History In The Making! Han Hyun Min Is The First Korean-African Model
Meet the 16-year-old male model that’s transcending the Korean fashion scene, Han Hyun Min.
Min is the first dark-skinned talent to ever walk the local catwalks. According to DramaFever, Min’s mother is Korean and his father is Nigerian. Though his looks distinguish him from fellow models, Min was raised in South Korea and only speaks Korean.
In his modeling gigs, Min confidently shows off his unique appearance and exudes pride of his heritage on catwalks and photo shoots.
“My Strength lies in my different look from others,” the young model said to The Korea Times.
The model hopes his features and 6 feet 2.5 inches will continue to set him apart as he aims to make it into the international fashion world. So far he’s appeared in 11 fashion shows, including the most recent Fashion Week, exposing Min to international modeling scouts and designers.
While deserving of the attention, Min’s rise to one of Korea’s top male models was not easy. In a culture where celebrities have an obsession with hair, whiter complexions, Min faced much discrimination. He also spoke about times when designers told him his skin color wasn’t appropriate for them and he was spoken to in English despite people knowing he speaks Korean.
In spite of those bumps in road, Min continues to push forward with his career and inspire everyone who doesn’t fit into the social norms.