HoYeon Jung

Jung Ho-yeon
Hoyeon Jung Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019.jpg
Jung in February 2019
Born (1994-06-23) June 23, 1994 (age 27)
Myeonmok-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Alma materDongduk Women's University
  • Model
  • actress
Years active2010–present
AgentSaram Entertainment
Modeling information
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown
Korean name
Revised RomanizationJeong Ho-yeon
McCune–ReischauerChŏng Hoyŏn

Jung Ho-yeon (Korean정호연; born June 23, 1994) is a South Korean model and actress. She began her career in 2010 as a freelance model, walking in Seoul Fashion Week shows for two years. In 2013, she competed on the fourth season of Korea's Next Top Model and placed as a runner-up. In 2016, she signed with The Society Management and left South Korea to pursue a career overseas in 2016, and made her international runway debut for Opening Ceremony during New York Fashion Week. She was a Louis Vuitton exclusive in 2016 and was named the brand's global ambassador in 2021.

In 2020, Jung signed with Saram Entertainment as an actress. She made her television debut in 2021, starring in the Netflix series Squid Game as Kang Sae-byeok, and was praised by critics as the show's breakout star.

Life and career

Early life

Jung Ho-yeon was born on June 23, 1994[2] in Myeonmok-dong, Seoul, South Korea,[3] and has two siblings.[4] She graduated from Dongduk Women's University, where she majored in modeling.[5]


Jung started taking modeling classes at age 15, and started freelance modeling in 2010 at age 16, walking in shows for Seoul Fashion Week without an agency for two years.[6][7] While freelancing, she auditioned for the second season of the OnStyle reality competition series Korea's Next Top Model, but quit after making it into the top 30. She signed with ESteem Models in 2012 and dyed her hair a "fiery" red color, which became her signature look.[3] She then went on to compete on the fourth season of Korea's Next Top Model in 2013, where, after being eliminated in the second episode and returning in the fifth episode, she placed as a runner-up.[8][9] She then appeared in spreads for the Korean editions of magazines such as Vogue, Elle, and W before signing with The Society Management and leaving South Korea in 2016 to pursue a career overseas.[10][11]

She made her international runway debut in September 2016 at Opening Ceremony's spring 2017 show at New York Fashion Week. Shortly after, she walked in shows for Marc Jacobs, Alberta Ferretti, Max Mara, and Fendi; appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Love, and W; and was featured in campaigns for Sephora and Gap.[12][13] Also in 2016, she made her Paris Fashion Week runway debut as an exclusive model for Louis Vuitton at their spring 2017 show.[14] In September 2018, Models.com named Jung as on their list of the top 50 models.[15] At the 2019 Asian Model Awards, she won the Asian Star Award.[16] She walked in runways for Burberry, Miu Miu, Jason Wu, Chanel, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, Bottega Veneta, Emilio Pucci,[17] Prabal Gurung, Jacquemus, Gabriela Hearst,[18] Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli,[19] Jeremy Scott, Tory Burch,[20] Jean-Paul Gaultier, Acne Studios,[21] Brandon Maxwell,[22] Gucci,[6] and Lanvin.[23] Jung also appeared on the covers of Vogue Korea, Vogue Japan, CR Fashion Book, and Harper's Bazaar Korea.[24][25]

In October 2021, she was named Louis Vuitton's Global House Ambassador for fashion, watches, and jewelry.[14] That same month, she partnered with Adidas Originals for their Adicolor campaign.[26]


Jung in 2021

While modeling overseas, Jung periodically returned to South Korea during holidays to take acting lessons, and took three months' worth of acting lessons altogether. She also learned English in order to help her learn acting.[11] In January 2020, Jung was signed to Korean talent agency Saram Entertainment. She made her acting debut in the 2021 Netflix K-drama Squid Game in which she played Kang Sae-byeok, a North Korean defector and pickpocket who needs money to support her younger brother and track down her mother in North Korea.[26] One month after signing with Saram, she was given three scenes from the show's script, and auditioned for the role via video while in New York for New York Fashion Week.[7] She was then asked by director Hwang Dong-hyuk to audition again in person in South Korea, where she was given the part immediately.[18]

She studied for the role of Sae-byeok by practicing her character's Hamgyŏng dialect with real North Korean defectors, watching documentaries about North Korean defectors, and learning martial arts. She also drew upon her own feelings of loneliness after leaving South Korea to build the character, and wrote a daily diary from her character's perspective.[18][27] Sae-byeok became a fan favorite, and Jung was called Squid Game's breakout star by critics.[10][28][6]

Public image

While working as a model, Jung became known by designers as the "red-haired Asian".[15] Vogue's Monica Kim called her "one of Seoul's top modeling talents" in 2015.[3] Jung became the most-followed South Korean actress on Instagram in 2021, surpassing actresses Lee Sung-kyung and Song Hye-kyo and, as of October 2021, has over 20 million followers on the platform.[29] In 2021, K-Ci Williams of Vulture called Jung "the world's current 'It' girl."[10]

Personal life

Jung has been in a relationship with actor Lee Dong-hwi since 2016.[24] Her net worth is estimated to be US$4 million as of 2021.[25]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Korea's Next Top Model Herself Season four contestant and runner-up [7]
2021 Squid Game Kang Sae-byeok Main role [30]

Music videos

Year Song title Artist Length Ref.
2014 "Move" Kim Yeon-woo 4:09 [31]



