12 Jul 2017

ENT NEWS: Nigerian Becomes South Korea's first black model


A Korean Born Nigerian becomes South Korea's very first Black model. He was found on Instagram by a modelling agency who then immediately set up an interview with Han Hyun-Min.
Teenage male model Han Hyun-Min's long legs and powerful strut have made him a rising star on South Korean catwalks, but his agent knew there would be a problem in the ethnically homogenous country: he is half black.

Han, 16, has a Nigerian father in a society where racial discrimination is widespread and people of mixed race are commonly referred to as "mongrels".


"A dark-skinned fashion model like Han was unheard of in South Korea, so recruiting him was a big gamble," said agent Youn Bum.

Now Han is posing for top glossy magazines as the country's first black fashion model.


South Korea has for years sought to foster the image of a modern, sophisticated and tech-savvy nation whose pop culture has made waves across Asia.

But behind the facade of an economic and cultural powerhouse lies a deeply-rooted racism -- even as its immigrant population creeps up, doubling over the last decade but still only four percent of the population.

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