Despite racial discrimination in the fashion industry, Han Hyun-min, born to a Nigerian father and a Korean mother became South Korea's first Korean African model, kudos to "his positive personality and longtime-learned skill to ignore irrational reactions." He also runs into trouble at airports due to his African- Korean Heritage, in some instances, Han gets detained by law enforcers.
The 19-year-old fashion model who does not speak English and rejected the nickname “Paul”, stating he didn’t want a Western name but rather wished to be called by his real name, Han Hyun-min. He also admits to "not knowing much" about the Nigerian culture. A modeling agency discovered Han via his instagram at age 15.
"My strength lies in my different look from others. I look different from my outer appearance and I have a different skin color, which I find the best…People would not talk to me backstage at fashion shows because they thought I didn't speak Korean. But once they learned I did, people start to gather around me and talk to me," Han disclosed in an interview. Han is fast becoming a regular on the catwalk, though he doesn’t classify himself as a role model because he feels he hasn't accomplished enough yet to be recognized as one; he hopes that his victory would inspire others like him fighting against racism to excel in various fields.