A nationally ranked South Korean table tennis player is going viral for her MAXIM Korea magazine story.
Suh Hyo Won is a South Korean table tennis player who has previously competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is the top female table tennis player in South Korea and has previously ranked 11th worldwide. Suh Hyo Won quickly captured the attention of netizens due to her cute visuals, earning herself the nickname, “Table Tennis Goddess.” Her feats as a table tennis player, however, is the not the reason behind her recent headlines.
It has been belatedly revealed that back in 2015, the then 27-year-old table tennis player unknowingly posed for MAXIM Korea magazine. MAXIM magazine is famously known for being a men’s publication, with its content including risqué photos of women from all over the world. In a 2016 interview, Suh Hyo Won shared that she remembers modeling for some photos, but that she had no idea it would be for the men’s magazine.
I received a modeling offer from them. My coach and I both assumed it was for the coffee brand. I really like Maxim coffee.
— Suh Hyo Won
Maxim Coffee is a famous South Korean coffee brand, known for its convenient single serving coffee sticks. These coffee sticks have quickly become a staple in the Korean culture and can often be found in all types of Korean office settings, homes, etc. Due to the two brands’ same name, the table tennis player thought she was posing for the coffee company and not the magazine company.
The table tennis player further revealed that she found out about her risqué magazine spread on her own.
I was curious about the photos so I searched them up online. ‘It’s not this right?’ was my initial thought when I saw that it was for the men’s magazine. My body isn’t really nice. Even my coach knows that. My coach said ‘You can’t do that. If you do, it’ll be disastrous.’ So I responded, ‘I know I won’t.’ But we ended up shooting and here we are.
— Suh Hyo Won
We have no words for this bizarre story! While she looks great in her photos, we hope that Suh Hyo Won wasn’t too shocked when she found out which MAXIM brand she modeled for.