*This is a repost of what should have been sent out a month ago, but was found in my draft box*
As a Korean-American, I was not at all surprised by the “insane” fashion trends or popularity of plastic surgery. I am a fan of Korean pop culture so I know how common it’s become over the last couple of years. The reason behind it is because of the growing popularity of Korean celebrities. Many of the celebrities have big eyes, high noses, and heart shaped faces. So many teenagers (girls and boys) and young adults look up to these celebrities that they’ll do whatever it takes to be like them and in some cases, look like them. Many singers and actors/actresses are sought after due to their good looks so much that if a “not so attractive” person becomes a celebrity, they’ll joke around saying “they must sing or act really well”. The weird thing is, when they get these procedures done, you’re able to tell who got it because they all start looking like one another.
Plastic surgery is becoming so common that high schoolers receive double-eyelid surgery as a graduation present from their parents or relatives. Plastic surgery advertisements and doctors offices can be seen all over Korea. Last summer I spent my summer vacation in Korea and I witnessed one of the weirdest experiences of my life: I was in a convenient store in Gangnam (known for its high fashion and night-life) browsing through different make-up products when I bumped into a lady by accident. I turned around to apologize and was shocked to see her swollen face wrapped in bandages due to the recent surgeries that she’d undergone. I was taken back at the fact that she wasn’t embarrassed walking around in the middle of the afternoon indirectly telling people that she encountered that she had gotten plastic surgery done on her face. This was shocking even for me.