From the first to receive love calls from high-end brands, the first to win a specific title, or the first to appear on the front page, let’s take a look at the first Koreans to achieve these milestones in the global fashion industry.
1. Jeong Ho-yeon
Jeong Ho-yeon recently became the first Korean to cover American Vogue in February.
As a result, Jung Ho-yeon became the first Korean to decorate the front cover as a solo in the 130-year history of Vogue in the U.S.
“After “Squid Game”, in a month, everything in my life changed!” – Jung said in an interview with the American Vogue.
Jeong Ho-yeon is also the first Louis Vuitton global ambassador of Korea.
A recently released photoshoot with a Louis Vuitton twist bag shows Jung Ho-yeon’s charisma to the fullest.
Jung Ho-yeon walked for the opening at the Louis Vuitton FW 2022/2023 Fashion Show in Paris, France!
This is also a first for a Korean.
She appeared with a unique look and overwhelmed the runway in Paris with her charismatic walking.
2. Han So-hee
Han So-hee was recently selected as the Ambassador for Balenciaga.
Han So-hee is the first Korean to become an ambassador for Balenciaga.
3. Lee Hye-jeong
Lee Hye-jung is the first Korean model on a Dior show.
She is also famous as the muse of Christian Dior’s former chief designer John Galliano.
“I was tired during the audition, so I walked diagonally. I thought I would fail, but I got a call that I had passed the audition. I got goosebumps and cried. Whenever Galliano met me, he always took care of me a lot.”
4. Bae Doo-na
Bae Doo-na is the first Korean star to sign an exclusive contract with Louis Vuitton.
Designer Nicola Jeskier and Bae Doo-na even show off their strong relationship beyond just something between a designer and their muse.
In 2019, she became the first Korean to decorate the Vogue cover.
Although she didn’t appear alone, she was the first Korean to appear in 127 years of history of the fashion magazine. She still drew attention by standing shoulder to shoulder with Scarlett Johansson and Deepika Padukone.
5. Choi So-ra
Top model Choi So-ra, after winning the 2012 On Style “Challenge! Super Model Korea Season 3”, she has always been called a world-class top model with all the “first” titles.
She has established her international reputation by working for Dior, Burberry, Potts 1961, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, Boss, Prada, Louis Vuitton, COS, and Salvatore Peregamo Campaign.
She was the first Asian model to appear on the main show of Calvin Klein, and the first Korean to appear in an advertisement for the Coach 2016 S/S campaign.
She was also the first Korean to become an Omega advertising model.
In 2019, she was ranked No. 1 as the model with the most shows in the world by taking a total of 89 collection stages.
6. Han Hye-jin
Han Hye-jin made her debut at the age of 17 in 1997 and became the first Korean to appear at four major fashion shows in the world: New York, Paris, Milan and London.
She was the first Korean model to appear in the Milan collection Gucci Show in 2006 and the first Korean finale model in the F/W New York collection Anna Sui Show in 2007.
7. Hye Park
Hye Park is also a world-class top model who has won several “first” titles.
She was the first Asian to walk the Balmain 2011 F/W Fashion Show.
In addition, she also stood on the stage of Isabel Marant fashion show, and was the first Asian to appear in Vogue magazine in the United States and Italy.
She also appears as a model for Chanel and Prada, which had never used Asians as its models.