Yoon En-hye on Running Man and Other Variety Appearances
As mentioned before, Yoon Eun-hye is not only a genius on the silver screen but is also known for her variety skills. This is due to the fact that she has appeared on multiple shows during her time with Baby V.O.X and as an actress. The show that earned her the title of variety queen, X-Man, was where she also developed her very famous love line with singer Kim Jong-kook.
During her time at X-Man, the two had a lot of chemistry during games while picking teams and performing stunts such as Kim Jong-kook serenading her to gain her attention. This led to speculations by viewers that the two were, in fact, dating in real life, and their chemistry was not only for the show. This worsened throughout the years with other cast members repeatedly referring to the two on other shows such as Star Golden Bell and Running Man.
The cast of Running Man has many of the cast members from the X-Man series. Thus, they are well acquainted with each other and those two. There have been numerous times where the members alluded to Kim Jong-kook forging love ties with other guests as cheating on Yoon Eun-hye. Not only that, Kim Jong-kook went as far as to try to invite her on the show multiple times, yet to this day, there has not been an episode where she has guested.
This action and continual reference of the couple have made it popular within the Running Man fandom, yet also is viewed by some as being very over-the-top and could cause discomfort on Yoon Eun-hye’s part. Kim Jong-kook has time and time again clarified that those remarks are only meant as a joke and are just for the show, even going as far as apologizing if his actions have caused Yoon Eun-hye discomfort. Yoon Eun-hye responded with a statement that said he does not need to apologize, and she knows it is all just for gags and giggles.
Yoon Eun-hye’s Diet
During her transformation from a cutesy, girly idol to the mature and sophisticated actress that she is now, Yoon Eun-hye lost around 4 kg in total over a short period of time. Her initial weight of 54 kg dropped to 48 kg in an instant as a result of her rigorous diet and exercise. Due to her diligent and hard-working self, she managed to drop all that weight to transform to her vision of the ideal self.
As seen above, most of the weight she lost can be seen right around her face where there used to be baby fat framing her cheeks and jaws. This has now become a chiseled and contoured face shape. Not only that, she has managed to lose the fat around her thighs, arms, and torso as well, shaping her body into the ideal S-line that women all over Korea dream to have. So, what are the tips and tricks behind her successful transformation?
Yoon Eun-hye has explained several times that the secret behind her shapely body is not just a strict diet but also her very resilient personality that adheres to several rules regarding her eating habits. These eating habits work in tandem with her diet and aid it so that if she did go off the rails with her eating once in a while, it would not ruin her entire meal plan. Her rules are as follows:
1. Strictly no food 4-5 hours before bedtime and no bread, biscuits, or high carbohydrate food.
2. Create a meal plan with the help of a dietitian that consists mainly of chicken, meat, and vegetables. Eating fruits like low-calorie small tomatoes for snacks are also recommended to not starve.
3. Follow a healthy, low-calorie diet plan instead of fasting or eating only one type of food because it could ruin one’s metabolism in the long run.
4. Breakfast is a must. Stay away from sweet, salty, and spicy food. This will help in weight loss and is also beneficial to good health.
5. Lower dinner intake and always remember your vitamins. They are one of the most important secrets to maintaining a slender and healthy figure.
6. Exercising is also required, and she recommends massages and baths before bed.
As previously mentioned, Yoon Eun-hye prefers a diet plan that is strictly done by a dietitian to ensure that the nutrition and vitamins needed are still met while also minimizing calorie intake. She is very upfront about not starving and making sure that the diet is done healthily. This is a diet plan she swears by to lose weight consistently without starving and yo-yoing:
Morning: 170 g of rice, dried pollack bean spout soup, steamed eggs, seasoned sesame leaves, corn salad, kimchi
Lunch: 170 g of rice, crab soup, sweet potato sprouts, three colored cold salad, boiled kidney beans, kimchi
Snack: 1/2 bag of puffed corn cookies, 200 g of cherry tomatoes
Dinner: 170 g of rice, mushroom stew, roasted herring with salt, stir-fried butterbur, bean sprouts, kimchi
Snack: 10-20 strawberries
Yoon Eun-he’s Scandals and Rumors
Trouble with Entertainment Agency
In 2007, Yoon Eun-hye ran into trouble with her entertainment agency, Eight Peaks, when she was forced to withdraw from a project she was actively working on to star in a company produced series instead. This led her to feel that her management was inadequate in managing her work with sudden withdrawals and unlikely contracts for projects she had not been warned about which could cause conflicts between the two that cannot be resolved. This led Yoon Eun-hye to file a Certification of Contents, twice, to get her contract nullified once and for all.
During the process, she drew away from her company and chose to stay for a two-day vacation in Gangwon-do. Meanwhile, her company was spreading lies involving her misbehavior online, causing a backlash from fans and a change of perception from the general public. Fortunately, the issue was finally resolved by September of the same year and she signed with Kraze Entertainment.
Plagiarizing Fashion Design
In 2015, following the airing of the Chinese variety show Goddess’ Fashion, Yoon Eun-hye was accused of plagiarizing a design from renowned Korea designer Yoon Choon Ho. He claimed that the piece was identical to a piece he and his team had designed for the fall/winter line of that year.
As seen above, she presented a design that consisted of a white coat and ruffles going down the sleeves. Although the ruffles and the shirt itself were made from different materials in the two designs, the placement and the styling of the garment is eerily similar, giving credit to the allegations. This led to Yoon Eun-hye releasing a statement that she was merely inspired by a different collection altogether, specifically the 2008 Victor & Rolf style and the 2014 Lanvin Collection.
After the accusation skyrocketed to the top of online portal sites, more allegations came to light such as a piece that was identical to a Dolce and Gabbana skirt and a dress resembling a BCBG dress. The chairman of Council of Fashion Designers Korea finally released a statement that sided with the likes of Yoon Choon Ho after the scandal reached its peak, stating that he felt that these statements need to be taken seriously and he believed the accusations to be true.
Prior to her return to the showbiz world in 2017, she finally apologized for the works she had made that turned out to be identical to others’ work, which she claimed she still had no idea about at the time. So, what do you think of the allegations? What similarities and/or differences can you spot? Comment your thoughts down below!