Kim Bum and Hwang Jung Eum Chosen as the Korean Ken and Barbie

If you asked me who the Korean Barbie and Ken are, I would have asked you: (1) why does the world need a Korean version of Barbie and Ken, and (2) would anyone consider it an honor to be dubbed the Korean Barbie and Ken? Mattel, the makers of Barbie and Ken, hosted an event in Seoul a few days ago and selected Hwang Jung Eum (who just recently finished Giant) and Kim Bum (forever and always Ha Min Jae in The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry) as the Korean live-action versions of their most iconic blondie and her equally blond boyfriend, winning the first ever Barbie and Ken Awards.

Much as I tease, this is totally a cute honor, and very apropos since both actors are as adorable as Barbie and Ken are, and hopefully more three-dimensional in every which way. Ten years ago, the Korean Barbie and Ken would definitely be Han Chae Young and Song Seung Heon, and look where they are now with their careers. This isn’t a very substantive post in the least, just a chance for us all to enjoy a double dose of Dimples from both of these cuties!

Neither Kim Bum nor Hwang Jung Eum have announced their next project yet, but I just realized that both of their last projects co-starred Park Jin Hee. K-dramas really are the epitome of six-degrees of separation.


Kim Bum and Hwang Jung Eum Chosen as the Korean Ken and Barbie — 10 Comments

  1. I need to watch that Woman Wanna Marry show! Then I can delve further into my delusional K drama world, where things work out for old women like me…with hot younger men.

  2. Hey I thought I lived alone in that delusional world LOL – Loved that drama – I was so happy when it seemed to work out for them at least for awhile. They were so damn cute together.

  3. As much as I love Bummie….how is he a Korean Ken??…i just dont see it….I’d rather he’s get a drama soon where i can call him by some adorable character’s name….its been too long!

  4. Ummm…If I were HJE, I would fire the make up artist that did her make up that night. She looks so washed out and you can clearly see that her face is a lot paler than the rest of her body. She’s a pretty girl but she looks like a ghost in those pix! Why the heck didn’t someone fix her make up?

    • It’s not really the make-up. It’s her whitening/bleaching facial routine. I know that a lot of Asians prize porcelain/very fair skin. I don’t care or mind if a regular Jane or a celebrity does it, as long as the product is safe. However many people especially Asians and even some Africans…just treat their faces! T_T
      It looks sick, mad and very weird. At least do the neck…and if not, treat the whole body so that your skin is evened-out everywhere.

  5. This is so utterly cute! I haven’t seen much of Hwang Jung Eum, but I absolutely adore Bummie. I can totally see him being a ken doll.
    The people at Mattel must have waaaay too much time on their hands.

  6. I love “The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry”!!! It was so good that I first watched the raw, then with Chinese sub, then English sub, then repeat those many adorable parts a few times. I am very curious as to what Kim Bum will choose next, hopefully a super romantic drama that make us wish each week has only 2 days, so that the drama is on everyday.

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