"I was a tennis player in South Korea," said Minka in an interview for the DVD Maximum Minka. "I stopped playing tennis when I came to the United States in 1994. I tried to get a job as a tennis teacher in Washington, D.C., but I didn't have a license to teach tennis, and I couldn't pass the written test. Then one day, I was playing in the Asian Olympic Games in Chicago, and my friend, she's a plastic surgeon, she and I were showering together and she said to me, 'Why don't you get into the men's magazines? Don't teach tennis. How much money can you make teaching tennis?' So I sent three pictures to your studio in England, and one week later, they sent an airplane ticket, and I was in England."