Miss Korea Heading for Universe Showdown

      April 25, 2007 07:23

      Lee Honey

      Lee Honey, the winner of the 50th Miss Korea beauty pageant, left Korea on Wednesday to take part in the 2007 Miss Universe contest. Lee and her family are headed for Mexico City where the international event will take place on May 28.

      "I hope to have an opportunity to rebuild Korea's image which was tarnished by the tragic deaths at Virginia Tech," Lee said in an interview with the Korea Times, which hosts the Miss Korea pageant. "I will do my best while aiming for first place."

      Lee will spend three days in Los Angeles before flying to Mexico to participate in pre-competition events which start May 1. Lee has practiced walking, speaking and traditional Korean dance for three months to prepare for the pageant.

      The beauty queen also plans to donate a kayagum, a twelve-string Korean harp, to a charity auction of items from the contest participants. Lee received the instrument from her mother who is a musician and professor at Ewha Womans University.

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