Apgujeong Station. Seoul South Korea. | January 2013.
This is where I find myself clashing with the majority of the Korean people here in South Korea. Talent is talent, who cares how the person looks.
Korea is obsessed with beauty. Obsessed to the point where teenagers are undergoing plastic surgery. Some are as young as 14 years old. You can’t blame them, it’s everywhere. From music videos to their parents. A person’s outer beauty is weighed heavier than what really matters. Here’s a girl group called Girls’ Generation. 9 very talented, very pretty girls. They were formed as a group at 18 and were introduced to the public when they were all around 20 years old. They come from all across South Korea. The normal procedure when you develop an artist takes a year or two out to train them and teach them the ropes. They also include a beauty treatment which is usually, what my cousin explained to me in his best English: Face tuning. These girls are pretty but who the hell knows how they really look like.
You can’t blame them or anyone else who goes under the knife. It’s a way to build confidence, improve what you don’t like. I have nothing against it. I just have a problem when others are bluntly commenting on how an individual look like rather judging them for who they are. Not naming name but I recently stopped by a friends home and overhear the conversations the relatives were having. In front of one of the kids who were around 16 years old (a very influenced and a venerable time for a kid in their teens) the adults would talk about how the kid went from cute as a child to how he looks now. Not directly calling him ugly but individually talked about how the kids eyes were small, the jawline was a bit broad and his nose. I was completely shocked how the kid’s parents and relatives were just zoning in on him. I don’t care what culture you’re from. If someone tells you that you have a “imperfection” it hurts. And I’m sure it hurts even more when a parent says it. The worst thing is that that person takes it to heart and believed that its an imperfection.
And with ad’s like this I can’t see why you wouldn’t go under the knife. South Korea is known to be one of the best places to get plastic surgery. They do it well and its more affordable than the West.
I can see why you would want to fix the feet but I don’t get the hand. Does the doctor teach you how to put your fingers together?
Thought the horns were an overkill. Not necessary.
All these ads below are all from just one station, Apgujeong, Seoul South Korea. I just took pictures on my way out. There are about 6 exits filled with ads. If you Google Apgujeong and leave it in the search box. Plastic surgery is one of the popular search terms. This is the area you would want to go to if you were looking to tuck, snip, raise or lower something.
And finally why I was motivated to write this post. These two kids are from the music tv reality show called K Pop Star. The first time I saw these two, the host and one of the judge was “kindly” pointing out their looks. Not the jeans or color but the eyes and the face structure. At first my reaction was “what the fuck? Am I miss understanding what he’s saying?” My cousin explained that he’s saying because the young guy’s eyes are small, the bigger frame glasses — which have no lenses in it – work best for him. And for the girl her nose and eyes were an issue. I think the fix were to put her in a cute outfit. I’ve been to a few different homes and saw these two on the TV. The people I was watching the show with didn’t pay attention to the performance but they talked amongst themselves about how not good looking they were. I thought they were great.
Today I was happy and I clapped at the end of a commercial I saw on TV about two hours ago. It’s a new commercial and it just aired recently.
Glad someone out there recognizes they’re selling point. When I watched these two kids being commented on their looks on the show. They smiled. They were a bit uncomfortable being told this and that on TV but they smiled and went ahead with the performance. They were cheerful and performed wonderfully. Who the fuck cares about how someone looks like. Love these two, they’re personally and they’re music. By the way, the show is still on going. They haven’t been booted off yet. And they have a commercial. Talent is Talent.