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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  • Ryiel
    Ryiel Day ago

    She's gorgeous 🥰😍😘🤗

  • Gabriel Bulhões

    Higher than 50kg considered chubby



    I don't even want to know what's considered skinny

  • Joshua Lee
    Joshua Lee Day ago +1

    did you participate???? to fight for feminism??? What is the purpose of this woman??? What is the purpose of this channel??? With over 1million subscribers, are you trying the social divider tactics internationally????? Why dont you do a segment on korean police departments double standard for female poilice officers.......

  • Christina Ph
    Christina Ph Day ago

    She's beautiful inside out omg!

  • Sue Y
    Sue Y Day ago

    This hits pretty hard in my feelings. She felt all sorts of things within that short period of time during the beauty pageant. Imagine how Korean women would feel day to day about themselves living in such horribly judgemental (particularly a lot more strict on WOMEN) and superficial environment.

  • Patson Lim
    Patson Lim Day ago

    --------14 -----4 i can guarantee you that you will be fired and this time not coming back

  • Thornback
    Thornback Day ago

    She has an absolutely healthy BMI. The Asian look police is really gone off the rails.

  • Charles Dahl
    Charles Dahl Day ago

    She's simply stunning. Why would they prefer anorexic contestants as a standard?

  • Paulina Legut
    Paulina Legut Day ago

    Omg she got me so quickly. I'm so in love with her attitude, sensitivity and how polite she is. You deserve this title, sweetheart!

  • Amelie
    Amelie Day ago

    She's so pretty and genuinely kind. She should be a true role model, changing the future Korean beauty standards.

  • Root Laksa
    Root Laksa Day ago

    Yes girl

  • LaLaLa130878
    LaLaLa130878 Day ago

    If you are considered fat in korea, you can come and be my girl any day!

  • krisitne mayor
    krisitne mayor Day ago

    She is Confident, Relaxed and Smart!!!!

  • Xenia
    Xenia Day ago

    Imagine a 185 cm woman that weighs 50 kg called fat...Can´t relate

  • Pierce d
    Pierce d Day ago

    Wow you are so beautiful and so cool Miss Soo Min Kim !!!! You don't gotta change a thing and most girls wish they were more like you!!!!!

  • jiji
    jiji Day ago

    I'm glad she is very adamant about speaking up for what defines being seen as beautiful but at the same time, in majority of other countries in the world she'd be considered extremely beautiful and skinny so she's not really redefining anything.

  • Christina Chaitom

    Her kind and honest personality deserved and won the crown..

  • Um Hi ?
    Um Hi ? Day ago

    All the other girls were laughing at her, making fun of her, acting like they were going to win; little did they know they were laughing at their next Miss Korea 2018.
    Someone as pure hearted and humbling as her deserves the title and I’m glad she won, not the others.

  • Meemansa Bartwal

    By the way...u r sooo beautiful..
    Nd thak God I am not a KOREAN....

  • Poulomi Hari
    Poulomi Hari 2 days ago

    Oh my God she is the most beautiful Korean woman I have ever seen. Such gorgeous smile, such sweet voice... her eyes shine up like stars. She is healthy. Not stick-thin plastic like other korean plastic models. Shame on Korean society for calling her ugly. They are already proving her 100 times more beautiful than the entire Korean society.

  • Tenzin Dechen
    Tenzin Dechen 2 days ago

    There is something in her that she is chosen as Miss Korea. Keep it up👍

  • Fisher Peace
    Fisher Peace 2 days ago

    She speaks English so well and was educated in the States, so I do not think she should be Miss Korea, because she does not represent the culture and character of Korean women. I do hope every woman in the world could have the opportunity to be exposed to the idea to embrace who they are, and do what they want to do, go make their own name and change the world etc.

    • Fisher Peace
      Fisher Peace Day ago

      +Jana She is not a typical Korean woman, although her nationality might be Korea. These kind of people are called banana metaphorically, because they look yellow (East Asian) from outside, but white inside (way of thinking, education etc). I like her, but she is not a representative Korea woman. By the way, I don't think you have the right to deny my rights to say "stupid things" before you really understand what I mean.

