I think Vice magazine is pretty awesome and I’m definitely not alone thinking that! And after I read an hilarious article I came across THIS documentary about fashion in South Korea Seoul, about K- pop, Seoul fashion week and the view of beuty among the korean women. The documentary was really interesting, they talked a lot about all the plastic surgery that takes place in South Korea, apperently is the most common place in the entire world to have plastic surgery.
The Korean women wants to look more like western people, the straight nose, the eyelids, and face shape, to them plastic surgery doesn’t seem like a big deal, almost like going to the dentist, and get some work done. A surgery gift voucher is very frequently given as a graduation gift from the parents to their child.
In 2007 me and my sister went to South Korea Seoul to visit my brother and his wife, who worked there for a year. I really fell in love with the people and the city it was amazing! And as a western, me walking down the street was almost like being a celebrity, everyone looked at me, people stopped me to take pictures with me (the schoolgirls at the pic above did) and this one time when I walked into a shop that played korean music, as soon as they saw me they put on the latest hip music on, haha, so random. Quite a surreal situaton.
Remember that in all the tabloids around in Seoul all the models were mix raced, korean and western, I never saw a model looking like a typical korean, they always had that touch of western to their look. Which really makes it clear what it is that is considered “beautiful” in Korea. So no wonder that this ideal has developed there! When me and my sister went to a chemist to get some lotion, my brother’s wife said, “Oh be carefull, really check the ingredients, cause almost all the products has bleach in em” Yep bleach to make them look whiter. Interesting to compare, us western people fake tan ourselves to get darker.
I don’t really know what my opinion about this matter is, cause us western people wants to have bigger boobs, nicer nose, so what’s the difference really? Well my mum just said “that korean people has surgery to get an eyelid, so they won’t look as much as their own race, it’s like us having surgery to look more asian” And I guess that’s the thing, western people has their ideals of what a “pretty” western look like, but it’s never to look like say “more asian, or more african” And if you think about it , it doesn’t really make sense that an korean woman that lives in korea should look western. I really don’t mind surgery, as long as people want to it, then why not, I just think it’s quite an interesting subject.
And in the end of the documentary, they say “so say a korean woman, that had some work done, meets a korean man that also had some work done. and one day they get a child together, the child would obviously not look like they’re parents, so as they say in the documentary “the secrets of their past is coming back”
Hope I didn’t offend anyone with this post, just me debating about it cause I find it interesting about the beauty ideals in our world. (wow this was a long post)
Any thoughts? :) Oh and watch the documentary HERE really interesting!