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    Quote Originally Posted by cooper View Post
    yuna attended the "2011 Korean Tourism Star Special Contribution Award" today

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    OMG she is so stunning!!! Thanks for the pics.
    Those peachy cheeks!!!!
    This makeup somehow reminds me of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gourry View Post
    OMG she is so stunning!!! Thanks for the pics.
    Those peachy cheeks!!!!
    This makeup somehow reminds me of this.
    one more photo from the event.. her baby cheeks is cute

    http://imgnews.naver.com/image/001/2...0001300_P2.jpg

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    Al That Skate Summer 2011 promotional video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEWjL...layer_embedded

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    Quote Originally Posted by YunaBliss View Post
    I die...
    Who is her escort at this Korean Tourism event? Anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eyria View Post
    Who is her escort at this Korean Tourism event? Anyone know?
    I don't think he's her escort. The guy sitting/standing next to her is So Ji-Sup, a top actor/A-lister in Korea... I believe he's also well-known in other parts of Asia due to the popularity of Korean entertainment and pop culture (also know as "hallyu" or the Korean wave). He is there to accept the same award as Yuna.

    They both look fabulous... I love Yuna's makeup here, it really enhances her natural beauty.

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    Oh my goodness! Look at how close the photographers are...man! She is so strong for being unfazed by this kind of attention. It always amazes me (laughs).

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    Yeah, YuNa must live a life that's pretty much goldfish-bowl every minute of the day when she's in Korea. No wonder she trains in North America. She seems to have developed an amazing poise and grace about her situation. And it's not as if she has many precedents who can show her the way to conduct her life. She's like Princess Diana to the nth degree, and she has to figure it all out herself. She impresses me immensely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    Yeah, YuNa must live a life that's pretty much goldfish-bowl every minute of the day when she's in Korea. No wonder she trains in North America. She seems to have developed an amazing poise and grace about her situation. And it's not as if she has many precedents who can show her the way to conduct her life. She's like Princess Diana to the nth degree, and she has to figure it all out herself. She impresses me immensely.
    As an admirer, long term observer and who has met Princess Di twice in person, I'd say Yuna is beyond Princess Di. The only similar thing she has to our people's princess is her fame and outpouring of love and admiration to and from her people including the Korean media, whilst the British press aren't always so kind to Princess Diana.

    Far from playing the victim, it is great to see this young girl strives to make great positives out her fame and fortune. Young can be vulnerable, capable of make mistakes due to lack of experience - sure... but she's also strong, tough, hardworking and determined ... and really made maximum mileage out her World champion and Olympic gold medals like all great champions do, including dealing with difficulties.

    Quite how she kept it all normal is astonishing, and I can't help but think her family in particular her mother has set a solid ground for her to flourish and shape her thoughts and philosophy.
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    You met Diana twice? Wow! That is so cool. Was she as charismatic in person as she seemed from pictures and TV coverage?

    I'm glad to hear that YuNa has an easier time with the press than poor Diana had. As the last few weeks have certainly proved, the British press is famous for its invasiveness and its roughness. But though press coverage for YuNa may be more admiring and positive, it's certainly equally intense, if not more so. YuNa has her hands full, I imagine! Yet she bears the drawbacks of her fame with the same grace with which she accepts the benefits.

    Additionally, despite Diana's truly wonderful common touch and empathy (for example she may have been the first public person in Britain to hug AIDS sufferers--and this was at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s), she was a bit of what we call in skating a head case. YuNa doesn't seem to have that trait.

    You can see why I made the comparison, though. Both young women are catnip for reporters and television cameras! It can't be an easy life, and it must take a huge amount of energy.

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    Again the same time of a week came by with another episode of Yuna's reality skating show:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ2d4YNcth8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncKwEOna6Hk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    You met Diana twice? Wow! That is so cool. Was she as charismatic in person as she seemed from pictures and TV coverage?

    I'm glad to hear that YuNa has an easier time with the press than poor Diana had. As the last few weeks have certainly proved, the British press is famous for its invasiveness and its roughness. But though press coverage for YuNa may be more admiring and positive, it's certainly equally intense, if not more so. YuNa has her hands full, I imagine! Yet she bears the drawbacks of her fame with the same grace with which she accepts the benefits.

    Additionally, despite Diana's truly wonderful common touch and empathy (for example she may have been the first public person in Britain to hug AIDS sufferers--and this was at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s), she was a bit of what we call in skating a head case. YuNa doesn't seem to have that trait.

    You can see why I made the comparison, though. Both young women are catnip for reporters and television cameras! It can't be an easy life, and it must take a huge amount of energy.
    I 'met' Diana twice in the 90s and she was absolutely gorgeous in person and she is one of those people I'd describe who lit up the room when she walks in. I do believe Yuna has been described similar by other journalist and people who met her... and having went to her show and sat through her Q&As, I do sense she certain got 'it' too

    Diana was the formal president of Royal Academy of Music in London, and she had her own VIP box in the concert hall, I sat opposite her once in the other box area, During intrim, I waved to her and nodded, to my astonishment she waved, smiled and nodded back, then I was totally star struck for life. (Back then, most of Pacific Asian people in London were students, works in embassies/suits or work or own restaurants, and she has always shown compassion for minority populations back then which is something I found quite touching about her.) The other time was at a Gallery Show opening where she didn't stay very long, she was pretty much surrounded by crazy photographers. Actually meeting royals is nothing special, I have even shook hands with a few (London is one of those places where you do bump into various famous people all the time and occasionally get introduced, you definitely develop tolerance for the 'famed' and learnt to ignore them), but I had always been quite taken by Diana and will never forget her, and she has the most gorgeous crop of blonde hair I have ever seen. Really, they are a work of art by it itself. She is also very tall and wear some gorgeous heels which makes her presence even more impressive.

