Chapter ThreeChapter ThreeChapter Three by ~sockstealingnome
Caged Birds Sing
My eyes were still shut, trying to remember what those other words written on the unnamed world were, when Margaret returned. The plate in front of me was scraped clean, so she began clearing the table. She was making such a ruckus with the clinking dishes I really couldn’t concentrate on conjuring up this memory. There were some mountains and a word was forming—
“Bertha told me to remind you to finish cleaning your room.”
I turned to face her. She froze with a cup and saucer in her hands. Was her interjection really necessary? Did she think my memory was so poor I couldn’t keep track of the one thing that incessant housekeeper told me again and again? What was wrong with her? She looked as though a phantom had sprung up. Had one? I checked behind me, but I saw no one. I waved my hand in the air, but I felt nothing. The clinking continued though more rushed than before. Margaret walked briskly to the door, shut it, and could
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I've separated the face and body descriptions because Korea places a much higher standard on facial attractiveness compared to the U.S.'s obsession with the perfect body. Over here we just accept that if you were born with an ugly face, there's nothing you can do about it. I suspect the beauty standard was heavily influenced by the Greek model of golden ratios with a preoccupation with childlike features and innocence.
This describes an oval face shape where the chin comes down to a sharp point. I wonder when this trend began because round faces used to be regarded as favorable as it meant good luck. A face that came to a point at the bottom meant that all the person's luck would drain away from them. There is still disagreement over this between older and newer generations. For those not born with this kind of face, there are jaw reduction surgeries in which the surgeon breaks the jaw, realigns it, and shaves down the bone to create a new face shape. It's highly invasive, incredibly dangerous, and takes months to recover from. The patient has to be on a liquid diet for that time. When performed incorrectly, it can result in death from blood loss. This ideal seems to apply to both men and women but moreso for the latter. I think the woman in the third picture was perfectly pretty to begin with.
I don't really get it but they like tiny faces. Jaw reduction surgery is not only popular for achieving a V-line but also for how it makes your overall face smaller by the end.Idols will have their faces measured on variety shows or they will hold up objects like CD's to their heads to compare.
LARGE EYES WITH DOUBLE LIDS
A lot of you have probably never given this much thought. I certainly haven't but having the crease on the eyelid is considered very attractive. It opens the eye up and makes it larger. I've heard it said that it also makes it easier to apply eye makeup. Many girls apply eyelid glue or eyelid tape to create a temporary crease. For a permanent solution, this procedure is known as a blepharoplasty or by its common name, double eyelid surgery. This is the most popular plastic surgery procedure in Korea and is quite minimal. You're in and out of the doctor's office in a day. It takes a week or two to heal from and involves a small incision to the lid that the doctor will then stitch together. When it heals, a crease will be left behind. This is actually a common procedure here in the U.S. as well but for different reasons. Our eyelids naturally droop as we age so the surgery is used to remove sagging skin and build in a new crease. It's mainly the over 50 crowd who gets it whereas in Korea, it's the under 30's.
To make the eyes appear even larger, circle lenses extend the iris resulting in a doll-like appearance. With the help of eyeliner and fake lashes, you can double the size of your eyes. Behold, the magic of makeup.
HIGH NOSE BRIDGE AND NARROW NOSE
The goal here is to achieve a high, straight button nose. It's pretty much the same as nose surgeries here in the U.S.
Again, this is something I've never given any thought to. I guess it enhances the profile by making it look less flat. Forehead implants can be done to achieve the look.
This one is obvious. Full cheeks are a sign of youth as the face becomes gaunt with age. Fillers and fat grafts are common to hide laugh lines and dark circles.
The most amazing bit is when several of these procedures have been combined. It completely changes a face so that I almost don't believe the before and after are the same person. Take these for example:
Some of these cases were necessary procedures.
You have to admit, while the results are unnerving because of how different they look afterwards, they don't actually look bad. In fact, they're quite attractive. If I ever murder someone and need to change my identity, you can be sure I'll be making a visit to those South Korean
Even with all of these surgeries readily available (and offered at a third of the cost that it is here in the US), excessive Photoshopping is an appropriate practice. Unfortunately I didn't save the link, but a blogger was detailing how she went to the bank in Korea. Every bank teller has their photo above their station and the woman she was speaking to clearly looked nothing like her photo. It had been Photoshopped beyond recognition. Quite a contrast to the UK's recent banning of overly Photoshopped ads. Some of you may be familiar with the recent viral popularity of this image showing the contestants for the 2013 Miss Daegu beauty pageant and the eerie similarity between all of them.
The initial controversy was that they all had plastic surgery and ended up looking the same but new photos have surfaced showing that this is actually a case of excessive Photoshop. The women in the candid photos clearly look different from one another. The file is large so I'm not going to embed it but I do recommend that you take a look at the link.
It's ironic that Koreans openly talk about plastic surgery and how to improve appearances, yet have a taboo against admitting if you have had any work done, at least when it comes to celebrities. Natural beauty still trumps artificial beauty and because idols are held up as the ideal, it's expected for them to be all natural even though that's rarely the case. Whether they've had work done or not, they'll claim to be surgery free. For example:
Park Min Young, actress
I don't know her name but she's famous.
Tiffany, singer from Girl's Generation
Jessica, singer also from Girl's Generation
There are a couple who are honest about it like Kwanghee of boyband ZE:A who has shown pictures of his old face on variety shows. Goo Hara of girl group KARA has admitted that she only had her eyes, nose, and mouth done. The members of Brown Eyed Girls are proud of their surgery and created this parody of Lady Gaga's Poker Face, pointing out how nearly all of the celebrities have done it.
So according to all this, I would be one ugly mofo by Korean standards with my square jaw, flat nose, tan skin, and thick legs. While their ideal is certainly not wrong, I just hope one day Korea can accept that it's not the only way to be attractive.
Check out this tumblr if you want to see more before and after surgery pictures.