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Body Shaming in Korea and How it Affects Everybody's Standard of Beauty

By Staff Reporter | June 07, 2019 10:30 AM EDT


One should never be judged by how he or she looks, regardless of who you are, where you are, and what you do. It's sad how body shaming is one of the most problematic cultures in Korea that until now, we can't overcome. Aside from the constant pressure, not only from their agency but from fans as well, if you can still call them that.

Recently, Blinks had taken the battleground into Twitter to defend BLACKPINK's oldest member, Kim Jisoo from an anti who body shamed her, called her fat and ugly.

The anti probably needs to have her eyes checked because Kim Jisoo isn't called Blackpink's visual for anything. Apart from her, there are a lot more idols who have experienced this kind of treatment - Wendy of Red Velvet, Kyla of Pristin, Jihyo of Twice, Umji of Girlfriend, and even the Queens like Ailee and CL.

Regardless, it's never pleasant to see that a person is being called out for his or her physical appearance. Korea has a very high beauty standard that it is starting to hurt not just the people but the whole industry.

The world is currently on a revolution. We have to accept the fact that there is no longer a beauty standard that we have to comply with. We should put in mind that the symmetric value shouldn't measure one's beauty. Not the make up a person wears on her face or the clothes hanging around her closet. You are beautiful regardless of who you are.

We should all be mindful of our words. We see a lot of videos of idols fainting because they were struggling to maintain their weight. Not only they were pressured by the people around them, but they also lose confidence because of it.

Kang Mi Rae from the hit K-drama, 'My ID is Gangnam Beauty' once said, and we should ponder with, "Why in the world do we have to be like this? We lose weight when we aren't even fat. We throw up and do plastic surgeries as if we will die if we weren't pretty. We rate people's faces and fight amongst ourselves. Why on earth do we have to be like this? I don't want to do it anymore. I really don't want to. I will think properly about what makes me happy again from now on."

Not only in K-pop but rather in the entire society, we should not conform to whatever standard they have. We are all beautiful. That's all that matters.


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