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South Korea’s Beauty Queen Controversy

South Korea’s Miss Korea beauty pageant has sparked a lot of attention over the past few days. When photos came out of the top 20 contestants, many were shocked to find that the women’s resemblance to each other was nearly identical!

Since the similarities seem far too calculated to be purely a coincidence, it has been speculated that the pageant is directly reflective of the country’s stereotyped, idealized sense of beauty, and the pressure that women feel to meet up to this ideal. This is evident in the statistics that show South Korea has the highest rate of cosmetic surgery out of every nation. Twenty percent of the female population have gone under the knife for some sort of procedure.

Take a look at the side by side photos of a few of the contestants below, as well as a grid of all 20, and let us know your thoughts!

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DaisneyAsukaLacroix
DaisneyAsukaLacroix

It is common in korea but because I watch alot of korean dramas, they all look diff. but I believe the common face structure in korea is a square. Tell me if in wrong.

Iomelf Nodrog
Iomelf Nodrog

At first glance I thought it was the same girl with many different hair styles, I need to get my eyes checked...

Juhal Ali
Juhal Ali

them must get confuse @ time

Roxi Ash
Roxi Ash

Just stating a fact. @serena lachapelle im not sure you can be on facebook and be blind simultaneously. I only entertain statements that make sense. The rest is white noise. I just came for the #imjustsaying. Because I can. -_- #saysthegirlthat'sathirdjapanese

Serena Lachapelle
Serena Lachapelle

@courtney savoy but they do... and I have alot of Asian friends that dnt... but in this pic, all the women do look alike. We not tryin to be racist just stating our opinion.

Roxi Ash
Roxi Ash

I thought it was the same chick in different outfits. Thats wild

Delisha Diaba McNealy
Delisha Diaba McNealy

They all look different to me, but I used I watch Alot of Korean horror and dramas ...

Alyssa Nguyen
Alyssa Nguyen

Give me a call when you go okay? I'd to go too:)

Alexandro Aldama
Alexandro Aldama

thank you smart girl....it is in Korea not in America...not let transport our way of thinking somewhere else !!

Shekita Kita Donner
Shekita Kita Donner

It's not plastic surgery, young Korean women just have similar features.

Plum Cherry
Plum Cherry

who cares!!!!!! why can't we all focus on living our lives and enjoy the universe while we are here..............

Brooke Young
Brooke Young

Leaguer mains look at the hair colors though. Each a little different tone of brown

Waynetta Mosley Rogers
Waynetta Mosley Rogers

These are clearly different people, but I did read an article not too long ago discussing the rise in what some consider to be extreme cosmetic surgery. Shaving down the bone on the forehead and making the chin more pointed for a heart shape look. Also read an article about a husband filing for divorce from his wife because of fraud! Claimed she tricked him with all the plastic surgery and he doesn't want kiddies with the woman!

Nor Rosner
Nor Rosner

I really don't what you ladies are seeing but I am seeing totally different looking women (with the exception of appxly 3). Their faces are by no means cosmetic looking. Their looks are a part of their ethnic distinction...all asian women share these similar features. It's just like any other race. There are certain characteristics that distingush them from other races. Nothing to it.

Rig Noel
Rig Noel

Thoughts? I thought that they have the best plastic surgeons....the US can learn a thing or two from them.

Zama Pienaar
Zama Pienaar

They have some similarities but are different. It's the complexion that is playing tricks

Kagure Maina
Kagure Maina

they are five ladies in 4 different hairstyles....differentiate by face type

RobinandJerome Doaty
RobinandJerome Doaty

same, same as the local nationals say here in South Korea. The cost is minimal too for certain procedures.

Carmen Mayes
Carmen Mayes

oh wow, I thought this all the same women participating in a hair/outfit challenge.

Carissa Principessa
Carissa Principessa

SK is a very homogeneous society. Most women have their eyes done by college.

Julissa Marie
Julissa Marie

the lady directly in the middle looks the most different bc of her eyes.

Tereena Berry
Tereena Berry

I really thought that those pics were all the same person.

Kay Stiverne
Kay Stiverne

Ok highest rate of plastic surgery but they all look natural and not like those hollyweird plastic bimbos.. how funny..

Youyou Muntu-mosi
Youyou Muntu-mosi

OMG i thought that it was the same person...dammmn what's wrong with them? :o

Melissa Blu
Melissa Blu

At first glance I thought it was the same girl with different outfits and hairstyles.... LOL

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson

I just asked my partner. I am not blind nor deaf, but she is!!! Point made!!!

Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson

What is the point? You should be appreciated for who you are not how you look!! If I was blind and deaf, how would I know, or care, that my partner was a black Chinese woman??

Deneisha Reece
Deneisha Reece

Wow. It's sad when a woman doesn't see her own beauty :/ makes me wonder what kind of influences they've had growing up...