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[Marie Claire] Pretty Boys without Borders – Abnormal Summit Cast

Marie-Claire-September-2014
individual pictures and interviews under spoiler cuts.

[Part One - Enes & Sam]

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Enes Kaya | Turkey

When I listen to what you say, I feel like you’re the one who are the most similar to a Korean person among the cast. How did you get to know Korea?

I started college in Korea back in 2002. I had taken the college entrance exam in Turkey and was waiting for the results when my father asked me if I’d like to go to college in Korea. I said okay and I was in Korea just a week later. I did various jobs from being a translator, to play in movies and doing variety programs. I was street cast by coincidence in 2007. I worked as a model after that. Agencies contacted me. Then, I did various programs as a foreigner who can speak Korean. And I worked as a soccer team interpretor and right now, I’m doing TV activities.

It seems that your popularity is at its best nowadays. Do people recognize you?

Not a lot of people try to talk to me. However, I have 5,000 Facebook friends and I have 2,500 pending friends requests. A lot of my friends are Turkish. Thanks to the Hallyu (Korean Wave) also flowing in Turkey, there’s a lot of interest about Korea. I think that the fact I’m doing TV activities right now gets people to recognize me because my face is also seen in Turkish news.

Looking at you during the photo shoot earlier, I guess you have a good body because you’ve worked as a model.

To be honest, I do almost nothing to stay fit. I don’t exercise. I believe in eating moderately and not gain weight. However, I get a lot of sponsorship requests these days. Like for cosmetics or massage spas. To be honest, I only apply skin toner.

What do you do on your days off?

I’ve been running a trade consulting company. I almost have no day off because of my TV activities and because I’m running this business.

I know you’re married to a Korean woman. I’m curious to hear what you find charming about Korean women.

To be honest, it’s hard to answer to this kind of questions because it’s hard to compare women from different countries. I went to an all-boy boarding school in middle school and high school, so I dated when I came to Korea and Korean women are the only women I dated. My father told me that marrying a Korean woman was a great thing.

I’m curious to hear about your future plans.

First of all, I think I’ll be in Korea for a long time, so I want to leave a good image as a Turkish person. Why don’t I have something like this? Something like the “Nation’s sweetheart” title. My goal is to be called the “Nation’s brother”.

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Sam Okyere │ Ghana

I was surprised during the photo shoot. I thought you were just a funny guy, but your body and face are on a model level.

It’s great to hear things like that. When I first came to Korea, people were scared. I think they thought of Black people as scary people who always have the hip-hop style. I hear more and more that I look like Will Smith now.

Good-looking people usually embellish themselves more. I think hearing such compliments will make you do the same.

I have no interest about taking care of my body or my skin, but I cannot not care now that I’m on TV. I sometimes go get a massage, but it’s the exception. Not long ago, my older sister who is in Ghana sent me make-up for my skin.

Your body does look like you take care of it.

I don’t particularly exercise. I work on my abs and do some stretching when I have time. I mostly work on my abs in the morning. I eat oatmeal, eggs and bacon and I exercise. This shows good result and that gives me energy for the day. Men in Ghana are used to do most of their own cooking, so I mostly eat what I cook for myself.

It seems that you totally became a Korean person. How long have you been in Korea?

It’s been 5 years. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d come to Korea one day. My father convinced me to apply for a scholarship. It took about a year for the result to come out. I thought I wouldn’t get it, but once the result was out, it didn’t take more than a week for me to be in Korea.

You came here as an exchange student, now you’re almost a TV personality. Did you want to do this type of activities in the beginning?

I didn’t. When I actually started doing it, it was fun and I think it can help the relationship between Korea and Ghana. I also want to do this kind of work when I’m back in Ghana later on.

This is something that was surprising because you haven’t been in Korea for a long time. It seems that you completely adjusted [to Korea].

I’m adjusted to some things, but I have yet to adjust to the drinking culture. Alcohol is a part of Korean culture and I don’t drink alcohol. It’s for religious reasons and also to maintain my body. When you’re young, you’re okay even if you drink alcohol because your body is strong, but it ruins your body afterward. However, people in Korea always drink alcohol and they offer you to drink, so things like this are little bit hard to handle.

There’s something I’m always curious about when it comes to foreign men. What do you think of Korean women?

First of all, they’re very pretty. I think they really care about their body and they take care of it. So that’s why there seems to be a lot of women who did plastic surgery. I think you can see right away when a woman got plastic surgery. I don’t know why they do it. To me, their image before the plastic surgery and after is similar. Being pretty or not isn’t important. I think what’s important is how much self-confidence you have. No matter how pretty you are, you have no charm if you don’t have self-confidence.

Will we be able to keep seeing you on TV?

