Candidates of Miss Korea
Making its rounds on Reddit today is a compiled GIF of eerily similar Miss Korea contestants, sparking discussions on racism (“They all look the same??”), plastic surgery, and rigid standards of normative beauty.
Firstly, it appears that the selection is not representative of all Korea since the pictured contestants are from the Miss Daegu 2013 competition.
There has also been a photo picturing young Korean contestants without makeup offered as comparison, but it is a different group entirely (Miss Seoul 2013).
All that aside, it has been brought up in comments that the “They all look the same??” reaction can be attributed to
(1) Inability to distinguish small differences in racial appearances that we are not as exposed to in the day-to-day (See also: Miss USA 2013…1, 2),
(2) Rigid standards of beauty in Korea and the prevalence of plastic surgery,
South Korean girls’ obsession with double eyelid surgery as they strive to look like ‘pretty western celebrities’
(3) Makeup and/or photoshop, and a combination of the aforementioned and other factors.
I hesitate to link to Jezebel, but this is a compilation post for my future reference so: I Can’t Stop Looking at These South Korean Women Who’ve Had Plastic Surgery
Here’s some commentary on plastic surgery and Korean culture from another thread on Reddit: Korea’s plastic surgery mayhem is finally converging on the same face. Here are the miss korea 2013 contestants.
To wrap it all up, there’s also this article:
BEIJING - A Chinese man recently divorced and sued his wife for giving him an ugly daughter. Not only did he win the case, his ex-wife was sentenced to pay him 750,000 Yuan ($120,000) in compensation, reported Sina News.
According to the report, Feng Jian, the indignant husband, was shocked by his newborn daughter’s appearance. Not only did the baby not look like either of her parents but, he was horrified by how “incredibly ugly” she looked.
Sina News reported that at first, Feng suspected his wife of being unfaithful. After a DNA test proved he was indeed the father of the ugly baby, his wife finally admitted that she had undergone 620,000 Yuan ($100,000) worth of plastic surgery before meeting him.
Plastic surgery is a hot topic at the moment in China. A recent advertisement for a Hong Kong plastic surgery clinic (pictured below) has triggered a hot debate in the country. The ad shows a family photo with a beautiful couple surrounded by three children who are, well, ugly ducklings.
The photo caption reads, “The only thing you have to worry about after plastic surgery is explaining it to your children,” E-Todayreports.