Whether you’ve been following her since she was a gumiho or you’ve only recently discovered her as a dentist in Gongjin, you probably already know who Shin Min-a is.
For more than two decades now, the 38-year-old has been a fixture in the Korean entertainment industry following her debut both on print and on-screen. Launching her career in the late ’90s and catapulting into fame as a sought-after model and actress, Shin Min-a has a long list of dramas, films, and endorsements to her name that she’s impossible to miss.
Undoubtedly one of South Korea’s most beloved celebrities, the star is currently a part of the powerhouse cast of K-Drama Our Blues (alongside real-life partner Kim Woo-bin)—which only recently began its run locally on Netflix.
A hallyu heavyweight by all accounts, this iconic beauty continues to wow us to this day—not just with her projects, but also with her ever-stunning looks!
Go through our gallery below for a huge dose of Shin Min-a’s bedimpled beauty through the years!
Shin Min-a Evolution
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Even as a child, Shin Min-a seems to have been born to be in front of the camera. Check out this little lady already exuding that model-off-duty vibe at an early age!
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Kiki Magazine (1998)
She officially debuted as a model when she landed on the cover of a popular South Korean teen magazine. Who else is feeling this very youthful pre-Y2K look?
Next, she starred in the romantic film ‘Madeleine’ where she played a charming young woman named Hee-jin. We can only name a few actresses who can pull off the bare-faced beauty so well, and Shin Min-a is definitely one of them.
Shin Min-a’s breakout role came when she was cast as Hee-soo in the action film ‘A Bittersweet Life.’ A talented cellist, sleek and sophisticated with a simplicity that just amplified the actress’ undeniable appeal.
As hearing-impaired character Ah Soo-eun in ‘Sad Movie’ proved Shin Min-a’s mettle as an actress, but also highlighted her beauty further despite her face being scarred. This also ushered in the era of those bangs!
This mystery drama saw the actress become a librarian named Seo Hae-in who possessed psychic abilities. Shin Min-a’s lovely bangs may be pulled back in this photo, but she definitely rocked it throughout the series, too!
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Summer Days (2008)
Shin Min-a starred as herself opposite Hyun Bin and Ryu Seung-beom in this mini-drama shot for LG’s XNote laptops. Among her different looks in the series, it’s this playful side ponytail we can’t forget!
As Kang So-hwi, Shin Min-a played a young martial artist with super strength on the brink of adulthood. Already approaching her mid-20s at this point, she still impresses as a youthful beauty with the perfect “bare” face and simple hair!
Taking on the role of Ahn Mo-rae in ‘The Naked Kitchen,’ Shin Min-a exudes a different vibe as a married woman. How do you feel about the short wavy hair with the fringe?
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Sisters on the Road (2009)
She then starred in the film ‘Sisters on the Road’ as Park Myung-eun, an illegitimate child recently reunited with her sister after their mother’s death. Although the story’s quite dramatic, we think this short bob (with the shades, of course) is a total lewk!
Shin Min-a then took on the role of Jo Yoo-jin, a survival reality TV show contestant in the thriller drama film ‘A Million.’ How she could still look this beautiful even when disheveled proves just how stunning she really is!
Already 25 years old at this point, Shin Min-a is definitely coming into her own and impressing fans constantly as she transforms into her sexiest in a shoot for Calvin Klein. Smoky eyes + big hair = bombshell!
(1/2) Definitely one of her most iconic roles, the gumiho in ‘My Girlfriend is a Gumiho’ saw her go through several looks throughout the series. Of course, it’s this crazy sexy one that we remember the most!
Did you know Shin Min-a became close with real-life partner Kim Woo-bin on the set of a Giordano shoot? Here’s just one of her many campaigns with the global brand. You can’t miss the fierce model look anywhere!
In her comeback drama after the hit ‘My Roommate is a Gumiho,’ Shin Min-a returned to the small screen as Arang—a beautiful ghost seeking vengeance for her wrongful death. A haunting beauty? Definitely!
Now transitioning into more mature roles, Shin Min-a then took on the role of Mi-young in the romantic comedy ‘My Love, My Bride.’ If there’s anything we can’t get enough of the actress in this film (aside from her acting), it’s definitely her rosy complexion.
(2/3) Years pass and Joo-eun develops hypothyroidism, causing her to gain weight. Shin Min-a had to don a bodysuit for the role to realistically portray the character. Although she put a few pounds on, we still think she’s super cute!
Shin Min-a then follows up her appearance in ‘Oh My Venus’ with romantic fantasy drama ‘Tomorrow With You’ as Song Ma-rin—a former child star-turned-photographer with the loveliest hair colour, prettiest waves, and wispiest bangs!
On her return to the big screen, Shin Min-a takes on the character of Choi Yi-young in the thriller film ‘Diva.’ As a talented diver, she’s mostly seen with her hair up in a high bun ready to take on the board!
Late last year, Shin Min-a was also officially announced as a global ambassador for Gucci—and she announced this in true model fashion with this perfectly pristine profile shot. These air bangs are *chef’s kiss*!
After her stint with Chanel, she then became the face of yet another luxury brand’s beauty line. This is one of her shoots with Givenchy Beauty featuring an ethereally beautiful rosy pink look. Can we talk about that impeccable gradient lip?
Currently, Shin Min-a is starring alongside other Korean entertainment heavyweights In the ongoing drama ‘Our Blues.’ Here, she plays Min Seon-ah, a depressed divorcee living in the countryside. Although playing a more somber, more mature character, she continues to prove her beauty is ageless with flawless skin and perfect hair!