Miss Korea 2012 Has Had a Boatload of Plastic Surgery
It turns out women who enter beauty pageants aren’t always natural beauties. (Insert shock and disbelief here.) Take Miss Korea 2012, Kim Yumi, for example. The pageant winner is unarguably beautiful, but decidedly un-Korean looking, and for good reason, since the 22-year-old has undergone quite a bit of plastic surgery in her quest for the Miss Korea title. Take one look at her yearbook photo and you’ll be hard-pressed to find many similarities between the plaid-clad school girl and the plastic beauty queen. And even though Yumi never mentioned her cosmetic surgery procedures prior to the pageant, she was apparently “shocked” that her time spent under the knife has become such a scandal. In response to the harsh criticism she has received since her win, Yumi said: “I never said that I was born beautiful.” Oh, excuse us for expecting a little respect for natural beauty.
Aside from the fact that rewarding an unrealistic and unnatural beauty standard only perpetuates the practice of women undergoing plastic surgery to attain that “perfect beauty,” it just seems plain old unfair to name a plastic surgery frequent flier the most beautiful woman in Korea, in America, or in the Universe, for that matter. Unfortunately, this seems to be the norm these days, especially in Korea, where hordes of clinics cater to the seemingly endless plastic surgery needs of Koreans with too-small breasts, excess eyelid skin, too-large faces and unsatisfactory cheek bones. In April, South Korea was revealed as the most cosmetically-enhanced country in the world, and its residents seem to relish in that “honor.” Just to give you an idea of exactly how plastic South Koreans are, statistics have shown that 16 out of every 1,000 Koreans have undergone some form of cosmetic procedure, including rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery and Botox.
In response to Yumi’s plastic surgery confession, many have encouraged her to give up the crown based on what they call “an infringement of the rules.” Probably not going to happen. And now that she has the physical beauty thing locked down, Yumi says she hopes to make a name for herself based on her “inner beauty,” rather than based on her looks. To which we will scoff: If you are so interested in being noticed for your inner beauty Miss Yumi, paying someone to alter your appearance and then joining a competition based primarily on outer beauty was probably not the best place to start. But good luck with that.