South Korean boy band Shinee are among the stars of stage and screen whose looks Korean men seek to copy. Photo: AFP

South Korean men having plastic surgery to get ‘pretty boy’ looks and macho physiques of their K-pop and K-drama idols

From ‘moob’ reduction to rhinoplasty, more and more Korean men are turning to plastic surgery to copy the ‘pretty boy’ look and masculine body popularised by K-drama actors, K-pop singers and reality-TV makeovers

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South Korean boy band Shinee are among the stars of stage and screen whose looks Korean men seek to copy. Photo: AFP
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Crystal Tai

Crystal Tai

Crystal covers business trends and cultural criticism, with a special focus on Northeast Asia, for the Asia desk. Before joining the SCMP, she contributed to Quartz, i-D Magazine, Monocle, Wallpaper, Lonely Planet and other publications. Her broadcast commentary has been featured on BBC Radio, CGTN and other media.