It is very common in South Korea to get plastic and cosmetic surgeries in order to justify these standards which are basically the objectification of a human body with no superficial individuality. But gen Z is changing these conventions and bringing an era of inclusive beauty standards. These K-pop idols are not adhering to these old-fashioned beauty standards and are looking even more beautiful with their unique features and with a fan base, growing in millions.
“Even if you’re not perfect, you’re a limited edition” – Kim Namjoon, South Korean rapper
Orthodox Korean beauty standards
-Porcelain white skin
-High straight nose bridge
1. Jennie Kim
-Jennie Kim, a member of the world-famous South Korean girl group ‘Blackpink’ is breaking the V-line face beauty standard with her round face, chubby cheeks, and short chin, makes her look much younger than her biological age. Jennie can be fierce in her music videos but can also be equally adorable with her dumpling cheeks.
-Ahn Hye-jin, known professionally by her stage name Hwasa is a member of a South Korean girl group ‘Mamamoo’. She is breaking the stereotype of porcelain white skin with her typical Asian tan. “If I don’t fit into today’s beauty standards, I will become a new and different standard”, said Hwasa during one of her concerts.
-Lee Yong-bok is half Korean as his parents are Korean but he was born in Sydney, Australia, and is a member of a South Korean boy band ‘Stray Kids’. Felix with his ubiquitous tiny brown freckles is breaking the Korean beauty standard of spotless skin.
-Park Soo-young, known by her stage name Joy, is a member of a South Korean girl group ‘Red Velvet’ and has also starred in many Korean television dramas. Joy is breaking the thigh-gap beauty standard with her long but slightly chubby legs. There is no thigh gap between her thighs but she gives a very dynamic, modish, and healthy image to her younger fans.
-Hwang Yeji, a member/leader of a South Korean girl group ‘Itzy’ is breaking the ludicrous beauty standard of double eyelids with her sharp monolids and slanted eye tails. Her cat eyes give her a mysterious yet profound vibe.
-Chou Tzu-yu is a Taiwanese singer and the youngest member of a South Korean girl group ‘Twice’ at 22. Tzuyu is one of the most beautiful female idols in K-pop history and is breaking these regressive beauty standards with her plump and thin pink lips.
-Kim Do-yeon is a member of a South Korean girl group ‘WJMK, short for Wuju Meki, and has starred in many amazing Korean television shows. Doyeon is beating the beauty standard of a high straight nose bridge with her wide nose bridge and seductive aura. Many people have opted for nose jobs but Doyeon is proud of her special feature. She is the youngest person to be on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine at 21.
-Im Na-yeon is the oldest member of a South Korean girl group ‘Twice’ and is breaking this absurd beauty standard of aligned teeth with her rabbit teeth.