SOUTH KOREA - She has been playing bit roles in Korean dramas since 2006 and struggled to get noticed in an industry teeming with beautiful babes.
It was Korean actress Clara Lee's sexy pose and tight outfit during a ceremonial first pitch at a televised professional baseball game in South Korea that propelled her to It girl status, making her a household name in her country.
On May 3, the 27-year-old turned up as the celebrity guest pitcher for the Doosan Bears and LG Twins game wearing a tight cropped Bears top that revealed her abs and figure-hugging striped leggings which showed off her perky butt.
Before throwing her first pitch, Lee even struck a sexy pose that accentuated her svelte figure, causing a stir among viewers.
The footage of her pitch went viral and the Korean media have since named it the "sexy pitch", but it has received mixed responses from the online community.
Netizen tsctnt wrote: "I don't like her outfit but she has a good figure", while irees said: "she's very comfortable in her own skin but I think her outfit is kind of inappropriate".
Shortly after her appearance on the baseball field, the 1.68m model-actress received many invitations to show up as a guest on popular Korean variety programmes, including the highly-rated Happy Together and popular sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL) Korea.
Lee's guest appearance in a skit on the latter a month after her pitch saw her donning the same form-fitting outfit in a train, while actors playing male commuters ogled at her.
In one scene, one of them was so engrossed in looking at Lee that he didn't notice that his pocket was being picked.
Seemingly pleased with her performance, she tweeted the day after on June 9: "I already miss the SNL family. Thank you for thinking of Clara as part of the crew and treating me well. I want to see you every week. Thank you for making this a happy memory for me."