Korean Beauty Clones: It’s Not as Bad as You Think

Last month a global conversation on the prevalence of plastic surgery in South Korea was started when a Reddit user posted side-by-side images of the Miss Daegu pageant contestants and revealed an eerie set of clone-like faces.

It wasn’t long before the whole internet was talking about it. Virtually every major news outlet was chattering away about the pros and cons of plastic surgery. Here’s a video which rapidly cycles through the controversial photos:



But the truth of the matter was less widely reported. In reality, the appearances of the contestants varied widely and it seems that a heavy dose of Photoshopping was the culprit.

The Young Turks was one of the few media outlets that actually reported the truth about the overly-hyped story. Despite having a highly irritating panel of commentators.



This is not to say that there isn’t a controversy around plastic surgery, and Korea really does have the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita in the world. But as far as the beauty pageant story goes, it’s a bit more hype than reality.

The photo that launched the controversy.

The photo that launched the controversy.

Daegu Contestants Before

A less disturbing reality.


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