The 2009 Style Icon Awards

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The 2009 Style Icon Awards — which awards figures in society, culture and the arts who led the country in trend and style — was held at N Seoul Tower on November 11. The event was aired live for five hours on three cable channels; Olive, tvN and XTM, from 6 to 11 p.m. The ceremony was hosted by 3 emcees — anchorwoman Baik Ji-yeon, actress Park Si-yeon and singer Seo In-young — who went from girl to woman and woman to lady, representing the famous Klimt painting “The Three Ages of Woman”, which was the motif concept for the event.

Actress Kim Hye-soo wins two awards
The top prize Icon of the Year Award was handed to actress Kim Hye-soo, who put up a good fight with her edgy acting in SBS TV series “Style”. Kim, who also won in the Television Actress category, said in her acceptance speech, “Thank you for calling my name twice on such a fantastic stage. I think it’s a big blessing for me to win this incredible award at a ceremony which is about love and sharing.” Jung Woo-sung of “A Good Rain Knows” and Ha Ji-won of “Haeundae” were selected winners for the Movie Star category, while hip-hop artist Tiger JK (of hip-hop group Drunken Tiger) won the Male Musician category and performed “Monster” and “True Love” with singer-rapper wife Yoon Mi-rae. Actress Kim Nam-joo, who won the TV Star category for her role in MBC drama “Queen of Housewives”, delivered the perfect housewife speech. “I love [husband and actor] Kim Seung-woo, the King of Charms”. Idol group member and actor Kim Hyun-joong, who starred in the pouplar KBS TV series “Boys Over Flowers” earlier this year, was voted the Most Popular Icon by some 250,000 Netizens.

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For the Special Icon Award, Kim Young-kyun accepted the award on behalf of his wife, actress Jang Jin-young who passed away in September due to stomach cancer, and gave a moving speech: “I attended this event because the purpose of the ceremony, which is to help many people in need, was what my wife believed in when she was alive. I will deliver this award to Jang Jin-young.” Actress Kim Hye-ja, who has long worked as ambassador for World Vision, shared her Beautiful Sharing Award with “people who do good work for children behind the scenes”. Many celebrities, including Jung Hyung-don, Jung Ga-eun, Horan and Jeong Ryeo-won attended the event to present the awards. Other stars who showed up included actresses Shin Min-ah, Oh Hyun-kyung, Choi Song-hyun, Lee A-hyun and Song Sun-mi.


Icon of the Year: Kim Hye-soo
Male Movie Star: Jung Woo-sung
Female Movie Star: Ha Ji-won
Male TV Actor: Kwon Sang-woo
Female TV Actress: Kim Hye-soo
TV Star: Kim Nam-joo
Male Singer: Tiger JK
Female Singer: 2NE1
Model: Kim Young-kwang
TV New Icon: Kim Nam-gil
Movie New Icon: Lee Min-ki
Sports: Choo Shin-soo
Culture & Arts: Park Chan-wook
Performance & Arts: Lee Seung-chul
Beautiful Sharing: World Vision (Kim Hye-ja)
Fun Fearless Female: Ha Ji-won
Male Fashionista: Kim Sung-soo
Female Fashionista: Shin Min-ah
People’s Choice – Most Popular Icon: Kim Hyun-joong
Special Award: Jang Jin-young (accepted by husband Kim Young-kyun)

Reporter : Choi Ji-Eun five@10asia.co.kr
Photographer : Lee Jin-hyuk eleven@10asia.co.kr
Editor : Lynn Kim lynn2878@asiae.co.kr