Why You Probably Aren't 'Attractive' In South Korea

Why You Probably Aren't 'Attractive' In South Korea

Meet the unrealistic beauty standards of South Korea: are you considered to be attractive?
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With the Hallyu Wave striking the world, it's understandable that there has been much interest in Korean culture - music, language, and the infamous Korean beauty industry. As a young Korean-American woman, I go back to Korea yearly during school vacations. Every year, I notice the barrage of make up and skincare stores at every street. Basically, the equivalent to the epidemic of Starbucks in America are these beauty stores.

Don't get me wrong - I love Korea. But, I breathe a sigh of relief when it's time to go back.

I am tired of my relatives telling me that I should consider plastic surgery to get larger ssang-kah-peul, double eyelids. My American friends are confused when they hear "double eyelids at first" and stare at their own eyes - this highly regarded Korean standard of beauty is not even noticed by most people in the states.

I am tired of seeing Korean schoolgirls stopping in front of the massive plastic surgery ads that are posted at every corner, every subway. They stare at the before-and-after pictures, saving photos of celebrity A's eyes to show a surgeon during consultation and aspiring to a photo of celebrity B's nose for their next surgery.

I am tired of these unrealistic beauty standards being shoved into the throats of young girls.

As an 18-year-old Korean-American woman, perhaps this is just a cultural difference. I simply can not comprehend why an entire society is so obsessed with an unrealistic appearance that goes to extremes.

Examples: to be attractive you need to...

1. Have a round forehead instead of a flat one.

2. Have double eyelids but not sunken eyelids - think puffier.

3. Aegyo-ssal! Essentially, a protruding eyebag.


4. A modest, medium-sized nose bridge.

5. "V-line" face (literally, a face that looks like the letter V)


6. Extremely pale, white skin.


In America, we have a general sense of beauty. A blonde girl with pale skin and green eyes, curly black haired brown eyed tan girl, red headed blue eyed girl - you get the picture. Celebrities and "beautiful" women are all beautiful in - as cliché as it sounds - different ways.

If you were going through some of these examples and checking yourself out in the mirror, it's totally normal. A lot of these specific beauty standards are considered to be very obscure and arbitrary things in the United States.

I am not saying that this is the mentality of all Koreans, nor do these standards represent the entirety of Koreans - but really, these are the mainstream beauty standards of South Korea.

So, do you think that you're considered attractive in South Korea?

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.



2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."



3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.



4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."



5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."



6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."



8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)



9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.



10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.



11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.



13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.



16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."



18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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5 TV Shows From The '90s And Early 2000s That You Loved But Probably Forgot About

Snacking on cosmic brownies, watching TV marathons and cuddling up with your "Lizzie McGuire" fuzzy blanket… What more could you want?

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Those of us who were kids during the 1990s or early 2000s know how amazing television shows used to be. Not only did they have great stories and casts, but they addressed important messages in great ways.

"Malcolm in the Middle" (2000-2006)


Weekday evenings weren't the same without seeing this iconic program. "Malcolm in the Middle" was one of the most wholesome shows of the early 2000s, and it never failed to make anyone laugh. Plus, no matter how outlandish the situations Malcolm and his brothers got into, we all seemed to relate in one way or another.

"Hey Arnold" (1994-2004)


A Saturday mid-morning icon, "Hey Arnold" always had hilarious episodes that made our childhood great. It was full of jokes that made us cry with laughter as kids, and they have the same effect when rewatching as adults.

"Are you Afraid of the Dark?" (1990-2000)

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"It happened to a friend of a friend."

"Are You Afraid Of The Dark" was the show that got most of us interested in true crime during our teenage and adult years. The show was full of spooky ghost stories that seemed fake while we watched them. But they still kept us awake at night.

"Dexter's Laboratory" (1996-2003)

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"The Big Bang Theory," who? "Dexter's Laboratory" was quite possibly one of the most iconic shows of my childhood. The show's humor was always a perfect mix of cartoon violence, witty lines and amazing plots.

Plus, what kid didn't want to see crazy, fake experiments go wrong?


"Babar" (1989-2002)

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"Babar" quite possibly was the most wholesome show of our childhoods. Seeing these regal elephants go about their day every Sunday morning was a right of passage (kids today just don't seem to get it).

"Babar" never failed to teach children valuable lessons in positive ways, and it always threw in a dash of comedy. Plus, who wouldn't want to see adorable cartoon elephants on TV?


The '90s and 2000s were an amazing time to be alive. Snacking on cosmic brownies, watching TV marathons and cuddling up with your "Lizzie McGuire" fuzzy blanket… What more could you want?

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