Update, from the Chosun Ilbo: Choi Han-bit has become the first transgender individual to pass the first preliminary round of the Super Model Contest 2009 on July 2. "It's just the beginning. I do not live in vain hope. But if I can be happy and I can also do it..." Choi wrote on her blog on Wednesday. Choi is reported a graduate of the School of Dance at the Korean National University of Arts. According to SBS, over 1,200 people applied to this year's Super Model Contest. Only 160 passed the document screening, and only 50 people, including Choi, passed the first preliminary round. The second preliminary round on July 28 will leave 32 candidates for the final round, which will be held in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province, on Sept. 25.
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