I was talking to my friends last night about how sad and affected I am about the importance of beauty in Korea. I lived in Korea for 2 years, and I didn’t really cared about looking good, but I did invest more in my beauty regimen more than I did in university. It wasn’t so much that I was easily influenced by beautiful Korean women around me - I actually didn’t care about them because I have to admit I was a very confident woman. I was happy with life! When you’re happy and grateful with everything you have, you don’t compare as much! The only reasoning I have as to why I spent more in my beauty regimen is because I had money to shop. I had money to buy whatever I wanted to try, and buy clothes that I wanted to wear. If I didn’t have money- I would probably still look like a 16 year old high school student and nothing close to what I look now - although, I sometimes still look …. maybe 18 years old. -.-
When I came back from Toronto, I started to really recognize the difference in Toronto and in Korea. The more I spoke with my students, the more I was able really look at the situation more clearly. It saddens me that my students felt pressured to look a certain way - to get a job, at work, at school, with friends, at home! While I would wear whatever my mood was that day.
I am sad that women feel this pressure. And I am also sad that men fall into this world as well. I am sad that people become shallow, cold and selfish when they live in a society where image is everything. People become judgemental, and I feel like they’re losing a very important part of themselves that’s more important and valuable in life than being superficially beautiful.