I think I’ll keep working on TV. I’m planning to study Korean even more because what I’m doing right now can be possible and opportunities come to me because I’m able to speak Korean. I want to try to write poetry later on. I have already written a couple of things, though. I like teacher Ko Un, so I want to become a poet like him.




[Part Two - Robin and Julian]Marie-Claire-Robin

Robin Deiana │ France

You’re called the French flower boy. Your face is seen a lot these days, but I heard you’ve already shot many CFs. I’m curious to know how you got to know about Korea.

I was a b-boy when I was in France. After coming to Korea for a b-boy tour, I started doing TV activities and I even shot CFs. I was already interested in Korea before I came here. I’ve liked Korean variety programs since college, so I’m used to watch them. That’s why my Korean improved a lot, and I wanted to come to Korea.

It’s fun seeing you do all these activities. You didn’t just shoot CFs, you also tried out for an audition program.

I wanted to challenge myself in different fields. This is the case for b-boying, going to the audition program. A foreigner doing trot, isn’t it unusual?

There must be a lot of people who recognize you these days.

People walk up to me in the street and ask to take a picture with me. It’s great and so fun. I feel like I’m working hard at something.

You must care a lot about your looks.

Not at first. The desire to look good on screen came to me little by little. That’s why I get massages sometimes. My focus these days is to build my body. I go to the gym and work out about 2-3 hours a day. It’s fun to get a six pack and to buil my body.

Which beauty item do you use and can’t do without?

Cologne. I’ve been using Hubo Boss’ men eau de toilette every day since middle school. I still have it with me anywhere I go and put it on.

I’ll ask about Korean women now. What do you honestly think of Korean women?

I didn’t date many French women, so it’d be hard to compare them. Korean women usually seem to be very focused on their boyfriends. They’re like kids, they contact you often and they say a lot of things that don’t make a lot of sense. That’s how I feel sometimes. This attitude isn’t romantic.

So what kind of woman do you like?

A woman who smiles/laughs a lot, with a bright personality. Someone who makes me feel good when I see her. And it’d be nice if she likes exercising and takes care of her body.

When I listen to you, I feel like you can’t show half of your charm on TV. What do you think is appealing about you?

I’m sincere with whoever I’m talking to. I’m honest and funny. I’m good at making events. I’m a really charming guy. Is it okay if I stop here?


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Julian Quintart │ Belgium

I found something interesting when I looked you up. You released an album. So you were a singer at first?

Ah, it was a long time ago. It was a fun experience. I’m interested in music, but I didn’t want to be a singer. I released an album with the hyungs I did TV activities with.

You’re quite popular right now. Do you ever think about doing music again?

I got more opportunities as I’m getting more known. I’ve always been interested in music, so I DJayed sometimes. Not long ago, I was a DJ at the W hotel Woobar. I want to do more DJ activities in the future. To be honest, I have a show at the Kunsthalle today.

I saw you on TV before. How long have you been in Korea?

It’s been 10 years. I became popular early when I started working on TV. However, it didn’t go on and people forgot about me. This taught me a lesson. If I became popular, it wasn’t because I was a great person, it was because I was a foreigner who could speak Korean. That’s why I’m focusing more on the things I can do well for a long period of time and that’s why I will be doing more DJ activities.

So you work on TV, you work as a DJ, you probably care a lot about your looks.

I do work out, but I don’t do it constantly. I only do it on my free time. I definitely do some stretching before going to bed. I don’t do anything in particular to take care of my skin. I just do skin cleansing at night and I only wash my face with water in the morning.

So what about what you eat? Do you eat well?

I’m interested in food a lot. I even watch documentaries about food. I like cooking too. That’s why I try to have one meal a day that I cooked myself. I want to make food with strong ingredients, so I applied for a program to receive food ingredients from a place called “gachicsa”. These are food ingredients coming straight from the producing area, so it’s organic and fresh. And it also comes randomly, so it’s fun to find out which sort of ingredient will come today. You can trust these ingredients to be very fresh.

Let’s talk about women now. You’ve been in Korea for a long time, so I’m going to ask. What do you think of Korean women?

They’re beautiful. I think they contact a lot and they’re jealous too. It can happen often that they contact you dozens times a day. When I trust someone, I’m even happier to meet her after waiting for her to the point I missed her because there’s nothing special about contacting her otherwise.

I’m curious to hear about your ideal woman.

I like when a woman has her own uniqueness. A strong woman with a bright personality in her own style. It’d be even better if she likes music. I don’t know if it’s okay for me to say this, but I like girls who kind of have a big chest.

Robin just opened a Twitter account which you can follow @deianarobin. Julian is also on Twitter @AboutJulian

[Part Three - Aussie Daniel & Zhang Yuan]

Marie-Claire-Daniel
Daniel Snoeks │ Australia

t/n: I’m still not over the fact he’s just 20.

