Plastic-surgery advertisements in the Seoul metro. Photo: Crystal Tai

Being ugly hurts in South Korea: why it’s so hard to say no to K-beauty

In a country known worldwide as a mecca for plastic surgery, a movement against lookism has caught fire as women join forces to protest impossible beauty standards

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Plastic-surgery advertisements in the Seoul metro. 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.