Does anyone watch beauty pageants anymore? In a way the tradition seems stale and outdated. But with shows like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Pageant Place” the culture of beauty contests is surprisingly alive and well. Obsession with physical beauty is nothing new in human cultures, and even body modification for aesthetic purposes has been around since ancient times. But we live in a world now where millions of people have undergone plastic surgery, and shame, body-hate, and dysmorphia run so deep we hardly know what we really look like anymore.
There has been recent buzz over South Korea’s national beauty pageant after a Reddit user posted an image (above) of the contestants and argued that, “Korea’s plastic surgery mayhem is finally converging on the same face.” According to a report from The Economist, South Korea has the highest per capita rate of plastic surgery, primarily for non-invasive skin and hair procedures.
The United States still takes the cake, though, for more cosmetic surgeries overall, and the “same face” syndrome could definitely be applied to Americans, as well.
Even given all of that, and the many issues surrounding plastic surgery and beauty pageants, take a look at the women in the image above. Do these girls all look the same to you? Is it fair to even judge them in this way, when obviously there are 18 unique lives, experiences, minds, and hearts behind the faces? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!
Photo credit: Reddit
Graph credit: The Economist