Remembering Mina, “Miss World Cup” of 2002

First off; she’s still alive and well, but it’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 11 years since Shim Mina (featured at the old site here) was discovered while showing her support for her national soccer team during the 2002 World Cup. After being dubbed by the Korean media as “Miss World Cup” and gracing the covers of all the major sports newspaper in the country, Mina shortly thereafter released her debut album and quickly became a K-pop sensation.

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Mina in 2011

Her star’s faded since her 2002 heyday, but she’s never dropped too far from the public eye. After her banner year, she released three subsequent albums and a few singles, the most recent being “Goodbye” in 2011.

Of course, before she became a household name in Korea and took center stage, she was a very active backup dancer, working it behind some of the most popular K-pop artists. In the above home video, shot circa 2008, Mina shows that she still remembers all the moves to the routine she did on stage with Park Ji-yoon for the latter’s 2000 hit, ”Coming of Age Ceremony,” which has one of the sexiest K-pop dance routines ever. (The lead and backup dancer parts are practically identical.)

Mina’s been pretty much out of the spotlight the last couple of years, reportedly concentrating her efforts on the clothing line she launched last year called “Tamina,” which, according to her Wikipedia page, is said to be now defunct, but as of this writing, the website is still up.

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  1. Avatar of wylde8

    Funny that you should post this. Just yesterday I thought its been a while since I’ve checked out her pics, so of course I had to do a search.

    Unfortunately, the above video leaves out the thing that makes Shim Mina legendary… her abs! Her abs are so beautiful they make me want to cry like a little girl.

  2. Avatar of Luke

    Good timing what with the Aussie’s qualifying for Brazil last night. I look forward to their babes. Korea did an amazing job hosting with Japan. You have to love the Red Army when it has members that look like this.

  3. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    Luke wrote:
    Good timing what with the Aussie’s qualifying for Brazil last night.

    That’s funny—I scheduled this post well in advance, and as somebody who doesn’t follow sport, I wasn’t aware of Australia’s win either.

  4. Avatar of Luke

    Dr. Lee,

    You are doing well to avoid sport here Doc, especially in state of origin season. I am one of the majority of Aussies that reads the paper from the back, what else do you talk to people at work about? ;)

  5. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    Luke wrote:

    Dr. Lee,

    what else do you talk to people at work about? https://www.asian-sirens.net/wp/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif” alt=”;)” class=”wp-smiley”>

    Asian girls. :-)

  6. Avatar of Luke

    Dr. Lee wrote: Asian girls.

    lol. I should have known :)

  7. CEC’s avatar

    Luke,

    Their official fans are the Red Devils. Their website is only in Korean but Google Translate will at least give you the gist: http://www.reddevil.or.kr/

  8. Avatar of wingsfan19

    She’s seriously hot, and I forgot she had been been posted here before. I remembered when I say the old post, though.

    The title for the post made me think Mina was dead:-(

  9. Avatar of French

    wingsfan19 wrote:
    She’s seriously hot, and I forgot she had been been posted here before. I remembered when I say the old post, though.

    The title for the post made me think Mina was dead:-(

    Agreed…she is quite the hottie, and that post title made me think the same thing….:( I am getting quite attracted to the Korean gals of late. It is almost as if they are going for the title of “cute” against the Japanese.

    Wingsfan: I think the Hawks might win this year.

  10. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    wingsfan19 wrote:
    The title for the post made me think Mina was dead:-(

    Not an unreasonable assumption for a young Korean celebrity sadly.

  11. Avatar of wingsfan19

    French,

    Well, it’s certainly been a great series.

  12. Avatar of wingsfan19

    Dr. Lee wrote: Not an unreasonable assumption for a young Korean celebrity sadly.

    Well, I wasn’t necessarily thinking of suicide but unfortunately we know that it is all too common.

  13. Avatar of wingsfan19

    Hope you all enjoy my avatar. SHL is the one who got me started with AS.

  14. Avatar of Dr. Lee

    Yes, I was thinking that was an ideal AS avatar for your username. :-)

  15. Avatar of Luke

    wingsfan19 wrote:
    Hope you all enjoy my avatar.

    I love it, great photo of an all time favourite.

  16. Avatar of Bourbaki

    So stunning, i cant resist Korean babes eyes. Wow

  17. Avatar of wingsfan19

    Dr. Lee wrote:
    Yes, I was thinking that was an ideal AS avatar for your username.

    Yeah, cuz there ain’t no Red Wings I’d want to see naked;-)

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