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Soccer Mamas
March 18, 2002
Soccer is a game of artistry, and all artists need a muse. China is so eager for inspiration in the World Cup finals—which begin in Japan and South Korea on May 31—that a top modeling agency is assembling what it calls a World Cup Beauties Guiding Support Group. "The women must be beautiful, thoughtful, skilled and taller than 165 centimeters [5'5"]," says Yuebo Li, of New Silk Road Model Co. Other Cup-bound nations have adopted only a single muse, including:
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March 18, 2002

Soccer Mamas

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Soccer is a game of artistry, and all artists need a muse. China is so eager for inspiration in the World Cup finals—which begin in Japan and South Korea on May 31—that a top modeling agency is assembling what it calls a World Cup Beauties Guiding Support Group. "The women must be beautiful, thoughtful, skilled and taller than 165 centimeters [5'5"]," says Yuebo Li, of New Silk Road Model Co. Other Cup-bound nations have adopted only a single muse, including:

Who: Carolina Ardohain, 21, voted by readers of Ol� magazine as the "godmother" of Argentina's team

R�sum�: Known as Pampita (which means little country girl), Ardohain models for Victoria's Secret and has appeared on the cover of almost every Argentine magazine. She's also a reporter on the entertainment show El Rayo.

Hobbies: Dancing, aerobics, fashion

Favorite Sport: Horseback riding

Who: Norika Fujiwara, 30, selected by the Japanese government to be its Goodwill Ambassador to South Korea for the World Cup

R�sum�: After winning Miss Japan in 1992, Fujiwara became one of her country's most popular actresses. Last year she performed the voice of Princess Fiona in the Japanese version of Shrek.

Hobbies: Going to the gym, learning Korean

Favorite Sport: Basketball

Who: Yun Jin Kim, 28, appointed by South Korea to the popular Goodwill Ambassador position

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