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Korean Makes Fashion Storm!

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A Korean is blazing a trail for Asians in a world normally closed to them: haute couture modeling. Kim Young-kwang made his debut around two years ago. Already he has modeled for Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Etro at the Milan Collection, one of the world¡¯s four major fashion shows. He is the first male Korean model to appear at one of the four major fashion shows, although there are some Korean women.

Kim¡¯s eye-catching well-proportioned physique, with its long arms and legs, makes it understandable that Andrea Monti, editor of fashion magazine GQ, praised him saying he has a perfect figure like a North European, and a face and eyes that appeal to Europeans. Standing 187 cm tall and weighing 70 kg, he says, ¡°I grew some 30 cm during high school days. That¡¯s when I thought about being a model.¡± He adds he needed to earn money to support his poor family from middle school. His father, a veteran of the Vietnam War, was recognized for his meritorious service for the nation, but suffered from an Agent Orange-related disease before dying when Young-kwang was in elementary school.

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