As much as the world has evolved, racism is still a reoccurring factor that still exists in most industries and Nigerian-Korean, Han Hyun-min, had to fight enough of it to climb the ladder to the zenith of Korea’s modelling industry.
The 16-year old, who has a Nigerian father and a Korean mother, has been unfazed in the face of discrimination and racist let-downs in a country where his black skin has stood him out of a generally fair population.
‘My strength lies in my different look from others,’ Han said in an interview with The Korea Times.
‘I look different from my outer appearance and I have a different skin colour, which I find the best. I was a super skinny boy standing 184 centimeters tall and weighing 56 kilograms last year. My friends called me anchovy.’
Standing 189 centimeters tall, Han definitely stands tall and proud,as he has featured in 11 fashion shows in the most recent Fashion Week.
Surprisingly, Han may have a Nigerian father, but he only speaks Korean, which makes him more Korean than many conceive about him.
Han also revealed that there have been times he has been told by designers that his skin colour is not suitable for them, as well as being constantly spoken to in English despite people knowing that he is Korean.
The young model who chooses to be called only by his name Han Hyun-min nurses the dream to go international with his modelling career, but has his eyes set on Japan at the moment following a recent photoshoot he had for GQ Japan.