And of the list of 200 nominees, 2 Korean representatives are spotted – singer Rain and national figure skater Kim YunA. Go under the cut to find out more about voting for these 2 Korean representatives on the poll.
- Kim Yu-Na (click to vote)
- Age: 19
- Occupation: Figure skater
- Previous TIME 100 Appearances: 0
- Current Rank: 33
- Kim earned South Korea’s first ever Olympic figure-skating medal, a gold one at that, during the Vancouver Games. Her graceful command of the ice — her Olympic programs earned the highest scores from judges since a new scoring system was instituted in 2006 — is single-handedly making skating the sport to watch in her golf-obsessed nation.
- Rain (click to vote)
- Age: 27
- Occupation: South Korean pop star
- Previous TIME 100 Appearances: 1
- Current Rank: 40
- Pop singer Rain has long been a phenomenon in his native South Korea, but his popularity in the U.S. is growing after a successful international concert tour in support of his latest album, Rainism, included several U.S. stops. He has crossover appeal, too — he’s cut his acting chops with recent roles in Speed Racer and Ninja Assassin. And (as previous TIME 100 poll results can attest) he has some of the most dedicated Internet fans anywhere.