I came across this article a few days ago in a Finnish tabloid, and while it seems really quite ridiculous, I'd like to hear your thoughts about the issue. Here's an English version of the article: http://jezebel.com/plastic-surgery-means-many-beauty-queens-but-only-one-480929886 Apparently there are certain beauty standards in South Korea that, to me anyway, seem really, really strange and even dangerous, but on the other hand, not all too strange when I think back to the articles we read a couple of years ago for a Uni course about beauty as a cultural phenomenon in the West and the East (I desperately needed credits, but that course was actually really interesting). It wasn't unheard-of for a woman to go under the knife in hopes of a better job, usually to "fix" their eyelids and breast-size. What do you think? Is it still best to be "organic" and proud of what were given at birth or have we arrived to the point where, because plastic surgery is available and many people can afford it, going under the knife should be regarded as something akin to getting a new hairdo, applying make-up, or buying flattering, fashionable clothes? Is it just vanity or has it become a way of survival e.g. in working life? And what do you think of these so-called "ethnic makeovers" like the eyelid surgery? Are we, one by one, turning into serial produced Mattel dolls? I personally love the diversity of faces and bodies out there (I even prefer to write characters that don't accommodate to the current Western beauty ideals, apart from a few exceptions), and many people who've had e.g. rhinoplasty or cheek/lip/boob implants done look somewhat disproportionate to me, as if in several cases there had been some natural symmetry, say, to the face, and it gets thrown off when the person shaves bumps or size off their nose, chin, etc. I wish we were valued by our skills instead of looks, but unfortunately that's not the case anymore... if it ever has been. On the other hand, I think it's good that even those who weren't naturally blessed with a narrow, pointy nose (like moi, not that I'd change it 'cause I think it's pretty cute as it is), high cheekbones, full lips, or ample breasts, can still get the looks they desire... in the best case, anyway, and can thus improve their quality of life. That's freedom for ya, and all that. How they're going to pick the prettiest of those Korean beauty pageants -- I have no idea. Maybe there's a raffle.