All posts tagged: Beauty

Inside Korea’s Billion-Dollar Beauty Industry (i-D, 2016)

Episode 1 Grace faces Korea’s traditional beauty standards, and is wildly stared at by passers-by. She talks to a young Korean woman who embodies Korea’s obsession with beauty. “How would you feel if you could never wear makeup again?” “I will die” Episode 2 Grace talks to Korean tattoo artist Apro and gets passport photos of her made, heavily photoshopped so she looks ‘normal’ Episode 3 Grade sees Soljee, a young Korean woman, reveal her tattoos to her parents for the first time. Episode 4 Grace meets a gang member and asks about the relationship between gangs and tattoos in Korea. She also meets a young woman who’s getting her first-ever tattoo. After seeing the young woman’s tattoo, her father decides to get one. Advertisements

K-Pop to Double Eyelid Surgery (VICE, 2012)

Interesting video with a fresh perspective. Covers: Seoul Fashion industry Plastic surgery Changing customs Interview with two K-pop groups, one famous, one less famous. Seoul cityscape: night fashion market, interactive digital devices in the subway Interview with a Korean punk. I repeat. A Korean punk. Quotes: “[…] The Internet, which South Korea pretty much rules” “You’re the most polite punk I’ve ever met, you’re a gentleman” “If my boyfriend and I wore matching underwear in Britain, we’d be the laughing stock of the country”

A Trip To Face-Factory Town (AKA Apgujeong)

Caption: “You all look so fake. God you should have gone natural, like I did” Image source: Cosmetic brand ‘NOTS’ Promo cartoon As I wrote in my last post, I went to the dermatologist’s two Saturdays ago with my friend Park. We were referred to ‘O Clinic’ (I think that’s what I’m supposed to do, to give them privacy) by a friend of hers, who said that their mole-removing was just perfect and didn’t leave any scarring. Turns out, it’s one of those dermatology/plastic surgery combo clinics! Wasn’t expecting that, but hey, always fascinating to take a look inside the funhouse. So, we checked in at the counter at 15:00, and were told to please wait someone will be with you in just a moment. So we went to sit in some of those nice puffy couches, which were almost all full, since it was Saturday. Then a plastic-looking-receptionist came to us and said: Receptionist: So, you are Miss Park, and you are here to have some moles removed, correct? – Me & Calculette: (in unison) Yes. Receptionist: …

Apgujeong, Plastic Surgery Mecca

Image source: Getty Images via Business Inside Note: Have you ever heard these punchlines in your life before?: “Hey, I’m going to start looking for jobs after graduation, so I’m on a diet. I won’t get hired looking like this!” (girl one year my junior) “I think the girl we just passed did her nose” “No, no, no, she did her eyes too” “And some fat in her forehead too” (my friend and I) “This stop is Hyosung Elementary School – If you are headed to Beautiful Face Plastic Surgery, please get off here” (broadcast on the bus) “Where did she do it, her with the perfect face?!” “She did it at XXX clinic, I must go there too!” (advert on the subway) Plastic surgery often makes its way into daily conversations in Korea. Not necessarily because you’re considering it, but because you see it and hear about it every single day. On the subway, on the news, and most notably, on the people. As an example I have gathered a review of how often plastic …