Hair-larious: South Korea judge turns up for President's trial with pink curlers in hair

Photos of Chief Judge Lee Jung Mi outside the court with curlers peeping through the back of her bob went viral.
Photos of Chief Judge Lee Jung Mi outside the court with curlers peeping through the back of her bob went viral. PHOTO: TWITTER / JOONGANG ILBO
Chief Judge Lee Jung Mi speaks during the final ruling of South Korean President Park Geun Hye's impeachment at the Constitutional Court.
Chief Judge Lee Jung Mi speaks during the final ruling of South Korean President Park Geun Hye's impeachment at the Constitutional Court.PHOTO: EPA

SEOUL - As Ms Park Geun Hye found herself in the crosshairs over her impeachment verdict on Friday (March 10), social media went into a frenzy when the presiding judge in the case showed up for work with two pink curlers under her hair.

The image of Chief Judge Lee Jung Mi outside the court with curlers peeping through the back of her bob went viral, and many South Koreans saw the fashion mishap as a symbol of a hard-working woman who is dedicated to a demanding job, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Judge Lee reportedly arrived three hours ahead of the scheduled reading of the verdict which upheld the Parliament's decision to oust the South Korean President over an influence-peddling scandal.

Ms Lee's curlers, at one point, became one of the most searched keywords on the Internet in South Korea.

In a country where sloppy personal grooming is frowned upon, some women however find it humbling that the high-paying judge would style her own hair for the highly watched judgment day, instead of hiring a stylist to do the job, according to AP.

"Any woman who does her hair on her own has an experience like that at least once," one tweet said.

Ms Lee, 54, is the only woman in the panel of eight judges on the Constitutional Court.