

  • Xentradi97
    Xentradi97 Day ago

    Beautiful personality, intelligence, and voice to go with her outer beauty. It's contraversial that it was contraversial.

  • TributesAndUnique

    5’5/165 cm, 122 lbs/55kg, and a size 2. I guess I’m a fat ass in Korea.

  • Holly Carp
    Holly Carp Day ago

    What's wrong with them? Don't you like your rep? She's beautiful, strong and stable, most of all, very smaaart and mature

  • Killjoy Way
    Killjoy Way Day ago

    I don't understand her being the most "controversial" when she's so beautiful! She has a fine weight, and she is by far deserving of her title. "Wow, this crown is so heavy" are the words of someone who deserves it.

  • M A R Y
    M A R Y Day ago

    Everyone is beautiful ❤
    Damn I dislike the fact of Korean beauty standards ☹ everyone feels like if they dont look a certain way, they'r not pretty...kinda sad and I do feel bad.
    Honestly, compared to how these females see themselves and me, I just feel alot yk...better cuz i can live my own life without thinking "oh shes prettier than me...i dont like how my body is" at times I do feel fat but...oh well? I always didnt mind much how others saw my body, and even when that's happened people have complimented me and it's just nice because you can live your life by just being comfortable and confident. I dont wanna put anyone down, and I know how this is serious matters towards Korea but yeah. Let people do what they think they should in order to be so to say...happy(not saying that they arent happy, but in THEIR point of view)

  • Jep Pastorfide
    Jep Pastorfide Day ago

    Ay pota may laban 'to, ang galing niya magsalita and very spontaneous! Ang MISS U hindi lang sa katawan tinitignan, kundi sa utak! Siguro konting confidence lang at tapang from her..

  • Acacia14 Games
    Acacia14 Games Day ago

    she has such a soothing voice wow

  • Crowbar
    Crowbar Day ago

    24 years old? She seems so much more mature, I don't mean that negatively at all.
    I'm one year older and feel like a child compared to her.

  • Dita Indah S.
    Dita Indah S. 2 days ago

    Idk why I'm kinda happy finding out Koreans speak english fluently..

  • Smile :)
    Smile :) 2 days ago

    They all look the same

  • Lady Ruth Capinpin
    Lady Ruth Capinpin 2 days ago

    I thought ph's beauty pageants were crazy but nah we're alright. This is crazy!! She won because she looks real! Actually she's prettier than most celebrities in Korea

  • Angel Kim99
    Angel Kim99 2 days ago

    I bet that some of those Koreans who are criticizing her is more than 50kg

  • Anthony Joshua Tolentino

    Earth is not safe anymore.

  • tonee zaide
    tonee zaide 2 days ago

    is Miss Universe 2019 will be held in Korea this year in December 2019?

  • Chantal Gabriela
    Chantal Gabriela 2 days ago

    She’s such a beautiful person inside and out :(( she rlly has the purest soul

  • T R
    T R 2 days ago

    This comment will summarize everything for you.


    What is one of the first things you think of when you hear South Korea? Yes. Plastic surgery among others. The reason she is being criticized is because she is not 'plasticky' enough. Thus in many Korean eyes she is not representative of the motherland and their cosmetic surgery business.

    *sarcasm*

  • Red 02
    Red 02 2 days ago

    is she going to compete in Miss Universe?

  • Julia Charlize Santos

    1:48 you hear me screaming?

  • Aola Supong
    Aola Supong 2 days ago

    She is too natural..... she deserves the crown...

  • Chee Rong Choo
    Chee Rong Choo 2 days ago

    She win my heart. Now that's what I call smart beauty.

  • baby jane omabay
    baby jane omabay 2 days ago

    She's 5'8 feet and 50 kg but koreans says she is fat while me 4'11 feet and 50 kg what the heck.

  • Vance Obispo
    Vance Obispo 2 days ago

    She is sooo beautiful. Inside AND out!

  • bluemaki1
    bluemaki1 2 days ago

    "She's not pretty enough to represent Korea" - duhh! she is NATURALLY beautiful, you can see that! No plastic!
    "And she's too fat to be Miss Korea" Now fat people like me got offended, "she is fat?!"

  • Cappu B
    Cappu B 2 days ago

    damn she’s like this and koreans said she’s not pretty enough? EXCUSE ME IF ONLY I COULD LIVE WITH HER FACE FOR 1 DAY

  • Zanyah Kaiser
    Zanyah Kaiser 2 days ago +4

    She is like the most prettiest girl I've ever seen 😍
    She is also SO down to earth too

  • Melvin Shields
    Melvin Shields 2 days ago

    She looks good to me.

  • Nana oville
    Nana oville 2 days ago

    Dude her body is already perfect and they're still fat shaming her?
    What did they expect to represent them a walking stick?!

  • CURIOUS KIDZ
    CURIOUS KIDZ 2 days ago +1

    I THINK SHE'S REALLY PRETTY AND SHE'S NOT FAT! Come on! She deserves to win because she's true to her self! THIS WORLD DON'T NEED A "47-48Kg." with insecurities!

  • THE ISNESS VORTEX
    THE ISNESS VORTEX 2 days ago

    She's sweet =)

  • Nandini
    Nandini 2 days ago

    Korean beauty standards: we need 0 size stick figure mannequins

    Me: GO search for mattel barbie dolls and stop harassing the poor girls with unrealistic, unhealthy body expectations!! They are actual humans with actual feelings and not PLASTIC BARBIE DOLLS!!

  • zee scorpio
    zee scorpio 2 days ago

    Really love this spontaneous, transparent and real person of Miss Korea 2018😍💕 I felt really bad how it would be so torturing and scrutinizing SK so called standard of beauty😩😞

  • Uno Astro
    Uno Astro 2 days ago

    It will be interesting to see how this beauty standard would affect Kpop artists, like Blackpink who are trying to get into the US market. Will the girls be criticized for being too skinny?

