Fashion King Korea was a television program that aired in 2013 and 2014 pulling idols in to express their creativity through design in a ten episode competition. Each idol was paired with a talented designer and would create fashionable looks to compete against the other pairs. Each duo would earn points and the ones with the lowest score were eliminated at the end of each episode.
In season two, Sunmi was paired with Yang Hee Min. She competed against Block B members Zico and P.O, Korean model Clara, ZE:A’s Kwanghee, Running Man’s Jo Se-ho, Unnie’s member and actress Hong Jinkyung, Drug Restaurant’s Jung Joon Young, and actress Yoon Jinseo.
Sadly, Sunmi and her partner were the second team to be eliminated during the round where they had to create and model an outdoor look. She thanked her designer for all that she learned and claimed that the filming never felt like work, more like having fun with a friend. While she held her composure onstage, Sunmi shed tears in the behind stage interview, sad to have to leave so soon. Even though her designs were below the judges’ expectations, no one can deny that Sunmi definitely has style!