Black Happiness : Colorism And Body Image Essay

2225 Words Dec 21st, 2016 9 Pages
Black Happiness: Colorism and Body Image K-pop and Korean Society Have you ever looked in the mirror and found things you are not happy about within your appearance? Now imagine you are a celebrity in South Korea and every one of your imperfections are pointed out by the public. Often times the pressure to fit the standard ‘westernized ' look becomes too much and idols cave and undergo the knife to look youthful and western with milky skin, double eyelids, and a sharp jawline. However, Korea 's standard of beauty was always followed a westernized version of beauty about what is considered beautiful. These days it is through K-pop and Korean media that these beauty notions are made recognizable to the world. K-pop has a negative effect on body image within South Korea as millions of boys and girls alter their appearance to follow the lead/ example of their K-pop idols. Similarly, this negativity effects the already existent colorist ideas within South Korean society as the need to have paler and "milky" skin continues to rise not only within the K-pop community but also within Korean society. To fully understand the cultural aspects of negative body image and colorism within K-pop, we must first understand the processes of K-pop and Korea 's beauty standards.
K-pop is the abbreviation for Korean pop and includes the genres of Hip-Hop, Electric, Pop, R&B, and much more. It is a fusion of synthesized music, sharp dance routines, as well as fashionable and colorful outfits…

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