August 04, 2006 20:48
The 50th Miss Korea pageant was held Thursday evening in the main theater of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. After a fierce but friendly competition, Lee Honey (23) was left standing with the crown of Korea's representative beauty for the next year.
Lee Honey completed in Korean traditional music at Seoul National University and is now in the first year of a masters program in the same field there. She comes from a distinguished family.
Her father is a high-ranking official with the National Intelligence Service. Her mother is a professor at Ehwa Women's University and was in March designated a "living cultural asset" in the field of gayageum (Korean zither) music.
Compering the event were comedian Nam Hee-suk and 2001 Miss Korea runner-up Kim Ji-hye, who currently anchors a show on the Korea New Network in Busan. The flamboyant fashion designer Andre Kim was chief of a jury which also included actor Cha In-pyo.
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