Vogue Korea: ‘Martial Arts’

Posted on June 06, 2013

It’s been a while since we’ve given you some good old-fashioned Vogue Korea fierceness for your Pretty of the Day. Allow us to rectify, darlings. We’ll get out of the way and let you enjoy.


Vogue Korea June 2013 Issue
Editorial: ‘Martial Arts’
Photographer: Hyea-Won Kang
Editors: Ji-Ah Lee, Mi-Jin Kim
Model: Soo Joo




[Photo Credit: Hyea-Won Kang via thefashionspot.com]

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  • Sobaika

    Bowing down.

    • Holy_Kleenex_Batman

      Why are people thumbing this down? I don’t understand that.

      • Rand Ortega

        I said the same thing. SMH.

      • Kristin McNamara

        Maybe people think she’s making a jab (pun, double entendre, what have you…) at Asian culture? “bow”? IDK. That’s all I can think of. When clearly, anybody who’s a regular reader of this site knows that “bowing down” and “bowing the fuck down” get dropped on the daily around here, with no weight given to the ethnicity of the people we’re bowing down to…

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

          The Bitter Kittens aren’t racist! Nor are we ageist. Nor do we body snark. We have our priorities straight; we don’t like douchey guys, visible zippers or mullet hems. So pull your heads out of your asses, thumbs down voters, and get with the TLo program. : )

          • Kristin McNamara

            Well *I* know that! I was just offering that maybe there are some newbies out there who don’t quite know what we’re all about yet or something…. no harm/offense meant by my comment! Sorry if that didn’t come off correctly. I’ve got nothing but love for Sobaika and the rest of my BKs :)

          • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

            OH NO!!! Sorry, I hate that you thought I was replying to you in a negative way. I liked your comment very much!! I was adding to your support of Sobaika with my own. I hate the whole thumbs down thing anyway, but that’s neither here nor there. You came off completely correctly, but it looks like *I* did not. I should have replied to @Holy_Kleenex_Batman for it to read correctly.

          • SassieCassy

            i really really HATE the whole thumbs down thing. it makes for a less inclusive and fun community :(

            and sometimes i see it on some of the most benign comments

          • Kristin McNamara

            I 100% agree. I’ve even fell victim to them before… I’ve had about three benign (as you say) comments of mine get really strange (to me) thumbs-downs when I’m like, “What?! What did I say!?”

        • Sobaika

          OH – Well in case anyone was mistaken, this was not at all a racial remark. I would never.

        • jjfg

          It’s not a “bow” – it’s an obi. A belt. Tied wrong (for martial arts), but the approximate width, length, and weight of the material are correct.

          So there is no cultural slur, saying the word bow, and I presume the OP is BOWING down – as in rei (the Japanese for bow – don’t know the Korean) – at the awesome in this shoot.

  • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

    What amazing story telling. I am blown away.
    eta – I keep going back and I just can’t get over how much movement there is in these stills.

  • Michelle Le

    Rooney Mara, eat your heart out!


  • Pennymac

    I think I got a little fiercer just by reading this and looking at the fabulousness!

  • P B

    Jony Ive approves. Black, white, and flat.

    • JulieTy

      I heart your Jony Ive reference. :-)

  • Coolekat

    I wish I had words to describe the wonder of it. Fierce but a whole lot of something else. I know one of my fellow BKs can put a name to it.

    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      14 hours later, and clearly we cannot. I think that’s interesting.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia


    • AmyAW

      Deadly grace is what I see. You mix the martial arts with some poses that are almost ballet. Powerful and beautiful.

  • nyazgirl


  • Rand Ortega


  • crash1212

    Black and white never looked so fierce.

  • JasmineAM

    I want that fourth photo as a full sized poster. It is beautiful. Vogue Korea is here again to show you western Vogues how shit is done. Fierce as fuck.

  • Rose_H_Tyler

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, TLo. This is exactly what I needed today. So beautiful!

  • SewingSiren

    Vogue Korea is equal to or better than the Diana Vreeland era of US Vogue. And needless to say many hundreds of times better than the current People magazine/Wintour era of US Vogue.

  • formerlyAnon

    Loverly AND interesting. (What, exactly is WRONG with US Vogue?)

    (Though even Vogue Korea could not prevent an orthopedic flavor to the sandals in the next-to-last photo.)

    • SewingSiren

      a. Anna Wintour

      b. Movie Stars.

      • makeityourself

        And because we know the movie stars are a directive of Anna Wintour’s, you can shorten your list to just “a.”

