Honey Lee lost in translationPosted: June 1, 2007
Could it be that the stunningly gorgeous Miss Honey Lee (24) (trans: Lee Ha-nee) missed out on Miss Universe crown because the translator flubbed up? Alert POPSEOUL! readers have pointed out that the translator made it sound that Miss Korea was a gold digger instead of the humanitarian motives for having a fat but endless wallet. If this is true, then the translator is defintitely at fault. As every good interpreter knows, translation is more of an art since the interpreter’s major role is to be sensitive as to how the speaker is being presented to others – therefore, literal translations or skipping out on words could be detrimental to the image of the speaker. However, the important thing here is that Honey Lee made it to the top 5 and that is quite a feat for Korea. Besides, Honey Lee left the competition with an extra $1,000 in her wallet and the honor of putting Korea back on the map in beauty contests. Congrats Honey.
There is always next year. Hopefully, Korea will make sure they get a better translator.
The mikimoto crown went to Miss Japan – Riyo Mori.
1st Runner up: Miss Brazil, Natalia Guimares
2nd Runner up: Miss Venezuela, Ly Jonaitis
3rd Runner up: Miss Korea, Honey Lee
4th Runner up: Miss USA, Rachel Smith