I don't know if it's good or bad that she doesn't look very quote-unquote Korean. Since I'm not a 19-year-old Korean-American on AsiaFinest.com or a North Korea public official I won't get bent out of shape about that, but I just remember the comments made by North Korean dancer Lee Myong-ae after meeting Lee Hyori in 2005, as quoted in the Chosun Ilbo:
In an interview with a local broadcaster at the scene of the shoot, Cho thanked her fans, saying she knew she had many in South Korea as well. However, the dancer toed her country’s party line on cultural and racial purity by saying Lee was “beautiful, but with her dyed hair and everything, she doesn't look like a Korean woman."
Um . . .
Hmm, if there's one thing North and South Korea can both agree on, its the importance and joys of racial purity. But with international marriages taking place today with increasing frequency, with more biracial children being born, and, hell, with Korea's long yet unacknowledged history of genetic mixing, I think people should warm to the idea that "looks Korean" can mean many things.
If you're interested you can browse loads of other photo galleries on the official Miss Korea site. It's kind of weird because if the women weren't wearing sashes that say "2008" on them I'd have guessed the photos were taken in 1994. Or 1974. LOL at this one . . . don't tell me they had a sexy dance competition at the prestigious Miss Korea contest. Incidentally, you can browse photo galleries of past Miss Korea pageants, all the way back to 1959, here. The gallery from 1957 just contains two pictures of posters, like this: