So, you’ve probably heard that cosmetic surgery is common in South Korea. Considering its popularity, it’s hard to deny that going under the knife seems fundamentally appealing to a large group of people. And, hey, if you’re happy, we’re happy, right?
But cosmetic surgery has become so popular in South Korea that a few articles about “top ten natural Korean beauties” have recently become a hot topic in Taiwanese media, drawing the attention of microblogging Internet commenters. Unfortunately, it looks like the commenters weren’t ready to accept the women’s untouched beauty. Check out how heated the discussion got below!
Earlier this week, a couple articles proclaiming the “Ten Korean Beauties with Zero Cosmetic Surgery” started circulating in the Taiwanese media, getting picked up by numerous microbloggers. The articles described the women as being both beautiful and confirmed free of any cosmetic surgery, the former of which anyone can be confirmed with a few glances.
But zero surgery? Well, that would be a bit more difficult to prove–or, in the case of Chinese and Taiwanese microbloggers, believe! Shortly after the articles appeared online, commenters flooded the Internet with their (largely negative) take on the articles.
“Victoria [Song] is Chinese!” Numerous Chinese commenters pointed out. Which, it seems, is completely true. So, maybe a better title for the original articles should have been: “Nine Korean (and one Chinese) Beauties with Zero Cosmetic Surgery.” Not very catchy, but at least it’s accurate…
▼ Victoria Song, a member of f(x), was born in the Shandong Province of China.
In addition to making national claims on Victoria, commenters also began to throw baseless accusations like: “There are no natural Korean women!” and “So, any Korean woman not on this list has had cosmetic surgery?” One peculiar comment really caught our attention. The microblogger wrote, “if you want to see what a real Korean face looks like, go to North Korea!”
However there were slings and arrows not yet flung. One commenter later added, “What Korean people call ‘natural’ includes any surgery that doesn’t use a scalpel.” To which we can only reply, what the hell are you smoking, man??
Another blogger went after Gong Hyou-jin, saying of the actress: “She’s not just beautiful–her features are very natural-looking. But her face is different from what it used to be!” Well, she might have gotten surgery–or she might have just aged a few years!
Coming to the defense of the supposedly natural women, a large contingent of male bloggers responded by writing: “Who cares if women have had surgery or not. As long as they’ll go out with us, we’re happy!”
Finally, some microbloggers pointed to two Japanese stars–Yui Aragaki and Maki Horikita–saying, “This is natural! The Koreans are fakes!” We’re starting to think these commenters are just grumpy folks who need a Snickers bar and a long nap.
Regardless, they are all beautiful women, and we really don’t care if they’ve had any cosmetic surgery done or not. They’re still glamorous pop stars, right? Right!
Now, check out the remaining eight women below and enjoy your weekend!
▼ Bae Suzy
▼ Krystal Jung from f(x)
▼ Im Yoona (Girls’ Generation)
▼ Kim Tae-hee
▼ Lee Bo-young
▼ Park Shin-hye
▼ Song Ji-hyo
▼ Song Hye-kyo