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The Cost of Beauty: A Look Into Korea’s High Rate of Plastic Surgery

Posted By Ethel Navales On September 24, 2013 @ 8:21 pm In COMMUNITY,LIFESTYLE,Mind and Body,News | Comments Disabled

Based in Brooklyn and Seoul, photographer Ji Yeo [1] strives to call attention to a very controversial aspect of South Korea’s modern-day culture: plastic surgery.

In her series “Beauty Recovery Room,” Ji Yeo captures the scars and bruises of women who have recently undergone plastic surgery. DailyMail [2]explains that by showing the painful recovery, Ji Yeo aims to shine light on the physical cost women endure in “Korea’s beauty-obsessed culture.”

“Plastic surgery has become an integral part of Korea’s current culture, often regarded as an integral step in the self improvement process,” say Ji Yeo. “It is a culture where men are judged on their financial balance sheet and women on their beauty. The male-dominated media endlessly reinforces its model of the idea woman. As a result of these cultural forces Korea has become a beauty-oriented society where people are judged more for their appearance than their character.”

“Beauty Recovery Room” has garnered both positive and negative reactions. Some people believe the take-home message is that women simply go too far to meet societal expectations. Others disagree with Ji Yeo’s focus on the negative. “I think people have a right in our day and age to change whatever physical feature they deem necessary” says a Huffington Post reader [3].

Check out the images for yourself and tell us what you think:

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Check out all the full gallery here [6].


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[1] Ji Yeo: http://jiyeo.com/the-beauty/

[2] DailyMail : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2426412/Ji-Yeo-How-bruises-scars-plastic-surgery-longer-considered-risky-extravagant-necessary-Korea.html

[3] Huffington Post reader: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/21/plastic-surgery-photos-ji-yeos-the-beauty-recovery-room-south-koreas-obsession_n_3313715.html

[4] : http://audreymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ps-2.jpg

[5] : http://audreymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ps-4.jpg

[6] here: http://jiyeo.com/the-beauty

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