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"The Beauty series uses the wounded faces and bodies of women who have recently undergone plastic surgery to show the physical cost of adhering to social pressure in Korea. Plastic surgery has become an integral part of Korea’s current culture, often regarded as a integral step in the in self improvement process. Going under the knife, enduring bruises, scars, and being under general anesthetic several times are no longer considered risky or extravagant. They have all had multiple procedures and have plans for future augmentation. The photos were taken directly after their operation while they were resting and waiting to be healed. The latest raw data compiled from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2010, confirms that South Korea is indeed the country with the world’s highest per capita rate of cosmetic plastic surgery. It is a culture where men are judged on their financial balance sheet and women by their beauty. The male-dominated media endlessly reinforces its model of the ideal woman. As a result of these cultural forces Korea has become a beauty-oriented society where people are judged more for their appearance than their character. Korean women, often fall into the trap of trying to live up to the ideal personified in the media. The combination of these factors has dramatically increased the burgeoning plastic surgery industry while creating another set of standards for women to adhere to.
Hm...I don't actually have many Korean friends on here. Most are people living all over the world or people from different countries residing in Korea.
i am not Korean, so i do not know and not in position to tell if it culturally accepted or not ! :) but you could tag some of your korean friend here :) and find out? I would love to hear about it as welll.
I didn't even realize the social issues that Korea faced until I started learning more about Korean culture last year. I've read quite a bit about the plastic surgery done in Korea and it's sad to hear. I understand that I wouldn't understand it as they do since I'm American, so I'm trying very hard not to be ethnocentric about it. Are there any Korean women here who can talk about it a bit more? I truly do want to know if that is something that is culturally accepted at all levels and by everyone as a whole? Or is there a rising movement to try to put an end to it?