  • hanbin kim
    hanbin kim 2 days ago

    is that what u call fat?? bijj what am i then?

  • Bianca Jam
    Bianca Jam 2 days ago

    I’m 5’4” and 110 pounds looking like a walking stick💀

  • iKON.Flying Mansae !!

    Despite of her intelligent and all, maybe they chose her because of her look and body. I am not saying that she is ugly or fat. She is really pretty and has a great body portion. Maybe they want to set a new beauty standard. I means, girls dont have to be too skinny to be defined as a pretty girl. Having weight close to 60kg or more can also be known as pretty. Pretty is subjective. Please dont judge people based on their look. When you do that, you are actually the ugly person who is jealous of a beauty. Cmon, this thing stress out people really bad

  • Dora Tung
    Dora Tung 2 days ago

    She is truly beautiful inside and out

  • Ba Be
    Ba Be 2 days ago

    She is so beautiful. She looks like a princess from the shilla era.

  • Ba Be
    Ba Be 2 days ago

    She is so beautiful. She looks like a princess from the shilla era.

  • Ariaditya Pramestu
    Ariaditya Pramestu 2 days ago

    Koreans have this culture of cyber bullying, being a troll, a hater, and bery aggressive on the internet. Also when they defend their idols, they get triggered easily and will take everything personally. The culture has influenced a lot of indonesians, since kpop is so popular here. Very unfortunate

  • Maria Elizabeth
    Maria Elizabeth 2 days ago

    I’m 49Kg with 159cm height. To be honest, I want to gain weight because it’s too hard to stay unhealthy, can easily get sick or illnesses, I even gets cold at times even though it’s hot. My doctor says I’m still underweight and I’m at least improving. If being beautiful in Korea means staying unhealthy, I would rather be ugly.

  • RisingMooon
    RisingMooon 2 days ago

    under 50 or you're chubby? thats really scary and unhealthy. as far as im aware her weight is perfectly normal by the bmi standards i know. more on the lower side than the top. Id rather have a healthy miss than a super skinny one who forces herself to go way too low.

  • Karl Bonacua
    Karl Bonacua 2 days ago

    So skinny? That's why you guys have no titties.. like seriously..

  • Arzu Shane
    Arzu Shane 2 days ago

    I don’t understand why in Korea they need to be this perfect size and and have perfect looks but I think more countries are doing it now....in my opinion

  • ZIMZALABIM
    ZIMZALABIM 2 days ago +1

    When you're 14 and as tall as Miss Korea.......

  • a n t o n
    a n t o n 2 days ago

    Miss Universe needs her!!!

  • Jeramy
    Jeramy 2 days ago

    Bae joohyun is better

  • Ricky Ostrom
    Ricky Ostrom 2 days ago +1

    One of the best Asian Boss interviews. I hope she has a great future.

  • The Dodo
    The Dodo 3 days ago

    If you're a tall person there's no way you can weigh less that 60-70kg because it's impossible and not heathy there must be enough weight to support that height because I believe gravity just won't allow things to be different and if you're nearly 6ft tall you can't weigh the same as someone who is 5'4 it isn't right and plus our bodies develop and grow so of course we can't all be the same weight it's impossible.

  • The Dodo
    The Dodo 3 days ago

    What a beautiful soul.

  • Julian Aguilar
    Julian Aguilar 3 days ago

    She is so pretty omg I hope it got easier for her to handle the critics. I love her blush application lol

  • [Milky] •
    [Milky] • 3 days ago

    K-net (mostly women): Your fat ugly etc.
    Me: How bout' you ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Yulia Shmtt
    Yulia Shmtt 3 days ago

    Where she is fat?
    Those comments are ridiculous

  • some One
    some One 3 days ago

    She was representing korea........respect atleast?

  • Zwan Ther
    Zwan Ther 3 days ago +4

    Asian Country always Learn English with USA Accent Exept India cuz they have they English India Accent😂

  • Oga Cules
    Oga Cules 3 days ago

    a well deserved crown ❤

  • Mariana Silva
    Mariana Silva 3 days ago

    This type of contests has a lot of sexist aspects and the way they treat the contestants it's childish. Imagine being a grown ass woman and have to raise your hand and asking to go to the bathroom... ridiculous. That being said, if someone goes and wins it better be an intelligent and compassionate woman like miss Soo Min Kim.

  • Oga Cules
    Oga Cules 3 days ago

  • kamila nurul
    kamila nurul 3 days ago

    im her new fans

  • kamila nurul
    kamila nurul 3 days ago

    i think shes pretty and thats natural

  • Lewis C.
    Lewis C. 3 days ago

    Damn, by those standards 90% of American women would be fat in Korea! About 45% of American women are hippo size (obese).

  • Regina Widya
    Regina Widya 3 days ago

    But.. She's so pretty :( having such a nice personality makes her pretty too :(

  • Hello Hoshi
    Hello Hoshi 3 days ago

    Welp what about me tho? She definitely looks healthy and beautiful. What atre they going on about?

  • Go to Hell.
    Go to Hell. 3 days ago

    She's so amazing omg, really beautiful in all possibile ways, not only esthetically.
    But what are Korean problems, really.. Stupid standards.
    I'm 1.64m and I put 6 kg since I started dating my bf. Now I'm 58.7 kg and you know what? I love my weight, I love how my thights and hips look like, I like how some clothes look on me. I just like how chubby I look and I'm trying to not be influenced by all those images that Internet shows me every day. All those 'perfect' girls are beautiful but I'm too. The beauty isn't made by standards, we all aren't made by one printer. You all need to understand.