|The 2019 Miss Korea winner Kim Sae-yeon, center, poses with the runners up during the pageant held in the Grand Peace Hall at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Thursday. From left are Lee Da-hyun, Lee Hye-ju, Shin Yoon-ah, Kim, Woo Hee-jun, Lee Ha-nuey and Shin Hye-ji. Korea Times photo by Hong In-kee|
By Lee Han-na
The six runners-up were: Shin Yoon-ah, 22, from Seoul; Lee Hye-ju, 21, from Daegu; Shin Hye-ji, 23, from Seoul; Woo Hee-jun, 25, from Busan and Ulsan; Lee Da-hyun, 22, from Seoul; and Lee Ha-nuey, 23, from Daegu.
The 63rd Miss Korea contest, with 32 candidates, was broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook. The judging panel consisted of experts in the areas of fashion, music and entertainment, joined by actresses and former Miss Koreas.
The pageant kicked off with regional preliminaries on April 15. The 49 finalists were reduced to 32 after the first elimination interview to test the knowledge and awareness on various social and gender issues present within the country.
The candidates presented performances. Divided into three groups, they expressed their talent through modern, traditional and funk style dances.
The Miss Korea Nokwon Charity Committee, comprised of former winners also performed.
Candidates sang "Mother to Daughter" afterward, with special video messages from their mothers, while recalling their efforts during a month-long training camp.
The Hankook Ilbo E&B will manage the careers of the winner and the runners up for the next two years.