Here in the States actresses when an actress, model or singer attempts to venture into another field of work they’re often ridiculed, think J. Lo, Jessica Simpson, or Scarlett Johansson . Sure, they may be hot, and even talented in their profession, but that doesn’t always mean that they have talent in another form of entertainment. However, that’s not the case in South Korea.
It’s actual a common practice for a singer to branch out into acting, for example. Besides being the norm, these women are successful at it as well, with their popularity extending throughout Asia. Besides being extremely talented, these women are also beautiful. Don’t believe us? Then check out this top ten list of the most beautiful women from South Korea.
10. Kim So-yeon (김소연, 金素妍)
Kim So yeon is best known as a television actress, primarily on the series All About Eve and Iris. She also appeared in the Hong Kong film Seven Swords in 2005 and has been acting since 1994.
9. Kim Yoo Jin (김유진, 金楢真)
Kim Yoo Jin, known as Eugene in English, is a singer, actress, and emcee. She made her debut in 1997 as part of the popular female group S.E.S. Since 2002, she’s released two solo albums, has been featured in several TV series and films, written a couple of books and has hosted numerous festivals and award shows.
8. Han Ga-In (한가인, 韩佳人)
Han Ga-In is a model and actress. She made her acting debut in 2000 on the series Sunshine Hunting. Her popularity rose after appearing in the popular drama series Super Rookie in 2005.
7. Jeon Ji_hyun (전지현, 全智賢)
Jeon Ji-hyun is yet another actress and model. Her career began in 1997 as a television actress, but quickly moved on to films. Her breakout year was in 2001 when she played The Girl in the film My Sassy Girl, which would go on to become the highest grossing Korean comedy of all time. In 2009, she made her English-language film debut when she starred as Saya in Blood: The Last Vampire.
6. Lee Da-hae (이다해, 李多海)
Lee Da-hae is known primarily for her work in TV. She made her debut in 2002 on the drama Ling Ling and has since appeared in the series My Girl and Green Rose. She’s also dabbled in dance and music, and can be seen in several music videos and ads throughout Asia. She’s set to make her film debut in the 3D Korean movie Song of Spring.
5. Son Ye-Jin (손예진, 孫藝珍)
Son Ye-jin is one of the most popular actresses in not only South Korea, but also Asia. She made a name for herself in 2001 as the lead in the series Delicious Proposal. She’s also appeared in the series Sun-hee and Jin-hee, and Daemang: Great Ambition. She’s also found success in film with the movies Chi-hwa-seon, Lovers’ Concerto and The Classic. Her next film will be her first blockbuster action flick, Tower, a remake of the 1974 Hollywood film The Towering Inferno.
4. Kim Hee-sun (김희선, 金喜善)
Kim Hee-sun is popularly known as the “first beauty of South Korea”. She’s also perhaps the most well known actress in South Korea, mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. She’s been acting in film and television since 1994 and starred alongside Jackie Chan in the 2005 film The Myth.
3. Kim Tae Hee (김태희, 金泰希)
Kim Tae-hee is an actress and model best known for appearing in TV series, such as, My Princess, Iris, Love Story in Harvard and Stairway to Heaven. But, her career began as a model and being featured in commercials. In 2006, she landed her first starring role in a film in The Restless. Kim is also a popular, and successful, spokesperson for products by LG, Samsung, Maxwell House, Olympus and Daewoo.
2. Lee Hyori (이효리, 李孝利)
Lee Hyori is a R&B/hip-hop singer and actress. She found fame in 1998 as part of the pop girl group Fin.K.L. Her first solo album was released in 2003, entitled Stylish…E, sold over 144,182 copies in South Korea alone and nearly swept the 2003 Daesangs (the most prestigious South Korean music award). She’s released three more albums, appeared in some TV series and co-hosted several variety shows. Naturally, she has has endorsed several products, most notably Samsung, and recently became the first ever Asian-wide model for Calvin Klein Jeans.
1. Song Hye-kyo (송혜교, 宋慧喬)
Song Hye-kyo is arguably the most famous Korean actress in Asia. Her rise to stardom began in 1996 when she won the Grand Prize in model search in SunKyung Smart. She quickly move on to acting with the drama Merry Morning. She has since gained more popularity through television dramas such as Autumn in My Heart (2000), All In (2003), and Full House (2004). Song is also one of the most in-demand product endorsers in Korea appearing as a spokesperson for Nintendo DS, McDonalds and Levi’s. She’ll next be seen in The Grandmasters, a biopic about Bruce Lee’s kung fu master Ip Man.