100 Years of Korean Beauty Shows the Politics of Division in One Minute

A few months ago, we explored body image in the Asian community. Julianna Haahs’s story was a piercing indictment on the unrealistic Korean beauty standards; and our exclusive interview with Korea’s first plus-size model demonstrated the evolution of social and personal acceptance.

The perception of beauty is often times defined by cultural boundaries. But what does beauty standards say about politics? Does one reflect the other? As North Korea sparks news over its nuclear provocation, take a look at this time-lapse video which illustrates a Korean woman modeling 100 years of beauty trends from North and South Korea.

The Cut.com video reflects the political divide that began in 1950, which still exist in the Korean peninsula.



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