A 15-year old female student who was allowed to pose semi-nude on Mnet I Am A Model reality show has drawn huge controversy among netizens.
The search for the next top model in Mnet I Am A Model is already into its 4th season. The winner from this edition was 15-year old student Park Seo Jin who was the youngest-ever winner from the series. But the organizers never thought that her win would bring them much trouble in the aftermath.
In one of the segments as part of the competition, Park Seo Jin had to film a sexy photoshoot with another male model. It was at this point where Park Seo Jin only donned a pair of jeans, wearing nothing on top and using only her long hair to block her sensitive parts. This caused an uproar among Korean viewers who pointed out that Mnet shouldn’t have allowed the underaged Park Seo Jin to film such a sexy photoshoot just for the sake of high ratings.
There are also criticism that Park Seo Jin had already been signed by XING Entertainment as an artiste before the competition had begun and thus it deviated from the competition’s initial aim of discovering new talent.
But some netizens also defended Park Seo Jin, remarking that despite her tender age, she was able to film the semi-nude photoshoot with style and panache, aptly displaying the charisma of a professional model.
An Mnet representative expressed, “Park Seo Jin photoshoot was only a mission. Our participants were mostly models aged 20 and above. We never thought that Park Seo Jin would have picked this mission. But we hope that everyone can look from another perspective because this is only a segment within the program, and is totally different from the usual nude photoshoots.”
Since winning I Am A Model competition, her status has rocketed and she has already signed on with many cosmetic firms to endorse their products. In addition, she will be debuting as a singer soon with her new solo album.