Model Profile: Sang Woo Kim
Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so is Sang Woo!
Those chiseled cheekbones and the absolute most sweetest baby face belongs to none other than Sang Woo Kim. This 21-year old student of Korean-British descent wandered into Select Model Management about two years ago, and since doing so, ha become the first Korean to strut his stuff down a Burberry runway, become the boss man member in Dolce & Gabbana’s Autumn/Winter 2015 campaign, be photographed in DIESEL’s ads, and hold the honor to be Cara Delevingne’s charming lover in DKNY Spring/Summer 2015 campaign. favorite
Amidst the sudden and rising fame and notoriety that has come his way, Sang Woo Kim has a strong Fine Art’s background in him. All throughout his modeling career, he has managed to continue his interest in painting. We are going to give you a special inside scoop inside this model’s life by telling you guys ten things about him that you didn’t already know! First, with a name as unique as Sang Woo Kim, you can’t help but wonder what that means. His name means “helping each other, helping others.” In Korean culture, it’s common for names to originate from traditional Chinese. Woo says “It really resonates within my lifestyle as well I would like to think!" Woo was born in Seoul and moved to London when he was 6-months-old. Because of how young he was, he doesn’t even remember living in Korea. London has always been his home. Woo’s father’s job left him moving back and forth between Korea and London often, but Woo says that he always chose to stay in London because their lives were too involved there. In an interview he once stated…”Sad, however family is family wherever you are and we appreciate and respect my dad that much more. He has sacrificed a lot for me to be where I am. For that, I am forever respectful and thankful.” He also was never as confident as one may assume him to being, considering how powerful of a model he has grown to become today. “"I guess being ethnically different and being an 'Asian' brought up in this society and London, it was only natural that my self-esteem about looks was low. That's how I saw things at the time I guess. Casual racism was very apparent when I was younger, which is understandable when kids are naive or ignorant, they didn't really know any better. At the time I didn't really understand and was hurt so I guess I didn't ever have any confidence about my looks,” he says. Hisartist is Lucien Freud, and he is a big fan of works of Franz Kline and De Kooning. He admires Freud so much due to his commitment to portraiture painting and his pure innocence and nativity to the 'art world'.
If you are an up and coming model, his advice for you is "I have never been scouted before, ever. So for all those who are waiting to get scouted, just walk in. There is no harm in trying and you should never take anything personally. If you feel that you will take things to heart then this job is not for you.”