    • Jana
      Jana Day ago

      What the hell? She's Korean, so ofc she deserves it! I don't think you have the right to say stupid things like that!

  • Maria Maria
    Maria Maria 2 days ago

    It needs to change... they are underweight.

  • Tanya Tan
    Tanya Tan 2 days ago

    She is very educated! And smart

  • mochamie
    mochamie 2 days ago

    Thank God all the pageant judges not as crazy and as stupid as knetz 😐
    I'm 148cm weighs 56 kgs... I believe I'd be considered as a pig in Korea 🤔

  • Christina Moon
    Christina Moon 2 days ago

    This is a good lesson to us as people who use the internet. These people have parents who probably read the comments, so not only are you being unfairly cruel to a stranger but cruel to their family. She's very honest and I am glad she won so I could hear her truth about living in such a misogynistic culture and how we can be more mindful in our judgements.

  • Jess
    Jess 2 days ago

    This was the most relaxing and natural interview! Amazing! Absolutely the best person to win!

  • Marceline Abadeer
    Marceline Abadeer 2 days ago

    she's so sweet and down to earth what's wrong with people.

  • Judith 0204
    Judith 0204 2 days ago

    over 50kg wow thats strict that means im chubby 😑

  • Tabby Kitty
    Tabby Kitty 2 days ago

    she is really pretty and prefect

  • Littleladyseraphine
    Littleladyseraphine 2 days ago

    Koreans can be hella toxic.

  • Sand Shrew
    Sand Shrew 2 days ago

    Is she going to join Miss Universe 2019?

  • Sasmita Bangera
    Sasmita Bangera 2 days ago

    How can people in Korea be so mean,to say her so much,only on basis of looks.

  • Xiu Vu
    Xiu Vu 2 days ago

    She is amazing

  • amtusyaafi
    amtusyaafi 2 days ago

    she's beauty inside out :)

  • messi slays
    messi slays 2 days ago

    Being only pretty is not enough for winning peageant ..most importantly you need to have brain like her lol 😂 Koreans are really weird in terms of beauty standards 😹😹

  • Nyl Mabini
    Nyl Mabini 2 days ago

    5o kg considered as chubby? okay I'm not going there anymore HAAHHHAHA.

  • Ladie Ballesteros
    Ladie Ballesteros 2 days ago

    She speaks with elegance..Her English speaking skill is superb...She is beautiful...She is slim...definitely not fat....She is the change Korea is waiting for when it comes to beauty standard...BEAUTY AND BRAIN.

  • Matthew Jan Luna
    Matthew Jan Luna 2 days ago

    I like how she put opinions in every questions that is being thrown and how she shares her thoughts clearly, a lot of people being discriminate because of their weight and I also felt that as a teenager in high school, I wish that she will use her platform to redefine to change the standard beauty not only on korea but also to the world that is waiting for the change.
    Hey Miss Korea you deserve to represent your country because of your strong will and dedication to put up something to the public❤️

  • olivia
    olivia 2 days ago

    i'm the same height and i weigh like 64kgs lol and i'm healthy so i don't know what they're all on about... she's beautiful!!

  • D. Graze
    D. Graze 2 days ago

    korean netizen behavior are linked to the level of stress.
    they are doing a rude things just to pent their stress over their daily lives.
    i think if korea didn't want to lose more and more people in personal perspective. they need to reduce stress level first, because this is not about telling netizen to do not wrote bad things.
    and for person who get bad word from internet, they need to remember that, those people are the bad people, as long as you can do what you suppose to do well, those bad netizen shouldn't have affecting you're mental.
    i always gratefull, that my country has a less stress level, and being religious country are really makes people have better perspective.

  • Shakshi Gautam
    Shakshi Gautam 2 days ago

    If she is fat i'm an elephant 😂

  • Kate Versoza
    Kate Versoza 2 days ago

    i can’t go to korea then they’ll think i’m a monster

  • Syera i
    Syera i 2 days ago

    she is not fat at all. come on lah netizens !!! she is pretty inside and outside

  • Bubbly Boo
    Bubbly Boo 2 days ago

    Without you realized beauty industry like other industry are scary....they can change our beauty standard for their own profit... beautiful men and women that we see on the magazine or drama are not real, they're not like that in real life.....for me this girl is more than beautiful to represent korean women....we all know for sure, not all korean women are Song Hye-kyo or Kim Tae-hee....so seriously.....

