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10 Top K-Drama Actors You Didn't Know Started As Models

The perfect man does exist! See how Nam joo-hyuk, Byeon Woo-seok, Lee Jong-suk and more transformed their careers from being models to becoming award-winning actors.

In an age dominated by multi-hyphenates, it isn’t uncommon to find out that your favorite K-drama actor was also a former model, singer, or even as a professional athlete! Juggling multiple careers isn’t unusual and so is jumping from one career to another. Over the years, we’ve seen the likes of Kim Woo-bin, So Ji-sub, Lee Jong-suk, Nam Joo-hyuk, Byeon Woo-seok and more, take over our screens with their good looks, impressive acting skills, and jaw-dropping ensembles in their respective dramas! But you would be surprised to find out that these actors actually started out as towering and high fashion models for brands like JW Anderson, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Seoul Fashion Week frequents Juun.J, Vanhart di Albazar, Beyond Closet, and more. 


After sifting through their previous work and lining them up with their most recent projects, we’re so impressed to see that these actors have defied all odds and found success in their chosen paths as actors. Since most of them are still incredibly active in the K-drama industry, we think its safe to say that you will be seeing more of their high fashion looks from their many luxury brand partnerships and glossy magazine features. Take a good look at the gallery down below and see their inspiring transformations from models to actors!


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