One Length Does Now notHave compatibility All: A decision for Diversification of FrameKinds in Korean Medialuckymic March 4, 2016 0 In Oh My Venus, Kang Joo Eun (Shin Min Ah) is a smart, a success lawyer. Shes trained and ambitious. And, like many operating adults, shes received some weight since her college days. Unfortunately, its this latter characterization of Kang Joo Eun — as a lady carrying extra pounds — that drives the plot, and thus, the characters development as she slims down. Young Ho (So Ji Sub), a privateteacher to celebs, startsto precise a romantic pastime in her best afterward she starts dropping the pounds.
Surely a personality of her status, weight loss or none, would be just as worthy of sportinga whole K-drama?
Maybe someday. Correct now, unfortunately, no.
Take Birth Of A Beauty, for example, in which Sa Geum Ran (Ha Jae Sook) undergoes a total transformation from head to toe, albeit a surgically brought about one. She’s pounds lighter and unrecognizable from the lady she used to be before, no less thanat the surface. She’s even played through two otherfeminine actors, Ha Jae Suk and Han Ye Seul — no prosthetics or fats suit here.
Hanna (Kim Ah Joong) in the 2006 feature movietwo hundred Pounds Attractiveness is an chubbylady amongst low self-esteem. After being humiliated at an organization party, she undergoes more than onesurgeries to turn out to be herself into the individual she needs to be — at least, physically. Her weight loss is very important to the naturebuilding and the plot. It isn't a decision made for health reasons or non-public well-being; its a turning point after a moment of humiliation.
The eponymous character of one of my all-time favourite K-dramas, 2005s My Call Is Kim Sam Soon, portrays a woman whose physical capabilities are described by other characters as fat or chubby.
Kim Sun Ahs character doesnt glance anorexic or obese (though the feminine actor reportedly gained weight for the role). She won't resemble a type rockin couture down the runway, yet she looks healthy; she looks real. However, Sam Soon is appeared as heavy in the drama, and others viewed her pairing with the attractive Jin Hun (Hyun Bin) mismatched.
In all of those dramas, its never the curvy, full-figured leading lady that lands her guy in the end. More steadily than not, it more or less feels that any heroine who isnt a size 0 must undergo Operation Loopy Slimdown so asto triumph over her obstacles. And when there are curvy girls onscreen, theyre generally supporting characters: the friend, roommate, the co-worker.
Why so skinny? Where are the curvy ladies? And where are the athletic women?
If the leading women of tvand picture are any indication of female beauty in Korea, thin is still most certainly in. There's no Marilyn Monroe-type in K-dramaland. Theres Gong Hyo Jin, Park Min Young, Kim Tae Hee, Jang Na Ra, Kang So Ra, Im Soo Jung, Park Bo Young — In deficient healthprevent here ahead of my arms fall off. Theyre all talented and lovely in unique ways, but they also have a range of physical diversity that, shall we confront it, only is going from skinny to large skinny. This containsreviews of female athletes.
Heres what comes to mind. Theres Punch Lady and Fools Love. In Punch Lady, a woman takes up boxing. However, shes more on the svelte facet and doesnt exactly resemble someone who stepped out of a Rocky- or Ali-esque education program. In Fools Love, Uee plays a certified swimmer. Here also, the actor did not became a swimmer, she was justgambling one. (Unless shes the lightest swimmer with the slimmest shoulders youve ever seen.)
2009s Lifting King Kong depiction was different; the heartwarming film portrayed primecollege girls that shaped a weightlifting team, made up of girls that got here in alternative shapes and sizes. Okay, so I did in finding one certain example. You didnt think it should all be doom and gloom, did you?
These resounding definitions of beauty arent just performing in casting choices and scripted content; its on truth shows, too. I used to besurprised (and secondhand offended) when I watched one male host of a Korean television show overtlycommentary to a feminineteen he had just met (she was being interviewed because she was a K-pop fan), Why dont you lose some weight? Yeah. To her face.
Solely considering entertainment exports, Identity conclude that South Korea sees any woman who isnt stick thin every bit fat. Its a narrow definition of beauty with an effective cultural impact. But you dont have to take my note for it; it's essential ask Korean women how they outline the ideal woman. Or simply ask them if they believe theyre fat.
I currentlystuck Jennifer Siebel Newsoms documentary Leave out Representation, which issues out that how we define and interpret beauty is extremely much a learned behavior; our viewpoint is not anything were born with. Cosmetic is so sharply subjective, and varies very much across cultural lines in addition generational ones.
Media images, from motion picturesand tvdisplays to magazine covers and YouTube videos, all have robust sway in those definitions of beauty. Women and their sizes, portrayed onscreen, have an influence oneverybody — men, women, youngsters — with explicitconcepts of what horny is.
Having any such narrowly explained ideal for beauty — as in Korean entertainment — in such giant circulation inflicts severe wreckin terms of body image, self confidence, and physical and intellectual health. The resulting forceto appear thin, to be taken into consideration attractive, is very real and extremely ugly, and Ive observed and struggled with it personally, as many girls have.
And when it comes to Korea, from which I experiencemany stuff — music, culture, food, familial roots, entertainment — I have to mention that the degree to which appearance subjects is something I continue to discover disturbing. The total thing from the requirement of footage on processpackages to the overabundance of plastic surgical procedureamenities are testaments to how these media photographs bleed into and affect each day lives.
Imagine if the ladies (not just the sidekick, but the leading ladies) in all the ones dramas and K-pop groups began trending with a number of diverse, gorgeous, healthy body types, and how that might affect the genuineother people who watch them.
Let the heroine be something rather than a size zero, Korean content creators. I dare you.
luckymic is a Soompi creator with a deep love for stories with a twist! She enjoys getting swept up in a excellent K-drama like a warm hug with something tall, handsome, and named Kang Ha Neul. (Sidenote:Kang Ha Neul, Call Me.) She relishes a scalding hot cup of coffee paired with a doughnut, as neatly as Korean films, summer days, and all things Tina Fey. She could also be a manufacturer and filmmaker and is currently arising a feature-length script.
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