    Yes the British press is interesting, they can really cover the entire spectrum, from the very best to the worst. It is great among the most liberal media environment still around, with undiluted unmonopolised valuable unique points of views, but what are the cost of liberty? Apparently Paparazzi is banned in Korea, that certainly helped.

    Olympia, I can see why you made the comparison - in a way it is totally flattering because Diana really is so well love by the people (and earnt her love), but given the tragic circumstances how it went horribly wrong in the end. I'd love Yuna carve out a space for herself, and may be in the future other people would want to be compared to her, like I want to be like <insert tag> Yuna from Korea ;P
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    What a lovely story, os168. Thanks!

    I think YuNa will be such a role model going forward. It's obvious that she takes seriously her public position, and she wants to use it to do good.

    I'll always have a soft spot for Diana. As I said earlier, she was one of the first public figures not just to touch people with AIDS but to hug them. At that time, the early 1980s, AIDS was just taking hold as a disease, and many people were sure that it was as contagious as the flu. There was a lot of fear, and in some areas even hysteria. When American student Ryan White was revealed to have AIDS, which he got at an early age because he was a hemophiliac, his school officials wouldn't let him use the same water fountain as the rest of the school. And this young woman, Diana, was going into hospitals and hugging AIDS patients. And she didn't behave like that on instructions from the royal family. In those days, royals weren't expected to touch people at all. This behavior was all Diana. Talk about a role model. She behaved this welcoming way to all sorts and conditions of people, in many countries, and she also raised her sons to pay attention to people who weren't at the top rung of the ladder. I'd say she left a pretty good mark in the world, though as you say, I wouldn't wish her fate on anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    What a lovely story, os168. Thanks!

    I think YuNa will be such a role model going forward. It's obvious that she takes seriously her public position, and she wants to use it to do good.

    I'll always have a soft spot for Diana. As I said earlier, she was one of the first public figures not just to touch people with AIDS but to hug them. At that time, the early 1980s, AIDS was just taking hold as a disease, and many people were sure that it was as contagious as the flu. There was a lot of fear, and in some areas even hysteria. When American student Ryan White was revealed to have AIDS, which he got at an early age because he was a hemophiliac, his school officials wouldn't let him use the same water fountain as the rest of the school. And this young woman, Diana, was going into hospitals and hugging AIDS patients. And she didn't behave like that on instructions from the royal family. In those days, royals weren't expected to touch people at all. This behavior was all Diana. Talk about a role model. She behaved this welcoming way to all sorts and conditions of people, in many countries, and she also raised her sons to pay attention to people who weren't at the top rung of the ladder. I'd say she left a pretty good mark in the world, though as you say, I wouldn't wish her fate on anyone.
    May be Royal family is unaware of it, but as much of a thorn Diana is to the Royal family (Her popularity almost eclipse the Queen at some point, and some may even argue, she had), her greatest contribution was how she brought royals closer to the people than ever through her various charity and social activities, including breaking down many taboos like the example you have stated. She made the Royals more socially relevant than ever through her high profile, and appreciated not just by the privileged few. Royals in this country do 'duties' but rarely do we see someone champion important new causes as much as she has put forward. (unless you count Charles with his 'organic' farming)

    It is wonderful to see her charitable values passed down to her fabulous 2 boys to really ensure the future legacy of the Royal in this country (I happen to like them and think it is what gives England its unique character). There had been a growing anti monarchist feeling for a while in the 90s, but the resentment died down through her tragic passing and everyone want best for her two boys. It helped when the young Prince William looked so much like his mum, it is heart breaking really. Nobody will state this publicly but that is what most are saying behind close doors. And now here we are, we have Princess Kate now... hmmm~~~

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    To bring it back to Yuna. It can be quite tiresome to be a 'role model' for anyone, and in a way I don't wish it on anybody as flattering as it may sound.

    It might be easier just forget about the tags, and concentrate on what she love, what makes her happy and what she is good at. She need to look after her own general well being if a long run is what she intend. I can only imagine skating must have felt at times like a job, a burden, especially after realising her Olympic Gold dream, but it is also what opened doors for her, and open other people's heart to her. So as long as she stick with what she does best and pace herself as a matter of necessity, she really should have a fabulous future ahead.

    Actually, I think her great future is already guaranteed with her assisting/securing the PC bid, because in a way, it means her Olympic legacy lives on in Korea (the structure and foundation for an Olympic standard skating rink and wonderful facilities for other winter sports) ; the question is how much more brighter can she shine?
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