      • SassieCassy

        i still think that you can do interesting and new things with movie stars, for some reason they just choose not to

    • ankali

      Those fucking Tom Ford boots, man. At least they aren’t the beige ones that look like Ace bandages.

      • Deedles

        I was saying the same thing about the damn Prada “thooties” as I call them (thong booties with little bows, no less).

  • Anniebet

    Elegant. Striking. My eyes are happy.

  • Tanya Wade

    Kill Bill realness. I’m loving it.

  • Tapetum

    It’s a beautiful editorial, but the martial artist in me (I literally just finished sitting on the panel of a black belt test) is sitting in the back of my mind screaming “You don’t tie obi into bows!” over and over again.

    • MoHub

      In the immortal words of Santino Rice channeling his inner Michael Kors: “Lighten up! It’s only fashion!”

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Nobody can touch Vogue Korea. This is sublime.

  • MilaXX

    Very pretty, martial arts ghosts.

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    you work that bruce lee realness hunty!

  • JulieTy

    Magnificent. It’s striking, “editorial,” creative, new — and you can actually see the clothes!!!

  • bertkeeter

    Stunning model, styling and wardrobe!

  • another_laura

    Everything an editorial should be, right? Fierce and fabulous to look at as photography, and you want to buy all of the clothes. Isn’t that the point of a fashion mag? Thank you, Vogue Korea!

  • quiltrx


    As I seem to say once a week lately (glad it’s so popular these days), black and white has always been “my thing”. So of course I’m practically eating this with a spoon.
    Again, if only I could afford a pricey subscription to Vogue Korea. I could keep it on my desk at work, and thumb through when I feel dangerously close to killing people. :)

  • ankali

    Oh, oh, oh! Can we play guess the designer on the pieces? I can only recognize 3 (and I’m just assuming here, haven’t confirmed): checked skirt=Louis Vuitton, sheer polka dot blouse=Saint Laurent or YSL or whatever they’re calling it these days, and the pilgrim dress at the end=Chanel (and that’s the whore dress for this season — this is the 3rd editorial it’s been featured in that I’ve seen on this site alone).

  • Isabel

    From the little that I could read, the clothes are from Chanel, Givenchy, and Stella McC. It’s styled so well that I can’t tell who made what!

  • nannypoo

    I love these Vogue Korea features. They’re always imaginative and interesting.

  • RinPauler

    Soo Joo aka Karl Lagerfeld’s new Asian obsession. Not as great as other previously featured editorials on this side, but Soo Joo is one fierce model.

  • Vanja

    Vogue Korea, they never disappoint, do they?

    I love everything about it: the hair, the model, the kick-ass poses, the clothes, the styling, everything.

  • Darren Nesbitt

    I love dramatic fans and parasols.

  • http://stitchingincircles.etsy.com Tina

    Despite the overall pretty-of-the-day, Pic #4 is the only one where the action feels real and deserved, and not like the concept and tools of martial arts are being used as props, just like boxing gloves or tennis rackets might be in the US.

    And therefore, pic #4 is phenomenal. The toes, the hands, the face! Who gives a flying fuck what the lady is wearing.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      See, that is what I love about this – Vogue Korea always have such a light touch with the themes. It’s referential not literal.

  • Judy_S

    This is just genius.

    It does not make me care who made the clothes, or even care much about who that amazing amazing model might be. It doesn’t even make me consciously eager to go out and buy some black and/or white clothing. But it does kind of make me want to subscribe to Vogue Korea.
    I love the hair. So witty.

  • Diego!

    Simply AMAZING!!!

  • butterflysunita

    Vogue Korea is always a feast for the eyes.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I almost never know what clothes they are trying to showcase, but I love, love Asian fashion magazines. The last time I was in Hong Kong, the hotel I was staying at had an (apparently famous) Japanese grocery store attached to it. I ended up pretty much buying out their fashion magazine section (and spent the equivalent of dinner at a VERY nice restaurant doing so).

  • NiseiShonagon

    This is straight from the Manila Luzon school of taking Asian stereotypes and making them undeniably fierce. Very much love.

  • minnye

    The model’s sense of movement raises the styling to a whole other level of fantastic. It would be very cool to see a video of this shoot.

    I am surprised that no one has chastised her to close her mouth, though 😉

  • DesertDweller79

    These are amazing. I just don’t understand how Vogue Korea is so much more interesting than USA Vogue. Anna Wintour, can you not see how incredible this is?

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    Miss Soo Joo is WERQ’n it!!!

  • calbear97

    This is beautiful. I was trying to figure out why I love the last pic so much, and then I saw it. Her feet are both off the ground! She’s flying!