Meet The Controversial Winner of Miss Korea 2018 | ASIAN BOSS
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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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  • Hashnavi Rajan
    Hashnavi Rajan

    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

    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

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

  • Aldo Sherman
    Aldo Sherman

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


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

  • aisha0000000000 0000000000
    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
    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

    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

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

    • Matt Jennings
      Matt Jennings

      and where do you hail from?

  • A Z
    A Z

    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

    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

    She is gorgeous

  • RichyB 7777
    RichyB 7777

    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

    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

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

  • love yixing
    love yixing

    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

    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

    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

    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
    name can be anything

    she deserves it. omg such a goodhearted girl.

  • Nicholas Seeto
    Nicholas Seeto

    huh? fat?

  • Shubham Verma
    Shubham Verma

    But why she is not became ms world

  • Siti Nurfamiza
    Siti Nurfamiza

    Her english good

  • ayeitsisabelle

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Chee Xiong
    Chee Xiong

    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

    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

    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

    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

    omg i lov her

  • Rofel Anne Tandoc
    Rofel Anne Tandoc

    I cried for her😥

  • Lobster Johnson
    Lobster Johnson

    Great personality!

  • Nikki C
    Nikki C

    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

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

  • glad 1114
    glad 1114

    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

    Absolutely Gorgeous Miss Korea 2018

  • himani anil
    himani anil

    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

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

  • 13무명씨

    이 분은 참 수수하신 분?


    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

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

  • Evelyn Patricia
    Evelyn Patricia

    What is beauty really

  • 위츠커Wietske

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

  • iiiuuvgtfgd kih13567%
    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

    I love her more than i love myself :'

  • Rosa María Fierros Farell
    Rosa María Fierros Farell

    She is so pretty! I almost cried!

  • UniquelyMade

    Great ASMR voice

  • Jessy Gutierrez
    Jessy Gutierrez

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

  • ChrisBrengel

    Damn, her English is awesome!

  • Didi Dogster
    Didi Dogster

    smart and pretty. No wonder she won!

  • Lorena Dávila
    Lorena Dávila

    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

    Have to wait 2 hrs to pee damn

  • Joaquín Snefru
    Joaquín Snefru

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

  • Let Tice
    Let Tice

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

  • samaritain16

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

  • Ashley Jang
    Ashley Jang

    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

    She is so pretty by outside and inside

  • calvin yip
    calvin yip

    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

    She’s very beautiful. ♥️

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

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

    • avaphynx

      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


  • Korean Idol
    Korean Idol

    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

    • Hmm Neb
      Hmm Neb

      Yeah I did.

  • Indarwista Baragigiratri
    Indarwista Baragigiratri

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

  • kyanise kail delmonte
    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. KOREAN STANDARD OF BEAUTY IS INSANE! 😱 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. 😕


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


    she is so sweet

  • Delving Deeper
    Delving Deeper

    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

    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

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

  • Stefanie Phang
    Stefanie Phang

    She's beautiful 💕💕

  • Haku S
    Haku S

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

  • Wonder Woman Heart
    Wonder Woman Heart

    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

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

    • Hmm Neb
      Hmm Neb

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

    • Kurdiyan Wcc
      Kurdiyan Wcc

      I. Am asian

  • Sarah, just Sarah
    Sarah, just Sarah

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

  • CommonCatPie

    I love her so much. Shes so raw.

  • Noc Noc
    Noc Noc

    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

    thank god for uniform languages

  • Aldrich Fung
    Aldrich Fung

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

  • Raven L. Twilight
    Raven L. Twilight

    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

    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

      Lol I like the last part

  • Alex Hur
    Alex Hur

    She's proud but humble. Me likes.

  • Cara Krug
    Cara Krug

    Not only is Soo extremely lovely, but very intelligent and caring. Hope she does well and uses the platform for what she stands for.

  • Maricruz Miranda
    Maricruz Miranda

    Para Pené

  • rose x
    rose x

    And here iam sitting on my laptop broke 13 and 62kg lmao i eat like hell-

  • Onizuka Sorimachi
    Onizuka Sorimachi

    Plastic surgery? Nah miss Korea or miss fake Korea?

  • adiba ayop
    adiba ayop

    she is fat, ugly & undeserved of the title.. said plus size, fat , ugly, jealous people

  • sayantika das
    sayantika das

    Koreans dont know WHO standard!

  • roxy lib
    roxy lib

    LOL I love her xx

  • Basla Butt
    Basla Butt

    If she is considered fat then i am a hippopotamus >.

  • Ronald  Schmal
    Ronald Schmal

    She won because she looks healthy. If I'm not mistaken 130lbs is around what medical science says is the ideal weight for her height. She has the curves where she's supposed to, and the slimness where she's supposed to. Couple that with her having goals higher than the pageant, and a humble attitude, and you have a very beautiful person all around. The media focuses too much on weight, and not the actual health reason you should have when dieting and exercising.

  • Sruthi why
    Sruthi why

    Why is her laugh like JUNGKOOK's laugh omg

  • pritom saikia
    pritom saikia

    Fat shaming? What is wrong with the world?

  • B V
    B V

    She has an amazing personality ❤😍

  • Omara Oliver
    Omara Oliver

    She uses *like* too much for a non native english speaker Funny how trends and tags are picked up

    • Arianne Lee
      Arianne Lee

      isn't it like normal?

  • AdmiralDankBar

    Yo she looks lit

  • warning_fragile_ babydoll
    warning_fragile_ babydoll

    Bulimia is probably the reason for the bathroom rule