When pictures of the 20 Miss Korea 2013 finalists went online, there were speculations that cosmetic procedures have left all contestants looking exactly the same. In a short span of time the post saw more than 3,000 comments criticising the growing obsession with plastic surgery in South Korea.
Statistics show that South Koreans have undergone more plastic surgeries than any other country. The trend is popular among 19 to 49-year-olds.
With perfectly done-up hair, bright eyes, pale skin and a white smile, the pictures revealed an unnerving similarity in all the finalists. People not only condemned what they now call 'Korea's plastic surgery mayhem' but argued how such cosmetic procedures take away their individuality.
'I never said I was born beautiful'
The pageant sparked controversy last year too when pictures of winner Kim Yu-Mi surfaced revealing her plastic surgery secret. Speaking to the Korean media, she defended her crown and said, "I never said I was born beautiful".
Miss Korea 2013 contestants under scrutiny
Heejin Kim, one of the contestants at Miss Korea 2013 blogged about her experience upon entering the pageant. Around-the-clock surveillance, troupe of security guards following her everywhere (even inside a restroom) suffocated Kim.
"It got so bad...that the girls and I became constipated because we didn't want to go in front of these strangers following us. I was bloated the entire competition," shares Kim. If stories are to be believed then there had been a case where a contestant went into the restroom with her mother and a plastic surgeon and emerged all stitched after a few minutes. The surgeon managed to complete the cosmetic procedure in minutes. "We are not allowed to even touch our parents. They can't hug us; we can't touch them, nothing. Judges think that something like that could happen again," laments Kim.
What's double eyelid surgery?
One of the most popular surgical procedures is the 'Double Eyelid Surgery'. This technique reduces excess skin in the upper eyelid and makes the eyes appear bigger.