Cover Jung Ho-Yeon is the top model-turned-actor of 2021 (Photo: Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Netflix)

The Squid Game star stole the hearts of the public and fashion industry with her captivating performance

The Industry Awards celebrates the top models of the year, and it’s the collective votes of 400 industry professionals that include photographers, editors, stylists and more, as well as public voters, that decides who of the shortlisted models will take home those accolades.

Categories are given for best Women, Men and Breakout models, but there’s also a prize for Model Turned Actor. Despite being up against Hunter Schafer and Indya Moore, it’s no surprise that this year, Korean star Hoyeon Jung swept up both awards for Industry and Reader’s choice.
Jung has been modelling in Korea since 2012, and joined the New York scene in 2018, but it was her appearance on Netflix’s most watched series, Squid Game, that has catapulted her career well beyond modelling and into the film industry, gaining her international recognition.

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Her performance as Kang Sae-byeok was equal parts terrifying and tear-jerking, as audiences developed sympathy for this serious North Korean defector caught between a rock and a hard place.
Asian models have had a major moment this year, and 15 made it on the shortlist, including He Cong, Mao Xiaoxing and Sora Choi, the last of whom was the runner up for Reader’s choice in the Women category.
The complete list of winners and runners up are as follows:

Industry – Kristen McNemany

Reader – Stenberg


Industry – Alton Mason

Reader – Fernando Lindez

Breakout Star: Women+

Industry – Quannah Chasinghorse

Reader – Quannah Chasinghorse

Breakout Star: Men+

Industry – Kai Isaiah Jamal

Reader – Haatepah

Social Mover of the Year

Industry – Adwoa Aboah

Social – Bella Hadid


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