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Living in a Country with a culture so different to your own is always going to come with its share of ups and downs. Growing up in the West, though there are societal pressures on Women to take care of their appearance, it is also instilled in us Am i beautiful in korea a young age that it is what is inside that counts — that physical beauty, though appreciated, can only get you so far. Indeed, when it comes to choosing a Partner in the West, physical attraction is only one piece of the puzzle.
In South Korea, physical appearance is everything; Koreans strive for perfection in all that they do and their looks are no exception to this rule. Seoul is known as the plastic surgery capital of the World and for good reason. Seoul Beauty Treatments stores, spas and plastic surgeons occupy every other street in Seoul.
Sure, plastic surgery is big in image conscious places like Los Angeles yet its popularity is restricted to the wealthy and jet set few.
Korea has the most plastic surgeries per capita in the World — it is pretty much considered a staple. Popping out to get botox or a nose job is no different to popping out to get a Starbucks and no one bats an eyelid when you walk through Gangnam and are faced with women on their way back from their latest surgery, their faces still wrapped in bandages. Every day I am faced with some of the most stunning women I have seen in my life.
Rows of identical looking women with Westernised eyes, small upturned noses and pointed chins fill the streets. Were they born like this? Of course not. These surgical procedures are often given to young women as graduation presents by their parents if they do well in school. There are some areas, like Myeongdong in Seoul where tens of them are lined back to back. Each to their own right? Not exactly; Korea is the only place I have travelled where your physical appearance determines how you are treated.
Beauty is as much a status symbol as wealth or career success. Even when you apply for a job in Korea, you have to submit multiple photos of yourself for consideration along with your .
Koreans are very blunt and have no inhibitions about approaching you to point out a perceived flaw or issue with your appearance. This came as quite a shock to me at first as at home in the UK it would be considered extremely rude to approach someone and start making comments on their appearance. Teaching English in Korea, I have watched as sweet, beautiful little girls sit and stretch their eyes with their fingers to try and make them look like mine, telling me proudly that if they do well in their exams, their parents will pay for them to have double eyelid surgery to give Am i beautiful in korea westernised eyes.
That is just about the most heartbreaking thing to me — the fact not only that girls feel that they have to go to such drastic measures to change their appearance Am i beautiful in korea hide their ethnicity, but that their parents support and encourage their decision to do so. It is surprising to me that ingirls are not encouraged to be successful so that they can pursue careers or be recognised for their knowledge and achievements, but that their self worth is measured purely by their beauty.
My attempts at trying to assure my students that they are beautiful, and that a nice personality is much more attractive than simply a pretty face have been met with blank stares and frowns as though I was on crack. Thanks for sharing your experiences on a public forum. Korea intermittently over the past year and a half to try gauge whether or not it is the place to start my ESL career. One of my chief concerns has been the cultural fixation on appearance.
I love my hair, and have never been interested in dying it to cover up grey. I often get compliments on my hair, even from beauticians. My face is youthful and somewhat doll-like. In your opinion, is it a necessity to be grey-less in order to be employable in ESL in Korea? Hi Diana, thanks for your comment.
Before I came here, I had heard that there had been a decline in the requirement for English teachers in recent years but since arriving, the demand seems to be as big as ever. There are English academies on every corner and demand exceeds supply as far as I have seen so far.
When I was interviewing for positions, one school rejected me on the basis that I am 26 and the other teachers were 22 — 23 and the recruiter thought that I was too old pssht! At my current job, teachers range from early twenties to mid thirties.
You will have a Skype interview with potential employers before you fly to Korea anyway so you will know what you could be letting yourself in for somewhat. I would love Am i beautiful in korea know what they thought of how you looked as a westerner? I lived in Cambodia for several years and while plastic surgery is not a thing there noone could afford it for a start!
It was pretty heartbreaking to see gorgeous girls desperate to look like another ethnicity. Did you get comments about different parts of your appearance? I used to get told I had a lovely chin! All the time! And my milk white skin would get stroked by strangers…. Koreans find a lot of western traits attractive, especially the eye shape so I received a lot of comments on my eyes. After a while, it made me feel a bit crazy being around it all the time! Are Koreans vain? Contents 1 Western Vs. Pin it For Later! I thought North America was brutal but wow this is tough on those girls.
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Are you pretty according to Korean beauty standards?