Looking at you on set. You’re definitely a model. Were you originally a model?

Indeed. I came to Korea and did many photo shoots for magazines. My original job was to be a model.

Your tattoos are the first thing that catches our attention.

I had my first tattoo when I was 14. My father and my sister, they both had tattoos, so there was no hostility against it. To be honest, you must be over 20 to get tattoos in Australia. So my first tattoo was illegal. I have so many tattoos that it may look like there’s nothing behind them, but each of them has its meaning. Like the numbers on my finger are the years of birth of my dad and mom. The tattoo on my hand is the name my grandfather gave me.

Most of your body is covered with tattoos, is there one you did yourself?

Those I have right now were made here and there. However, I started studying the tattoo procedure not long ago and I’m planning to open a tattoo shop in Hongdae with my friends next month.

You already have a lot of tattoos now, you’ll be able to get more if you can do them yourself.

Maybe. Getting a tattoo hurts, but it hurts as much as it has a meaning for me. Because it’s like telling a story on my body. Later on, I want to be a father with a story he can talk about with his kids.

You seem a bit thin. Wouldn’t a tattooed body look even better with a bit more muscle?

This is also what my father told me. He said that I have many tattoos but no muscle. I’m working out. I did taekwondo and boxing before. Whenever I have time, I go to the gym and work out.

I’m curious to hear how you get to know about Korea.

I did taekwondo when I was in Australia, but I didn’t have particular interest in Korea because all I did was coming to Korea once for a taekwondo competition in 2010. Then, I stopped by again because of my Korean friends in April last year and I’ve been here until today. I didn’t know I’d stay that long back then.

What do you think of Korea? What do you think of Korean women?

They’re cute. They have a lot of aegyo. I dated a Busan woman, she always showed me aegyo, so it was funny.

Do you like this kind of woman? What’s your ideal type?

I like when a woman is a chic but who is kind when she’s with people she likes.

Will we be able to see you around?

I think I’ll keep doing TV activities and variety programs. However, it’s more important to me to succeed as a model. And I’ll do tattoos until the day I die. I’d like to do my own tattoos and do tattoos for many other people. Creating something that will remain on a body for a very long time. Isn’t it cool?

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Zhang Yuan │ China

I was surprised when I saw you here. You seemed 10 years younger compared to when I see you on TV.

That seems to be the reason people don’t recognize me. The number of my Facebook friends keeps growing, but no one recognizes me when I walk down the street. To be honest, I feel like the show made me more popular, but nothing has changed at all in my daily life.

According to the staff, you kind of look like actor Yoo Duk Hwa.

Well, it’s a bit embarrassing. To be honest, when I was in my 20’s, I was used to hear often that I was good-looking, so I thought it was the case. However, since I’m in my 30’s and I’m older, I don’t really care about my looks.

Looking at your business card, it seems that you do various jobs. You did dubbing and radio activities.

To be honest, I’m an entrance examination teacher. I’m an entrance examination Chinese teacher and teach mostly to high schoolers in their 2nd or 3 year. I teach at a private academy in the morning. In the afternoon, I either do radio programs or commercials in Chinese, or I do Chinese dubbing for animation movies.

So it’s actually the first time your face is seen on TV. You must be caring a little bit about your looks.

Not really. I only use skin lotion. And it’s a gift from school parents, so I don’t use a fixed brand. I don’t really exercise. I live alone, so I don’t really care about what I eat. I like Korean food, so I mostly eat Korean food.

I heard you were an announcer in China. I’m curious to hear your reason to give up on a good job and come to Korea.

I graduated from college in 2007 and I got hired right away at the broadcasting station in Beijing. However, it was right before the Beijing Olympic games and I was on night duty every night. After going to work at 7 AM and going home at 2 or 3 in the morning every day, my health really got bad. So I turned in my resignation and I came to Korea for vacation because I have a couple of friends who live here. I didn’t know I’d end up staying in Korea and working here that long.

How do you feel about Korea?

Korea is kind-hearted. There’s this family atmosphere. Korean people really know how to take care of others like a family. The food is delicious. My mom was against me being there at first, but she also loves Korea now.

What do you think of Korean women? Do you find them charming?

They’re very beautiful. They look good in the clothes they wear, their make-up is nice and they have a sweet personality. They have their own mind. And I think they really know how to take care of themselves.

What’s your ideal type?

When I was in my 20’s, looks were very important, but now I just like a kind-hearted woman who is sincere. Physically, I like women like Han Ga In. Women with this beautiful style that gives off this traditional vibe.




source:
Original article: Marie Claire
Translation: @onesunnyladywww.thesunnytown.com (1, 2, 3)

i know i'm not the only one looking forward to this show every week so i thought omona would appreciate this :D
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