South Korean girls" obsession with double eyelid surgery as they strive to look like "pretty western celebrities"

South Korean girls' obsession with double eyelid surgery as they strive to look like 'pretty western celebrities'
South Korea now has the highest number of surgeries performed per capita, overtaking Brazil as the plastic surgery capital of the world

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21:09 GMT, 24 October 2012

South Korean women have become so immersed in western celebrity culture that double eyelid surgery, which creates the Caucasian crease many Asian women don't naturally have, has become as common as going to the dentist.

Overtaking Brazil as the plastic surgery capital of the world, South Korea now has the highest number of surgeries performed per capita.

Going behind the scenes of Seoul Fashion Week for Vice magazine's online series Fashion Week Internationale, host Charlet Duboc uncovers their quest for a stereotypical vision of a western face.

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New norm: Double eyelid surgery in South Korea has become as common as going to the dentist

New norm: Double eyelid surgery in South Korea has become as common as going to the dentist

Miss Duboc asks a young K-pop singer from the band D-Unit why one in five women have undergone some sort of
cosmetic procedure in South Korea, which have become popular graduation
gifts from students' parents.

'Because of their distinctive looks, our ideal appearance would be that of westerners,' the singer said. 'Big round eyes, straight nose, round face.'

Eyelid surgery involves cutting the outer end of the eyes to make them wider and rounder, something plastic surgeons say boosts confidence.

Dr Seo, a surgeon from Seo Jae Don
Plastic Clinic, described one of his patients that day, who had flown
from Japan to have facial surgery, has small eyes.

Ideal face: Overtaking Brazil as the plastic surgery capital of the world, South Korea now has the highest number of surgeries performed per capita - in the quest for a western face

Ideal face: Overtaking Brazil as the plastic surgery capital of the world, South Korea now has the highest number of surgeries performed per capita – in the quest for a western face

Creating a crease: Eyelid surgery involves cutting the outer end of the eyes to make them wider and rounder, something plastic surgeons say boosts confidence

Creating a crease: Eyelid surgery involves cutting the outer end of the eyes to make them wider and rounder, something plastic surgeons say boosts confidence

Before and after: South Korean plastic surgeon Dr Seo says women are eager to have Caucasian features

Before and after: South Korean plastic surgeon Dr Seo says women are eager to have Caucasian features

He explained: 'We will do eyelid surgery, as well as give her a higher nose. She also has a flat forheard so we'll extract some fat and inject it into her forehead and chin. /10/24/article-2222481-15A9A720000005DC-228_634x414.jpg” width=”634″ height=”414″ alt=”Beauty differences: This young women was disappointed when Miss Duboc (left) admired her 'natural and unique' look, explaining that her different features, from that of westerners, is what makes her beautiful” class=”blkBorder” />

Beauty differences: This young women (right) was disappointed when Miss Duboc (left) admired her 'natural and unique' look, explaining that her different features, from that of westerners, is what makes her beautiful

Part of society: Eyelid surgery has become so ingrained in South Korea, before and after advertisements are standard practice

Part of society: Eyelid surgery has become so ingrained in South Korea, before and after advertisements are standard practice

However it seems that Seoul Fashion Week is actually trying to distance itself from this K-pop plastic surgery culture.

Miss Duboc explained that backstage, there were many people who wanted to reverse the trend, favouring a more natural look.

A fashion student born in North Korea and smuggled into the south as a child, who sat next to Miss Duboc at one of the shows, said 'if a person is doing it to boost their confidence by covering up their handicaps I think its fine, but to completely change the way one naturally looks is totally wrong.'

She added: 'I see many of my friends
getting it done. I think our desire to look as pretty as celebrities is
far greater than in any other country.'

Different views: Seoul Fashion Week is actually trying to distance itself from this K-pop plastic surgery culture

Different views: According to Vice, Seoul Fashion Week is actually trying to distance itself from this K-pop plastic surgery culture

Natural beauty: Miss Duboc explained that backstage, there were many people who wanted to reverse the trend, favouring a more natural look

Natural beauty: Miss Duboc explained that backstage, there were many people who wanted to reverse the trend, favouring a more natural look

Role models: Young women walking in the shows also believe that the plastic surgery trend has gone overboard, with many now saying there is more value in natural faces

Role models: Young women walking in the shows also believe that the plastic surgery trend has gone overboard, with many now saying there is more value in natural faces

A make-up artist agreed, commenting: 'I hate people getting double eyelid surgery, personally I like the natural look.'

And a model who had just walked int eh show said: 'I think Korean beauty is a look with natural eyelids.'

One patient outside of Fashion Week's culture, who recently had the surgery and was disappointed when Miss Duboc admired her 'natural and unique' look, explaining that her different features, from that of westerners, is what makes her beautiful, said: 'My mother would always support me in my quest to look better, my father would be a bit more worried.

'The older generation… think natural is beautiful, being original is better. The importance of beauty is different to each individual.'

VIDEO: Performing double eyelid surgery – GRAPHIC WARNING

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