  • Kusum Indoria
    Kusum Indoria 2 days ago +3

    I was like scrolling down the comments and liking every other comment that said they cried while watching this because I cried too.

  • FocusFanatic
    FocusFanatic 2 days ago

    The funny thing is I don't consider south Koreans to be particularly pretty

  • Elizabeth Ra
    Elizabeth Ra 2 days ago

    What they call thicc in the US is overweight in Korea. Sad to see that everyone shames each other when we should all be unified as a country. And to allow little girls hope and dream to be thin and unhealthily underweight is disgusting. I've been fortunate to live in the states but to see how my people really treat each other just because of size and weight is really truly saddening.

  • Mia
    Mia 3 days ago

    so sweet and gentle like a fairytale princess I'm actually in love with her omg. her kindness and humanity is amazing. you see all these beauty pageant winners with 0 brains and 0 soul and here she is so beautifully inspiring. I really love her story and I feel like I really connect with her. she's just so human and down to earth ugh god she's amazing

  • Hazel Cohen
    Hazel Cohen 3 days ago

    They are adults no candy and not going to the bathroom alone? I get some may be bulimic or on drugs what really won’t be any surprise being underweight and anorexic is somewhat ideal but still the level of controlling is just weird

  • aminini
    aminini 3 days ago

    I weight 52kg 5'5 and it's pretty uncommon for me not to be the skinniest of a group or my immediate surrounding. I'm north american. That is crazy.

  • grdn rs
    grdn rs 3 days ago

    If people wanted to judge Miss Korea solely based on looks then there wouldn’t be a questionnaire segment to showcase the women’s personality and intellect. I think she’s got a very great personality and she’s pretty. If Koreans want to just have a competition based on looks they have that ulzzang competition for that. I think it’s really nasty people are shaming her body when she’s healthy and happy.

  • Johnny DeCastro
    Johnny DeCastro 3 days ago

    Meanwhile in America you have people fighting to make "sphere" a body type

  • Tatin Minam
    Tatin Minam 3 days ago

    Those who think she is overweight are the fools.

  • 대인박
    대인박 3 days ago +1

    '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 3 days ago +2

    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 3 days ago

    So beautiful and smart

  • Itsna Yuni Hidayati
    Itsna Yuni Hidayati 3 days 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 3 days ago

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

  • Peter Strider
    Peter Strider 3 days ago +1

    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 3 days ago

    I kinda ship them.

  • yang pasti bukan kimihime

    her english is so good or is this a dub

  • uwuseokie
    uwuseokie 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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
    VIZUAL ASSASSIN 3 days ago +1

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

  • KelvinCrLin
    KelvinCrLin 3 days ago

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

  • Naoki
    Naoki 3 days ago

    173 cm with 58kg ?? THATS NORMAL KOREA.

  • ay lin
    ay lin 3 days ago

    Koreans should give away all the foods to Syria then

  • Hashnavi Rajan
    Hashnavi Rajan 4 days ago +5

    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 4 days 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 4 days ago +1

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

  • Aldo Sherman
    Aldo Sherman 4 days 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
    AOGIRI 4 days ago +1

    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
    Haneul Basumatary 4 days ago +1

    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 4 days 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 4 days ago

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

    • Matt Jennings
      Matt Jennings 4 days ago

      and where do you hail from?

  • I V
    I V 5 days 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 5 days ago +1

    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 5 days ago

    She is gorgeous

  • RichyB 7777
    RichyB 7777 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days ago

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

  • love yixing
    love yixing 5 days 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 5 days 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 5 days ago +1

    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 5 days 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 5 days ago

    huh? fat?

  • Shubham Verma
    Shubham Verma 5 days ago +1

    But why she is not became ms world

  • Siti Nurfamiza
    Siti Nurfamiza 5 days ago

    Her english accent..so good

  • ayeitsisabelle
    ayeitsisabelle 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 days ago +5

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

  • Chee Xiong
    Chee Xiong 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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! 🥳