kpopandkimchi
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Alright, this is a touchy subject so I want to make a disclaimer:
I am the kind of person that will never get plastic surgery, but I will not shame people who do for reasons below.
Korea is the plastic surgery capital of Asia (actually, probably the world) with people flocking from all corners of the globe to have work done for cheap. I'm going to highlight the pros and cons in my opinion, but I'd love you all to chime in in the comment section below!

Here we go:

The Good Side of Plastic Surgery

Brown Eyed Girls - Plastic Face

This brings up a pretty valid point...don't be ashamed of your plastic surgery if it gave you confidence. With that confidence your inner beauty can finally shine.
Some people need an extra push to help them be proud of themselves, and no one should shame them for it. If you're strong enough to be confident and fiercely yourself without an surgery that's awesome! But it is no one's place to tell some one else what to do with their bodies.

The Bad Side

Okay, so plastic surgery can give people self-confidence which is great, but it's a vicious cycle when it creates ridiculous beauty standards.

Take Girl's Generation for example:

Whatever that they're plastic,

What bothers me is that they are often considered the most beautiful celebrities in Korea. They are what K-entertainment is telling the world a beautiful Korean girl should be - and it's just not naturally possible.

Solution:

Be OPEN about the fact that you had work done and stop telling the world that this look was achieved through diet or puberty or makeup. Let's be HONEST.

Male Celebrities too:

Sure, they look great and they're confident and they're also for the most part awesome people on the inside too, but it's creating a culture of impossible beauty standards. No one is going to come out of the womb looking this good without some medical help.

The Future:

More and more, celebrities are either turning to very natural looking plastic surgery (as opposed to the older very obvious style) but they're also doing it less.
When AKMU signed with YG they made a strict "no plastic surgery" clause in their contract so that the agency couldn't force them to change their faces.
I hope that more artists and companies continue this trend.

TLDR:

I am not bashing plastic surgery and the people that get it, it's your body, you do what you want with it. BUT I am upset about the culture it creates and the beauty standards young people have to deal with.
I'm not saying Korean youth are weak and susceptible to the entertainment industry's tricks but... WE'RE ALL WEAK AND SUSCEPTIBLE. Even if we deny it or truly believe we aren't affected, we are all affected in some small way.

Do you think people being open about their surgery will lessen the pressure on people to rise to these standards or is there another way to get over these ridiculous looks people are striving for?

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@KarinaFarias you're definitely right, there's really no way for people to be accepted fully, there's always so much scrutiny and criticism over appearance, totally unwarranted. @LiNaHyun I agree, this career is a choice, but no one should be forced to change their appearance just for the career they love. If people work hard and are dedicated, they should be free to pursue what they love without their appearance being a point of contention.
@shannonl5 Amen to that lol, K-Pop now a days are really focused on looks rather than music and I really hate that, the music should be the top priority, looks should come second cuz when you're listening to your favorite group, you can't see them, you can only hear them. Like, I saw an interview with Stellar saying that they would rather be hated than unknown, they prove that sex sells, and I hate that, so SO much.
plastic surgery is like an obsession in Korea I don't mind plastic surgery at all I love them regardless if it makes them happy I am fine with it we all have some kind of insecurity abt ourselves but something I always think abt the pressure it's putting in younger generation as the media the culture the society as it is it's pushing them to get plastic surgery nd it actually hurts they go through so much pain at such a young age nd it's like they need to do it to be accepted which is sad I think.
I saw a video on plastic surgery in korean on youtube once and it showed both the good and bad of the surgery. I feel that people need to understand that some of the idols did become better looking due to plastic surgery but that they don't have to because idols are just that idols people who are meant to be that beautiful. They don't need to compare themselves to them.
I, myself, am also interested in fixing my nose but that's only because I seriously messed it up (I accidentally rolled out of bed one day and slammed my nose on my drawer- it made a cracking noise similar to when you crack your fingers). I've always thought that people should only have work done if it is either absolutely necessary or if they really needed an extra boost of confidence. the fact that entertainment companies force theirs artists to get work done is awful because as you said it gives the impression that in order to be beautiful people need to look a certain way. to be honest some of (most of) these idols who have work done are actually naturally good looking (in a way that doesn't make them look fake). As for people who want ps without he pressure of being an entertainer- if they really thought it through and it makes them.happy then I think they should go for it. Sorry my comment was sort of all over the place, I just woke up from a nap and I'm still kind of groggy
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