Ji Yeo Beauty Recovery Room Analysis

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Beauty Standards: An Examination of Ji Yeo’s Beauty Recovery Room Beauty standards have long been perpetuated starting from Grecian times till now. It creates societal pressure to everyone and encourages them to change their looks to fit in the standard. Due to the societal pressure, both men and women undergoes drastic measure just to be fit in the concept of beauty. Ji Yeo’s Beauty Recovery Room talks about that. Ji Yeo’s photography collection is about the plastic surgery phenomenon in South Korea. “Most of the plastic surgeries performed in Korea aim to minimize Asian characteristics and make Korean women appear more like Caucasian women.” (qtd. in “Plastic Surgery Photos: Ji Yeo’s ‘Beauty Recovery Room’ Explores Korea’s Obsession, …show more content…
She understand the pressure given to women, the need to fit their standard. “A woman’s presence expresses her own attitude to herself, and defines what can and cannot be done to her.” (Berger 1). A woman must be self-conscious as how she look and everything she do will be judged by society. This is in comparison to a male photographer. The collection will probably look a lot more sexualized due to it undergoing the male gaze. The male photographer does not understand what women go through, all the things she must appear as while a man needs to act. A man’s social presence is about the power he will be able to offer. He doesn’t need to appear as anything else but he must act. A male photographer won’t understand the importance of appearance for a …show more content…
Surgery is not just done for mere narcissistic visions, sometime it is caused by what is dictated as good. It shows a reality of pain of after-surgery. It shows the reality of hopes and dreams many women to be beautiful. Lastly, it shows the reality of societal pressure’s effect to women and also a physical proof of what women needs to do for the sake of her social presence. “Nevertheless, art has a stubborn way of cutting through the subjective world of symbols and money and offering itself as a steady alternative to the quick change act of daily life.” ( Winterson 11). This collection really cuts through a symbolic reality and shows another reality that many of us can’t see. It shows the reality of women, steadily looking down or directly to the camera as if they are contemplating about their

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