Surprise Bachelor of the Year named
A BOLTER from the blue has made it Kim-possible for your average beefcake contender to win Cosmopolitan's + Tinder's 2018 Bachelor of the Year.
At a lavish party at the Coogee Pavilion last night, the magazine named Kevin Kim this year's bachelor, with readers selecting the SBS PopAsia host from a field of 30 of Australia's hottest single blokes.
"It's pretty cool," the 30-year-old said of his win. "I feel proud to be representing my community. I really appreciate all the people that voted for me for all their support."
The slim fashion plate is a world away from the image many have of the bachelor title, which has often been won by buff acting stars and athletes, including swimmer Eamon Sullivan and Underbelly star Firass Dirani.
Kim rose to fame as the lead singer of the super popular K-pop band ZE: A and now hosts three weekly shows on SBS PopAsia.
He said his win came as a big surprise.
"It means a lot to win," Kim said.
"Not many K Pop idols have tried out for this kind of thing, so I think I'm a pioneer.
"It's such a diverse bunch of guys I didn't know I had a chance to win."
Following hot on Kim's heels were Home and Away's Orpheus Pledger, who was runner-up, while former The Bachelorette contestant Cam Cranley came third.
Cosmopolitan took over the Bachelor of the Year competition after Cleo was shut down more than two years ago and editor Keshnee Kemp said the winner reflects the changing face of the magazine's readers.
"This year we celebrated an incredibly diverse group of men ranging from firefighters and real estate agents to a coal miner, rigger, chef and doctor," Kemp said.
"We also had finalists with cultural backgrounds from China, Japan, New Zealand, Jordon and Nigeria.
"It's a great representation of our diverse readers and of the millennial generation."
Kim, who was born in South Korea and grew up in Sydney's Epping, was a bona fide star in K-pop during his time with ZE: A.
The genre is increasingly popular in Australia but for many Aussies the best known example would be Psy's 2012 hit Gangnam Style.
Kim describes himself as "optimistic and outgoing" and said he believes in expressing his personality through his fashion. "It's about showing who you are through your clothes. And it's my job to stand out," he said.