Seolhyun’s picture disappears from Visit Korea home page

Nicholas Kim, May 23, 2016, 9:12 a.m.

Girl group AOA’s member Seolhyun’s pictures for the tourism promotion agency Visit Korea Committee has disappeared from its front page and its social network profile. Only actor Lee Min-ho’s pictures remain on these platforms. Both Seolhyun and Lee have been celebrity endorsers promoting the committee’s campaign “2016-2018 Visit Korea Year” since November 2015.

Promotional image of AOA member Seolhyun (Visit Korea Committee)

The campaign aims to improve the quality of the Korean tourism industry, according to the committee. However, the committee said that the removal of the picture did not mean that Seolhyun was no longer endorsing the campaign. 

Promotional image of actor Lee Min-ho at the Visit Korea Committee website's front page. Seolhyun disappeared from it (Visit Korea Committee)

“We don’t plan to change the celebrity endorser,” a source from the commitee was quoted as saying in a Yonhap News report on Sunday. “The change of photos on our website and social network accounts has little to do with it.”

Seolhyun and fellow AOA member Jimin were recently criticized for not recognizing a Korean independence fighter on a TV program. 

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