Describe your childhood growing years:
Ever since I was young, I had so much interest on Korean traditional culture, so I learned Korean traditional instrument called Gayageum. I even participated in a competition to get myself familiar with the culture. However, the traditional music was not the only thing that I was interested in. I was also interested in K-POP. I was a girl who wanted to be one of them by trying to act like K-POP stars and wearing their clothes and accessories.
What lessons did you learn from your childhood?
From my younger year, I did a lot of volunteers for disabled children with my dad. Most of the kids in my age were usually bullying the disabled children, but I was not the one of them. For the first time I went there, I felt a little of odd and awkward since I really didn’t have any chance to see them as I grow up. However, the feelings were gone as I continued to volunteer and I realized that their disability is not an inability.
Any special facts or story about your family?
When my dad cooks for me, he often uses ingredients that I can’t imagine the taste of their combination. However, when I try his finished food, all the ingredients are harmonized together and produce indescribable taste.
What is the most unusual thing you have ever done?
I have an experience that I participated in carrying the briquettes. A lot of poor people use the briquettes instead of gas or oil to save up the money, but the thing is unfortunately, people who need the briquettes usually live in places that cars cannot go in, so it is really hard for them to get delivery. So, for those of people who need help for delivery, many of the college students volunteer to carry the heavy briquettes to people’s house. They even donate briquettes for people who don’t have money to buy it. It was very good and memorable experience even though it was tiring.
What is your most memorable moment?
I am proud myself that I participated in Korea’s number one beauty competition, Miss Korea. I remembered when I registered for Miss Korea, from the start of the competition, and all the progresses that I made. Especially, what I remember the most is when I was living with other people who attended this competition. Through this chance, living with other people, I could make a lot of friends, and we were went through the hardship together and made a lot of memory. It was hard time, but at the same time it was meaningful.
What is your environmental advocacy and why did you choose this?
Ah-Na-Ba-Da, it is really similar with the 3R’s from Miss Earth which are reduce, reuse, and recycle. Ah represents conserving, Na represents sharing, Ba represents exchanging, and Da represents reusing. It is a campaign that all Koreans do together. As we started this campaign, we became the country that recycle most around the world.
What can you promote about your country?
Korea is a land of beauty with many wonderful and breathtaking sights such as technologically advanced cities and historic monuments. Also, Korea is known for delicious and unique cultural cuisine such as bibimbap and bulgogi, as well as its beautiful traditional outfit, hanbok.
What trivia about yourself would like to share?
I always do my best when the work begins. For instance, when I was in high school, I was involved in club and we got a chance to pick up the trash outside of the school for volunteering. I started as just a member, but as I continued, I was the one who lead the crew to the protection of environment campaign. I hope that all my experience and my personality may help to let people know about the environmental issues as a Miss Earth Korea.