The Road to Seoul Ep10
Male Models and Fashion Industry
As the fashion industry in Korea, unlike the female centered past, is expanding its male model market, the number of Korean male models has drastically increased. Actively exploring careers beyond runway, on television and movie screen, male models are experiencing their heydays in Korea.
# Korean Male Models, Entering the World Stage
SBS, one of Korea's top 3 media stations, hosts the annual Super Model Contest. Traditionally, the contest has discovered numerous female models, and since 2011, male models were also able to enter the contest. Last year, the number of male applicants increased by 15% and exceeded that of female applicants. Kim Moo-young, the male winner of the contest in 2011, has gone on to international stage after the competition, and gained recognition in Milano, Paris, and Hong Kong. He is actively performing his modeling career with agencies in eight countries.
# Male models into Various Fields
The examples of successful male models in the entertainment industry contributed the most in increasing its population. Many of them actively expanded their careers as actors and celebrities and gained much fame, naturally becoming the object of envy. Some of model-turned actors even became the Korean wave stars with international popularity. Given their tall heights and natural poses from modeling basics, models are favorable and well fit for commercial films and acting. Their fresh and trendy appearances are also attractive to those professionals in the industry who are often fed up with typical masks.
#Model, as a Dream Profession
As the fashion market expands and the model's active boundary broadens, the profession as a model is making a meteoric rise. The number of professional modeling academies to train model aspirants increased much, as the population drastically and continuously grows. Even within the academy the male concentrated patterns are evident; the male to female ratio used to be around 2 to 8, which is now close to 5 to 5. It has been only 30 years since model became an official profession in Korea. However, today, it is solidifying its position and is becoming a dream occupation.