By Michael Cox ESPN Staff WriterThe first time the K-pop world got a glimpse of a new trend that would be dubbed “Korean hot topics” in the summer of 2017, it was a photo of a red-headed woman who looked like she was ready to explode.
The woman in question, Park Min-ho, was one of the hottest idols in the world in 2017, and was a constant fixture in the entertainment landscape in South Korea.
The 23-year-old is currently the most popular K-Pop star in the country, and had a whopping 3.7 million followers on Instagram, a massive following that was dwarfed by her idols, who only had 2.5 million followers.
The girl from Seoul has now made her mark on the Korean pop culture landscape, as she is set to release her first single, “K-pop hot topics,” this month, in which she will also star in a fashion shoot with Kim Hyun-seok, a singer from a popular boy band, 5th Wonder.
“This is my first time doing music videos, but I am excited to get the opportunity to represent my fans and get to show them my style,” Park said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.
“My goal is to make my fans happy with my work, so I am looking forward to releasing this new song.”
She is also set to be one of three new K-POP stars to be cast in a new reality show, “Girls in Seoul,” which will air on MBC in March.
It is expected to premiere this year, but Park’s name will be absent from the show.
In a statement, MBC Entertainment’s entertainment head, Lee Kyung-jae, told ESPN, “Park Min-hui is the perfect star to portray the beauty of South Korea, and she is a talented actress with strong voice.
I look forward to working with her in this new project.”
In addition to her music career, Park also recently starred in a reality TV show called “Beauty and the Breakdown,” in which the young woman, who was cast in an ad for beauty products, will have to overcome her body image issues to prove her worth to her male counterparts.
In 2018, Park was named as one of 20 women who made it to the top of “The Voice,” a reality competition show hosted by the Kpopstarz and broadcasted in South Korean television.
The singer, who is the youngest member of “Kpopstar,” was crowned as one the top 20, and won $1 million in prize money.
She was also awarded the honor of having the first male to win the contest to be crowned.
Park Min is a Korean-American, and her mother, Kim Young-pyo, is Korean-Australian.
She and her sister, Park Ji-hee, are also from South Korea and have a sister named Park Hye-hwa.
Park Min is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.