  1. ^ "Hoyeon Jung - Model". models.com.
  2. ^ Pullar, Jessica (October 5, 2021). "Meet Jung Ho-yeon—The Stunning Korean Model Behind Netflix's Viral Series, Squid Game". Elle Australia. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Kim, Monica (October 26, 2015). "Meet Hoyeon Jung, Seoul Street Style Star and Korea's Next Top Model". Vogue.
  4. ^ "Hoyeon Jung". Interview. March 7, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  5. ^ "'라디오스타' 이동휘, 연인 정호연 바라보는 눈빛 '♡ 뿅뿅'..."질투 유발자들"" ['Radio Star' Lee Dong-hwi, his lover Jung Ho-yeon's eyes '♡ Pyong-pyong'..."Jealousy Initiators"] (in Korean). Donga Ilbo. March 31, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2021 – via Naver.
  6. ^ a b c Park, Hanna (October 14, 2021). "Jung Ho-yeon of 'Squid Game' on dark twists in series, light mood on set". NBC News. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Okwodu, Janelle (October 7, 2021). "Exclusive: How Hoyeon Jung of 'Squid Game' Went from Model to Star of Netflix's Biggest Hit". Vogue. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  8. ^ Kim, Jae-heun (January 10, 2016). "Korea's next top model targets New York Fashion Week". The Korea Times.
  9. ^ Kim, Monica (October 20, 2016). "Korean Model Hoyeon Jung's Skin Care and Makeup Secrets". Vogue. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  10. ^ a b c Williams, K.-Ci (October 12, 2021). "Jung Ho-yeon Says Squid Game 'Changed Me for the Better'". Vulture. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  11. ^ a b Cadavillo, Ginyn (September 29, 2021). "Meet Jung Ho-yeon, the breakout star of Netflix's Squid Game". South China Morning Post. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  12. ^ Kostolanska, Zuzana (October 11, 2016). "Top 5 Model Newcomers of the SS17 Season". Elle UK.
  13. ^ Munzenrieder, Kyle (October 6, 2021). "'Squid Game' Star HoYeon Jung is Now a Louis Vuitton Global Ambassador". W. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  14. ^ a b LeGardye, Quinci (October 9, 2021). "'Squid Game's HoYeon Jung Is Louis Vuitton's Newest Global Ambassador". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  15. ^ a b Hyun-kyung, Kang (June 21, 2019). "Red-haired Korean model rocks 'Big 4' fashion weeks". The Korea Times. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  16. ^ Petrarca, Emilia (October 6, 2021). "This Squid Game Actress Is No Longer Wearing Bloody Tracksuits". The Cut. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  17. ^ Tortora, Laura (October 8, 2021). "HoYeon Jung: l'attrice di Squid Game sarà il volto di Louis Vuitton". Vogue Italia (in Italian). Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  18. ^ a b c Delgado, Sara (October 6, 2021). "Yes, "Squid Game" Star Hoyeon Jung Is As Cool As You Think She Is". Teen Vogue. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  19. ^ "Round 6: HoYeon Jung, atriz da série, se tornou a 'Juliette' da Coréia do Sul". GQ Brazil (in Portuguese). October 6, 2021. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  20. ^ Ting, Jasmine (October 11, 2021). "'Squid Game's' Ho Yeon Jung Fronts New Adidas Campaign". Paper. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  21. ^ Lara, María Fernanda (October 6, 2021). "HoYeon Jung de 'El juego del calamar' es toda una fashion icon". InStyle México (in Spanish). Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  22. ^ Sánchez, Alberto Sisí (September 30, 2021). "HoYeon Jung, la supermodelo que triunfa como actriz con 'El juego del calamar', la serie revelación de Netflix". Vogue España (in Spanish). Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  23. ^ Widjojo, Conchita (October 8, 2021). "Who Is 'Squid Game' Star HoYeon Jung?". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  24. ^ a b LeGardye, Quinci (September 27, 2021). "Who Is HoYeon Jung From 'Squid Game'?". Marie Claire. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  25. ^ a b Shah, Abha (October 12, 2021). "Squid's In: how HoYeon Jung from Squid Game became fashion's hottest property". Evening Standard. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  26. ^ a b Frey, Kaitlyn (October 7, 2021). "Squid Game's Jung Ho-yeon Just Landed Major Fashion Gigs with Louis Vuitton and Adidas". People. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  27. ^ Yeo, Gladys (September 24, 2021). "'Squid Game' star Jung Ho-yeon on getting the role: "The first thing I said was, 'Why?'"". NME. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  28. ^ Yeo, Gladys (October 4, 2021). "'Squid Game''s Jung Ho-yeon becomes most followed South Korean actress on Instagram". NME. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  29. ^ Berbano, Kate (October 15, 2021). "How Squid Game's Jung Ho-yeon became an overnight icon". South China Morning Post. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  30. ^ Kim Hyun-rok (June 2, 2020). "[단독]톱모델 정호연, '오징어게임' 여주인공...본격 연기 데뷔" [[Exclusive] Top model Jeong Ho-yeon, the female lead in 'Squid Game'...full-fledged acting debut] (in Korean). SpoTV News. Archived from the original on October 3, 2021. Retrieved September 29, 2021 – via Naver.
  31. ^ Choi Ji-ye (May 28, 2014). "김연우, 감각 파격의 끝을 달리는 '무브' 오늘 공개" [Kim Yeon-woo, 'Move' that runs to the end of sensational shock is released today] (in Korean). My Daily. Retrieved October 3, 2021 – via Naver.

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