This is an editorial I have shot for Numéro Korea with actress Mina Shin.

Mina Shin began her career as a model for teen magazine KiKi in 1998. Since then, she became one of the most in-demand and highest paid commercial endorsers in South Korea. Notable among her forays into branded entertainment is the 2008 multi-episode Summer Days opposite Hyun Bin and Ryoo Seung-bum for LG Xnote featuring music by You Hee-yeol,[2] as well as Friends & Love, a movie-style extended advertisement for Giordano in 2011 costarring Jung Woo-sung and So Ji-sub.[3]

In 2009, Shin went to MilanItaly to shoot a photo spread for Elle Korea with Calvin Klein model Jamie Dornan.[4] In 2011, she was chosen as the first Asian model for the DIY Project ad campaign of American clothing brand Rag & bone,[5][6] then was subsequently featured in The New York TimesT Magazine.[7][8]

Acting

Shin appeared in several music videos for K-pop boyband g.o.d, until her acting debut in 2001 with a supporting role in popular melodrama, Beautiful Days. The newcomer quickly rose to stardom, through the high school martial arts comedy film Volcano High with Jang Hyuk,[9] and the college romance movie Madeleine with Jo In-sung.

She then took on a supporting role in Kim Jee-woon‘s noir film A Bittersweet Life, reuniting her with previous co-star Lee Byung-hun. Known for being a professional actress, she learned the cello for three months to lend realism to her scenes in A Bittersweet Life, and picked up the sign language and interacted with the deaf to better portray her character in Sad Movie. This was followed by leading roles in the melodrama A Love to Kill with Rain, romantic comedy series The Beast and the Beauty with Ryoo Seung-bum, and psychological thriller The Devil with Uhm Tae-woongand Ju Ji-hoon. In the 2007 film My Mighty Princess, Shin simultaneously played two characters.

As Shin entered her mid-twenties, she began showcasing more maturity in her choice of roles. In Go Go 70s, Shin played a sexy counterculturesinger[10] and won numerous accolades for her portrayal. She then acted as an unfaithful wife in The Naked Kitchen, and a cynical young woman in search of her father in Sisters on the Road, a critically acclaimed indie film which also stars fellow actress and close friend Gong Hyo-jin.[11] But Shin became best known for her portrayals of supernatural horror icons revamped into endearingly innocent yet spunky heroines in the rom-com My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010),[12] and the historical drama Arang and the Magistrate (2012).[13][14]

After appearing in The X, a 2013 spy thriller short film directed by Kim Jee-woon, Shin returned to the big screen in 2014 in Gyeongju, an introspective arthouse romance opposite Park Hae-il.[15] This was followed by romantic comedy My Love, My Bride, in which she and Jo Jung-suk played a newly married couple; it was a remake of the same-titled 1990 hit which starred Choi Jin-sil and Park Joong-hoon.[16][17][18]

In 2015, Shin and So Ji-sub were cast in the romantic comedy series Oh My Venus.[19] For her character, an overweight lawyer, Shin underwent a three-hour makeup/prosthetic session every shoot.[20]

In 2016, Shin is cast opposite Lee Je-hoon in fantasy melodrama, Tomorrow With You, portraying a 30-year-old amateur photographer who finds out that her better half can time travel. The drama was fully pre-produced and premiered in February 2017.[21]

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