Everything You Need To Know About African-Korean Model Han Hyun-min: Full Profile, Family, And Latest News!

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Find Out More About The Humble Korean Fashion Model Han Hyun Min

Han Hyun-min stands out among other young Korean models. His appearance, dark skin, and curly hair might earn him vicious stares from older Koreans and discriminate him from receiving modeling opportunities. However, recently, he stands out for a good reason. He captures the attention of variety show audiences with his funny character and humble persona.

Growing up as someone that was different from other kids of his age, he suffered from mocking and scorn by young and adult Koreans. His mother was always supportive and encouraged him to face the hardships. He found comfort growing up in Itaewon, an area in Seoul packed with foreigners and bi-racial children.

Han Hyun-min was recruited as a fashion model at the early age of sixteen. He finally found his escape and excelled as a fashion model. By becoming a model, he gained confidence and enjoyed being the center of attention. As a dark skin model, he was discriminated against for his appearance but he struggled and made a way for himself to succeed in modeling. Nowadays, he appears in many variety shows and proudly shows his unique look. He aims to be a humble role model for other multicultural kids in Korea. In this article, Channel Korea will talk about Han Hyun-min. So stay tuned and keep scrolling down.

Full Profile of Han Hyun-min

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Name: Han Hyun-Min

Date of Birth: May 19th, 2001

Place of Birth: Seoul, Korea

Height: 189 cm

Religion: Protestant

Management: SF Entertainment

Zodiac: Taurus

Chinese Zodiac: The Year of the Snake

Instagram: h_h_m0519

Facts

  • His hobbies are playing soccer, basketball, baseball, and games
  • He prefers Korean black-bean-sauce noodles compared to seafood noodles
  • Han Hyun-min and his family live in Itaewon
  • He is a fan of the Korean baseball team Hanhwa Eagles
  • His professional model name is simply “Han”
  • His mother came from Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province
  • His father came to seek asylum in Korea
  • He was included in Time’s 30 Most Important Teens of 2017

Career

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Han Hyun-min debuted at the 2016 Seoul Fashion Week, modeling Heich Es Heich in a green suit and deep purplish-red haircut. His appearance stood out from other models.

During his middle school days, he visited the PC Room frequently and became friends with one of the employees. His friend said that his uncle who runs a clothing shop was looking for a model. His friend showed Han Hyun-min’s picture to his uncle. His uncle asked for Han Hyun’s min contact number and they took pictures of Han Hyun-min wearing his clothes. A modeling agency found out his pictures on Instagram and contacted him. They met in a coffee shop in Itaewon and he was cast for a model on the spot. The modeling agency sought him as soon as they saw his walk.

Regarding his casting process and early career as a fashion model, Han Hyun-min recalled that he taught himself by watching YouTube videos on how to stride like a fashion model. He felt privileged because other models went through hardships and rigorous training while he earned a contract from a sudden casting.

In his early career as a fashion model, people assumed him as a foreign model. Another foreign model tried to speak to him in English but he barely speaks English at all. Several fashion brands and designers refused to sign him because of his skin color. He was determined to succeed and discrimination couldn’t break his heart.

Filmography

Television Series

Year Title Role Network Notes
2018 Tale of Fairy Ethiopian exchange fairy

tvN

Cameo, episode 16
2019 Hip Hop King – Nassna Street

SBS

 

Variety Shows

Year

Title

Role

2019

Law of the Jungle in Chuuk Lagoon

Guest

2019

SKY Muscle

(Ep. 2, 4) Main Host

2018

My English Puberty Season 2

Himself Guest

2018

Cool Kids

[Ep.1-6 Representative of “these day’s kids”] Regular Member

2018

South Korean Foreigners

(Ep. 1-) Regular Member

2018

Amazing Saturday

(Ep. 16) Guest

2018

For The First Time In My Life

Main Host

2018

I Can See Your Voice: Season 5

[Tone-deaf Detective] (Ep. 1) Guest

2018

My English Puberty

Regular Member

2018

Wizard of Nowhere

(Regular 22–25) Guest

2018

Let’s Eat Dinner Together

(Ep.76) Guest

2018

Knowing Bros

(Ep.112) Guest

2018

King of Mask Singer

Contestant (Ep.143-144) Guest

2018

My Neighbor, Charles

Panelist(Ep. 154) Guest

2018

The Return of Superman

(Ep. 211) Guest

2018

Happy Together: Season 3

(Ep. 533) Guest

2019

Radio Star

(Ep.549) Guest

2019

M Countdown

[2019-present] Main Host

 

Radio

Year

Station

Title

Notes

2017 EBS FM Multicultural Music Travel

Guest

MBC FM4U

2 PM Date

Guest

2018 SBS LoveFM Old School Kim Chang-ryeol

Guest

Power Time Choi Hwa-jeong

Guest

Cult Two SHow

Guest

MBC FM4U

Music Pary

Guest

2019 SBS Power FM Cult Two Show Monday Corner Guest

 

Music Videos

Year

Artist

Title

2017

STi

We Click

2017

BoA

CAMO

2018

Kim Bum-soo

I Love You

 

Parents And Family

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Han Hyun-min was born to a Korean mother, Han Hye-jin and a Nigerian father, Awetairus in 2001. His father used to work as an export trader and changed his job to an English teacher. Han Hyung-min is the oldest son of the family. He has three younger brothers and two younger sisters.

Koreans often mistake Han Hyun-min as a foreigner because of his appearance. However, he is a genuine Korean citizen by birth and has only Korean nationality since his mother decided not to register his birth in the Nigerian embassy. His family never gave him an English or a Nigerian name.

In KBS2’s Happy Together, he revealed that he was an only son for nine years. Feeling lonely and having no one to play with, he asked his mother for a younger brother or sister. She gave birth to Jude Han, Sheila Han, Amy Han, Amos Han, and the youngest.

He was extremely happy with his younger brothers and sister. The youngest one shares the same birthday as Han Hyung Min.

Since he is a high school student, his parents manage all of his money and contracts. He said that his mother’s behavior toward him changed drastically after signing a contract as a professional model. She used to shout his name out loud but nowadays she calls him softly. They used to have soup and one side dish on the dinner table but recently his mother prepares so much food for the family members.

In MBC’s Radiostar, he explained a lot of misleading information about his family. He said that his father came to seek asylum in Korea. His Nigerian father speaks English while his mother speaks Korean. His mother translated his father’s words in Korean for Han Hyun-min and his brothers and sisters. It is the main reason he can’t speak English at all.

Due to his mother’s impatient character, she felt troublesome registering for dual citizenship and chose to register Han Hyung-min with only a Korean nationality.