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Official launch of the Korea Fashion Model Arts Association

The Korea Modeling Arts Association (Kofmaa) made its official launch Tuesday at a ceremony at the Gangnam District Textile Center in southern Seoul. [KOREA FASHION MODEL ARTS ASSOCIATION]

The Korea Fashion Model Arts Association (Kofmaa) was officially launched Tuesday at a ceremony at the Gangnam District Textile Center in southern Seoul.

Kofmaa was established with the vision of promoting and supporting Korean cultural figures, especially models, dancers and musicians, in their overseas activities. The association was created after obtaining the approval of establishment from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Kofmaa announced that she will lead fashion model management, organize fashion shows and fashion conferences, and expand overseas marketing.

“In order to develop the Korean fashion industry, we need to embrace the lifestyle fashion industry with the cultural arts industry,” Chung So-mi, chairman of Kofmaa, said at the ceremony. “By combining the fashion industry, we can continue to improve its value.”

Chung So-mi, president of Kofmaa, delivered a speech announcing the association's vision at the ceremony. [KOREA FASHION MODEL ARTS ASSOCIATION]

Chung So-mi, president of Kofmaa, delivered a speech announcing the association’s vision at the ceremony. [KOREA FASHION MODEL ARTS ASSOCIATION]

The launch ceremony brought together some 150 people including fashion teachers, officials from the Ministry of Culture, designers, models and actors. Actor Kim Mi-sook was among many personalities who gave a congratulatory speech at the launch of the association.

Kofmaa said that although it has about 150 members, its goal is to increase the number to 300 by next year.

BY SHIN MIN-HEE [shin.minhee@joongang.co.kr]