July 20, 2010 07:02
Kim Joo-ri, Miss Korea 2009, will compete in the Miss Universe pageant this year. Bets are on that she could perform even better than Lee Honey, who represented Korea at the 2007 Miss Universe and came fourth.
Kim came seventh in the Miss World pageant last year.
It is unprecedented for a Miss Korea winner to compete in two of the world's top four beauty pageants (Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth), acquaintances say. Her goal is apparently to outdo Lee's record.
A graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet School, Kim is fluent in Russian and English. Her goal is to promote Korea's image throughout the world, undeterred by language barriers. So far winners of the Miss Korea title were unable to perform to their fullest potential on the world stage due to their language barriers, friends say, but Kim does not have that problem and is getting ready to achieve the best result by any Miss Korea so far.
In addition to ballet, which she started at the age of five, Kim is also an expert player of the traditional Korean instruments gayageum and janggu. At the Miss World pageant in December last year, Kim wore a dress she designed herself and danced to the Korean song "Arirang." The performance drew a standing ovation. Kim came second place in the talent portion and ranked among the top 20 in the swimsuit competition.
She practices walking, English speech and interview skills, manners, singing and dancing for more than 10 hours a day. She also plans to show off unique beauty of hanbok or traditional Korean dress at the pageant. Kim heads to Las Vegas on Aug. 7 and competes in the pageant on Aug. 23.
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