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!