Saturday, July 21, 2012

KOREA | 2012 Meet the Misses e.46 - Miss World Korea 2012

The Republic of Korea is a sovereign state in East Asia, located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula. It is neighbored by the People's Republic of China to the west, Japan to the east, North Korea to the north, and the East China Sea to the south. Its territory covers a total area of 99,392 square kilometers and has a population of almost 50 million. The capital and largest city is Seoul. Korea can be divided into four general regions: an eastern region of high mountain ranges and narrow coastal plains; a western region of broad coastal plains, river basins, and rolling hills; a southwestern region of mountains and valleys; and a southeastern region dominated by the broad basin of the Nakdong River. Korea's terrain is mostly mountainous with lowlands, located primarily in the west and southeast. About three thousand islands, mostly small and uninhabited, lie off the western and southern coasts of Korea. Jeju-do is located about 100 kilometers off the southern coast and it is the country's largest island. Korea shares its traditional culture with its northern neighbor, but the two Koreas have developed distinct contemporary forms of culture since the peninsula was divided in 1945. Korean traditional architecture is characterized by its harmony with nature. Ancient architects adopted the bracket system that is characterized by thatched roofs and heated floors. People of the upper classes built bigger houses with elegantly curved tiled roofs with lifting eaves. Traditional architecture can be seen in the palaces and temples, preserved old houses called hanok and special sites like Hahoe Folk Village, Yangdong Village of Gyeongju and Korean Folk Village. Traditional architecture may also be seen at the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Korea. Sung Min Kim is Korea's representative in Miss World 2012 in Ordos.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Sung Min Kim, Miss World Korea 2012, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself, your country and your hometown. 
My name is Sung Min Kim. I'm a student of university majoring in Korean dance and art management. I'm a very active and passionate person.
Korea is my country and I feel very proud of it. Korea is a dynamic, modern, vibrant and beautiful country.
We have hosted the Olympic Games and the World Cup. Now we are looking forward to hosting the Winter Olympics in 2018.

2. What are your plans for the future? 
I went to be a Korean dancing master in the future.

3. What are you most proud of? 
I am most proud of  my family and the goals I have achieved.

4. Which activities make you lose track of time? 
I enjoy skating and playing the Korean musical instrument called the Kayagum.

5. If somebody was describing your personality what would they say? 
Honest, passionate and a active person.

6. Have you done anything memorable lately?
I represented Korea as a member a female dancing group.

7. Which is worse, failing or never trying? Why?
Never trying is definitely worse! Failing is not so bad because you always learn something.

8. If you could teach anyone anything, what would that be?
I would teach Korean dance because I want to be a Korean dancing master in the future.  

9. How do you define beauty? How will you prepare for Miss World to achieve your vision of beauty?
I believe all Miss World should possess compassion for the underprivileged, a warm heart, confidence and good will, and always carry a smile wherever they go. Those are qualities that define beauty and I am preparing myself to be a example of that.

10. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
I am honored to be a representative of my country Korea.
I think to be a representative of Miss World is a great opportunity to meet a lot of new friends.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my country and myself.

and finally...
Personal Motto: "We cam only learn to love by loving"
Favorite Food: Kimchi stew (Korean soup)
Favorite Color: pink, white 
Favorite Song:  Damien Rice-The Blower's Daughter
Favorite Movie: Closer
Favorite Book:  Harry Potter
Favorite Singer/Band:  Rain, Coldplay
Favorite Actor/Actress: Natalie Portman 

Jenny Park, National Director of Miss World in Korea
Sung Min KimMiss World Korea 2012

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