Rebels in beauty-obsessed South Korea

Ms Bae Eun-jeong, formerly a YouTube star who gave beauty tutorials, made a video to tell girls it is okay not to wear make-up.
Ms Bae Eun-jeong, formerly a YouTube star who gave beauty tutorials, made a video to tell girls it is okay not to wear make-up.PHOTO: NYTIMES
Ms Kim Ji-yeon cut her hair short and crushed her make-up after questioning why she spent $274 a month and two hours a day on her appearance.
Ms Kim Ji-yeon cut her hair short and crushed her make-up after questioning why she spent $274 a month and two hours a day on her appearance.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Gender inequality and the global #MeToo movement spur some women to challenge long-accepted attitudes about plastic surgery and cosmetics

SEOUL • Ms Kim Ji-yeon knew she wanted plastic surgery when she was seven.

For the next 13 years, she destroyed photos of herself until her parents paid for double jaw surgery, a procedure that requires breaking the jaw to realign it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 21, 2018, with the headline 'Rebels in beauty-obsessed South Korea'. Print Edition | Subscribe