The global perception that South Korean women have perfect skin underlies a nation where women are objectified and judged on their appearance. Photo: Crystal Tai

K-beauty: the ugly face of South Korea’s obsession with women looking forever flawless

The global buzz around South Korean skincare and cosmetics belies the harsh realities of lookism and sexism faced by Korean women, who can’t leave home without putting on make-up

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The global perception that South Korean women have perfect skin underlies a nation where women are objectified and judged on their appearance. Photo: Crystal Tai
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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.